Lima to Huancayo by Train

Trip Start Oct 27, 2012
Trip End Nov 02, 2012

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

If you asked the average person living in Lima if they knew that there was a train that went from Lima Downtown to the city of Huancayo in the central Andes they'd more than likely tell you they’d never heard of it and most of those who have heard of it will tell you that it’s much faster to get there in the bus. Despite this well over half of the passengers on the train are local people mostly from Lima. We made this trip in October 2012 and it was fantastic. As your ticket will advise, you need to arrive at least half an hour before departure. There are two classes; classic and tourist. Hardly anyone goes classic class; I think there were about 10 tourist class cars and only 2 classic class cars. Tourist class is great; the cars are air-conditioned and have comfortable reclined seats with foot rests. There’s a complimentary breakfast and lunch served at you seat. There’s also a bar and observation car at the back of the train.

The views are fantastic along the entire route. During the journey you’ll pass 69 tunnels, 58 bridges and cross through 6 switchbacks. The train made a stop at Matucana where we could get out and watch a Marinera Peruvian dance in the town square and another stop at the highest point of the route at Galera (4,781 metres). About half of the train was suffering the effects of altitude sickness by this time. I had a bit of a headache and we were both a bit out of breath. From here the line descends into Huancayo and the effects of the altitude improved. The observation deck was pretty crowded for most of the trip but I went back to take some pics as the sun set and it wasn’t so busy then. During the last hour or so they turn the observation deck into a disco and being Peru people like to dance. It’s a fun way to end the journey dancing to Peruvian Cumbia music.
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