Welcome to South America‘s first-ever luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru, which was designed by Inge Moore and Nathan Hitchins of London-based design firm, MUZA Lab.
From the moment any of the forty-eight passengers step foot inside the glossy, blue cars of the sixteen carriage train they can tell, in no uncertain terms, that they are in for an fine experience – an adventure story of their own, in-the-making!
The interior design is soft and airy throughout, with predominantly neutral tones, such as the off-white, timber paneling on the walls, along with linen roman blinds framing the stunning vistas. Locally sourced crafts – textiles, artworks – in bright, bold colors and patterns punctuate the luxury décor in the form of the eye-catching, accent pillows or the downy-soft, baby alpaca blankets that literally “pop” from the modern beds, armchairs and sofas, to the art hanging on the walls.
Not to mention that each of the sleeping cabins within the four sleeping cars, as well as the Observation, Piano, Spa and each of the two Dining Cars, are named after Peruvian flora and fauna – the latter being the Ichu, the Maca, the Picaflor, the Llama and the Muña, respectively.
This luxury sleeper train also provides guests with experiences unlike anything else otherwise experienced in other luxurious accommodations. Take for instance the “Ichu” Observation Car; from its scrolled balconied roof, guests can take a moment’s respite on the traditional textile upholstered, large, round center seat and embrace the invigorating 360˚ views as the luxury sleeper train climbs nearly 4,900 meters up into the clouds!
Alternatively, any guest in search of a more relaxing moment can book a calming treatment at the “Picaflor” Spa; cozy up in the “Maca” Piano Bar for a drink and a slow tune played on the glossy black instrument; or get dressed up in order to enjoy the fine restaurant experience of the elegant Dining Cars.
Naturally, the luxury sleeper train is the perfect place to pick up a gift or two, celebrating rich Peruvian artistry!
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Photos by Richard James Taylor