Belmond has introduced its Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train, travelling between Cusco and Arequipa in Peru.

Joining other rail journeys in Belmond’s portfolio including the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the new train travels over two days through some of the most spectacular scenery in South America, providing views of snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and herds of alpacas and llamas.

Its carriages have been designed to reflect Peruvian culture, mixing vibrant colours with natural tones and large picture windows. An observation car offers an outdoor terrace and acts as the social hub of the train, while executive chef Diego Munoz has created a culinary experience for guests with an emphasis on Peru’s natural ingredients.

Off the train, guests can take a private tour of Lake Titicaca and lunch on a private beach with views to the glacial peaks of La Paz in Bolivia.

Belmond has also acquired a 20-room hotel in the Arequipa region of Peru’s south, nestled in lush gardens with views across Colca Canyon. Called the Belmond Las Casitas, it also features the Samay Spa which offers views over the canyon and provides treatments involving natural ingredients from the hotel’s gardens.

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