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Spirit of the Water

Overview

Step inside the stylish carriages of the Belmond Andean Explorer for one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. The luxury journey from Cusco to Puno takes you through the spectacular Andean mountain range and across the Peruvian Altiplano where llamas and alpacas graze, to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.  

 

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Trip Code: PETSSOW

Location: Peru

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

The Belmond Andean Explorer departs from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, at 11:00 am. 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 Puno. Lunch is taken in the elegant dining carriages where fresh seasonal dishes are served, made using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes.

In the afternoon we visit the archaeological site of Raqchi, situated 110 kilometres from Cusco, and one of the largest Inca sites in Peru. It is thought that the site was built as a primary control point on the main road system that originated in Cusco and expanded with the growth of the Inca Empire. Raqchi is home to the impressive Temple of Wiracocha and also features living quarters attached to the Temple, ceremonial baths, storehouses and an artificial lake.

Afternoon tea is taken on board as the train continues its journey through the La Raya mountain range, the colours of the mountains changing with the setting sun. La Raya marks the border between the Cusco and Puno regions and is the highest point on the route at just over 4,300 metres, with spectacular views of the Andes.

Dinner is served on board before the train pulls into Lake Titicaca Station.

Cusco to Puno

This morning we watch the sunrise over Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world before a late breakfast on board the train.

OPTIONAL DAY TRIP (Not Included):

An optional day trip on Lake Titicaca is available:

Set off by boat to the floating reed islands of Uros situated a few kilometres from Puno. Here the locals continue to practice their traditional way of life, living by fishing. The original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the oldest cultures of the Americas. The Uros Islands, as well as the houses on them and the boats used by their inhabitants, are all made from the totora reeds that grow in Lake Titicaca.

Continue on to picturesque Taquile Island, home to 2,200 Quechua-speaking inhabitants known as Taquileños who are famous for their textiles and weaving. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. After lunch at a private location on Collata Beach, there is a demonstration of the island’s artisan work and traditional dance before returning to Puno later in the afternoon.

Lake Titicaca
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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 

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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.

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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.