If you want to make the trek to Machu Picchu on foot, good on you. See you in a week. If you want to travel *ss-in-seat, cocktail-in-hand via train, mucho respeto to you, too. (I'm right there with you.) That's how most people get to the Incan ruins in Peru, anyway, and railway companies have boosted their service — with booze and gourmet meals — accordingly.
Inca Rail is one of the more popular train services, and the First Class Machu Picchu train is the ride you'll want to take. Upon boarding, every 21-and-up traveler gets a , according to . That's Peru's classic cocktail, made with Pisco (a type of colorless brandy), key lime juice, and a pillowy egg white topping. And things only get more rowdy as the train takes off.
There's a full bar in the onboard Observatory Lounge, where musicians bust out some live tunes. Hungry? Yah, alcohol does that to a person. You can satisfy your drunchies with Inca Rail's gourmet menu; it highlights the very best Andean ingredients. The quick tasting menu includes a vegetable carpaccio, trout with goldenberry sauce, and potato gratin with Andean cheese. South American red and white wines accompany the meal.
The First Class 60-person train picks you up in Ollantaytambo and heads straight to Machu Picchu. Inca Rail offers a private charter eight-seater train along the same route, with a welcome bottle of champagne, an open bar, and a tasting menu. You can book tickets for both .
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