Belmond Andean Explorer: Luxury Sleeper Train

South America
Luxury

South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, is scheduled to launch May, 2017.

Running along one of the world’s highest rail routes, traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, the new luxury train will explore natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on one- and two-night journeys.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the vast Colca Canyon, then continue towards the city center of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reverse itinerary, from Arequipa to Cusco, also will be possible, Belmond says.

Travelers should be aware that journey involves high altitudes. Bottled oxygen will be available if needed.

Belmond Hiram Bingham

South America
Luxury

The gleaming blue-and-gold cars of the Hiram Bingham makes the 3.5-hour trip between Cusco and Machu Picchu every day but Sunday. The train has two 42-seat dining cars serving excellent Peruvian specialties for brunch on the journey to Machu Picchu, and for dinner on the evening return to Cusco. The train also has a gorgeous bar/observation car.

Tren Crucero

South America
First-class

The Tren Crucero began service in 2014 and was just reviewed by The Society of International Railway Travelers in April, 2017.  The daytime-only train consists of four carriages–two dining cars and two lounge cars, with a capacity for 54 passengers. It operates between Quito and Guayaquil on a 4 day/4 night journey, with touring along the way and overnights in local hotels. Perhaps the star of the show is the fabulous outdoor viewing platform — a great places to take in volcanoes, cloud forests, and Andean towns.

When Eleanor & Owen Hardy, co-owners of The Society of International Railway Travelers, reviewed this train in April, 2017, they were thrilled with what they found: great, warm and professional staff; interesting off-train outings, beautiful train equipment, lovely haciendas and hotels for overnight stays, wonderful food. And all with a refined sense of social responsibility to the communities through which the train travels.  If you have been waiting for the “Gold Star” from The Society of IRT for this program, here it is. This train was just awarded World’s Top 25 Trains status by The Society of International Railway Travelers in June 2, 2017.

This wonderful video, just posted, is a great look at the entire program.