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Belmond Andean Explorer Arequipa to Cusco

Peru

3 days

Summary

Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first sleeper train, launched in 2017.  In 2019, it was voted the World’s Best Train by Conde Nast readers. And it is certainly one of our favourite train journeys in Latin America.

There are 35 cabins on board, ranging from compact bunk and twin-bedded options to more spacious suites. Each cabin boasts private en suites, air conditioning and 24/7 call buttons. And there is oxygen tanks and masks for every cabin. So, while this may be one of the highest train journeys in the world, you don’t need to worry about the altitude. Meals are served in the two luxurious dining cars while the lounge car offers a space for guests to relax and swap stories. And there is even a spa on board for the ultimate in pampering!

But what about the journey itself? Well, the Belmond Andean Explorer encompasses some of Peru’s most renowned scenery. Travel from the baroque city of Arequipa to the shores of Lake Titicaca. And then cross the high Andean altiplano to reach the former Inca capital of Cuzco. Along the way you’ll take in snow-capped Andean peaks, terraced farmland and fertile valleys. Not to mention alpacas, llamas, vicuñas and maybe even the mighty Andean condor.

Talk to one of our Travel Specialists about incorporating the Belmond Andean Explorer into your holiday! And if you’re a train enthusiast, ask us about other great rail journeys in Latin America!

Highlights

  • Travel aboard South America’s first sleeper train in true comfort and style.
  • Discover Arequipa’s delightful mix of indigenous and colonial Spanish architecture, earning it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Explore Peru’s most happening city. Cuzco’s rich and dramatic history can be felt as you explore the streets today.
  • Get swept up in the beauty of the largest lake in South America and one of the highest in the world.
  • Lake Titicaca is home to many floating islands. Uros is a collection of hand-made floating reed rafts.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Raqch’i as you travel from Puno to Cuzco.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arequipa/Puno

Board the train in the Baroque city of Arequipa. Take some time to get comfortable in your cabin and acclimatise to the indulgent atmosphere of the train as you begin your journey towards Puno.
Then take your seat in one of the elegant dining cars for your first dinner on board. Relax and savour refined Andean dishes served with contemporary flair.
After dinner, why not head to the bar car and enjoy a cocktail as you get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 Puno

Awake early for a spellbinding experience as you witness the sunrise across Lake Titicaca. Breakfast is served on board; the perfect set up for a day full of adventure.
This afternoon we explore Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The beautiful lake is home to many diverse islands, each boasting a unique way of life.
First we take a traditional boat to Uros, a man-made island artfully constructed from interwoven reeds which are constantly being replenished. The people who live on the island use the same reeds to create homes, ships and tools.
Continue your exploration to Taquile Island, notable for its stunning agricultural terraces. The people here follow a social code that has been barely touched by time, and their handwoven fabrics are regarded as the best in Peru. Enjoy lunch at Collata beach, followed by a performance from local dancers and a demonstration of artisans at work.
Return to the station at the lake for a delicious afternoon tea. Board the train and relax as the journey continues on to Cusco. As evening descends enjoy another tempting dinner in the dining carriage.

Day 3 Cuzco

Wake to a delicious breakfast, accompanied by stunning views as the train sets off from Marangani.
Along the way, disembark to visit Raqch’i. Once an important Inca settlement, today this fascinating archaeological site boasts many architectural gems.
All too soon we arrive at Cusco, the former capital of the Inca empire. Bid farewell to your crew and disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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