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Belmond Andean Explorer trains

Belmond (previously Orient-Express) are re-launching one of their classic rail journeys in Peru on 4 May 2017. The existing route, an 8 hour journey between Cusco and Puno (on the shores of Lake Titicaca) will cease to operate at the end of April and its Andean Explorer name will be taken over by a newly-refurbished train with various options (all of which involve at least one night on board).

La Raya passLa Raya pass

Details of how the new schedule will operate are slowly emerging and we thought it would be helpful to set out our current understanding of the various options in a clear and straightforward format. The following paragraphs describe what the train will do over its weekly cycle. Some timings are educated guesses. Several photos are just an artist's impression. The headings in each case are the name given to the particular departure - the actual train in all cases is the same.

Spirit of the Water (1 night)

Observation car (impression)Observation car (impression)

Tuesday
1100:  depart Cusco towards Puno - lunch
Afternoon: disembark and visit Raqch'i (an Inca site quite near Cusco, impressive 14m walls) - tea
Evening: ascend La Raya pass - dinner on board - sleep on train (lake edge)

Wednesday
Sunrise - breakfast - disembark Puno

Spirit of the Andes (1 night)

The old train in La RayaThe old train in La Raya

1200: depart Puno towards Cusco - lunch
Afternoon: disembark for excursion in La Raya pass
Evening: Tea - cocktails - dinner - sleep on train

Thursday
Morning: disembark Cusco

Peruvian Highlights (2 nights)

A cabinA cabin

Morning: depart Cusco towards Puno - lunch
Afternoon: disembark and visit Raqch’i (an Inca site quite near Cusco, impressive 14m walls) - tea
Evening: ascend La Raya pass - dinner on board - sleep on train (lake edge)

Friday
Sunrise - breakfast
Morning: disembark for tours to Uros and Taquile (lunch served here)
Afternoon: train departs towards Arequipa - tea - disembark and visit Arequipa
Evening: embark again and retrace your steps as far as Cañahuas, sleep on board

Saturday
Morning: breakfast - disembark for trip to Lake Lagunillas and Sumbay caves (paintings up to 8,000 years old) - lunch
Afternoon: lunch - disembark Arequipa (optional trip end before lunch for those wanting to continue towards Colca)

Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery (2 nights)

Dining carDining car

Evening: depart Arequipa towards Puno - dinner - sleep on board

Sunday
Sunrise - breakfast - arrive Puno
Morning: disembark for tours to Uros and Taquile (lunch served here)
Afternoon: embark - tea - descend La Raya pass - dinner - sleep on board (at Marangani)

Monday
Breakfast.
Morning: disembark and visit Raqch’i
Early afternoon: arrive and disembark Cusco

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