Monday, August 19, 2013

The Andean Explorer

From Cusco we took a ten hour train ride on the Andean Explorer to Lake Titicaca.  Traveling by train is glorious!  It is so scenic and relaxing and comfortable and just wonderful all the way around.  I love traveling by train and prefer it a million times over to traveling by airplane.   

In the back they had different kinds of entertainment running throughout the ten hour ride.  They had traditional music and dancing which was really fun to watch!

In the very back was the observation car, the back end was open so there was a lot of fresh air and it was the best place to take pictures without getting any reflections in your photos.  I spent a lot of time back there, I was still experiencing some altitude sickness so the fresh air and open feeling of the car was soo nice.

We made one stop and that was at Central La Raya, we stop here because it is the highest point of the trip 14,000 feet!  We had about ten minutes to stretch our legs, do some quick shopping and take some photos.  It was a beautiful place to stop!

Our friend John bought this hat to help keep him warm during the winters in Idaho.  Its made out of alpaca wool, I have no doubts it will keep him warm!

This is random but I thought their 10 soles bill was so cool it has Machu Picchu on it!  I wanted to document it so I am throwing it in this post.

After our stop we were served a wonderful lunch.  This was my appetizer, potato soup ... interesting take on the dish

A few hours later we had afternoon tea complete with tea sandwiches, fruit kabob and chocolates, it was delightful!

After tea time I headed to the observation car to watch the sunset, it was stunning.

Tauck has some serious pull with the companies they work with in the different places they take their tours, the train stopped about 20 minutes from the station just for our group!  We had a bus waiting for us that took us directly to the hotel, this way they cut out about an hour of waiting to disembark, waiting for bags to be collected and just other unpleasant time spent at a train station.  I'm not going to lie, it was a fabulous way to end ten hours on a train!


  1. Loved the sunset pictures! Actually loved all the pictures, you color is so vivid and the image is so clear and sharp. Your editing is great, because I know some of the situations were difficult lighting.

    Loved that Llama-baby goat moment. You caught it at just the right second!

  2. your photos were fab fab fabulous. loved every one.really caught the flavor of the land, the people and the animals. the sunset was gorgeous.