The Belmond Andean Explorer: South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train
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The Belmond Andean Explorer: South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train

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Oct 27, 2017


By Margo Lynott

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Last updated on February 15th, 2021 at 07:05 am

Be whisked away on a scenic sleeper train ride through some of Peru’s most beautiful landscapes on The Belmond Andean Explorer. This new luxury sleeper train takes passengers from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and the gateway to Machu Picchu, across Andean plains to Arequipa, a city immersed in Peru’s gastronomic renaissance and guarded by three dramatic volcanoes.

Sit back and relax, while the region’s highlights are put on display just outside your window. Marvel at the sparkling blue Lake Titicaca and one of the world’s most popular trekking destinations, the Colca Canyon. The Belmond Andean Explorer train does all the work; you just have to be there to enjoy the ride.

The Routes of the Belmond Andean Explorer

Belmond Andean Explorer

  1. Peruvian Highlands (Cusco – Puno – Arequipa): The Peruvian Highlands is the most extended route, lasting three days and two nights. Begin in Cusco, pass through Puno and end in Arequipa.
  2. Andean Plains & Islands of Discovery (Arequipa – Puno – Cusco): In 2 short days, travel through Peru’s most jaw-dropping destinations, including the majestic Lake Titicaca.
  3. Spirit of the Water (Cusco – Puno): For a quick adventure, choose the Spirit of the Water route. Travel from Cusco to Puno in one day and one night. The most prominent part of this journey will be the beauty of Lake Titicaca.
  4. Spirit of the Andes (Puno – Cusco): Lastly, the Spirit of the Andes is the exact opposite of the Spirit of the Water. Travel from Puno to Cusco and let South America’s beautiful terrain capture your attention for hours on end.

The Cabins of the Belmond Andean Explorer

Hop aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer for a South America Railway Tour! This sixteen-carriage train is equipped to hold 48 passengers in four cabin types. Each type of cabin features an ensuite bathroom and shower, and a decor that combines classic wood paneling with colorful, handwoven Andean elements. You might recognize some of the textures to those you’ve seen in the local markets of Cusco.

The Double Deluxe Cabin

Double Deluxe Cabin

The Double Deluxe is the largest of all the cabins on the Belmond Andean Explorer. Spread out in a double bed, lounge in one of the two seats in the sitting area, unpack your bags in a spacious wardrobe, and wash off in your private bathroom. Discover an additional dressing table, a large mirror, and a towel and coat rack as well. The total area: 13.1m2.

The Junior Double Bed Cabin

The Junior Double cabin is very similar to the Double Deluxe. Enjoy a double bed, a small sitting area, a wardrobe for your belongings, a small private bathroom, a small mirror and coat rack. The total area: 13.1m2.

The Twin Bed Cabin

Twin Bed Cabin

The Twin Bed Cabin is perfect for friends or family traveling together. Two travelers can enjoy their own single bed (2 single beds in the room), a shared wardrobe, shower and washbasin, one banquette, and one chair for leisure. The total area: 7.4m2.

The Bunk Bed Cabin

Bunk Bed Cabin

The Bunk Bed Cabin is ideal for children or friends traveling together! This smaller cabin has a bunk bed with a day and night configuration. Fall asleep in one of the two single beds (upper and lower berth) at night, wash up in the shower and washbasin, and store your belongings in the shared wardrobe. The total area: 5.5m2.

Note: All cabins have a 110v/220v shaver socket outlet.  For more information, see Belmond Andean Explorer Accommodations.

The Interior of the Belmond Andean Explorer train tour

The interior of the Belmond Andean Explorer was designed by Inge Moore and Nathan Hitchins. These two designers have joined together to launch their London-based practice called Muza Lab. recalls that Inge Moore’s vision for the Belmond Andean Explorer, “was to design somewhere to ponder and dream, a space where the beauty of the land can infuse the soul.” And, I believe the passengers agree that Inge Moore and Nathan Hitchin’s vision has become a reality.

The Lounge Car

Lounge Car

Join your new-found friends and take a seat in the Piano Bar Car. Sink into one of the plush couches or chairs as a medium grand piano sets the musical tone of the car. Sip on a refreshing cocktail, marvel at the passing scenery, and discuss your day’s adventure with your fellow mates.

The Dining Car

Dining Car

Starting to get hungry for more than just spectacular views? The kitchen staff of the Belmond Andean Explorer provides fresh, seasonal dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients. Choose between the two elegant dining carriages and select a meal from the skilfully designed menus, created by Belmond Hotel Monasterio’s expert chefs. You will not be disappointed!

The Observation Car

Observation Car

The Observation Car is an oasis where travelers can decompress in the company of fellow passengers. Come here to make new friends and to sip on a traditional Pisco Sour, specially made by the local bartender. There’s nothing quite like breathing in the Andean air, which comes in from the open deck, as the train follows the tracks through gorgeous landscapes.

The Spa Car

The Spa Car

The Spa will feature a wide range of services, designed to help travelers relax as much as possible during a busy South America Tour. However, the Spa will not be open until March of 2018.

Are you ready to board the Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train? At, we are your Peru Travel Experts. Send us an email or give us a call today. Let us help you book your next Peru Tour on the Belmond Andean Explorer!

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