Lonely Planet Writer

Peru's new luxury sleeper train is taking travellers on journeys through the Andes

A new luxury sleeper train that will take travellers through the incredible landscapes of the Peruvian Andes has launched this month.

The luxury train is pictured in front of an incredible mountain backdrop.
South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer. Image by Matt Crossick

The Belmond Andean Explorer journeys between Cusco and Arequipa on one- or two-night trips, taking on one of the highest rail routes in the world. Belmond describes its new offering as South America’s first luxury sleeper service, and while it offers the first overnight trips, it is the company’s second luxury train in the country – its Hiram Bingham service offers day trips between Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

A woman stands on the observation car of the train, looking out at the beautiful scenery.
A passenger in the observation car as South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Image by Matt Crossick

The route winds through the Peruvian Andes, which means guests will get to see snow-capped mountains and incredible wildlife. The train will make stops in spots like CuzcoPunoLake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon and Arequipa. And the stops will also be luxurious excursions into amazing areas of Peru. At Lake Titicaca, guests will get to take a private tour of the floating islands on the highest navigable body of water in the world. There, they will enjoy lunch on a private beach with views of the mountains of La Paz, Bolivia.

A view of the dining car on board the new Belmond Andean Explorer luxury sleeper train, during its journey between Arequipa, Puno and Cusco.
A view of the dining car on board the new Belmond Andean Explorer luxury sleeper train, during its journey between Arequipa, Puno and Cusco. Image by Matt Crossick

Some journeys will stop in spots like Arequipa, which is often called the White City and is a Unesco World Heritage site known for its white-stone buildings. Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest, where travellers can see Inca architectures and even catch a glimpse of the Andean condor from the train.

Dumplings pictured on a white plate.
Guests can enjoy fine dining by chef Diego Munoz on board the Belmond Andean Explorer. Image by Belmond

The 24-cabin train includes a restaurant, library, piano bar and an outdoor observation car. The outdoor terrace “becomes the social hub of the train by night; a place to enjoy a pisco sour and dance to live Latin music,” according to Belmond. At the restaurant, guests can sample “refined Andean cuisine”, like traditional corn with cheese to dishes like alpaca tortellini. The train’s menu is devised by Diego Muñoz, a celebrated Peruvian chef.

Obviously, the luxury train experience won’t come cheap. Prices for the journeys are available on request.