For most of you who have travelled to South America, it probably involved limited money, ‘finding yourself’ and a lot of questionable alpaca garms #gapyah. Nothing luxury insight. But times have changed and there’s a new way to travel.
The Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first luxury sleeper train. It transports 68 passengers across the Peruvian Andes, one of the highest train routes in the world. There are a couple of journeys to choose from but you’ll pass through Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, Lake Titicaca in Puno and the white city of Arequipa. Views for days.
There are four types of cabins on offer, each with their own en-suite bathroom and shower. You’ve got the classic bunk bed layout but what you really want is the deluxe double bed cabin. Spacious and classy. The interiors are modern with traditional Andean accents, think hand-woven fabrics and alpaca wool.
The train is made up of two dining cars, a spa for a little R&R and a swanky lounge to discuss the day’s adventures. But it’s the observation car where you’ll want to soak up those views, ideally with a cocktail in hand. A quick warning, the train reaches heights of 4,800m so you might experience a little altitude sickness. Nothing that your pisco sour won’t sort out.
Prices start from $653.