Tour Date: TBC for 2025Location: Peru

Our full two and a half week tour will feature the two major railroads that remain in Peru. The Ferrocarril Central Andino running out of Lima and Peru Rail running out of Cuzco, Puno and Arequipa.

Both railroads have become very busy over the past twenty years. FC Central Andino is well known for being the highest railroad in the world although China has them beat on the rail line to Lhasa, Tibet. However, if one wants to experience rugged high altitude mountain railroading Peru is the place to go! The FCCA traverses some of the most difficult territory found on any railroad in the world; clinging to cliffsides, crossing high steel bridges over deep ravines, snaking up the sides of hills through switchbacks, a spiral tunnel and reverse curves before cresting the summit at 15, 693 feet in a 3/4 mile long tunnel surrounded by snowcapped peaks. This rail line has 61 bridges, 68 tunnels and 21 switchbacks on 4.37% grades. We will be traveling over 612 miles on the FCCA and the former Cerro de Pasco mining railway which is now operated by FCCA.

PeruRail is providing tourist and freight services in southern Peru. It was founded in 1999 with the main line between the port of Matarani to Arequipa to Cusco and Puno on Lake Titicaca and was formerly known as the Ferrocarril del Sur (Peru Southern Railway) and is on standard gauge. At La Raya Pass the altitude is 4,313 m (14,150 ft).

From Cusco, PeruRail provides passenger services on the 3 ft (914 mm) gauge Ferrocarril Santa Ana to Machu Picchu including five switchbacks. Another company called Inca Rail also now offers daily trains from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.

Please note: The PTG Tours group are travelling as part of the Trains and Travels International (California) tour.

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Tour Highlights


  • Private charter train
  • Machu Piccu
  • Rare line not usually accessible to passengers
  • Lake Titicaca boat cruise
  • Full day onboard the luxurious "Titicaca Train"
  • Some of the most scenic views in the World
  • Photo Run Bys
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DAY 1 SATURDAY 

Arrival in Lima, Peru and transfer to our hotel and check-in. Rest of the evening at your own leisure. PTG recommend the BA flights via Miami with departure from Heathrow at 10:30am. Many other flight options are available from other UK airports; Gatwick (Air Europa via Madrid), Birmingham (Air France via Paris CDG), Manchester (Air France via Paris CDG), Manchester (Air France via Paris CDG). We also recommend that, if you are doing the full journey in one day, you fly out a day earlier for time to acclimatize before the main tour begins.

DAY 2 SUNDAY 

Lima City tour and visit the F.C. Central Andino Railroad yards at the Port of Calilao. Evening Welcome to Peru Dinner.

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DAY 3 MONDAY 

Early morning departure from our hotel by charter bus to Chosica which is at the foot of the Andes. Visit the FC Andino diesel workshops and dispatchers offices. Steam locomotive No. 206 a 2-8-0 Beyer Peacock 1937 will be on display for photos. We then board our charter train to depart at 9:00am for the 105 mile run Chosica to La Oroya with several photo run-bys. This is considered one of the most specrtacular and rugged train trips in the world. Chosica is 2,819 feet and in just 73 miles we crest the Andes at 15,693 feet at Galera. This rail line has 61 bridges, 68 tunnels and 21 switchbacks on 4.37% grades. At La Oroya we tie-up for the night. Our charter bus will take group from La Oroya to the Hotel Los Portales in the nearby town of Tarma.

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DAY 4 TUESDAY 

In the morning our charter bus takes us back to our train at La Oroya and we continue by rail on to Huancayo, a distance of 78 miles. A number of photo run-bys will be made today.

IMG 2077DAY 5 WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER (B)

Free day in Huancayo to explore this colorful city and visit the FC Huancayo & Huancavelica Workshops. We have requested a charter train on the Huancayo & Huancavelica but they have told us that they may not be operating in 2024. 2nd night in Huancayo.

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Huancaya is one of the most beautiful places in Peru surrounded by the Yauyos forming many waterfalls.

DAY 6 THURSDAY 

We reboard our charter train at Huancayo for the return trip to La Oroya. Railroad management has given us the permission to run our train out on the freight only Jauja Branch and back to the mainline. Management has said that our train could very well be the first passenger train out on this branchline. We then continue on to La Oroya and tie up for the night. Several photo run-bys will be made today. Charter bus will take us up to Tarma and hotel check-in at the Hotel Los Portales.

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Cathedral in the main square Tarma

DAY 7 FRIDAY 

Our charter bus will take us back to La Oroya and our waiting train for a run on the former Cerro de Pasco Railway up to the copper mines at Cerro de Pasco and return, a roundtrip of 165 miles. Several photo run-bys will be made today. We then return to Tarma by charter bus for 2nd night at the Hotel Los Portales.

