The Andean Explorer

Normally I don’t like train journeys. So, while in Peru, I was not keen to let the Andean Explorer transport us from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, to Lake Titicaca high... Show more

Normally I don’t like train journeys. So, while in Peru, I was not keen to let the Andean Explorer transport us from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, to Lake Titicaca high up in the Andes.10 hours to travel the equivalent of London to Manchester! A whole day lost on a creeky, clunking 1920s style Pullman! Yes...but then I would have missed one of the highllights of South America. Not the train itself with its version of Orient-Express-chic, down to brass lamps, plush red armchairs, and synchronised, white gloved waiters; with its travelling Peruvian band performing local popular hits, supported by a dance troupe; not even with its glass observation car with open terrace at the back. What made this journey special were the sights – the golden, open plains nestled between mountain and sky; the villages spread across isolated, arid grasslands; the flotsam of daily life on show in passing towns; and the people whose simplicity and charm disarm you utterly. Join me ... Show less