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Belmond Andean Explorer

Luxury Peru by Rail with Belmond

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £6,080 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Incan wonders, colonial elegance and Andean beauty

Highlights

  • Enjoy restaurant-car indulgence as you plunge into the Andes
  • Summit a world wonder – Machu Picchu
  • Take in Peru’s colonial beauty with Lima, Cusco and Arequipa
  • Spot condors in the savagely beautiful Colca Canyon
  • Enjoy private touring throughout and stays in luxurious Belmond properties

In Brief

  • 1 Night Lima
  • 2 Nights Sacred Valley
  • 1 Night Machu Picchu
  • 2 Nights Cusco
  • 1 Night Lake Titicaca
  • 2 Nights Colca Canyon
  • 2 Nights Arequipa

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City | History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey

Take in Peru’s diverse delights with expert-led private tours, exclusive stays and the continent’s most luxurious rail journey. Beginning with Lima’s European charm, you’ll fly down to the Sacred Valley to compare its indigenous villages to Machu Picchu’s mist-shrouded secrets and Cusco’s treasures both Incan and Spanish. Your indulgent mountain rail trip will then see you link remote temple ruins with a cruise among Lake Titicaca’s floating villages. End with Arequipa – a city hewn from white rock – along with the condors and savage peaks of Colca Canyon.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Lima

After your day flight to Lima, a private transfer will bring you to the modern elegance of the Belmond Miraflores Park. Here, you’ll have some time to rest, enjoying spectacular views over the Pacific from the hotel’s rooftop pool and manicured gardens.

Stay: Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima (Deluxe)

Day 2
Lima/Sacred Valley

After breakfast, a private city tour will bring you between Lima’s multifaceted heritage. The Peruvian capital is resplendent in colonial charm, centring around the Plaza Mayor. Here, the city wears its ‘City of Kings’ moniker with pride, in the neo-plateresque Government Palace, the palm-tree-fronted cathedral and the 16th-century Archbishop’s Palace. You’ll also make a stop at the Choco Museum, where you’ll learn about the country’s cocoa production – a tradition begun in ancient Peru. Then, after uncovering Lima’s religious convictions in the Convent of Santo Domingo, take in the city’s genteel parks before bookending your flight out to Cusco and its Sacred Valley host with private transfers.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 3
The Sacred Valley

Beset on both sides by green-dappled peaks, the Sacred Valley hides historic villages, ancient cultures and your luxury, riverside accommodation. From here, you’ll head out and explore on a full-day private tour, watching as hillsides are tiered into bright-white saltpans at Maras and semi-circular agricultural terraces at Moray used by the Incas as a botanical laboratories. You’ll also take in Ollantaytambo – a mountaintop Incan stronghold that commands stunning views of its homonymous town, whose narrow streets and canals date back to the 15th century.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 4
Machu Picchu

Today, a world wonder awaits. You’ll set off from Cusco on the Vistadome train where truly panoramic windows frame wild, Andean scenery as you travel on to Machu Picchu. On arrival, following a bus transfer, you’ll have the services of an expert who’ll guide you between royal quarters and ancient temples to spectacular vistas over mist-dappled peaks. After some time to explore on your own, you’ll enjoy the same mountain scenery from your luxurious accommodation.

Stay: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Machu Picchu

Staying at the only hotel adjacent to Machu Picchu, you’ll have a UNESCO-listed treasure on your doorstep. With some extra time to explore, perhaps make the hike up to Huayna Picchu for stunning views over the main complex and a collection of lesser-visited temples. You’ll then retrace your steps with a bus hop and Vistadome train ride back to Cusco, followed by a private transfer to the Belmond Monasterio. Alternatively, why not upgrade your rail journey to the ever-so-luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham? Named after the explorer who rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, it's a real celebration of early 20th-century style, boasting 1920s Pullman carriages replete in polished wood and brass. And, as one of the world's most luxurious trains, you'll be treated to fine wines and gourmet dining as the Andean landscapes rush by.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6
Cusco

Staying in a national monument – a centuries-old monastery – you’ll be treated to a private tour of Cusco’s unique heritage. Here, ancient Incan sites rub shoulders with Spanish-colonialist charm; the finest example of which is Coricancha – a colonial church built atop a sun temple. You’ll then make a stop at San Cristobal Lookout for citywide views before zooming in on the Plaza de Armas where long arcades point towards the twin domes of its 16th century church. You’ll then turn out to Sacsayhuaman – an Incan fortress formed from giant stone blocks. It’s the perfect introduction to a spread of archaeological sites, while a workshop visit demonstrates the region’s more artistic heritage.

Stay: Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer to Lake Titicaca

Today you’ll board the continent’s most luxurious train, checking into your designer, wood-panelled cabin. As you wind through Peru’s mountain-framed countryside, you’ll enjoy indulgent fine dining, pisco sour cocktails and the twinkling of a grand piano in the lounge car. Your first stop is Raqch’i, a collection of remote Incan ruins that form a great walled temple. You’ll return to the train for dinner, taken as the sun sets over the La Raya Mountains.

Stay: Belmond Andean Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer to Colca Canyon

After overnighting at Lake Titicaca, you’ll head out to explore what is South America’s largest body of water. Sail out on a traditional woven boat to discover whole villages built on man-made reed islands where life continues unchanged by time’s progress. You’ll take your lunch on a delightful beach, enjoying performances by traditional dancers and demonstrations by local artisans as you dine. After, you’ll reboard to continue your journey towards Colca Canyon.

Stay: Belmond Andean Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Colca Canyon

Wake to the rugged scenery of Lake Lagunillas before visiting Sumbay, whose cave paintings date back eight millennia. You’ll then disembark at Colca Canyon where indigenous communities thrive, cragged peaks soar and pre-Incan stepped terraces are still farmed on. Start your tour with a visit to the colourfully dressed locals of Yura Village before you stop at the lesser-visited Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Here, great saltpans and verdant wetlands are roamed by yet more wandering alpaca. Along the way, you’ll enjoy traditional meals, packed full of Andean flavour. You’ll then transfer to an orchard-ringed private bungalow at Belmond Las Casitas – a luxurious mountain hideaway.

Stay: Belmond Las Casitas (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11
Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Today, your private driver will bring you to the Cross of the Condor where you’ll take in the finest views of Colca Canyon’s condor-troubled crags. Then, an included lunch and stops at church-dotted market villages will bring you – via high mountain passes – to Arequipa and the cathedral ceilings of your accommodation, housed in the city’s old mint. The next day, your private touring will showcase Arequipa’s distinctive architecture. Everything from its Baroque churches to the San Ignacio Chapel – ‘America’s Sistine Chapel’ – is realised in white, sillar rock, sourced from the city’s volcanic surrounds. You’ll also take in leafy Yanahuara’s panoramic views and the bright reds and deep blues of the 16th-century Santa Catalina Convent.

Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection, Arequipa (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 12-13
Depart for UK

After breakfast, a final private transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight home, arriving on day 13 via Lima.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

13-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £6,080 incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £6,080 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £6,425 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Lima
  • Domestic flights from Lima – Cusco and Arequipa to Lima
  • Private transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a full-board basis
  • 2 nights accommodation aboard Belmond Andean Explorer train on a full-board basis
  • Private half day Lima city tour
  • Private full day tour to Maras, Morai and Ollantaytambo with lunch
  • Private full day Machu Picchu tour by Vistadome train with lunch
  • Private half day Cusco city tour & ruins 
  • Private half day Colca Canyon tour
  • Private Arequipa city tour and Santa Catalina convent

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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