Andean Explorer

Travelling through the high-altitude altiplano of the Peruvian Andes, the route operates along one of the planet’s highest rail tracks, affording breathtaking scenery along the way. Snaking through mountain passes, the train links the country’s magnificent natural wonders and ancient Inca sights in one easy journey, ideal for those who enjoy the romance of rail, and the finer things in life.

You will chug serenely from the mystical city of Cusco, capital of the former Inca Empire, speed across the never-ending Andean plains to the whitewashed city of Arequipa, glide past the reed-dappled waters of Lake Titicaca, and marvel at the unfathomable depths of Colca Canyon. The one- and two-night discovery journeys, also available in reverse, offer more than a glimpse into life in this unparalleled land, with immersive tours each day showcasing the hidden gems of this fascinating country.

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Life on board the Andean Explorer

From exquisite fine dining, sophisticated lounges, and a sumptuous spa, spend your days on board doing as much or as little as you like.

Food & Drink

Take your seat for a world-class feast in the train’s two beautiful dining carriages. As well as delectable lunches and evening feasts, you’ll also enjoy mouth-watering breakfasts to fuel your daily adventures. Sample the full spectrum of Peruvian flavours from the acclaimed onboard chefs including ceviche and Lomo Saltado, against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery.

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  • Muña

Bars & Lounges

Lounge Car

A great place to spend time with fellow passengers is in the Lounge Car. Named after the Maca root, it sports an elegant grand piano and entices guests in with the promise of live music and an occasional sing-along. Savour a delicious, blended cocktail, relax on comfortable grey tweed sofas and swap stories with friends old and new.

Facilities

Spa

When you’re not savouring the flavours of Peru or admiring the passing scenery, you can find pure serenity on the rails in the sumptuous Picaflor Spa Car. After a day of extraordinary outdoor pursuits, you’ll find the perfect way to relax with a sumptuous treatment from an exceptional menu of therapies specially selected to enhance your Peruvian experience.

You’ll be in the capable hands of the qualified onboard therapists who use renowned products by Germaine de Capuccini, alongside an exclusive Andean collection that embraces the healing power of natural, local ingredients.

Feel your stresses melt away as you unwind with an exclusive altitude acclimatising massage or Vitamin C facial, to the rhythm of the train as it meanders its way across the plains.

Off-Train Experiences

You will chug serenely from the mystical city of Cusco, capital of the former Inca Empire, speed across the never-ending Andean plains to the whitewashed city of Arequipa, glide past the reed-dappled waters of Lake Titicaca, and marvel at the unfathomable depths of Colca Canyon, as vast condors glide on the thermals below you. The one- and two-night discovery journeys, also available in reverse, offer more than a glimpse into life in this unparalleled land, with immersive tours each day showcasing the hidden gems of this fascinating country.

Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of the Uros

You’ll witness the sun rise over the bright blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world and according to Andean legend, the birthplace of the sun. Following breakfast on board you’ll take a boat trip to the Uros Islands, man-made of totora reeds, and Taquile, where you’ll enjoy a private lunch with displays of local crafts and traditional dancing.

Sumbay Caves

Indulge in a delicious breakfast before discovering the 500 fascinating cave paintings of human and animal figures lining the walls of the Sumbay Caves, estimated to be over 8000 years old. It’s believed that the cave would have been inhabited between 5,800 and 3,000 years before our era, by the first hunters of the Colca.

Cabins & Suites

The train houses its 48 guests in a range of en suite cabins that exude relaxation reminiscent of the tranquil scenery you’ll experience whilst on board. 

Bunk Bed Cabins

Evoke the glamour of the Golden Age of rail travel in a Bunk cabin, with two single beds arranged in an upper and lower berth configuration, which is transformed into a banquette during the day.

  • Tall wardrobe for storage
  • En suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
  • 24/7 call buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • Adapters
  • Robe and slippers
  • 220v electrical outlets
  • Tactile fabrics like alpaca wool and leather

Twin Bed Cabins

Unwind in these spacious cabins, where the soothing interiors echo the tranquil landscape of the Peruvian landscape – think fabulous timber finishes, linen-covered walls, leather seating and bathrooms fashioned from local stone. During the day, these 7.4m2 cabins are configured with a long banquette and comfy seats, which are then converted by stewards into two ground-level single beds come nightfall.

  • En suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
  • Wardrobe
  • 24/7 call buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • Oxygen tanks and masks
  • Robe and slippers

Suite Cabins

These beautiful suite cabins are adorned in tactile fabrics like alpaca wool and leather and feature a permanent, plush double bed and cozy seating area with two chairs and a table––perfect for unwinding after a day filled with exploration. Fitted with a compact wardrobe, private en suite with shower, washbasin and WC, this 13.1m2 space offers the most elegant retreat on board the train.

  • En suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
  • Wardrobe
  • 24/7 call buttons
  • Air conditioning
  • Oxygen tanks and masks
  • Robe and slippers

Andean Explorer FAQs

Where does the Andean Explorer route begin and end?

The Andean Explorer offers four itineraries with different embark and disembark points:

Peruvian Highlands – Cusco – Puno – Arequipa

Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery – Arequipa – Puno – Cusco

Spirit of the Water – Cusco – Puno

Spirit of the Andes – Puno – Cusco

How long is the trip on board Andean Explorer?

The Andean Explorer offers four itineraries with different durations:

  • Peruvian Highlands – Two nights
  • Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery – Two nights
  • Spirit of the Water – One night
  • Spirit of the Andes – One night

What is the dress code on board Andean Explorer?

Whilst there is no official dress code for the Belmond Andean Explorer, this five-star train offers guests the chance to dress up for dinner so make sure you take a few smart outfits with you. You’ll also need casual wear for the daytime excursions.

Is Andean Explorer trip all-inclusive?

Yes, each of the four journeys are fully inclusive of all meals, drinks and scheduled excursions.

Do you sleep on the Andean Explorer trip?

Yes, all four itineraries vary between one- and two-night durations, so you will enjoy a comfortable and cosy night’s stay on board the train.

When does the Andean Explorer run?

The Andean Explorer offers four itineraries with set departure dates:

Peruvian Highlands – departs every Thursday morning.

Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery – departs every Saturday night.

Spirit of the Water – departs every Tuesday morning.

Spirit of the Andes – departs every Wednesday at midday.

The Andean Explorer does not run in February.

Are there any passport and/or visa requirements?

If you are not a Peruvian citizen, you must have a valid passport that will remain valid beyond the duration of your journey. Depending on which country issues your passport, you may need a visa for entry into Peru. Please check with your travel agent or government agency before travelling.

What is included in the rate?

A journey on the Andean Explorer includes:

  • Luxury accommodation aboard the train
  • All onboard meals and beverages
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Guides and bus transfers

What currency is accepted aboard the train?

Both Peruvian Nuevo Sol and US Dollars are accepted on board.

Are there various menu options available?

Yes, there are different dining options available allowing each passenger to select their preference. Please contact us in advance to arrange alternative dining options, including vegetarian and children’s meals.

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