National Geographic Travel names the best train trip in North America as Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a 3.5 hour ride with spectacular scenery. Fodors Travel designates the Belmond Hiram Bingham train trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu as one of the best train rides in the world.
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train is coal-powered, travels at about 18 miles per hour and reaches 9,305 feet above sea level in Silverton.
The Belmond Hiram Bingham train trip is a full-day trip linking two of the top destinations in Peru through the Urubamba River Valley. The round trip includes welcome snacks, brunch and a four-course dinner; musical entertainment; an entry ticket to Machu Picchu; and tea time at the Belmond Sanctuary. There is also a one-way option, which includes some of these services.