DAY 8 SATURDAY 

This morning we return to our train at La Oroya and we will then visit the workshops of the FC Central Andino before reboarding and heading westbound out on the mainline towards the summit at Galera. Our diesel will be turned on the wye track at Galera for the return to La Oroya, a roundtrip of 63 miles. During the course of the day we will make several photo run-bys on the switchbacks and other scenic locations near the top of the Andes. We return to the Hotel Los Portales in Tarma for a 3rd nights lodging.

IMG 2085DAY 9 SUNDAY 

Early morning our charter bus will take us down to La Oroya to board our waiting train for the long journey all the way to Lima, a distance of 139 miles.

DAY 10: MONDAY

Morning visit to The Parque de la Amistad in Lima that has a working narrow gauge railroad running around the park. We have arranged for our own charter on Monday which is the day of the week that the park is closed to the public. After our visit to this park we return to our hotel for lunch and check-out. Afternoon flight at 2:30pm departing Lima and arriving Cuzco 3:55pm and transfer to our hotel and check-in. Rest of the afternoon and evening at your own leisure exploring colorful Cuzco.

IMG 2078Option 2 tour members will catch their flights out of Lima back home today.

Option 3 tour members will fly into Lima today and join the group for the flight to Cuzco tomorrow.

DAY 11 TUESDAY 

Morning Cuzco City tour and return to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we tour the Peru Rail diesel workshops for both the narrow gauge and standard gauge. 2nd night at our hotel.

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Cuzco

DAY 12 WEDNESDAY 

Today we will ride Peru Rail’s Vista Dome Expedition train EXP 31 departing from Cuzco’s San Pedro Station at 6:40am and arriving Machu Picchu Pueblo Station at 10:52am. This train No. 32, returns departing Machu Picchu Pueblo Station at 6:43pm arriving back in Cuzco at 9:23pm. Using these two trains will give you the maximum amount of time at Machu Picchu of six hours.

Panorama,Of,The,Machu,Picchu,Or,Machu,Pikchu,Panoramic,ViewIf you find that you do not need that much time at the ruins you have other sighrtseeing options and for the railfans you have plenty of action of more than 25 trains to photograph.

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Train near Machu Picchu

3rd night lodging at our hotel in Cuzco.

DAY 13 THURSDAY 

Free day in Cuzco to relax or explore on your own. We will offer a special option for the railfans to track most of the day trackside between Cuzco and Machu Picchu taking pictures of the many passenger trains. 4th night lodging at our hotel in Cuzco.

IMG 2080DAY 14 FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER (B,L,D)

Cuzco to Puno, a total of 240 miles onboard the “Titicaca Train” operated by Peru Rail on standard gauge.

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Luxury Titicaca train

This train departs Cuzco at 7:50am and arrives Puno at 6:20pm. Transfer to our hotel and check-in.

IMG 2081DAY 15 SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER (B,L)

Puno Tour and cruise on Lake Titicaca.

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Totor Boat on Lake Titicaca

DAY 16 SUNDAY 

Leisure morning for breakfast. We board our charter motorcoach for the one hour journey Puno to nearby Juliaca and check-in for our 1:40pm flight arriving Lima at 3:20pm. Upon arrival at Lima our charter motorcoach will take the group to one of the famous restaurants for our “Farewell Dinner”. After dinner we return to the airport for our flights home. Estimate we will be at the airport at around 8:00 pm. Flights back to the UK.

Full Tour Includes:

  • 31 meals
  • 10 train rides
  • fully escorted from Lima
  • four workshops
  • 2 domestic flights
  • lake titicaca boat cruise
  • trackside time on the Peru Rail
  • plenty of photo run-bys on the FC Andino
  • full day onboard the luxurious “titicaca train”

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Prices (per person)

  • Option 1 – Full 16 day trip from Lima: £6,995
  • Option 2 – 10 days from Lima: £4,650
  • Option 3 – 7 days from Lima: £2,680

Supplements – subject to availability

  • Return UK flights from approx: £900 in Economy, £1,500 in Premium
  • Option 1 – 15 nights single use room: £1,050
  • Option 2 – 9 nights single use room: £650
  • Option 3 – 6 nights single use room: £475

Deposits

  • £1,000 plus any flight cost

Price includes

  • All tours and activities, entrance fees, as indicated in the program
  • Meals as indicated as B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner in the program
  • Services of our tour manager. (from Lima)

Not included

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the program

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