Belmond Announces South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train | BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER
Belmond 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. Interiors 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. A space designed to convey a sense of calm enabling guests to unplug, relax and enjoy the journey.
A selection of four experiences 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 and all the way to Puno, where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca. From here the train departs onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the highlights of this journey there exists an option to explore the vast Colca Canyon, the dramatic realm of the condor. Alternatively, the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey traverses the Altiplano from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, for an overnight escape.
Belmond Andean Explorer accommodates up to 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, all inclusive: 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. 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 in Lima, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu and Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.