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Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Andean Plains & Islands Train Journey

3 Days
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Tour Peru’s most scenic regions, enjoying the opulence of the country’s first luxury sleeper train. Set out from the white city of Arequipa, taking in Lake Titicaca before disembarking in historic Cusco.

In a bygone era, travelling by train was a way of life. Now it can be considered as a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Train travel now offers the ability to take in passing vistas while eating, reading or just relaxing.

Goway’s selection of great train journeys in South America vary from a simple day trip in Ushuaia to the a luxurious journey across the altiplano in Peru to the famed rail journey to Machu Picchu.

The imposing presence of the Andean mountain range makes Latin America home to some of the most exhilarating and spectacular train journeys anywhere in the world. Goway’s selection of great train journeys on 4 continents vary from the simple to the luxurious depending on your style. Most of the journeys include sleeping accommodation, sightseeing and some meals.

This 3-day train journey travels from Arequipa, Peru’s famous white city, to Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, via Lake Titicaca. The journey is considered one of the top ten rail trips in the world. Though it weaves through the harsh environment of Peru’s beautiful Altiplano, you’ll enjoy some of the best cuisine and overnight luxury the country has to offer. On reaching Lake Titicaca, you’ll visit the Uros Islands, with time to visit Taquile Island. Finally, travel back through more of the Altiplano until you reach Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.


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3 Days
On request

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Day 1

Arequipa to Lake Titicaca

The Belmond Andean Explorer - South America's first luxury sleeper train - departs Arequipa at 7:00PM for the journey across the Altiplano to the shores of Lake Titicaca.

There is an opportunity to visit the Colca Canyon or stay in Arequipa (both options are not included in the trip price) before your luxury rail journey.

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the train station. On boarding the train you are welcomed aboard, have time to settle into your berth before enjoying your dinner as you begin your journey over the high plains - the Altiplano. Make the most of the observation car and gaze into the deep clear skies. At this altitude and thin air and no light pollution, the views of the southern night sky are exceptional. Enjoy the view with a chilled glass of wine in hand.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights

Belmond Andean Explorer Train

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    Belmond Andean Explorer Train

    One of the highest train journeys on earth, exploring ancient kingdoms to natural wonders from sunrise to sunset and all through the night. Belmond Andean Explorer takes you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. From Cusco, the ancient capital of the …

    One of the highest train journeys on earth, exploring ancient kingdoms to natural wonders from sunrise to sunset and all through the night. Belmond Andean Explorer takes you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

    From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire - traversing the highest plains of the Andes - to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. Take the opportunity to explore the vast Colca Canyon then continue towards the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


    • Dining Area
    • Lounge
    • Observation Car

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Day 2

Lake Titicaca

Rise to a magnificent sunrise over the scared Lake Titicaca, with breakfast onboard before journeying onto the lake itself.

First stop will be the Uros Islands. The reed islands dotting Titicaca's surface are the Uros floating islands made of reed and named after the Indians who inhabited them. Legend has it the Uro Indians had black blood that helped them survive the frigid nights on the water and safeguarded them from drowning. The Indians who now inhabit this island - a mix of Uro, Aymara and Inca descendants - follow the Uro ways.

Taquile Island has opened its doors to outsiders who are willing to live for a few days as the Aymara-speaking islanders do - and that means sleeping on beds made of long hard reeds and eating potatoes for every meal. There is no running water or electricity and night-time temperatures drop to freezing even in the summer. But those happy to rough it catch a glimpse of an Andean agricultural community that has maintained the same traditions for centuries. Some Taquile residents live and die without ever leaving the island.

After the community welcoming you with traditional song and dance and a demonstration of how the indigenous local handicrafts are created, you will enjoy a private lunch on a beach with a view back to the mainland and Puno. A very special experience.

After returning to Puno you will enjoy Tea at the station before boarding the train for your dinner and overnight journey to Cusco. The train stops at the town of Sicuani in the early hours.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


The scenery changes from the dry plains to lush green, as you drop in altitude and travel rivers that flow to the Amazon basin in Brazil and in turn the Amazon River. You arrive into Cusco mid-morning.

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  • Transfer to the train station in Arequipa
  • Train accommodation as indicated
  • Local taxes
  • All meals and drinks on board train
  • Tour to Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands and Taquile Island
  • Welcome bottle of wine courtesy of Goway


  • Colca Canyon tour
  • Arequipa tour
  • Accommodation in Cusco on last day
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visas if applicable
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified


The Belmond Andean Explorer train has a capacity of 68 passengers, with 2 dining cars, an observation car, 1 lounge car. Onboard available accommodation are 2 double cabins. 20 twin and 12 bunk cabins. The Belmond Andean Explorer is the most of luxurious way to travel between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca and beyond.

Other train journey options are: 3 day Belmond Andean Explorer - Peruvian Highlands Cusco to Arequipa  the 2 day Belmond Andean Explorer - Spirit of the Andes Puno to Cusco or the 2 day Belmond Andean Explorer - Spirit of the Waters, Cusco to Pun

Fresh, colorful and seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes are served in the elegant
dining carriages. Menus are skillfully designed by our chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco.

The place to unwind, meet new friends and enjoy the views whilst sipping a Pisco Sour from the bar. Breathe in the Andean air from the open deck of the Observation Car as the train travels through the ever-changing landscape.

Invite new friends to gather Around the baby grand piano and relax in comfortable seating as majestic vistas drift past outside. Share a lively story from the day’s adventures and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar.


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

9 Oct 2020
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