Belmond Andean Explorer Peru, South America
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South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train
The Belmond Andean Explorer operates along one of the world’s highest rail routes in the Peruvian Andes; some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.
The Belmond Andean Explorer does not travel at night thus ensuring a good night's sleep and making the most of the extraordinary vistas during the day. Hotels can be arranged in Peru before and after the Belmond Andean Explorer journey.
From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire—traversing the highest plains of the Andes—to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. Take the opportunity to explore the vast Colca Canyon then continue towards the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site (or in reverse), whilst travelling through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.
Accommodation on Belmond Andean Explorer
There is capacity for 48 guests in a range of en-suite cabins including 2 Deluxe Double Bed Cabins, 6 Junior Double Bed Cabins, 11 Twin Bed Cabins and 5 Bunk Bed Cabins.
There are two dining cars, a lounge car, a spa car and an observation car with an open-air deck for scenic viewing.
Interior designs, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys, creating a sense of calm thus enabling guests to unwind, relax and enjoy the journey.
Discover true relaxation as you step into your own personal sanctuary. Belmond Andean Explorer offers four types of cabins, each with its own en-suite bathroom and shower.
DOUBLE BED CABINS. The largest cabins have a double bed and a seating area with two chairs and a table.
Deluxe Double Bed Cabins
A tall wardrobe provides storage, while the bathrooms are equipped with a shower, WC, vanity and pedestal washbasin. (13.1 m2)
Junior Double Bed Cabins
Junior Double Bed Cabins include a living space. They are fitted with a more compact wardrobe and en-suite, boasting a shower, washbasin and WC. (13.1 m2)
TWIN BED CABINS. Twin Bed Cabins provide living space with a tall wardrobe plus an en-suite bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin. During the day they are configured with a long banquette and a seat, converted to two ground-level single beds. (7.4 m2)
BUNK BED CABINS. These cabins offer a traditional sleeper train experience with a tall wardrobe and en-suite bathroom, complete with shower, WC and washbasin. In the daytime, these cabins feature a long banquette, in the evening, upper and lower berth single beds. (5.5 m2)
Gather around the baby grand piano or relax in comfortable seating enjoying a refreshing drink as majestic vistas drift past outside.
There are two dining cars serving fresh, colourful and seasonal dishes using locally-sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes. Menus are skilfully designed by chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco.
The place to unwind and enjoy the views whilst sipping a Pisco Sour from the bar. Breathe in the Andean air from the open deck of the Observation Car as the train travels through the ever-changing landscape.
Itineraries of the Belmond Andean Explorer
Cusco – Lake Titicaca – Arequipa City
The Peruvian Highlands journey departs every Thursday morning, all year except for February 2018.
A two night, three day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, travelling across the highest plains of the Andes reaching 4800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Highlights of this journey include a chance to explore the vast Colca Canyon, the dramatic realm of the condor; a visit to Sumbay Caves, home to the rock art of the first humans to live in the Peruvian highlands; the volcanic ‘White City’ of Arequipa.
Day 1 - Board the Belmond Andean Explorer train in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Settle down and unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey southeast towards Puno. Savour your first lunch on board in one of the elegant dining cars, serving delicious Andean specialities. Afternoon, visit Raqch’i. Once an important control point for the Incas, it is today an archaeological site. Return to the Andean Explorer for tea. Watch the sunset over the La Raya mountains before preparing for dinner on board. Afterwards, perhaps go to the bar car and chat to fellow travellers as the Belmond Andean Explorer continues to Lake Titicaca, where it will stable for the evening.
Day 2 - Awake early to catch the breathtaking sunrise across Lake Titicaca, before enjoying a delicious breakfast on board. Today’s tours explore the beauty and diversity of life on Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake with many islands, where one takes a traditional boat to the Uros Islands, man-made lands carefully created from woven reeds that are constantly being replenished. Continue to beautiful Taquile island, with a way of life barely touched by time. Enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach, with demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers. Return to the train for tea as your journey continues to Arequipa. In the afternoon, disembark and find out more about this city, one of Peru's most important settlements. Return to the train for a final dinner.
Day 3 - After breakfast, join an excursion to rugged Lake Lagunillas, followed by a visit to Sumbay Caves, with cave paintings estimated to be almost 8,000 years old. Return for lunch as the train travels to Arequipa and journey's end.
Please note: You may choose to leave the train early on Day 3 at Cañahuas and explore Colca Canyon. A sweeping area of breathtaking beauty and one of the world’s deepest canyons, you’ll spot countless example of Inca and Pre-Inca architecture alongside alpacas, eagles and the mighty Andean condor. Additional supplement applies - ask for details.
Dates and Prices 2017/2018
Every Thursday from May 2017, all year except for February 2018.
Andean Plains & Islands of Discovery
Arequipa City - Puno - Cusco
Two days, two nights. Departing as the sun sets on the baroque architecture of Arequipa and travelling overnight towards Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
Through the deep valleys and high mountains where South American camelids graze on the wide open plains and ‘big sky’ country of the Peruvian Altiplano.
Dates and Prices 2017/2018
Every Saturday-Monday from May 2017, all year except for February 2018.
Spirit of the Water: Cusco to Puno
One day, one night. An overnight escape aboard the stylish carriages of Belmond Andean Explorer departing from Cusco, across the giant peaks and wide open spaces of the highest plains of the Andes to reach Lake Titicaca – birthplace of the Incas.
Day 1 - Board the train in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Settle into your private cabin and take the time to relax into the indulgent atmosphere of the train. Perhaps head to the Observation Car, order a classic Pisco Sour, and watch the scenery unfold. Later, enjoy lunch in one of the two sophisticated dining cars. As the afternoon continues, disembark for an excursion to Raqch’i. Once a defensive stronghold of the Inca Empire, today the area is a captivating archaeological site brimming with history.
Return to the train for afternoon tea as your journey southeast continues. As evening descends, admire a sunset framed by the majestic La Raya mountains. As the train continues to Lake Titicaca station, a delicious dinner is served. Complete your evening in the Lounge Car before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Day 2 - Wake early and take in a spectacular scene as the sun rises across Lake Titicaca. Afterwards breakfast is served on board before the journey's end.
An additional tour of Lake Titicaca, including the islands of Uros and Taquile, can be arranged at an additional supplement.
Dates and Prices 2017/2018
Every Tuesday from May 2017, all year except for February 2018.
Spirit of the Andes: Puno to Cusco
One day, one night. Travelling along one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world across the highest plains of the Andes from Puno to Cusco, the itinerary is the same as the Spirit of the Water, but in reverse.
Dates and Prices 2017/2018
Every Wednesday-Thursday from May 2017, all year except for February 2018.
Prices: Prices are in US dollars per person and are inclusive of 18% VAT. Includes all meals, open bar and excursions. * Full day at Lake Titicaca for additional US$ 177 (including VAT).
Children: From 3 years old pay full rate/ Under 3 years old will share cabin with parents.
Smoking: No smoking allowed.
Wi-Fi: The notes on the in-room “directory” included a map that shows where Wi-Fi is at its strongest.
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