The Gentleman Magazine Issue 3 | June/July - Page 66

The Belmond Andean Explorer Experience Peruvian rail indulgence with a unique train journey across southern Peru in a re-imagined luxury train, The Belmond Andean Explorer, taking in the historical Inca sites of Cusco, Condors at Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Bespoke tour operator Wedge & Wildlife, will be one of the first UK companies to offer travellers the chance to journey across Peru’s historical landscape. Departing on a Thursday from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, relax with a specialist Andean lunch before disembarking at Raqch’I to view an archaeological Inca site. Sunset will fall over the La Raya Mountain range as the train continues to Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in South America.   The next day travel to the Uros Islands, one of the lake’s floating islands made of hand-woven reeds, for lunch on Collata Beach with demonstrations by local dancers and artisans. Later in the day you may explore the city of Arequipa, considered one of the most important Inca settlements in Peru.   The railway journey winds down with an early-morning excursion to the mesmerising scenery of Lake Lagunillas, followed by a visit to Sumbay Caves which boasts cave paintings estimated to be almost 8,000 years old. The three- day rail crossing offers two-nights’ accommodation in a chic double cabin, decorated in contemporary charcoals accents with light and bright creams.   Wedge & Wildlife’s four-day Andean Explorer Rail package, departs every Thursday priced from £2,150 per person sharing. This includes accommodation, all meals and drinks, excluding premium brands, sight-seeing and activities specified, an English-speaking guide, plus pre-and post-night accommodation in Cusco and Arequipa. The package does not include any flights.  For further information visit www.wedgeandwildlife.com or telephone 020 7228 5777. 66 | The Gentleman Magazine