The Huancayo-Huancavelica Railway or better known as "El Tren Macho" is the most historic and legendary railway in operation in Peru. With a length of 128 km, it connects the cities of Huancayo and Huancavelica in the central highlands of Peru.
"El Tren Macho" literally translates into "the male train." However, it’s been claimed by the older Huancavelans that the term "Tren Macho" meant "sale cuando quiere y llega cuando puede" or "it went out when it wanted, and it arrived when it wanted to or when it could.”
The Huancayo-Huancavelica Railway was born by law 667 on November 20, 1907. That same year the works began with funds from the Tabaco Tobacco, but the construction was very slow and eventually stopped in 1910.
On September 2, 1910, Carlos B. Eddy and the government signed a contract for construction from the point until which they had stopped. However, no work was done for many years under this new contract. Eventually, work was resumed by the government itself in 1918. To unite the towns of Huancayo and Huancavelica, its construction was finally finished on October 24, 1926.
Today, among the public railways on the Railroad Network of Peru is Huancayo Huancavelica Railway, which is 128.7 km in length, operated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC). The train passes through the towns of Huancayo, Huancán, Huayucachi, Vieques, Cullhuas, Ñahuimpuquio, Mariscal Cáceres, Izcuchaca, Pilchaca, Cuenca, Acoria, Yauli, and Huancavelica.
The Huancayo - Huancavelica railway is one of the highest railways in the world. It is between 3,680 masl at its highest point, at Huancavelica Station and 2,819 masl at its lowest point, at Mariscal Caceres Station. It has a total of seven (7) stations, nineteen (19) stops, fifteen (15) bridges, thirty-eight (38) tunnels, and thirty-seven (37)
Touring the central Andes via the Tren Macho has become a favorite tourist attraction. It's an excellent way to experience the magnificent landscape of Huancavelica while also allowing travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of that region.
The 128-kilometer route can be covered in five to six hours. It leaves every day from the Chilca (Huancayo) station at 6:30 am and arrives at Huancavelica at noon. Its route crosses through 38 tunnels and 15 bridges. On your trip, you will encounter views of breathtaking ravines, deep canyons, spectacular landscape of the highlands and jungle. Enjoy the sights from the wagons on the course of the Mantaro River. It stops in the stations of Telleria, Izcuchaca, La Mejorada, Acoria, and Yauli.
The El Tren Macho fits 370 passengers. At each stop, vendors come up to the wagons selling corn and cheese, potatoes and cheese, bizcochuelos, local drinks and other local snacks and delicacies.
The trip lasts approximately 14 hours until you arrive in Huancayo train Station. There wil lbe 2 touristic stops : the 1st at San Bartolome where you can see when the locomotive is turned on the turntable and teh 2nd stop at Matucana Station that allow short visit of Matucana Main Square.
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It runs once a month between April and November. It crosses 69 tunnels, 58 bridges, 6 switchbacks and passing though Galeras Tunnel where the second highest point of the World is located at 4,892 m.a.s.l.
Huancayo Train Station