Here is a refreshing change to all the air-borne paradise stories we have been flooded with in recent days. A luxury sleeper train, claiming to offer one of the highest train journeys on earth when it starts operations in May 2017. The Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru will be South America’s first luxury sleeper train, and is expected to cover terrains like none other. The route will include some natural treasures on its routes, and passengers can choose one of four journeys.
The interior of this luxury carriage is done up in a Peruvian theme by Inge Moore of Gallery HBA and can accommodate 68 guests in total. There are en-suite cabins which include two double cabins, 20 twin cabins and 12 bunk-bed cabins. Chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco are the guardians of gourmet which will be served in two dining cars. As exists sky bars, the train will also feature a Lounge Car to enjoy drinks and relax, also an Observation Car where you can enjoy an open-air deck – not something you come across ever so often in a train.
Here are the journeys you can expect – Peruvian Highlands offers a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire travelling across the Andes which boasts heights of 4,800 metres in altitude, to Puno where guests can visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca and then onwards to the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this route you can enjoy the vast Colca Canyon. In the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey passengers covers the Altiplano from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, and this will cost $462 per person per night. The rate includes meals, open bar and scheduled excursions.