|Normally a 10 hour train ride wouldn't be something we looked forward to but the Andean Explorer "luxury" tourist train proved to be an exception. We arrived at the train station and relaxed in the comfortable lounge, listening to live Andean music. We boarded the train promptly at 8:00 and found it to be an old fashioned type train car with wing-backed chairs surrounding tables with white tablecloths. The back car of the train was the entertainment car with bar and the very back of the train was open - the perfect place to watch the world go by. It was a great, relaxing way to see the country side! We had lattes in the morning, a great 3 course meal including wine for lunch, pisco sours were served in the entertainment car while watching live music, dancing and fashion shows and there was even afternoon tea. But the best part of the trip was standing at the back (or sitting in a chair) watching the scenery, towns and people who live in the Altiplano, the high plains of Peru. Much easier high altitude travelling than hiking! The highest point on the trip was about 14,000' and it was also the location of a short stop to visit a tourist market beside the train tracks. Then it was all aboard again and on to Puno. The only down side of the trip was going through Juliaca, a dirty, seemingly poverty stricken city with unfinished buildings and too many people. The train company strategically served tea at that point. We arrived in Puno in the dark and caught taxis to the Casa Andina Private Collection hotel, a lovely hotel just outside of town, located right on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and one of the highest navigatable lakes in the world. We arranged a trip on the lake for tomorrow and then had a fine meal in the hotel restaurant. After a couple of weeks of go, go, go and being on our feet everyday, it was nice to have a relaxing day!