South America Gets its First Luxury Sleeper Train

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Service on the first luxury sleeper train in South America – the Belmond Andean Explorer – begins May 2017.

The observation area will provide views of the spectacular Andes. Photo: Belmond

The observation area will provide views of the spectacular Andes

Service on the first luxury sleeper train in South America – the Belmond Andean Explorer – begins May 2017.

Travelling on one of the highest train rail routes on the planet, the journey goes through the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. Operated by Belmond, the company behind the Venice Simplon Orient-Express, the Belmond Royal Scotsman and Ireland’s forthcoming Belmond Grand Hibernian train services, the Belmond Andean Explorer is definitely a 5-star experience. The interiors of the train are inspired by Peru’s hand-soven fabrics and there is room for up to 68 guests in en-suite cabins all will access to two dining cars, an observation car with an open-air deck, and a lounge car.

Relax as you travel. Photo: Belmond

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Local ingredients will feature heavily on a menu devised by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco.

A selection of four separate tours will be available to guests. Travelling from Cusco to Puno and onwards to the city of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a three-day ‘Peruvian Highlands’ package will provide passengers with the opportunity to explore the Colca Canyon, the islands of Lake Titicaca and remote villages en route. A more succinct “Spirit of the Andes” tour will offer a one-night trip from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.