Belmond Andean Explorer: An Unparalleled Peruvian Journey
Take a Ride on South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train
by Kwin Mosby
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Peru? For most people, the country’s well-known cities, such as Lima and Cusco, and ancient Incan sites, such as Machu Picchu, are popular destinations usually associated with Peru. And we know there are several outdoor enthusiasts who dream of taking the arduous hike along the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu, located high in the Andes Mountains. But if you want to experience the beautiful landscape of Peru in luxurious fashion, then you should plan a trip to hop aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer – South America’s first luxury sleeper train. That’s right! Save all your hiking energy to enjoy a Peruvian adventure you won’t soon forget.
Take a Journey in Style
On the Belmond Andean Explorer, your experience through Peru is optimized with the train’s stellar amenities, including a piano bar where you can sip on a Pisco Sour while you enjoy the passing scenery. This 48-passenger train also provides you with unique opportunities. Take stunning Instagram-worthy photos from the open deck of the observation car; pick up handcrafted souvenirs from each destination at the boutique; or pick up a book or two and learn about Peru’s fascinating history and culture in the library.
Pop into the new spa – just opened in May – if you need to unwind with a soothing massage, refreshing facial or luxe treatment using local ingredients. Feeling famished after your spa treatment? Head to one of the dining cars, where staff serve Andean dishes with a contemporary twist to give you an unforgettable culinary experience.
Ready to retire to your room? Then, these luxe accommodations will make your feel right at home… or a Peruvian home away from home. Cabins – fitted with a deluxe double bed, junior double bed, twin bed or bunk bed – are designed with traditional Andean accents and inspired by native hand-woven fabrics and textures as soft as Alpaca wool. It’s the perfect place to rejuvenate while gazing out the window at the country’s natural beauty.
Unique Peruvian Experiences
Now, that you’re acquainted with the inside of the train, get ready to travel along one of the highest train routes in the world as the Belmond Andean Explorer makes its way through the Peruvian Andes – more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Passengers witness amazing sights from several breathtaking vistas between the cities of Cusco, Puno and Arequipa.
This luxury train offers a choice of one- or two-night journeys. For the two-night train trek, passengers can choose between two options: Peruvian Highlands and Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery. Both routes operate between Cusco to Arequipa with a stop at Lake Titicaca in Puno.
Hey! Remember those amazing sites and breath-taking vistas we mentioned? Well, guests will have an opportunity to watch the sun rise over the horizon at Lake Titicaca (one of South America’s largest lakes); immerse themselves in the indigenous culture located in Colca Canyon; take a boat ride to the man-made Uros Island; watch a traditional Peruvian dance performance while eating lunch on Taquile Island; and visit the Sumbay Caves to see 6,000 to 8,000-year-old cave paintings. And regardless of where your journey takes you, we recommend adding an extra day to explore Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you’re looking for a short one-night train trip, then the Belmond Andean Explorer offers two train routes between Cusco and Puno: Spirit of the Water and Spirit of the Andes. Both routes include some of the highlights mentioned in the two-night train trip (Cusco to Arequipa), including the awe-inspiring experience of watching the sun set behind the snow-dusted La Raya mountains, depending on the departure city. And be sure to spend some extra time to explore Puno, a quaint city on Lake Titicaca that features some of the best bars in the country. It’s just one of many off-board excursions you’ll experience on the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer.
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