The Peruvian Andes are home to some spectacular sights, and explorers looking to take it all in can now do so from the comfort of what is billed as South America's first luxury sleeper train. The Belmond Andean Explorer not only exposes passengers to some of the region's more breathtaking landscapes on the outside, it also offers a distinctly local touch on the inside courtesy of Peruvian textures, handicrafts and cuisines.
The Belmond Andean Explorer can carry up to 48 passengers, and services a number of itineraries traversing what is claimed to be one of the highest train routes in the world. Stops include the world's highest navigable lake (Lago Titicaca), the former capital of the Incan empire Cusco, and the city of Arequipa, including views of the nearby Colca Canyon which happens to be one of the world's deepest.
But if you're indulging in this kind of transportation, its not just the destination you're thinking about. The train is made up by a series of extravagant cars including a library full of literature on Peruvian history and culture, an observation car with a bar and open deck, a lounge with a grand piano, and a dining car offering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
The interior was designed by London's Muza Lab and is inspired by the colors and textures of Peru's handwoven fabrics, along with the softer tones of Alpaca wool. Sleeping cabins come in four variations with deluxe double rooms, junior double rooms, twin beds and bunk bed cabins available, all of which come with a private shower and bathroom.
"I wanted to connect the interior with the location and make it a holistic journey of discovery," says Muza Lab's Inge Moore. "The 'journey' starts with the immediate surroundings – a place to calm the senses, enable a new state of 'slow living' and relaxation whilst connecting with nature. Colours and textures are inspired by Peruvian nature – soft Ivory Alpaca tones, Andean slate greys and woven textures and handicrafts."
The Belmond Andean Explorer kicked off its high-altitude train trips last month, with pricing available on request. You can check out the short promo video below.