Belmond, a luxury travel company, has announced the launch of its eight-luxury-train Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru. The launch also marks as the first luxury sleeper train in South America. Scheduled to commence service in May 2017, the new train will travel along one of the highest rail routes on Earth, traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa and exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms.
Belmond Andean Explorer will feature refined and en suite lodging that includes two double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12 bunk bed cabins for two. The train itself can accommodate up to 68 guests. Designed by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, the train’s interior designs are inspired by the texture of Peru’s handwoven fabrics and the soft tones of Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys, which creates a sense of calm along the journey.
For dining options, fresh and seasonal menus that utilise local ingredients will be crafted by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and will be served in two dining cars. The Observation Car, with its open-air deck, is the place from which to enjoy dramatic views and a refreshing drink, while the Lounge Car provides a comfortable setting to relax and unwind.
Belmond Andean Explorer is offering a selection of four journeys that include “Peruvian Highlands”, a two-night and three-day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, travelling across the highest plains of the Andes and reaching 4,800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arequipa.
Prices start from US$462 (Rp 6m) per person for the one-night “Spirit of the Andes” journey, inclusive of all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions. For more information, visit their website.