While Belmond has long had the reputation for running the luxurious Hiram Bingham between Cusco and Machu Picchu, options in South America for overnight trains have been limited. But with the recent arrival of the unabashedly ornate Belmond Andean Explorer line, train travel in Peru has changed.
Linking the most famous of sites Southern Peru - Arequipa to Puno/Lake Titicaca to Cusco - this experience takes two nights about 48 hours travelling through the highlands of Peru to touch these sites. The highlight of the trip is an excursion, after sunrise at Lake Titicaca, out on the lake to visit the famous floating islands. While the sites are undoubtedly memorable, the method of moving through the Andes in the comfort of your private sleeper cabin, with the personalized service of meal service in the dining car, will leave you almost reluctant to disembark upon arrival to Cusco after nearly 2 days in transit.
With a maximum of only 48 travelers and departing only one day per week in each direction, the experience is without a doubt exclusive and the level of service is the same (there's even talk of a spa car next year!). However, at both your point of embarking in Arequipa and your arrival in Cusco, you'll have the opportunity to see genuine Peru in another manner. Whichever other experiences and tours you incorporate into your agenda, the Andean Explorer will undoubtedly be the star of the your journey.
Of course, there's more to see on both ends at Arequipa and Cusco. Our suggestions for extension of services are at our luxury service by rail journey that allows you to explore the depths of the Colca Canyon at your embarking point and heights of Machu Picchu after you've left the train. But endless options exist depending on what exactly attracted you to Peruvian travel in the first place - from Peru luxury food tours to archaeological tours to Cusco & Arequipa adventure tours.
See more of the Andean Explorer journey through the Andes with this recent article from The National at https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/south-america-s-first-luxury-overnight-train-inside-the-andean-explorer-1.662459#6.
We hope to see you in Peru soon!