Belmond Andean Explorer


Operates between Cusco and Arequipa

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Belmond Andean Explorer

Travel one of the world’s highest train routes in supreme comfort on board this luxury sleeper train. Fine dining, elegant accommodation, a spa railcar, incredible – and constantly changing – views, plus off board excursions to take you closer to some of the highlights of Peru. This really is an experience to treasure.

South America’s first luxury sleeper train offers an unforgettable experience. You will enjoy fantastic scenery not just viewed through the windows of your elegant cabin or from the train’s Observation, Lounge or Bar Cars, but also during guided excursions to points of interest such as Lake Titicaca, the Inca ruins at Raqch’l, the Uros Islands and the La Raya market, depending on the route you have chosen.

The real romance, of course, is in life on board the train itself, as the 16 immaculately-liveried carriages traverse the Andean plains. Launched in 2017, Belmond Andean Explorer offers the traditional indulgences of classic luxury rail travel – sipping cocktails as the pianist plays, pampering yourself with a massage in the Spa Car, indulging in superb food, or simply enjoying your splendid en suite cabin. However, it does so with a twist; the impeccable service may be of a quality reminiscent of vintage rail travel, but the stylish surroundings are contemporary and perfectly designed for their Andean setting, with linen-covered walls, stone bathrooms, earthen tones, alpaca wool and hand-woven textiles.

In the Dining Cars there are design echoes of the classic luxury trains of old, with a modern take on Art Deco. The menus have been created by that champion of Peruvian cuisine, Diego Muñoz, and fine wines complement the haute cuisine. This is a truly memorable rail journey.

Train itineraries

Peruvian Highlands (2 nights on board) – Cusco to Arequipa, stopping at the Inca site of Raqch’I, and including a boat trip to the Uros Islands and Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca, and a private lunch on Collata Beach

Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery (2 nights on board) – Arequipa to Cusco (excursions as above)

Spirit of the Water (1 night on board) – Cusco to Puno, excursion at La Raya mountain range

Spirit of the Andes (1 night on board) – Puno to Cusco, excursion at La Raya

Times to Go

The train operates from March to January. The rainy season is from November to April.

Belmond Andean Explorer highlights

  • Experience high altitude in style
  • The romance of a luxury sleeper train
  • Spectacular views as you travel
  • Guided excursions at places of interest
  • Superb Peruvian haute cuisine and fine wines
  • On board spa
  • An unforgettable way to experience the Andean plains

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  • 34 cabins
  • Belmond Andean Explorer operates all year except for February.
  • It operates between Cusco and Arequipa via Lake Titicaca and between Cusco and Puno, and in the reverse direction.
  • Children of all ages are permitted on board, and children’s meals can be arranged. However, there are no facilities for children’s entertainment or items such as cots or high chairs.


  • 2 Dining Cars
  • Lounge Car
  • Observation Car
  • Piano Bar Car
  • Spa
  • 24-hour room service
  • Oxygen tanks and masks


  • Spa treatments (optional)

Belmond Andean Explorer cabins

Belmond Andean Explorer can accommodate up to 68 passengers. Each of the 34 cabins has a daytime sitting area, a stone en suite shower room, plus storage space for clothes. Décor is light, restrained luxury, with fine woods and fabrics accented by Peruvian and Inca designs. All cabins have oxygen available, so your enjoyment of the journey shouldn’t be marred by the altitude.

For that authentic sleeper experience, there are cosy 5.5 sq m bunk bed cabins, each with a long leather banquette that converts into bunk beds. 

Twin bed 7.4 sq m cabins feature a banquette and comfortable seating, which are converted by the stewards into single beds at night. .

Those preferring a double bed have two types of 13.1 sq m cabin to choose from, each with permanent double bed plus sitting area with tables and chairs.

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