The Orient Express in Peru

Posted: June 11, 2013 in Peru, South America

We crossed back in to Peru, and stayed another night in Puno.  The reason for staying here was to catch an Orient Express owned train from Puno to Cusco.  Both of us have always loved train journeys, it is by far our most preferred method of travel.  Not often would an Orient Express journey fall into the Flashpacker budget, so we seized on this opportunity to enjoy 5 star luxury on a 12 hour journey over the high plains of eastern Peru.

Andean Explorer

Andean Explorer

An amazing experience, as we left early in the morning and slowly trundled around the western edge of Lake Titicaca.  As we moved further west, we left the lake and started to climb even higher into the Andes.  Whilst the scenery astounded, the service on board was equally good, as we were fed and watered constantly for 12 hours in true 5 star style.  It made one princess very happy…

Princess with Pisco Sour in hand...

Princess with Pisco Sour in hand…

The views just got better and better, and the viewing carriage allowed for shots like below.

Wide open spaces

Wide open spaces

All good things come to an end, as did our magnificent train journey through Peru.  We hopped off and headed for the bus station for an overnight ride to Arequipa, otherwise known as the white city, as it was built with white lava stone for hundreds of years…

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