Belmond Hiram Bingham - Art in Motion

The Belmond Hiram Bingham takes travellers to the heart of the Inca Empire in style, aboard a luxury train filled with elegant, old world charm. And now, the rail decor has been given a creative twist.

Belmond, part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH, has launched “Art in Motion”, the Peru edition, for the Belmond Hiram Bingham. This ride takes travellers from Cusco to Machu Picchu and, to convey the extraordinary journey through a sub-tropical forest, award-winning Peruvian artist Fito Espinosa has given the observation car a makeover. This is the first art installation on a train in South America, and part of the inspiration for the art was also to convey the spiritual connection with ancient Incan mythology. Adorning the 1920s style carriage are illustrations and playful artwork depicting the entry into the vast flora of the Andes.

Back in 2017, Belmond launched Art in Motion for its Eastern and Oriental Express, featuring artworks by Singapore-based artist Rajesh Kumar.

The Belmond has also worked with tastemakers in the fields of design and gastronomy to bring travellers closer to Peruvian culture. The new lunch and dinner menus feature natural ingredients from the valleys and jungles of the surrounding landscapes (offered by Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth), and give traditional Peruvian flavours a contemporary and vibrant twist. Dishes include crispy fresh corn tartlet with goat’s cheese, avocado and Maras salt; grilled paiche with sacha inchi butter and fava bean puree; and an indulgent Quillabamba coffee cheesecake made with the some of the finest Peruvian coffee.

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A diverse cocktail menu served exclusively aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham has been created by Peruvian mixologist Aaron Diaz, founder of award-winning Carnaval Bar. As the train embarks on the lively descent to Cusco, imbibe some signature favourites that exhibit fresh Peruvian flair, such as the refreshing Picaflor Andino with Pisco and citrus tastes; the delectable Belmond Swizzle with Cartavio Solera rum, coconut and pineapple; and the uplifting Espresso Bingham inspired by the classic Espresso Martini – the all-new menu is a showcase of tradition embracing the contemporary.

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True to the creative spirit of art, Belmond has also partnered a Peruvian fashion designer to breath life into the uniforms of the staff. Jose Miguel Valdivia has developed stylish new uniforms in neutral coloured fabrics, which are enhanced with bold Andean patterns and traditional woven detailing. What served as inspiration was explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered the magnificent Machu Picchu Citadel – the uniforms are a touch of nostalgia celebrating the country’s pioneering spirit, even as the luxury rail service is an experience in contemporary luxury.

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