Belmond Launches South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train
The inaugural journey of Belmond’s new Andean Explorer Sleeper Train departed from Cusco’s Poroy Station on May 4. The 16-carriage luxury sleeper train is the first of its kind to traverse South America. Its one- and two-night itineraries from Cusco, Arequipa, and Puno feature stops at some of southern Peru’s most celebrated natural and archaeological attractions, including Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon.
The 48-passenger train features 24 cabins (2 deluxe double, 6 junior double, 11 twin, and 5 bunk-bed cabins) with private bathrooms and hot showers, a piano bar, spa, observation car, and two elegant dining carriages where guests can sit down to Andean-inspired meals from world-renowned chef Diego Muñoz. Every journey includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and 24-hour room service from each car.
The Andean Explorer Train will depart stations in Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa weekly, offering travelers a choice of four possible itineraries across one of the world’s highest rail routes. Along the way, passengers will disembark for all-inclusive excursions to places like the floating Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca, the Temple of Raqchi near Cusco, and the Sumbay Caves outside of Arequipa. Prices for the rail journey start at US$ 380 and include all meals, open bar, and scheduled excursions en-route.
Belmond has reported that proceeds from the inaugural journey will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support children affected by the recent El Nino flooding in Lima and northern Peru.