You travel on Peru’s least known, but most spectacular train from Lima to Huancayo. During the 14-hours journey, the train goes 346 km (214 mi), crosses 58 bridges and traverses 69 tunnels on its way to Huancayo. The train has to do six zigzags to reach the second highest train station in the world at an altitude of 4781 m.a.s.l. (15’686 ft).
The train offers two classes: Clase Turistico (1st Class) and Clase Clasico (Second Class). The difference between the two classes is that in “Clase Turistico” you have access to the observation car which is the last carriage between San Bartolome and Huancayo during the most spectacular part of the trip. In “Clase Clasico” you have your seat on the train 2 x 2 seats are facing each other with a table in the middle.
The train journey is exceptionally scenic and breath-taking; there is no other train journey like this on earth. If you plan to travel one way, we recommend doing the trip Lima – Huancayo where you travel on the train the steep mountain part during the morning.
|Lima – Huancayo||Huancayo – Lima|
|March 29||April 01|
|April 28||May 01|
|June 29||July 01|
|July 26||July 29|
|August 10||August 12|
|August 30||September 02|
|October 06||October 08|
|November 01||November 04|
|November 23||November 25|
|Route||Clase Clasico (2nd Class)||Clase Turistico (1st Class)|
|Lima – Huancayo – Lima||261||356|
|Lima – Huancayo||199||277|
|Huancayo – Lima||138||205|
The train departs from Lima at 150 m (492 ft) a.s.l. and climbs in about 8 hours to an altitude of 4781 m (15’686 ft) a.s.l. to arrive in Huancayo about 5 hours later at 3261 m (10’699 ft) a.s.l. The train passes over 58 bridges, goes through 69 tunnels and does six zigzags on its way to Huancayo. There is no other train in the world that travels such a short distance while overcoming such a large altitude difference. It is a unique and very scenic experience to travel on this train. (B/L)
The train journey back to Lima. This time, you travel during daylight the part where it was at dark on Day 1. The downward journey is as spectacular as the upward trip. The train reaches the Desamparados railway station in Lima in the evening. (B/L)