Belmond Andean Explorer - PeruBelmond Andean Explorer
SOUTH AMERICA’S FIRST LUXURY SLEEPER TRAIN
A NEW BELMOND ADVENTURE IN PERU SOUTH AMERICA’S FIRST LUXURY SLEEPER TRAIN, BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER JOINS BELMOND’S GLOBAL PORTFOLIO AND EXPANDS BELMOND'S MANY UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN PERU
''ONE OF THE HIGHEST TRAIN JOURNEYS ON EARTH EXPLORING ANCIENT KINGDOMS AND NATURAL WONDERS FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET AND ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT''
Travel along one of the highest train routes in the world
Step aboard this luxury Peru train and explore this breathtaking country in unrivalled style. Experience vibrant cities and spellbinding natural wonders.
Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper service, offers a choice of one- or two-night journeys. From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, traverse the highest plains of the Andes before arriving to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. Take the opportunity to explore the vast Colca Canyon then continue towards the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Belmond Andean Explorer, launched in May 2017, is South America's first luxury sleeper train. It replaces the eponymous Pullman day train, between Cusco and Puno, at Lake Titicaca. By the new train this trip is converted to a one-night journey, and extended from Puno for another overnight ride to Arequipa.
From Cusco the train climbs to 4800 metres on the Altiplano, before arriving at Lake Titicaca to pause for excursions to floating islands. It then continues to Arequipa, a city with a UNESCO World Heritage Site centre, stopping en route at Sumbay Caves. It is possible to add on a visit to the Colca Canyon, known for its condors.
The trainset used to serve as the Great South Pacific Express in Australia between 1999 and 2003. The since-mothballed carriages were shipped to Peru in February 2016, where they were refurbished. The former three accommodation levels of the GSPE with double, twin and bunk beds - all of them with en-suite bathroom - has been kept, as well the two dining and bar cars, and the last car having an open-air observation deck.
Belmond Andean Explorer is owned by PeruRail, and is a 50%/50% joint venture between Belmond and Peruvian investor, namely Lorenzo Sousa, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Peru Rail SA, It will be operated by Peru Rail (company) Peru Rail, which has also got the Hiram Bingham Pullman train from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS ON THE BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER
BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER TAKES YOU TO SOME OF THE MOST BREATHTAKING SCENERY IN THE WORLD
From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, traversing the highest plains of the Andes; to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca, and a chance to explore the vast Colca Canyon and towards the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An alternative itinerary can also be taken from Arequipa to Cusco in reverse.
CUSCO – LAKE TITICACA – AREQUIPA CITY
(3 Days, 2 Nights)
Departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, across the Altiplano towards Puno and the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. Travelling onwards to the natural wonder of the Colca Canyon*, the dramatic realm of the soaring condor. An unmissable visit to Sumbay Caves, home to the rock art of the first humans to live in the Peruvian highlands, before reaching the volcanic ‘White City’ of Arequipa.
* available as an extension, not included in ticket price
''ANDEAN PLAINS AND ISLANDS OF DISCOVERY''
AREQUIPA – LAKE TITICACA – CUSCO
(2 Days, 2 Nights)
Departing as the sun sets on the baroque architecture of Arequipa and travelling 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 on to the ‘big sky’ country of the Peruvian Altiplano.
''SPIRIT OF PERU'' - CUSCO AND LAKE TITICACA RAIL TOURS
''Spirit of Peru'' is the new route for the Belmond Andean Explorer.
The Spirit of Peru takes the traveller on wonderful luxury scenic rail tours from Cusco to Lake Titicaca.
Two wonderful tours ''Spirit of Water'' from Cusco to Puno and the ''Spirit of the Andes'' from Puno to Cusco.
They make an idea luxury rail tours when visiting Machu Pitchu region of Peru.
''SPIRIT OF THE WATER''
CUSCO TO 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.
''SPIRIT OF THE ANDES''
PUNO TO CUSCO
(1 Day, 1 Night)
Travelling along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world across the highest plains of the Andes from Puno to Cusco.
INTERIOR OF THE LUXURY TRAIN BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER
INGE MOORE, INTERIOR DESIGNER
‘I wanted to connect the interior with the location and make it a holistic journey of discovery. The ‘journey’ starts with the immediate surroundings - a place to calm the senses, enabling a new state of ‘slow living’ and relaxation whilst connecting with nature. Colours and textures are inspired by Peruvian nature - soft ivory alpaca tones, Andean slate greys and woven textures and handicrafts.’
FACTS AND FIGURES
TWO DINING CARS
Fresh, colourful and seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes are served in the elegant dining carriages. Menus are skilfully designed by our chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco.
The place to unwind, meet new friends 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 train travels through the ever-changing landscape.
Invite new friends to gather around the baby grand piano and relax in comfortable seating as majestic vistas drift past outside. Share a lively story from the day’s adventures and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar.
SUITE / DOUBLE CABIN
Largest en-suite cabins on the train with double bed
Sitting area (2 seats table)
Shower, pedestal, washbasin, vanity, WC.
Total area of each compartment: 6.4 metres x 2.05 metres
= 13.1 m2
TWIN BED CABIN
Larger en-suite cabins with day and night configuration, all lower level
2 single beds, side by side in night position
1 banquette and one seat in day position
Wardrobe • Shower, washbasin, WC
Total area of each compartment: 3.6 metres x 2.05 metres
= 7.4 m2
BUNK BED CABIN
Smaller en-suite cabins with over and under bunk-beds
2 single beds (upper and lower berth) night position
Banquette in day position
Shower, washbasin, WC
Total area of each compartment: 2.7 metres x 2.05 metres
= 5.5 m2
Belmond Andean Explorer does not operate in February.
Currency: Soles and USD are accepted.
Time zone: GMT -5 hours
Passport: A valid passport is required for all foreign visitors