Puno is the place to board the Andean Explorer train to Cuzco. This spectacular rail journey, on a comfortable train with restaurant, bar and viewing carriage, takes about 10 hours.
The locomotive clambers over the bleak Altiplano, a land of snow-capped peaks and herds of llama, before descending into a lusher, greener valley. Here the track clings to the side of the Vilcanota River as you pass adobe villages and waving schoolchildren before arriving, klaxon blaring, in Cuzco.
This journey also operates in the reverse direction for those heading to Lake Titicaca after Cuzco, and perhaps continuing to Bolivia.
There is also the option of taking this wonderful journey by road instead. Traveling by bus or car allows you to make a couple of stops, at the ruins of Raqchi and the village of Andahuaylillas, famous for its lavishly decorated church.
Speak to someone
who's been there
- Make an inquiry
Photos of Ride the Andean Explorer
Experience it for yourself
You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.
PeruView this tour
Classic Peru tourPeruView this tour
Luxury Peru tourPeruView this tour
Amazon, Cuzco, Machu Picchu & Lake TiticacaPeruView this tour
Luxury Peru tour by rail: Cuzco, Machu Picchu & Lake TiticacaPeruView this tour