if you have South America in your sights for post-pandemic travel, the Andean Explorer adds a touch of glamour to the region’s lofty peaks.
We’re sure you’d agree there’s something bloody civilized about train travel. Of course, we’re not talking about the nightly mosh pit that is Admiralty MTR, or that stint through India you did as a saucer-eyed backpacker; we’re talking about real rail travel – the kaleidoscopic evolution of landscapes; the rhythmic sway of the carriage like so many sambaing hips; the adventure of being on the move, to parts unknown. Even a generation or two after the advent of the jet we still love to ride the rails, embracing slow travel at its greatest.
As we emerge from the pandemic, you’ll be looking for truly memorable trips with which to christen a new era of adventure and Belmond’s Andean Explorer, the highest train journey on earth and the first luxury sleeper in South America, just might be ideal.
Launched in 2017 and brought to you by the travel gurus behind the Eastern Oriental Express and the iconic Venice-Simplon Orient-Express, this chic new rail journey promises spectacular landscapes and world-class refinement as it traverses the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, on four one and two-night journeys. The train’s twin double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12 pullman suites include interiors by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA inspired by the textures and hues of the continent.
Alternatively, for the most captivating views, we suggest you make for the open-air Observation Car (perhaps with a pisco sour in hand?), the chic Lounge Car (where a black tie is de rigueur), or for one of two elegant dining cars, where menus created by the culinary team of Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco are served with military precision (despite the train reaching an altitude of 4,800m along the way).
Spend a single day on the train as part of the one-night Spirit of the Andes journey, or combine a multi-day adventure with stays at Belmond’s historic hotels and remote wildlife sanctuaries along the way.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
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