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Belmond Andean Explorer Peru, South America

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Prices shown below are 'from' prices without offers and Club discount. Offers subject to availability and may be removed at any time; they cannot be combined; new bookings only; ask for group rates, 9 or more.

- Complimentary station / airport transfer, Arequipa Station to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP), arrives at 18:00hrs.

Members of the Club receive discounts. Free to join by subscribing to the newsletter at the top of the page. The train operator uses dynamic pricing for the Belmond Andean Explorer. Thanks to Club discount, we can give Members the lowest possible price when confirming a reservation by deposit or full payment.

Belmond Andean Explorer

South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train

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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.

Scroll down for detailed itineraries, dates and prices

The Belmond Andean Explorer does not travel all night for a better night's sleep and to make the most of extraordinary by day. Hotels can be arranged in Peru before and after the journey. The cabins have in-built oxygen and a complimentary oxygen gas canister for use by guests as required.


Between Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, traversing the highest plains of the Andes, to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca; 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. Option: leave the train before Arequipa to visit Colca Canyon for a few days.

Here is an article by the travel writer Jason Kearney.

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Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.

Contact us to book the Belmond Andean Explorer, or to ask any questions.


Accommodation on Belmond Andean Explorer

There is capacity for 48 guests in a range of en-suite cabins including 8 Double Bed Suites, 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 a large open-air deck for scenic viewing.

Interior designs of the Belmond Andean Explorer, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and soft tones of Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys, creating a sense of calm; enabling guests to unwind, relax and enjoy the journey.

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Cabins

Discover true relaxation as you step into your own personal sanctuary. Belmond Andean Explorer offers three types of cabins, each with its own en-suite bathroom and shower.

SUITE CABINS.

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The largest cabins of the Belmond Andean Explorer have a double bed and a seating area with two chairs and a table. A tall wardrobe provides storage, while the bathrooms are equipped with a shower, WC, vanity and pedestal washbasin. (13.1 m2)

TWIN BED CABINS.

Belmond Andean Explorer Twin Bed CabinTwin Bed Cabins on the Belmond Andean Explorer 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.

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These Belmond Andean Explorer 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)

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Lounge Car

Gather around the baby grand piano or relax in comfortable seating enjoying a refreshing drink as majestic vistas drift past outside the Belmond Andean Explorer.

Dining Cars

There are two dining cars in the Belmond Andean Explorer 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.

Observation Car


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 Belmond Andean Explorer travels through the ever-changing landscape.

Spa Car

Picaflor Spa Car - enjoy a relaxing treatment in one of the enticing spa rooms.


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Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.

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Itineraries/Prices/Dates 2021

The Train is not running until 2021, due to Covid-19.

Peruvian Highlands: Cusco - Arequipa, 3 days

Cusco – Lake Titicaca – Arequipa City

2 nights. 3 days. 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 the 'White City' 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.

Altitudes: Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft); Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3,810 m (12,500 ft); Lake Laguinillas 4,264m (13,989 ft); Arequipa 2,350 m (7,710 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here.

Thursday. Board the Belmond Andean Explorer train in Cusco Wanchaq station, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey southeast towards Puno.

Luncheon on board in one of the elegant dining cars, serving delicious Andean specialties. 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 whilst watching the sunset over the La Raya mountains before preparing for cocktails and dinner. Afterwards, perhaps go to the bar car and enjoy a drink as the train continues to Lake Titicaca, where it will stable for the evening.

Friday. Awake early to maybe 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, where we 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 its overnight stop at Lake Lagunillas.

Saturday. Wake early to maybe see the sunrise over Lake Lagunillas before breakfast, 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.

Complimentary station to airport mini bus transfer, Arequipa Station to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP), arrives at 18:00hrs.

*Please note: You may choose to leave the train early on Day 3 at Cañahuas (after the Cave visit) 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. Prices for 2021 to be advised.

Every Thursday-Saturday, except for February

2020 US$ PER CABIN, FROM Suite Deluxe Double Cabin Twin Bed Cabin Bunk Bed Cabin
Double Occupancy 4,800 4,300 3,900
Single Occupancy 4,200 3,765 3,415

Prices are pre Club Discount



Andean Plains & Islands of Discovery: Arequipa - Cusco, 3 days

Arequipa City - Puno - Cusco

2 days, 2 nights. Depart as the sun sets on the baroque architecture of Arequipa and travel 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.

Altitudes: Arequipa 2,350 m (7,710 ft); Lake Laguinillas 4,264m (13,989 ft); Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3,810 m (12,500 ft); Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here.

Saturday. 19:00 hrs. Welcome drinks at Arequipa station before boarding the train. Enjoy cocktails and dinner whilst then travelling through the night to Lake Titicaca.

Sunday. Awake to sunrise on Lake Titicaca (weather dependent). After breakfast, board the boats to explore the Lake and visit the Uros Islands, man-made lands carefully created from woven reeds that are constantly being replenished.The on to Taquile Islands to Collata Beach for a lunch overlooking Lake Titicaca with Bolivia in the distance. Afternoon tea is served back at the station before departure. Cocktails and dinner onboard as the train travels to Marangani for the night.

