Last week I was lucky enough to be invited aboard Inca Rail’s top-of-the-line Presidential Class (previously called the Inca Princess) carriage for a luxurious journey to Machu Picchu. As a Peru travel expert with over two decades of experience I had taken several different trains and services in the past, but I certainly found this trip to be a unique one!
As soon as I stepped onto the train, I immediately noticed how beautifully decorated the carriage was, with nice wood finishing, artwork, a marble bar, and relaxing ambient music playing in the background. I was greeted with ice cold champagne, wet hand towels, and even an assortment of chocolates before getting settled in one of the rotating and spacious seats. We pulled out of the station and soon after, the gourmet, multi-course meal began. In between delicious courses served on what I was pleasantly surprised to hear was tableware from Jallpa Nina ceramics workshop, I even had the chance to enjoy the picturesque views from outside on the Presidential’s private balcony.
Aside from all these lovely details, what makes Presidential Class service so special and unique is that it is the only option for a private group of up to ten passengers who are looking to travel to Machu Picchu in total privacy. This isn’t possible on the luxurious Hiram Bingham (or on any other train service for that matter). Even if you were to splash out and charter the entire dining carriage of the Hiram Bingham (which has room for 42 passengers), the observation cart – which includes the bar and the lounge – is always shared… unless you were to charter the entire train that is!
On the whole, after my experience aboard Presidential Class, I think it is an excellent alternative for guests looking for the highest quality experience. We wouldn’t put it in the same category of opulence as the world famous Hiram Bingham, which we just adore! But, with the added advantage of being the only private luxury carriage going to Machu Picchu, it is undoubtedly a very high quality service that is particularly well-suited for those of our guests who are looking for more privacy and a chic experience.
If you are interested in booking a private journey to Machu Picchu in Presidential Class as a part of your trip to Peru, please contact us!