Commuting to the Andes is about to get a whole lot easier — or at least it will if you hop aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer.
The train, set to launch in 2017, will travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth – from Cusco, Peru, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, to Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, and then the city centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Passengers can choose to stay in a variety of rooms including suite/doubles, twin and bunk beds – and because this train is more hotel than locomotive – all 34 come with their own en-suite toilet and shower.
Along with the impressive cabins, the lounge car features a bar and a baby grand piano, meanwhile the two dining carriages serve seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes.
Plus there’s an open deck Observation Car to enjoy those Andean views.
The decor was masterminded by designer Inge Moore, who was inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of Alpaca wool.
Trips start from $462 per person, per night, which includes meals, drinks and excursions.