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Belmond Andean Explorer
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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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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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. Enjoy 1, 2 or 3-night journeys.
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 colours 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.
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.
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The Belmond Andean Explorer's Junior Double Bed cabins offer the largest en-suite cabins on the train with a double bed, sitting area with two chairs and a table, large window, compact wardrobe, and private bathroom with shower, WC and basin.
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.
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.
Day 1 - Belmond Andean Explorer - 2N Cusco to Arequipa
Your epic journey on board the Belmond Andean Explorer starts late this morning. Enjoy the magnificent Altiplano scenery as you travel from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca, marvelling at the Andean landscapes as you climb to higher altitudes.
Day 2 - Belmond Andean Explorer - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa
Today, your journey continues to Lake Titicaca where you will have time to admire the sunrise over the lake's mirror-like surface before exploring the distinctive islands that frequent the waters. Interact with the local communities of Uros and Taquile.
Day 3 - Belmond Andean Explorer - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa
Today you will reach your final destination and visit the "white city" of Arequipa, so named because of the beautiful sillar stone which has been used to construct many of the city's buildings.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - 360°
Boasting expansive panoramic windows and an outdoor observation carriage, the 360° carriage on Inca Rail is all about the views, and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you journey by train to Machu Picchu through Peru's Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The First Class Train
Travel to Machu Picchu in total comfort on the Inca Rail First-Class service, enjoying views from the large picture windows and outdoor balcony as you pass through stunning landscapes in the Urubamba Valley.
Inca Rail Machu Picchu - The Private Train
The Private Inca Rail journey to Machu Picchu allows guests to travel in comfort, relaxing in the plush lounge chairs and soaking in the valley views along the way to this iconic ancient citadel. A private carriage is reserved exclusively for your party.
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa & Colca Canyon
from £8400 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Stay at some of Peru's finest luxury lodges and hotels
- Take in the highlights of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the colourful markets of Cuzco
- Stay on board the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer train as you journey through spectacular scenery towards the white city of Arequipa
Location & directions
Depart from either Puno (Lake Titicaca) or Cuzco, traversing spectacular Andean scenery and the Peruvian Altiplano.
How to get there
To board at Cuzco, fly to Cuzco via Lima, followed by a 35-minute transfer to the train station. To board at Puno, fly to Juliaca via Lima. from here it is approx. a 1-hour drive to the train station.
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