Belmond Andean Explorer | South America

Belmond Andean Explorer


The Belmond Andean Explorer snakes its way through the highest plains of the Andes.

From Cusco to Arequipa, choose from a one or two-night itinerary. A showcase of Peruvian craftsmanship, the luxury old-world train features timber finishes, colourful woven ottomans and bathrooms fashioned from local stone.

What we love about Belmond Andean Explorer

  • Deluxe en-suite cabins are cosy & thoughtfully designed, featuring queen-size beds, alpaca wool throws, writing tables and stylish robes and slippers
  • Enjoy fantastic views from the cabin, with picture windows to take in the changing scenery
  • Arrive to fresh flowers & champagne and a complimentary massage, courtesy of Plan South America aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer
  • Evenings are a cosy affair – don’t miss Alejandro’s signature cocktails, followed by a spoiling three-course candlelit dinner in the elegant dining carriage
  • Executive Chef, Diego Munoz, presides over a menu of well-executed Peruvian favourites
What to do at Belmond Andean Explorer

The first stop takes in the important archaeological site of ancient Inca ruins, Raqch’i, deep in the Andes.

Sip Pisco Sours in the observation carriage & watch a mesmerising sunset over the La Raya mountain range.

Next stop: Lake Titicaca. Travel by reed boat to meet with communities & local artisans on the floating Uros islands. The journey continues to Taquile Island for a beachside lunch.

If time allows, spend a day or two relaxing at the romantic lakeside lodge, Titilaka – a perfect honeymoon hideaway.

Hop back aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer for a comfortable night’s sleep, continuing the journey to Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dubbed the White City, its colonial buildings glow with sillar from the surrounding volcanoes – arriving here by train is magical.

From Arequipa, journey through Andean villages and Inca ruins to explore the extraordinary Colca Canyon, twice the depth of America’s Grand Canyon, bordered by snowcapped peaks. Colca Canyon offers spectacular outdoor adventures such as rafting, hiking & visits to hot springs. It is an amazing place to watch majestic Andean condors riding thermals & swooping low into the canyon.


The Belmond Andean Explorer begins in Cusco, Puno or Arequipa.

There are hourly flights from Lima and daily flights from various cities to Cusco.

The nearest airport to Puno is Juliaca. There are direct flights from Lima and Cusco to Juliaca. The flying time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Lima and 40 minutes from Cusco. Puno train station is just a 45-minute drive away.

Belmond Andean Explorer | Plan South America

When to Travel

The Andean Explorer operates with set departure dates and does not run in February. Speak to one of our team to find out more.

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