Ferrocarril Central Andino
Av. Jose Galvez Barrenechea #566 5th floor - San Isidro, Lima, Peru
www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe - 226-6363 ext 222 and 235
Ferrocarril Central Andino Lima Reviews
Travelling by train from Lima to Huancayo - great landscapes at the Andes Nov 20, 2009
Going from Lima to Huancayo could be an amazing experience if you take the train and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Changing from the coastal landscapes to the highlands' ones.
The Central Railway is the 2nd highest in the world and highest in the continent. Along the 346km (200m) you will enjoy beautiful scenery and also impressive feats of engineering.
The ride is long, 13hrs, you leave Lima which is sea level and reach the highest point 4,781m (15,685ft). Final destination is Huancayo which is 3,261m (10,699ft) high. During the journey you pass 69 tunnels, 58 bridges and 6 switchbacks.
There are 2 kind of wagons. I took the touristy one, which is the most expensive, but was worth it, specially because of the length of the journey. It was luxurious and very comfy. Wagon has air condition and heat. Plus the seats are very comfy and you can fall sleep without problems. Departure is early, so they give you breakfast and later lunch. Food was good!
There's also a bar wagon, where you enjoy your complimentary pisco sour and can ask for more drinks. This wagon is open and you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
When you are passing the highest point, you can get a bit altitude sickness, but do not worry there's a nurse who will assist you.
Be aware that the train leaves just 1 time per month, leaving on Friday and coming back on Sunday. The schedule is on their website. It's expensive, but very nice. I took the train in my way to Huancayo, but took the bus in my way back and it worked perfectly.
Train stops 2 times in the way to Huancayo. Be sure to have your camera with you and enjoy the long ride.
Definitely this is one of the cases where you can say the journey is more impressive than the destination! If you have the opportunity to take the train, let's do it!
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