great peruvian rail adventure

all prices & options are per person

2024 - tour - pricing

Year - 2024

Departure Date - sep 14

Return Date - sep 29

This Tour Is Open -

Tour Type - railfan/tourist tour

option 1 - full 16 day tour

option 2 - first half of tour
september 14-23

option 3 - second half of tour
september 23-29

option 1 $8,775 - Double Room Occupancy

option 1 $1,295 - Single Room Supplement

option 1 $2,500 - Deposit To Hold Space

option 2 $5,795 - Double Room Occupancy

option 2 $795 - Single Room Supplement

option 2 $2,000 - Deposit To Hold Space

option 3 $3,350 - Double Room Occupancy

option 3 $595 - Single Room Supplement

option 3 $1,000 - Deposit To Hold Space

-$400 - Early Bird Discount
book and pay deposit by March 1

Final Payment Due By - June 14, 2024

Tour Includes:

*31 meals
*cab rides
*10 train rides
*fully escorted
*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"

2024 - tour - Details

about this tour

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 themn 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.

2024 - tour - Itinerary

day by day - Itinerary

Day 1 - sat sep 14

Indivdual arrivals in Lima, Peru and transfer to our hotel and check-in. Rest of the evening at your own leisure.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2 - sun sep 15

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

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - mon sep 16

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.

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 4 - tue sep 17

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

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 5 - wed sep 18

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.

🍽 breakfast

Day 6 - thur sep 19

We weboard 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

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 7 - fri sep 20

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

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 8 - sat sep 21

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.

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 9 - sun sep 22

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.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - mon sep 23

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.

Option 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.

🍽 breakfast

Day 11 - tue sep 24

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.

🍽 breakfast

Day 12 - wed sep 25

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. If 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. 3rd night lodging at our hotel in Cuzco.

🍽 breakfast, dinner

Day 13 - thur sep 26

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.

🍽 breakfast

Day 14 - fri sep 27

Cuzco to Puno, a total of 240 miles onboard the “Titicaca Train” operated by Peru Rail on standard gauge. This train departs Cuzco at 7:50am and arrives Puno at 6:20pm. Transfer to our hotel and check-in.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 - sat sep 28

Puno Tour and cruise on Lake Titicaca

🍽 breakfast, lunch

Day 16 - sun sep 29

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. End of Tour

🍽 breakfast

TOUR CONDITIONS PRICING - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Tour Pricing:

All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee (The 3% fee has been suspended until further notice) will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.