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Belmond, the company behind the Venice Simplon Orient-Express, the Belmond Royal Scotsman and Ireland’s forthcoming Belmond Grand Hibernian train (as well as one of my favourite hotels; The Belmond Cipriani in Venice), is launching South America’s first luxury sleeper train in Peru next year. Named the Belmond Andean Explorer, this luxury sleeper train will be Belmond’s eighth luxury train and will travel along the Peruvian Andes on one of the highest rail routes on earth.

The company is planing four one- and two-night journeys to the Peruvian highlands, departing from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The train will reach 4,800 meters in altitude, travelling to Puno where guests will visit Lake Titicaca, and then to Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The train will accommodate 68 guests in 2 double cabins; 20 twin cabins; and 12 bunk-bed cabins for two people. Food will prepared by the chefs at Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and its interiors will be inspired by Peru’s hand-woven fabrics, with soft tones of the Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys. There will be shared access to two dining cars, an observation car with an open-air deck, and a lounge car.

The Andean Explorer is Belmond’s second luxury train in Peru. The Hiram Bingham already offers day trips between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Andean Explorer services are scheduled to commence in May 2017 and will cost from $462 (£320) per person for the one-night Spirit of the Andes journey, inclusive of meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions. Belmond’s launch of the service comes shortly after British Airways inaugurated direct flights between London Heathrow and the Peruvian capital Lima.

The Andean Explorer

(photo courtesy of Belmond)