In his early twenties he did a world tour in 80 days, flying PanAm and backpacking across borders. Of his South American exploits, he recalled loving the Mardi Gras celebrations in Puno, "They know how to rock," he said. But one of his greatest memories: taking the train from Lima to Huancayo. I had to experience it myself, he insisted. And I will, my next opportunity: June 25.
Ferrocarril Central Andino S.A. offers the historic and touristic route Lima – Huancayo – Lima, the highest in the Americas and the second highest in the world. The more than 500 kilometers of tracks were planned out by Ernesto Malinowski and Henry Meiggs in 1870 and laid down by thousands of laborers, including Chinese who were brought to the country for this task that ended in 1893.
What to look out for during the ride:
The train will pass 69 tunnels, 58 bridges (watch out for the Carrión and Infiernillo bridges) and 6 zigzag paths.
Ticlio, at the halfway point and at 4,829 meters above sea level is the highest railway junction in the world; La Galera, at 4,781 meters: the highest train station you’ll pass.
The ride will take 12 hours and will depart the Patio Central station in Callao, heading towards the Desamparados station, right behind the Government Palace in downtown Lima, where you will be able to get on with your ticket and begin your journey.
Buy tickets online: www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe
In the same website you’ll find more info and photos to convince you once and for all on embarking on this unforgettable trip. Remember, the train leaves Lima and returns twice a month.
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