The train from Lima to Huancayo is a great option for travelers who want to see both the city and the countryside in Peru. It is an impressive ride through picturesque mountains, and is known for being the second highest railway in the world. Designed by Polish engineer Ernest Malinowski, the railroad was built between 1870 and 1908. Malinowski is famous for saying he “could build a railway anywhere a llama could climb.” The train’s original purpose was to transport copper and zinc from the mines, as well as farm produce from the Mantaro Valley, but now it is a passenger train and tourist attraction.
Passengers will see the mining towns and farming areas along the way, and the photo opportunities are endless. The modern and comfortable train is equipped with an open air bar car, as well as food and snack service for the twelve hour ride.