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Spirit of the Andes

Overview

Step aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer as it takes you on one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, across the high plains of the Altiplano and through the mountains of the Andes from Puno to the beautiful and historic city of Cusco.

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Trip Code: PETSSOA

Location: Peru

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

The journey from Puno to Cusco is made aboard the deluxe classic Andean Explorer that travels along one of the highest and most beautiful train routes in the world, across the high Andean Altiplano. The luxury train features an observation car with open-air deck, a lounge car with comfortable seating and bar and two dining cars where gourmet seasonal dishes are served, made using locally-sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes. The train carries up to 48 passengers. There are four types of cabin - Deluxe double, Junior double, Twin bed and Bunk bed, all with private bathrooms and showers.

The Belmond Andean Explorer departs from Puno at 11:00 am. As Lake Titicaca fades into the distance, settle into the Observation Car to gaze out across the Altiplano, the highest plains of the Andes, or maybe breathe in the crisp Andean air from the open deck as you travel through the ever-changing landscapes towards Cusco. Lunch is taken in the elegant dining carriages.

The train continues towards La Raya that marks the border between the Cusco and Puno regions. It is the highest point on the route at just over 4,300 metres, with spectacular views of the Andes.

Relax over afternoon tea as you absorb the spectacular scenery and watch the landscape changing colours with the setting sun. Dinner is taken on board, as the train continues towards Cusco, arriving in the Cusco region at night.

Puno to Cusco

As you relax over breakfast, the train wends its way into the beautiful city of Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cusco
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Important Information

  • 1 Night on board the Andean Explorer (bunk bead cabin - twin and suite also available on request)
    Activities as per the itinerary 
    1 Dinner on board
    1 Breakfast on board
    1 Lunch on board 

  • 2 (light adventure)
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  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.