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Train Lima - Huancayo - Lima

6 Days | Escorted Small Group Expedition | Maximum 12 Guests

You travel on Peru’s least known, but most spectacular train from Lima to Huancayo. During the 12-hours journey, the train travels 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 journey is exceptionally scenic and breath-taking. During two days in Huancayo, we have time to discover the region of the Mantaro Valley among the site we visit are the first Peruvian Capital of Jauja, the Paca Lagoon, the monastery of Ocopa and of course the capital city of Huancayo. Because the “Tren Macho” from Huancayo to Huancavelica is very unreliable, we don’t include it in the tour program. Should the train run, we would change the day of the Montaro Valley tour correspondingly so that you can travel to Huancavelica at your own expense.

Tour Highlights

  • Travel from just above sea level to Galera at 4781m (15’686 ft) above sea level on your way to Huancayo.
  • The train will do 6 Zigzags, traverse 69 tunnels and cross 58 bridges, some of the bridges are architectural marvels.
  • Observe the climatic changes from sea level to high andean altitudes and breathtaking views from the train’s observation car.
  • Explore during 1 Day the city of Huancayo and the Mantaro Valley, a region seldom visited on regular tours.
Map Lima - Huancayo Train

Dates & Rates

  • October 4 - 9, 2019 $1'191
  • November 21 - 26, 2019 $1'191


All excursions in the company of an English speaking expedition leader and local guides; all accommodations in excellent upper middle-class hotels; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers in Lima.


Airfare from your home city/Lima and Lima/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Itinerary Train Journey Lima - Huancayo

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Peru! Arrival at Lima´s International Airport, reception, and transfer to the Hotel San Agustin Exclusive in Lima. We meet in the  evening for a short coordination meeting to revise the latest updates of our tour program. The rest of the day, you have free time.
Lima Plaza de Armas

Day 2: Train Lima - Huancayo

The train departs from Lima’s “Desamparados” railway station at 150 m. (492 ft) a.s.l., climbing to an altitude of 4781 m.a.s.l. (15’686 ft) and ending in Huancayo at 3261 m.(10’699 ft) a.s.l. The train passes through 69 tunnels and does six zigzags on its way to Huancayo. It is a unique and very scenic experience to travel on this train. Overnight you stay at the Hotel in Huancayo.
Train from Lima to Huancayo below the Galera Tunel

Day 3: Mantaro Valley Tour

You enjoy a day in the Mantaro Valley. In the morning, we visit the nearby Paca Lake and visit the Ocopa Monastery where priests for jungle missions were trained during colonial times. We have a “Trout Lunch” in a local eatery. In the afternoon, we return to our hotel. The rest of the day, you have free time. You spend the night at the Hotel in Huancayo.

Day 4: Day at Leisure in Huancayo

Enjoy a day at leisure in Huancayo. Should the Huancayo – Huancavelica train run, you can use this day to travel on the Tren Macho to Huancavelica at your cost. Because the train is very unreliable, we don’t include it in our itinerary.
Train Huancayo - Huancavelica

Day 5: Train Huancayo - Lima

Train journey back to Lima. This time, we travel during daylight the part where it was night on Day 2. The downward journey is as spectacular as the upward trip. The train reaches the Desamparados railway station in Lima in the evening. We then transfer to our hotel San Agustin Exclusive where we stay overnight.

Day 6: Departure from Lima

Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Departure from Lima

Travel Insight

Read our travel notes and articules about the destinations we visit during this journey.
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