Discover the magic of Peru aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer
There's a certain romance about train travel — one that belies Wes Anderson's portrayal of it in The Darjeeling Limited — that still very much exists in this day and age. It's the whole idea of spending a few days in an elegant carriage, with strangers that could make the best stories, all while rolling through some of the most gorgeous landscapes that no bus nor plane will take you.
Cruising through snow-capped mountains, majestic lakes and herds of alpacas and llamas in Peru is the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America's first luxury sleeper rail service. Embarking on its inaugural journey this month, the prestigious train offers four routes — from Cusco to Puno, Puno to Cusco, and from Cusco to Arequipa City via Lake Titicaca, and vice versa. Each carriage features glimpses of Peruvian culture, mixing vibrant colours with natural tones and large windows to spend hours gazing out of. If you're after a bit of fresh air, pop out onto the observation car, as its outdoor terrace becomes the social hub of the train by night. It's here where you let your hair down, dance to live Latin music and sip on refreshing pisco sours.
Savour some of the best food in South America onboard as Chef Diego Muñoz fires up beautiful dishes from the kitchen, prepared with Peru's abundant natural ingredients. You'll be polishing off the likes of traditional corn with cheese, moreish alpaca tortellini and sweet treats such as lime with melted chocolate and apple custard.
When the Belmond Andean Explorer comes to a stop at its designated stations, do the following: Book a private tour of Lake Titicaca's floating islands, or tuck into lunch on a private beach with views of the glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia. We can't think of a grander holiday than this.