Andean Explorer

Luxury train journey

The Andean Highlands in first class style

Enjoy the mysticism offered by the beautiful Peruvian Andean landscape aboard the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer train. This spectacular 3 day / 2 night rail journey traverses the highest plains of the Andes, travelling from Cusco to Arequipa.

Riding the Andean Explorer is a unique experience, a journey between highlands, mountains and clouds. Boarding in Cusco you will visit the Incan site of Raqch’I before witnessing a sensational sunset over La Raya mountain and arriving in Lake Titicaca for nightfall. The following day you will soak up the culture of the lake and the floating Uros Islands before continuing to Arequipa, known for its Unesco World Heritage–listed city centre, magnificent volcanic landscape and cave paintings thought to be some 8000 years old. Throughout the joruney, the landscape is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River aswell as rolling Andean plains, dotted with roaming vicuna and alpaca herds.

The Belmond Andean Explorer is exquisitely decorated to subtly evoke the great Pullman trains of the twenties. It includes two dining carriages, a bar and an observation carriage. Cabins are available in double, twin and bunk configurations, each with its own en-suite and shower. Interior designs are inspired by the colours of the mountain landscape, softened by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and Alpaca wool.

The Belmond Andean Explorer is one the most of luxurious trains in the world and provides a unique way to travel in first class style between some of Peru’s most iconic and spectacular destinations.

You will love

  • One of the world’s great train journeys
  • Luxurious and delightfully civilised
  • Fascinating Inca and pre-Inca history
  • The floating Uros Islands

At a glance

Please Note

This example itinerary is based on the 3D/2N itinerary for the Belmond Andean Explorer train journey from Cusco to Arequipa. Please contact us for further details and alternative itineraries.

Day 1

Board the Belmond Andean Explorer train in Cusco. Settle down and unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey towards Puno. Enjoy lunch onboard before visiting Raqch’i – a fascinating archaeological site. Return to the train for canapes and watch the sunset before dinner and relaxing for the evening.

Day 2

Awake early to catch sunrise across Lake Titicaca, before enjoying breakfast onboard. Explore life out on Lake Titicaca, first visiting the Uros Islands before heading to Taquile Island. After lunch and enjoying demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers, have afternoon tea, continue to Arequipa and have dinner before retiring to your cabin for a restful night.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast before setting off to explore Lake Lagunillas. Afterwards visit Sumbay Caves and return to the train for lunch before arriving to Arequipa. Note: You may leave the train early at Canahuas and continue to explore the Colca Canyon.


1 or 2 nights Cusco-Puno-Arequipa or reverse

1 or 2 nights Cusco-Puno-Arequipa or reverse

START: Cusco, Peru     |     Finish: Arequipa, Peru

The Belmond Andean Explorer runs the 2 night/3 day journey from Cusco to Arequipa departing every Thursday, the one night Cusco to Puno journey departing every Tuesday, the one night Puno to Cusco journey departing every Wednesday, and the 2 night/3 day journey from Arequipa to Cusco every Friday in 2020.


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