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Andean Explorer adds another jewel to Belmond’s luxury train portfolio

View from the train: photo Matt Crossick

Now, another luxury train in Peru!  Belmond Andean Explorer  departed on its inaugural journey May 3rd, 2017.  Its three-day (two night) journey goes from Cusco to Arequipa, through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world – expect vast, uninterrupted views of snow-capped mountains, enormous skies, majestic lakes and herds of alpacas, llamas and vicunas grazing on the altiplano.The train’s large picture windows offer the perfect vantage point of the ever-changing scenery through the Andes. The observation car with an outdoor terrace becomes the social hub, to enjoy a pisco sour and dance to live Latin music. Chef Diego Muñoz prepares such natural ingredients as corn with cheese, plus alpaca tortellini – and lime with melted chocolate and apple custard (he also offers an on-train ceviche class, set against the backdrop of rolling Andes). Off-train experiences include a private tour of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable water in the world, and lunch on a private beach with views across to the glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia.  Girlahead recommends those who think they know Peru – and Cusco and Machu Picchu, reached by another train, the Belmond Hiram Bingham – to ask Belmond to plan a true Peruvian adventure, including the new train, and stays in one of its two luxury Cusco hotels, plus Belmond Miraflores in Lima.