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A luxury train journey on the roof of the world

(CNN)Long train journeys are inescapably romantic. They're all about the journey; the destination is irrelevant and distance is an ally. Which is what makes the new Belmond Andean Explorer so exciting. Crossing the spine of the Peruvian Andes, more than 12,000 feet above sea level, between the cities of Cusco, Puno and Arequipa, three days and 456 miles one way, this is the first ever luxury sleeper train in South America.It's a New World version of Europe's Orient Express, adventure and Champagne on the roof of the world.All aboardThe train itself, a transplant from a former luxury line in Australia, shipped over and renovated from head to toe, evokes an earlier age of exploration. The elegant rooms, like miniature Art Deco apartments, ra ...