Lonely Planet Writer

First luxury sleeper train in South America will commence service in Peru next year

Luxury hotel and travel outfitter Belmond has announced the launch of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru. Service commences in May 2017 and will traverse one of the highest rail routes on earth.

Peru to be the first South American country to launch a luxury sleeper train.
Peru to be the first South American country to launch a luxury sleeper train. Image by Press Association

Journeys through the Peruvian Andes will offer spectacular views and opportunities to experience famed ancient kingdoms some of the best natural wonders in South America. Guests can choose from four different itineraries, lasting from one night and one day to two nights and three days. Stops along the route include experiences in Cuzco , Puno , Lake Titicaca , the Colca Canyon  and Arequipa.

Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Lake Titicaca, Peru. Image by Getty Images

The Andean Explorer accommodates 68 guests in plush en-suite cabins with interiors inspired by the vibrant colours and textures of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of Alpaca wool blended with calming Andean slate greys. Fresh, seasonal fare featuring local ingredients will be served in the two dining cars. The dramatic views of the Andes can be enjoyed from the open-air deck of the observation car and patrons can unwind with a pisco sour in the luxurious lounge car. Prices begin at US$462 per person for one night, fully inclusive of all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions.

The Andean Explorer is Belmond’s second luxury train in Peru – its Hiram Bingham service offers day trips between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The trains are decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages with polished wood and brass and large, comfortable armchairs where travellers can enjoy brunch and dinner on board.