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Desamparados train station and the road to heaven!

Updated on November 10, 2012
Cute bridge near Huancavelica
Cute bridge near Huancavelica | Source
Papas a la huancaina (Potatoes Huancayo style)
Papas a la huancaina (Potatoes Huancayo style) | Source
Ernest Malinowski. Polish engineer who built the Central Transandine Railway.
Ernest Malinowski. Polish engineer who built the Central Transandine Railway. | Source
Typical picture of the scenery along the Andean train
Typical picture of the scenery along the Andean train
Train trips logo
Train trips logo | Source
Desamparados train station
Desamparados train station | Source
Central Andean Railway
Central Andean Railway


To take the trip up the Andes, you first have to go to the Desamparados Station to get the train. That station is next to the Rimac River and the Government Palace. The ride to Huancayo takes about 12 hours, but they are certainly worth it, as it is quite spectacular! One goes past many typical Andean villages, but also sees rivers finding their rocky way down to the coast. At higher altitudes it is also possible to see the proud llamas grazing on the side, while Indian women spin their wool framed by the majestic snowy mountains behind them.

The journey starts at sea level, but during the trip one climbs up to nearly 4,783 metres in what is the second highest railway in the world! One has to wonder about the engineering feat that railway project must have been at the time it was built, when technology was not as advanced as it is today! Like a goat going up a steep incline, the train zig-zags its way up the mountains, as it goes past bridges and tunnels to get to its destination.

Mining towns are also to be found on the way and soon after starts the descent to the city of Huancayo, capital of the Junin province. The city is well known for its marketplace, which takes place on Sundays and a visit is highly recommended, especially if you are looking for handicrafts.

If Huancayo was not heavenly enough, you can also take the train further, so as to visit Huancavelica.

Train Lima - Huancayo pt.1/2

Train Lima - Huancayo pt2/2

Huancayo to Huacavelica

Central Andean Train


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    • sylvia13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Gadea de Beer 

      7 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

      Thanks lord de cross for your comment! Machu Picchu is very nice, of course, but there are other parts of Peru that are nice too!

    • sylvia13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Gadea de Beer 

      7 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

      Thanks very much for submitting your comment, I appreciate it! I will soon revise this hub and submit it for publication again.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Terrific experience,

      Was im Machu Picchu, but never through this kind of Journey. Thanks for the pictures and the story. We love history of course!



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