Fresh Tracks

HIGH DESERT OASIS
On June 1, the posh El MONTE SAGRADO TAOS hotel in Taos, New Mexico, will open its teak doors. A showcase for local owner Tom Worrell's waste treatment systems, Living Machines, the El Monte Sagrado will have 20 individually designed suites, 18 rooms in the main hotel, a man-made swimming pond, a spa, and a fusion restaurant, all of which operate with minimal wasted resources. But ECO-SENSITIVITY is only half the action: The hotel will also offer custom itineraries for horseback riding, skiing, river rafting, hiking, and hot-air ballooning. Rates start at $250 per night. Contact: 800-828-8267, www.elmontesagrado.com
BACK ON TRACK
On April 17, the PERUVIAN CENTRAL RAILWAY will once again chug over 15,800-foot passes from Lima to Huancayo in the Peruvian Andes, passing green fields and grazing alpacas. Closed since 1992 due to violence from the Maoist rebel group Sendero Luminoso, the railroad—the HIGHEST IN THE WORLD—covers 210 miles and takes 12 hours to travel through 66 tunnels, rumble over 59 bridges, and traverse 22 switchbacks. The diesel-powered train will run six times a year in the dry season (April-October) and will have a doctor (and oxygen) on board to help passengers with altitude sickness. Cost: $400 for a four-day guided trip, including ticket, accommodations, and guided excursions from Huancayo. Contact: Journey Latin America, 011-44-20-8747-8315, www.journeylatin-america.co.uk

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