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South America Great railway journeys


South America is not well-known for its great railway journeys, yet there are still several classic routes that make travelling through difficult terrain hugely dramatic and enjoyable.

In Peru, skip the Inca Trail and instead take the train to Machu Picchu on board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, which travels regularly from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the jumping off point for the legendary Inca ruins.

Alternatively, board the Andean Explorer to journey from Puno and the shore of Lake Titicaca to Cusco and see rural life and traditional villages on the high altiplano that aren't connected to the outside world by road.

In Ecuador, travel from the coastal city of Guayaquil east through changing landscapes and into the Andes to arrive at Riobamba. On route a series of spectacular switchbacks help the train negotiate the Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo), a rocky promontory that appears unpassable by rail.

Our top itineraries for South America Great railway journeys

Ecuador by Train & Galapagos Island Stay

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £4,795 pp incl. flights

Explore some of Ecuador's most impressive landscapes aboard the award-winning Tren Crucero (Cruise Train) as you travel through the high Andes to the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Peru by Rail

10-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,520 pp incl. flights

Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, highlights of any visit to Peru, are linked by rail via Cusco along some of the world's highest and most scenic tracks.

Luxury Peru by Rail with Belmond

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £5,240 pp incl. flights


Up to 20% discount with Belmond hotels/trains in Jan-Mar19 – Save up to £840 pp
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Whether it’s lavish accommodation, exclusive tours or trips aboard the continent’s most luxurious trains, this itinerary showcases the very best of Peru, from its Incan treasures to its spectacular natural world.

Ecuador Train and Galápagos Voyage on Silversea

16-day fly, rail and cruise

Combining two unique experiences – a mountain rail journey through the Andes and an island-hopping, luxury cruise through the Galápagos – this is your chance to see the natural wonders of Ecuador in style. Spot marine iguanas on snorkel trips before returning to all-inclusive fine dining.

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