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All too soon, however, we are skirting the lake, beneath a darkening sky and sun-gilded clouds and gliding towards the twinkling lights of Puno.
"That was extraordinary," the immaculate English lady mouths to her gentleman friend and he squeezes her hand. Costing less than a standard single rail ticket from Bristol to London I've had an Orient-Express experience, albeit South American-style.
The waiters line up in the aisle and, when given the nod, like robots place the plates they are holding at the appropriate table setting, one to the right, one to the left.
The main course is garnished with sweet potato shavings and red pepper twirls and wouldn't look out of place in one of Lima's fine restaurants.
At the level crossings the kids eagerly wave up at us, but their mothers are expressionless. We catch our first glimpses of snow on the pyramidal peaks and grazing herds of alpacas and vicunas.
Perhaps they are calculating how many years it would take for them to afford a ticket to travel to Puno this way. Santos discreetly lays our table with white china, silverware, linen napkins and polished wine glasses, but before lunch we stretch our legs at La Raya station (the highest point of the journey at 4,319 metres).
After a short stop the train pulls off while the women hold jumpers up at the windows, hopeful for a last-minute sale.Then the river begins to meander and, as if this is a cue to the entertainment manager, those needing a change of scene and pace are invited to a fashion show in the bar.Intrigued, I wander along to find Carolina, transformed into a pouting model, working her Latin hips on the carriage catwalk.More like a wooden toy soldier, he models a hideous collection of grandpa cardigans.Carolina on the other hand wears a colourful collection of baby alpaca hats and gloves, decorated, I notice, with pinned luminous price tags.
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