we’re talking about real rail travel – the kaleidoscopic evolution of landscapes beyond; the rhythmic sway of the carriage like so many sambaing hips; the adventure of being on the move, to parts unknown. Even a generation after the advent of the jet we still love to ride the rails, embracing slow travel at its greatest.
Next year you’re going to have a chance to do just that with the Belmond Andean Explorer, the highest train journey on earth and the first luxury sleeper in South America. Set to launch in May 2017, this chic new rail journey promises spectacular landscapes and world-class refinement as it traverses the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, on four one and two-night journeys. The train’s twin double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12 pullman suites include interiors by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA inspired by the textures and hues of the continent, but for the most captivating views we suggest you make for the open-air Observation Car (perhaps with pisco sour in hand?), the chic Lounge Car (where a black tie is de rigueur), or for one of two elegant dining cars, where menus created by the culinary team of Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco are served with military precision (despite the train reaching an altitude of 4,800m along the way). Spend a single day on the train as part of the one-night Spirit of the Andes journey, or combine a multi-day adventure with stays at Belmond’s historic hotels and remote wildlife sanctuaries along the way.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Belmond Andean Explorer
Launching May 2017