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Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Peruvian Highlands 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 Cusco, taking in Lake Titicaca before disembarking in the white city of Arequipa.

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 Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, to Arequipa, Peru’s famous white city, 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 en route to Arequipa. You may choose to extend your Peru vacation with a visit to nearby Colca Canyon at your own expense.


At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
3 Days
On request

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Day 1

Cusco to Puno

The Belmond Andean Explorer - South America's first luxury sleeper train - departs Cusco at 1100AM for the journey across the Altiplano to the shore of Lake Titicaca.

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the train station. This classic journey, recently voted "one of the top ten railway journeys of the world" cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano, whose high plains are rich with llama herds, green Ibises and mountain villages where life is harsh but the resilient locals keep their communities with pride and good humor. During the journey you will see the changing landscapes among mountains, rolling plains, and the various weathers of the area.

You arrive late evening into Puno and enjoy a night on board. Lunch and dinner is included and on board.

Meal Plan Lunch and 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 Arequipa.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3


Breakfast is enjoyed en-route. Take in the magnificent scenery of the high plains - the Altiplano - as you travel through rich mining areas as well as the ubiquitous herds of Llamas and Alpacas. Keep an eye amongst these Andean animals for the famed Vicuna. Vicunas, an endangered species in 1974 are now a growing cash crop for the local famers. The wool is considered the finest in the world. Many examples of Vicuna wool products will available throughout your trip. While more expensive than the Llama or Alpaca wool, it is a product that will keep you warm in the coldest environments and last a lifetime.

On arrival into Arequipa lunch is taken onboard before you are transferred to the airport or your hotel (not included in trip price) for your onward journeys.

There is an opportunity to extend your journey with a trip to the Colca Canyon or an extended stay in Arequipa.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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


  • Colca Canyon tour
  • Accommodation in Arequipa 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 - Andean Plains & Islands Arequipa to Cusco via Lake Titicaca,  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 Puno

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 Dec 2021
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