Chug Along in Peru’s New Andean Explorer
Rail journeys through North America can be rather bleak and uninspiring, but several South American nations from Ecuador to Argentina have recently turned to old railroad lines as a source of inspiration for new tourist experiences. The latest adventure comes in Peru with the Andean Explorer, a luxurious sleeper train that will begin traversing the Peruvian Andes this May along one of the highest rail-routes in the world. The two-night, three-day journey will usher passengers from Cusco (the hub for trips to Machu Picchu) to Arequipa (the base for hikes into the world’s deepest canyon). Along the way, the train will call at Lake Titicaca, a placid mountain-lined oasis along the border with Bolivia that’s the world’s highest navigable body of water.