Inca Rail Peru
Av. Augusto Perez Aranibar 1872, San Isidr, Lima
The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group
Date of Creation
Train General Manager
Armando Pareja has worked in the railway industry for more than 15 years in senior management positions, with an Engineer’s Degree from the prestigious Universidad de Lima, he is well known for this capacity of leading transformations and growth of companies.
Inca Rail´s main priority is to deliver a travel experience to and from Machu Picchu safely, on time and with impeccable service offering a true Peruvian hospitality.
Inca Rail personalized service is beyond expectations, with a First Class wagon including an ample, elegant, and finely-decorated Observatory–Lounge with spacious seats, open bar and balcony.
History & Story
In 2006 following the inscription of Machu Picchu on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and through the encouragement of a boy who played with trains, Mr. Juan Alberto Forsyth Rivarola, former C.E.O, realized his dream of creating a Peruvian railway company under the Crosland Group. INCA RAIL S.A.C. launched commercial operations on October 5, 2009 along the Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu route on the tracks of Peru’s South Western Railways. In 2016, the company´s was purchased by « The Carlyle Group », a global investement firm with $169 billion of assets under management. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms operating in 35 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
January 2017 : New First Class with Observatory Lounge
Main strenghts, Special touch
Inca Rail First Class offers a welcome cocktail and a variety of natural drinks accompanied with a gourmet menu prepared with andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, aguaymanto and selection of wines. The wagons include ample windows to admire the beautiful lanscape and the new Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, bar and a balcony to admire the most incredible scenery.
Inca Rail Cusco Offices : Portal de Pane No. 105, Paza de Armas
Inca Rail Ollantaytambo Offices and Train Station: Ferrocarril Avenue S/N, Ollantaytambo
Key sites/activities in the area
Machu Picchu : Quechua for “Old Mountain,” the fabled Lost City of the Inca was built around 1450 atop a granite Andean mountain at 7,972 feet above sea level (2,430 meters) and brought to the world’s attention in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, aided by local Peruvians
Aguas Calientes : Located directly beneath Machu Picchu, this dense town straddling the rail line serves primarily as a transit point. Birdwatchers already know that tropical mountain forest around Machu Picchu is traversed by 420 bird species of which 23 are endemic
Sacred Valley : En route to and from Machu Picchu, INCA RAIL trains traverse the Sacred Valley of the Incas northwest of Cusco. Verdant green fields line the roads here, Inca ruins and Spanish churches dapple the undulating landscape, and remote highland villages are still home to indigenous Andean people
Ollantaytambo : , the last ‘living’ Inca city is our favorite Sacred Valley secret, terraces line the slopes of surrounding mountains, including some that date to pre-Inca times
Though the American scholar Hiram Bingham re-discovered this ‘lost’ city of the Incas on July 24th, 1911, the South Western Railway reached Machu Picchu only in 1928. Today, INCA RAIL travels this 67.5 mile (108.6 kilometer) stretch of undulating, narrow gauge track every day of the year. Our service originates at 11,437 feet above sea level just outside Cusco, heads down valley to the last living Inca civilization of Ollyantaytambo at 9,176 feet above sea level (2,797 meters) then winds alongside the rushing Vilcanota River to 6,693 feet above sea level as it reaches Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
Coloring books with local wooden crayons will entertain children through the journey, Kids menu available on our First Class and Inca Princess.
•First Class: Our luxury train journeys between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu with only 60 oversized plush seats per carriage. Natural woods and woven rattan complete this distinctly refined travel atmosphere. UV protected windows. expansive skylights allow travelers to gaze up at the soaring Andes Elegant natural dye hand-woven tablecloths and fine leather menus laced with alpaca wool enhance the 4-course gourmet meal freshly prepared by our chefs for each departure. all natural specialties like Sacred Valley trout coated in quinoa, or served with fennel from our friends at El Albergue Farm in Ollantaytambo are served with free flowing wines like Tacama Gran Tinto from southern Peru. Throughout the journey, Pisco sours and non-alcoholic sips like our original Andean soda with star anise and fresh ginger are available for those who wish to sip local flavors. Finish the First Class gastronomic journey with desserts made of fresh fruit and chocolate sourced in the high jungle of Quillabamba. Enjoy our new Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, bar and a balcony to admire the most incredible scenery.
• Inca Princess: The only private carriage to Machu Picchu accommodates up to ten passengers in custom luxury and complete privacy. Available upon request any time of year, the one-of-a-kind Inca Princess. Walls of UV protected glass and generous skylights welcome the full magnificence of this captivating landscape. Venture onto the mbalcony for a refreshing, photogenic perspective. Möet et Chandon Champagne welcomes our Inca Princess guests on board, followed by open bar service throughout this five-star-plus voyage. Our knowledgeable stewards deliver Pisco sours appreciated by Peruvian connoisseurs and INCA RAIL signature sips like the cactus seed cocktail, tropical mango & passionfruit punch and Andean soda made with fresh lemon juice, star anise and ginger slivers. Dishes created in collaboration with the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu School in Lima, incorporate natural ingredients from around the Sacred Valley and other fertile areas of Peru including the Amazon.
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