Luxury travel company Belmond has launched Belmond Las Casitas, a luxurious boutique property in Colca Canyon, and the highly anticipated Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train.
The development has cemented the Belmond’s position as leader of luxury travel experiences in Peru, now boasting six hotels and two luxury trains, as the company makes significant progress on its strategic growth plan for 2020.
Located in the Arequipa region of Southern Peru, the 20-room Belmond Las Casitas blends effortlessly within the natural environment and tranquil setting of the iconic Andes. Nestled amongst lush gardens, each individual casita features a private terrace with a heated plunge pool and sweeping views across the canyon.
Guests can enjoy refined and authentic Peruvian cuisine at Curiña restaurant, a range of indulgent treatments using natural ingredients at the Samay Spa and the unique experience of watching Andean condors fly in their natural surrounds.
Meanwhile, the Belmond Andean Explorer, which commenced its inaugural journey from Cusco to Arequipa just this week, has set a new standard of luxury for rail travel.
Featuring elegant carriages decked out in designs which reflect Peruvian culture, the first luxury sleeper train in South America will take guests through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, offering uninterrupted views of snow-capped mountains, vast skies and majestic lakes through large picture windows.
The observation car features an outdoor terrace which becomes the social hub of the train by night, offering guests a relaxed place to socialise, enjoy a pisco sour and dance to live Latin music.
Guests will be taken on a culinary journey as executive chef Diego Muñoz presents dishes prepared using local and natural ingredients, and guests can also participate in a ceviche class hosted by the chef.
Off the train, experiences include a private tour of the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, and lunch on a private beach with views across to the exceptional glacial peaks of La Paz, Bolivia.
Dramatic drone has captured some of the inaugural journey, offering a rare glimpse of how it feels to soar through the Peruvian Andes, along one of the world’s highest rail routes. See our video of the week here.