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Belmond Andean Explorer

Cuzco, Peru

Experience the drama of the Peruvian Andes as you sweep past breathtaking scenery and explore ancient kingdoms from on board the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer, the first exclusive sleeper train in South America. Set to launch in May 2017.

At a Glance

  • Experience spectacular Andean scenery as you take in the highlights of southern Peru by rail

  • Each journey is fully-inclusive of all meals, drinks and scheduled excursions

  • Luxurious cabins featuring hand-woven Peruvian fabrics and Alpaca wool furnishings

  • One of the World's highest train journeys, crossing the Peruvian Altiplano and reaching the dizzying heights of Lake Titicaca

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Description

Take a moment to relax and soak in spectacular scenery as you travel on one of the highest train journeys in the world, exploring the highlights of southern Peru from the comfort of the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer train. Beginning either in Cuzco or Puno, the Andean Explorer will whisk you from the mirror-like surface of Lake Titicaca and across the Peruvian altiplano to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, passing traditional Andean villages and sweeping valleys and stopping at the beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa, enjoying a stunning location at the foot of the snow-capped El Misti volcano.

Belmond Andean Explorer offers a selection of one and two-night journeys, each taking in the absolute highlights of the regions, passing jaw-dropping landscapes and stopping at particular points of interest on a series of scheduled excursions. Observe condors in the Colca Canyon, admire traditional rock art in the Sumbay caves and explore the charming streets of Arequipa with its pretty plazas, stunning white buildings and fascinating museums.

The train itself harks back to the golden-age of glamour with luxurious cabins decorated with hand-woven fabrics in neutral tones, reflecting the colors of alpaca wool and slate greys synonymous with the Andes. A separate lounge car provides the perfect space for relaxation with large windows, comfortable seating and a bar, situated around a baby grand piano for some evening entertainment. Guests may also opt to unwind in the separate observation car, complete with an outdoor deck for the best views of the ever-changing scenery.

Accommodation

The Belmond Andean Explorer accommodates 68 guests in 34 cabins; two doubles, 20 twins and 12 with bunk beds. All cabins are ensuite and decorated with refined fabrics and furnishings, all in neutral tones to reflect the natural surroundings and traditional Peruvian textiles.

Facilities

There are two dining cars on board the Andean Explorer, each serving up menus using fresh, local ingredients. The lounge car and observation car are the perfect areas for socialising with your fellow guests or enjoy sipping a freshly prepared Pisco Sour.

Activities

Explore the streets of picturesque Arequipa, a beautiful town at the base of the snow-capped El Misti volcano and gateway to the impressive Colca Canyon where you can disembark and observe Andean condors in their natural habitat.

Location & Directions

Cuzco, Peru

Depart from either Puno (Lake Titicaca) or Cuzco, traversing spectacular Andean scenery and the Peruvian Altiplano.

When to go

Cuzco’s location and altitude result in only two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season typically lasts from November to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February. The best time to visit Cuzco and the surrounding area is during April-October. Though daytime temperatures rest in the mid-to upper 60s throughout the year, the city sees fewer rain showers during its winter months. Bring warm clothing as night-time temperatures dip into the low 30s and 40s due to the altitude.

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