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Friday, June 13, 2014
Sepia Saturday 232 - I survived the Lima to Huancayo train trip
Here I am on the trip to Peru. This was in 1971 (I was a lot younger and way more adventuresome).
I was with a group of 11 people (2 anthropology professors and 9 students from Cal State LA University.) We were on an archeological survey on the north coast of Peru. During our 3 months there we took several side trips and one was from Lima to Huancayo on the highest train in the Americas (it used to be in the world, but now there's a higher one in Tibet). This particular train soars to 15,839 feet up into the Andes.
It's a historic route. The more than 500 kilometers of tracks were planned out by Ernesto Malinowski and Henry Meiggs in 1870 and laid down by thousands of laborers, including Chinese who were brought to the country for this task that ended in 1893.
The train passes through 69 tunnels, goes over 58 bridges including the Carrión and Infiernillo and 6 zigzag paths.
When we finally got to Huancayo, it happened to be market day. The high altitude did not keep us from a day of shopping.
This is a map of the route just to give you an idea:
Lima to huancayo.
Roll on down the track and check out more train stories on sepia saturday.
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