A Look Inside South America’s First Luxury Train

May 20, 2017

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There must be something in the air. Just weeks after Japan’s new, ultra-luxurious train, the Shiki-shima, made its debut, South America became home to its very own — and reportedly, its very first — luxury sleeper train. If you’ve ever dreamed of trekking through Peru, but can’t see yourself in pair of hiking boots and backpack, the Belmond Andean Explorer may be just what you need.

All that luxury, and the views aren't bad either. Image courtesy of Belmond Management Limited.
All that luxury, and the views aren’t bad either.

Whether your ideal journey entails a weekend escape to the Peruvian Highlands, where you can visit the ancient Inca site at Raqch’i and wake up to watch the sunrise over Lake Titicaca, or conquer your acrophobia with a one-night journey between Puno and Cusco along one of the world’s highest train routes, Belmond has got an itinerary for every type of traveler. The only prerequisite is that wherever you’re headed, you want to get there in style.

There are four types of cabins from which to choose, all of them inspired by the landscape outside your window with handwoven fabrics and soft, Alpaca wool. Image courtesy Belmond Management Limited.
There are four types of cabins from which to choose, all of them inspired by the landscape outside your window and featuring handwoven fabrics and soft, Alpaca wool.

Limiting its capacity to just 48 passengers, a journey aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer is a totally intimate affair with onboard amenities that will have you wishing you didn’t need to disembark at all.

An outdoor observation deck is just one of the train's many luxurious amenities. Image courtesy Matt Crossick/Belmond Management Limited.
An outdoor observation deck is just one of the train’s many luxurious amenities.

“I wanted to connect the interior with the location and make it a holistic journey of discovery,” said Inge Moor, who designed the train’s interior spaces. “The journey starts with the immediate surroundings — a place to calm the senses, enable a new state of ‘slow living’ and relaxation whilst connecting with nature.”

The toughest decision on this journey may be whether to disembark at all. Image courtesy Belmond Management Limited.
The toughest decision on this journey may be whether to disembark at all.

Unlike Japan’s aforementioned Shiki-shima train, it doesn’t cost as much as a Rolex Submariner to hop aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer. Though prices vary based on itinerary and cabin type, they’re based on double occupancy and start at $480 per person for a one-night journey and $1,225 per person for a two-night journey.

Each cabin has a private bathroom and shower. Image courtesy Belmond Management Limited.
Each cabin has a private bathroom and shower.

As for what that’ll get you? In addition to your cabin, of which there are four types (Deluxe Double Bed Cabin, Junior Double Bed Cabin, Twin Bed Cabin or Bunk Bed Cabin), there’s also a lounge car, a piano bar, a pair of dining cars — Llama and Muña — and a spa. Check out the video below for a sneak peek at the scenery that awaits you.

H/T: TravelPulse

All images courtesy of Belmond Management Limited.

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