Chimu Adventures’ have released their Top 5 train journeys collection showcasing some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and unique passenger experiences on the planet.

Forget your daily train ride to work, sweating it out with a packed carriage full of fellow sad-faced commuters on their mobiles.

This is the ultimate in train travel.

Criss-crossing magnificent landscapes through Equador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, these iconic train journeys offer local cuisine, artisan market stops, live music and even an onboard runway show of alpaca wool fashion.

“This is a case of the journey being as thrilling as the destination. The great train trips of Latin America are so much more than a way to get from A to B. They offer an exceptional mix of iconic sightseeing and cultural immersion. We can design the ultimate train-nut trip combining one, two or all five of these great rail adventures.”

Chimu co-founder Greg Carter

Let’s go.

 

1. Train to the Clouds (Argentina, Bolivia)

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They weren’t joking about being in the clouds

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‘Come fly with me’ on a train

Climbing to more than 4000m above sea level from Argentina’s Salta Provence to the engineering marvel that is Puna’s Polvorilla Viaduct, this famous train comes with a medico-run oxygen carriage to assist passengers experiencing altitude sickness.

 

2. The Andean Explorer (Peru, Bolivia)

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Yes this is your bedroom

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Alpacas in the distance

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Cross the Andes from Cusco to Puno in luxury evoking the golden era of Pullman-style rail travel, enjoying fine dining, an outdoor observation car and live music. This is luxury beyond belief.

 

3. Vistadome (Peru)

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Photo credit: PROMPERU Renzo Giraldo

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Panoramic windows including overhead glass bring nature closer during this classic journey to Aguas Calientes, the jumping off point to see Peru’s world-famous Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu.

 

4. Tren Crucero (Ecuador)

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Stunning Views by the second

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Learn about the local history and the culture

Antique steam locomotives pull two opulently restored, colonial carriages between Quito and Guayaquil in a 4-day, epic adventure from snow-topped mountains to the coast. Enjoy an open-air terrace, gift shop and bar.

 

5. Inca Rail (Peru)

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Machu Picchu. Photo Credit: PROMPERU Gihan Tubbeh

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A recent newcomer to the famous Cusco to Ollantaytambo route, its comfortable seat and table configuration is designed to share views and local food with friends.

 

Mix and match your choice of train journey or do the lot! Priced from $11,880: Includes five train trips, accommodation, breakfast, transfers, tours, some meals, English-speaking guide, domestic air fares, sleeper cabin Andean Explorer and more.

For more details on all of the rail journeys and the 5-train, 24-day epic adventure click here

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