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El Tren Macho - Other Activity Huancayo - Peru

El Tren Macho clacks alongside the Ríos Mantaro and Ichu toward Huancavelica. It is the only real local train left in all of Peru and is often referred to as the "Highest Train in the World" due to its route on one of the highest continuous roads in the world, rarely dropping below 4,000 meters (13,123 ft).

Tourists journey together, unsegregated, with inhabitants of the pueblos scattered along its route. It is a heck of a ride, with a breathtaking landscape and weather-induced adventure. The train traverses 129 kilometers (80 mi), and is punctuated by 38 tunnels and 15 bridges. During the six-hour journey along the steep-sided river valley on a narrow gauge railway, the train stops at mountain valley stations where vendors sell food and drinks. So hop aboard, chat with your seatmates and experience the Peru behind the tourism façade. Just don't be surprised if your carriage goes pitch black the last few hours; the lights are not always functioning!

El Tren Macho has one departure a day (except Wednesdays), at 7 a.m., arriving in Huancavelica at around 1 p.m. Each day (except Wednesdays), it returns from Huancavelica at 2 p.m. The train departs from and arrives at Huancayo's Chilca Railroad Station (Av. Ferrocarril and Jr. Junin. URL:

Huancayo, Peru

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Getting There

Departs from /arrives at Huancayo’s Chilca Railroad Station, on Avenida Ferrocarril and Jirón Junín.

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Ordinary Class costs $3.35, the Buffet Class costs $4.85 and includes a buffet.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

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