Rail Journeys of the Andes

A sublime rail journey aboard the most luxurious train exploring Ecuador and the first luxury sleeper train crossing the Altiplano of Peru.  This is a journey of extreme contrast, from the Pacific coast to the majestic Andes, exploring ancient Inca kingdoms, indigenous villages, colourful markets and savoring the best Andean-inspired cuisine.

Outside your window the ever-changing scenery reveals fertile valleys, golden fields impressive snow-capped mountains and lush tropical forests on a journey like no other in South America.

From: $11,941 per person (Twin share)

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Day 1 - Australia -Guayaquil

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Day 2 Guayaquil - Yaguachi -Bucay

Your fantastic rail journey aboard TREN CRUCERO begins today. Starting at sea level the train climbs 3,600 metres into the imposing Andes mountain range, revealing one of the most dramatic changes in scenery imaginable. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Hacienda (farm). Overnight in Bucay

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 3 - Bucay - The Devil's Nose - Riobamba

Travel along the Chanchán river canyon throgh Devil’s Nose pass. Journey through golden quinoa fiels and visit the indigenous community of Palacio Real. Overnight in Riobamba.

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 4 - Riobamba - Urbina -Quito

Journey to Urbina, the highest point on our route. Ride along the “Avenue of the Volcanos” and explore an Andean forest trail at the foot of the imposing Cotopaxi volcano. Overnight in Quito

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Quito - Otavalo - Quito

Travel to the Northern Andes and board your train to Otavalo. Experience the culture, tradition, music, gastronomy and the antique skill of woodcarving of the Andean indigenous people. Overnight in Quito

 

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Quito - Lima

Half day tour of the stunning old colonial city and the Middle of the World monument. Evening flight to Lima. Overnight in Lima

 

Breakfast included

Day 7 - Lima - Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa. Afternoon tour of the city known as the “White City”. Overnight in Arequipa

Breakfast included

Day 8 Arequipa -Colca Canyon

Scenic ride to the breathtaking Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world and home of the Condor. Overnight in Colca Canyon

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Colca Canyon - Puno - Lake Titicaca

Travel through spectacular mountain scenery to observe the Condor in full flight at the dramatic Cruz del Condor lookout. Continue to Chivay Andean town for lunch, before returning to Arequipa.  This evening embark on a luxury rail journey aboard the ADEAN EXPLORER. Depart as the sun sets on the baroque architecture of Arequipa to travel overnight towards Lake Titicaca. Overnight on Andean Explorer

Day 10 - Lake Titicaca - Sicuani

Wake up to the stunning sunrise at Lake Titicaca. Boat trip to the unique Uros reed floating islands. Also visit Taquile island, where you will have a traditional Andean lunch and see some of the local artisan work. Depart in the evening for Cuzco. Overnight on Andean Explorer

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Racqui Temple -Cuzco

After breakfast your journey continues on to the Inca archaeological site of Racqui. Explore the Temple of Wiracocha, before heading to Cuzco where your rail journey ends. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Overnight in Sacred Valley

 

Breakfast included

Day 12 Sacred Valley

Explore the Sacred Valley and Learn about the traditional customs and ancestral weaving techniques in the indigenous town of Chinchero. Continue to Moray, an impressive Inca agricultural research facility and finish at the Ollantaytambo fortress. Overnight in Sacred Valley.

 

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Start your two day trip to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu with a wonderful train journey, followed by ta comprehensive tour through the beautiful forgotten citadel. Overnight at Aguas Calientes, the Charming town at the base of the ruins.

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Morning free to explore the ruins at your own pace. In the afternoon, board the luxury HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN to Cuzco and be treated to a four-course, Andean inspired dinner, and great live entertainment. Overnight in Cuzco

 

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 - Cuzco

Half day tour of the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, exploring temples, ruins and museums that showcase this wondrous civilisation. Overnight in Cuzco

 

Breakfast included

Day 16 - Cuzco - Lima

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Overnight in Lima

 

Breakfast included

Day 17 - Lima

Sightseeing tour visiting the best sites of colonial and modern Lima. Overnight in Lima

 

Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 18 - Lima - Santiago

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Overnight in Santiago.

 

Breakfast included

Day 19 - Santiago

Half day walking tour of Santiago. Evening transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

 

Breakfast included