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The Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first ever luxury sleeper train. Departing from Cusco and making stops at Puna, Cola Canyon and Arequipa (a UNESCO listed world heritage site) the train traverses the Andes in serious style.
The train sleeps 68 guests with suites, double rooms and bunk beds all available with en-suite showers and a Peruvian inspired décor (featuring hand woven fabrics and Peruvian alpaca wool) flows through the cabins.
The two dining cars provide seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients which are fittingly cooked by locally sourced chefs as the sleeper train utilises kitchen staff from the Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco.
Facilities on board include a relaxing lounge car, an open bar and a baby grand piano (prepare your ears for an evening tinkle). With the wind in your hair, and a pisco sour in hand, the observation car's open air deck provides the perfect spot to take in the dramatic landscapes.
There are four journeys in total, of differing lengths, to choose from on the Belmond Andean Explorer. The 'Spirit of the Andes' journey is the shortest and crosses the Altiplano between Cusco and Lake Titicaca. The 'Peruvian Highlands' route is a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco to Puno, where guests will be able to visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca. From there the train continues onwards to Arequipa, offering a chance to stop and explore Colca Canyon, the realm of the condor.
Why we love it
The train's route can be done in reverse (starting from Arequipa and travelling to Cusco) which means your travel plans just got a whole lot more flexible!