One of the highest train journeys on Earth coming May 2017Belmond announces the launch of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru. The new train, expected to launch May 2017, is set to travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on one and two night journeys.
Travelling through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, Belmond Andean Explorer is designed to connect guests with the abundant nature of the Peruvian Andes. Interior designs, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys create a sense of calm enabling guests to unplug, relax and enjoy the journey.
A selection of four journeys include ‘Peruvian Highlands’, a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire travelling across the highest plains of the Andes reaching 4800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – highlights of this journey include a chance to explore the vast Colca Canyon, the dramatic realm of the condor. Or, the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey traverses the Altiplano from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, for an overnight escape.
Belmond Andean Explorer accommodates 68 guests in refined, en-suite cabins including two double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12, bunk bed cabins for two people. Fresh, seasonal menus, using local ingredients are created by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and served in the two Dining Cars. The Observation Car with an open-air deck is the place to enjoy the dramatic views and a refreshing drink whilst the Lounge Car provides a comfortable setting to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures.
Prices start from $462 per person for the one night, ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey, fully inclusive including all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions.
Belmond Andean Explorer will be Belmond’s 8th luxury train, joining Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe, Belmond Royal Scotsman, UK and Belmond Grand Hibernian which is expected to launch in Ireland in summer 2016. The new train further strengthens Belmond’s presence in Peru adding to the portfolio of trains and hotels in inspiring locations including Belmond Hotel Miraflores Park, Lima, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu and Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Belmond Andean Explorer is owned by PeruRail, a 50%/50% joint venture between Belmond and Peruvian investors, and will be operated by Belmond.