Andean Plains & Mystic Mountains
||Luxury, Discovery, Culture
|No. of days:
||7 days - 6 nights (Sturday departures)
|First & Last Cities:
||Puno, Uros Island, Taquile Island, Raqchi, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley of the Incas
This program may be operated for individual or for small groups
Travel from Arequipa to Cusco in unforgettable style. Savor the unforgettable indulgence of the Belmond Andean Explorer train as you are whisked through Peru’s most spectacular destinations, including the spellbinding Lake Titicaca. The Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery journey departs every Saturday night.
Day 1- Sat: Arequipa
Upon arrival at Arequipa International Airport you’ll be met and transferred to the Baroque city of Arequipa to board the train. Take some time to get comfortable in your cabin and acclimatize to the indulgent atmosphere of the train as you begin your journey towards Puno. Take your seat in one of the elegant dining cars for your first dinner on board. Relax and savor refined Andean dishes served with contemporary flair. After dinner, why not head to the bar car and enjoy a cocktail as you get to know your fellow travelers. [D]
Day 2 - Sun: Arequipa, Puno (Lake Titicaca)
Awake early for a spellbinding experience as you witness the sunrise across Lake Titicaca. Breakfast served on board, the perfect set up for a day full of adventure. This afternoon we explore Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The beautiful lake is home to many diverse islands, each boasting a unique way of life. First, we take a traditional boat to Uros, a man-made island artfully constructed from interwoven reeds which are constantly being replenished. The people who live on the island use the same reeds to create homes, ships and tools. Continue your exploration to Taquile Island, notable for its staining agricultural terraces. The people here follow a social code that has been barely touched by time and their handwoven fabrics are regarded as the best in Peru. Enjoy lunch at Collata Beach, followed by a performance from local dancers and a demonstration of artisans at work. Return to the station at the lake for a delicious sternson tea. Board the train and relax as the journey continues on to Cusco. As the evening descends enjoy another tempting dinner in the dining carriage. [B/L/D]
Day 3 - Mon: Puno, Cusco
Wake to a delicious breakfast, accompanied by stunning views as the train sets off from Marangani. Along the way, disembark to visit Raqchi. Once an important Inca settlement, today this fascinating archeological site boasts many architectural gems. After, enjoy a delicious brunch in the bar cars. All too soon we arrive at Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Bid farewell to your crew and disembark to meet our representatives and transfer to hotel. Rest of the morning to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. You may want to take a walk around the hotel before dinner. [B/L/D]
Day 4 - Tue: Cusco
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the city of Cusco, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and place of a particular essence. The tour begins in the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace and main center of worship of the god Sol, where after the Dominican order built a church that lies prized so far. Then visit the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful church of the Jesuits, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristobal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Enjoy lunch a local restaurant and continue to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca construction that stands out for its huge walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic position on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cuzco. Later you will visit important archaeological sites Puca Pucara and Qenko and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. [B/L/D]
Day 5 - Wed: Cusco, Machu Picchu
Early breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to the station for embarkation on the Hiram Bingham luxury train. A visit to a once-in-a-lifetime place calls for a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Sink into an armchair in the 1920s-style carriages, where polished wood and brass catch the light. Make your way to the Observation Car to watch the sun rise or give way to starry skies. Your Peruvian adventure has begun. Heading towards Machu Picchu, your experience begins with a delicious welcome cocktail. Then savor a brunch and gourmet lunch as you admire the ever-changing scenery in the early light. You’ll also have the chance to dance to the beat of the Peruvian cajón and tambourines with traditional live music. Visit Machu Picchu mystical city of the Incas guided by an experienced official guide, wander in the ruins and admire breath-taking views of the valley. Find you luggage at the hotel, check-in and prepare yourself for a delicious dinner. Machu Picchu is there, just for you and the few guests at the lodge. [B/L/D]
Day 6 - Thu: Machu Picchu Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco
Some free time for a last look at this amazing place before you our representative picks you up for a day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along the river Urubamba. First, we spend some time at Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas, its narrow streets and canals unchanged since Inca times. In it, we see the fortress of Ollantaytambo archaeological complex with terraces and stone walls carved with a dazzling technique. On the way to Cusco, we stop at Moray to see the Inca terraces on the high plateau. Then, continue to Pisac for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we traverse the colorful market of Pisac, where you can see a blend of color, tradition and local people exhibiting typical products, silver handicrafts, alpaca and ceramics. Nearby is Awanakancha where you will discover the beauty of South American camelids: guanacos, llamas and alpaca’s single species, and an exhibition of traditional Andean textile art. Our last stop is at Tambomachay, Baño del Inca in Spanish, due to it complex network of canals, aqueducts and waterfalls that run through the old city. Continue to Cusco for dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/L/D]
Day 7 - Fri: Cusco, USA
At the appropriate time, our representative will assist you on your transfer to airport to board your flight to Lima for a connection to your international flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Your Tour includes:
· Airfare Miami/Arequipa//Cusco/Miami
· 6 nights’ luxury accommodation
o Aboard the train 2 nights
o Cusco 3 nights
o Machu Picchu 1 night
o Breakfast daily
o 4 lunches
o 1 brunch
o 6 dinners
· Belmond Andean train:
o On board entertainment
o Excursions as per itinerary
o Bilingual guides (English and Spanish)
· Belmond Hiram Bingham train:
o Welcome pisco cocktail.
o Music show at Poroy station.
o Courtesy briefcase
o Gourmet lunch
o Open bar (some selected wines excluded)
o Observatory car (one-way trip only).
o Machu Picchu Solo entrance
o Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip).
o Tour guide in Machu Picchu
o Live music band on board.
o Sale of jewelry and souvenirs on board
o Tea at the luxury hotel Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
· Cusco & Sacred Valley:
o Visit of sites described
o Entrance fees
o Bilingual guide (English & Spanish)
o Transportation by private vehicle
Not included in tour
- Any taxes related to airfares or airports
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Meals not mentioned under inclusions
- French Champagne
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to guides or drivers
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Any item not mentioned as “Include
Hotels in your Tour
||Belmond Luxury Train
||Belmond Hotel Monastery
||Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Prices are minimum and may change without notice
Picaflor Spa Car
Find pure serenity on the rails in Belmond Andean Explorer’s sumptuous Spa Car. As you meander through the Andes, relax and revive after a day of outdoor pursuits in the capable hands of our therapists. Located in the Picaflor carriage, which means ‘hummingbird’, each spa treatment on our menu is designed to give you a new zest for life.
If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.
Andean Luxury Train Day-By-Day Itinerary
|Day 1 - Saturday
||Welcome cocktail at Arequipa Station
||Depart from Arequipa - Arequipa Station
||Dinner on board
|Overnight stay on board en route
|Day 2 - Sunday
||Sunrise at Lake Titicaca
||Breakfast on board
||Board boats to explore Lake Titicaca. Visit Uros and Taquile islands
||Private lunch at Collata Beach, Taquile. Dance and artisanal craft display
||Arrive back at Lake Titicaca Station (Puno)
||Tea time at the station
||Depart to Cusco
||Dinner on board
|Arrival and overnight stay at Marangani
|Day 3 - Monday
||Sunrise at Marangani
||Breakfast on board
||Depart to Cusco
||Tour of Raqchi
||Brunch in the bar car
||Arrive at Cusco - Wanchaq Station