Monday. Sunrise at Marangani, overlooking the lakes. Return to the train for breakfast as we travel to Raqch’i for a tour of this ancient settlement. Brunch is served back on the train whilst travelling to Cusco. Arrival at Wanchaq station at 13:30 hrs.

Dates and Prices. 2021 Prices to be advised

Every Saturday-Monday except for February

2020 US$ PER CABIN, FROM Suite Deluxe Double Cabin Twin Bed Cabin Bunk Bed Cabin
Double Occupancy 4,800 4,300 3,900
Single Occupancy 4,200 3,765 3,415

Prices are pre Club Discount




Spirit of the Water: Cusco - Puno

1 day, 1 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.

Altitudes: Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft); Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3,810 m (12,500 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here.

Tuesday. 12:30hrs. Board the train at Wanchaq station 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.

Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Train Club panoramic view from La Raya Station

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 (Puno), cocktails and dinner is served. Complete your evening in the Lounge Car before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Arrival in Puno 23:30hrs.

Wednesday. Wake early to take in a spectacular scene as the sun rises across Lake Titicaca. Afterwards breakfast is served on board before the journey's end at 8:00hrs.

Dates and Prices. 2021 Prices to be Advised

Every Tuesday except for February

2020 US$, PER CABIN FROM Suite Deluxe Double Cabin Twin Bed Cabin Bunk Bed Cabin
Double Occupancy 1,900 1,750 1,550
Single Occupancy 1,665 1,530 1,355

Prices are pre Club discount


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Spirit of the Andes: Puno - Cusco

1 day, 1 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 (above), but in reverse.

Altitudes: Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3,810 m (12,500 ft); Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here.

Wednesday. 12:00 hrs departure from Puno (Lake Titicaca) with lunch onboard, before an early evening visit to La Raya. Cocktails and dinner are served back on the train, before arrival at Cusipata (Cusco), 21:00hrs.

Thursday. Early departure for Cusco whilst having breakfast onboard, with arrival at Cusco Wanchaq Station at around 7:30hrs

Dates and Prices. 2021 Prices to be Advised

Every Wednesday-Thursday except for February

2020 US$, PER CABIN FROM Suite Deluxe Double Cabin Twin Bed Cabin Bunk Bed Cabin
Double Occupancy 1,900 1,750 1,550
Single Occupancy 1,665 1,530 1,355

Prices are pre Club Discount


General Information

Travel & Health Advice. Here are travel and health advisories links to national governments and health agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Prices. Prices are in US dollars cabin, quoted as from prices (dynamic pricing), and are inclusive of 18% VAT. Includes all meals, open bar and excursions. Club discount is deducted for Club Members; join free by subscribing to the newsletter.

Children. From 3 years old pay full rate/ Under 3 years old will share cabin with parents.

Dress code. Casual wear. In the Andes (highlands) we recommend dressing in layers and including warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. For off-train excursions, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunscreen (at least SPF 50+) and hats are necessary. Evening dining: casual, no suits or formal wear.

Oxygen. Although the cabins have some piped oxygen, each room has a complimentary oxygen gas bottle, which guests can carry on off-train excursions if required. A nurse travels on the train.

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.

Hotels. Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.

Unforeseen events/changes. Itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible. The timetables shown are for guidance only.

Altitudes. Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft); Machu Picchu 2,430 m (7,970 ft); Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3,810 m (12,500 ft); Lake Laguinillas 4,264m (13,989 ft); Arequipa 2,350 m (7,710 ft)

Coronavirus Notice: Go here for general travel and health advice from governments, WHO and other organisations. Go here for information about Belmond Covid-19 cleaning processes.

Altitude Sickness

This information about altitude sickness is from the UK's National Health Service (linked 23 Nov 2019; impartial advice). There is much more detail on the NHS web page link.

Altitude sickness can occur when you travel to a high altitude too quickly. Breathing becomes difficult because you aren't able to take in as much oxygen. Altitude sickness, also called acute mountain sickness (AMS), can become a medical emergency if ignored. Age, sex or physical fitness have no bearing on your likelihood of getting altitude sickness.

Symptoms of altitude sickness usually develop between 6 and 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 3,000m (9,842 feet) above sea level and are similar to those of a bad hangover. The symptoms are usually worse at night.

Consider travelling with these medicines for altitude sickness: acetazolamide to prevent and treat high altitude sickness, ibuprofen and paracetamol for headaches, anti-sickness medication (like promethazine) for nausea.

Preventing altitude sickness: the best way is to travel to altitudes above 3,000 m slowly. It usually takes a few days for the body to get used to a change in altitude. You should also, amongst other things, avoid flying directly to areas of high altitude, if possible; take 2-3 days to get used to high altitudes before going above 3,000m; make sure you're drinking enough water; avoid alcohol; eat a light but high calorie diet; avoid smoking.

Treating altitude sickness: stop and rest where you are & don't go any higher for at least 24-48 hours (if practicable); if you have a headache, take ibuprofen or paracetamol; if you feel sick, take an anti-sickness medication, like promethazine; make sure you're drinking enough water; avoid alcohol; don't smoke; avoid exercise.


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All prices are at publicly-quoted rates. We will quote with Club discount - join the Club free by signing up for the newsletter.

Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.

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