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Central & South America

For more information on rail travel throughout Central and South America, as well as bookings on the tours below, contact our expert rail consultants on 1300 733323

Rail tours in Central and South America

COPPER CANYON IN NORTHERN MEXICO - EL CHEPE TRAIN

This tour visits some of the most remote yet spectacular regions of Mexico. If you appreciate magnificent scenery and unique culture, this Copper Canyon tour will be a wonderful trip not to be forgotten. Guidepost Rail Tours will advise you on the best way to make the most of your Copper Canyon experience. Tours run daily.        (Gpt-SATO)

TREN CRUCERO - ECUADOR'S CRUISE TRAIN - 4 days

  An historical Train Journey between Quito and Guayaquil on Tren Crucero *  Experience the change from the Pacific Plain into the Andes * Dive into Ecuador's history when staying overnight in historical inns * Travel by train over the rail engineering marvel "Devils's Nose" *  Get an impression of Ecuador's fascinating Cultures and Biodiversity. Regular departures throughout the year. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for Reservations. (RTISA)

HIDDEN COLOMBIA BY RAIL with optional PANAMA CANAL RAILWAY

 15 days, 2 to 17 September - A three-foot gauge railway system once linked this mountainous country from Buenaventura on the southern Pacific coast to Santa Marta on the northern Atlantic coast, before decay and virtual closure. Now, as part of a strategy to remove damaging heavy freight traffic from the roads, the government has awarded rehabilitation contracts for sections that have remained mothballed since the 1980s. We visit and travel on significant parts of the system, where possible using all of the operating steam fleet. One of the highlights will be to ride the daily ‘mixed’ train on the electrified coal and iron ore branch through a spectacular gorge from Belencito to Paz de Rio. Our tour also visits the exquisite heritage towns of Villa de Leyva and Barichara together with La Candelaria, the historic neighbourhood in downtown Bogota. Several exceptional  buildings associated with Simon Bolivar who was largely responsible for creating Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states, independent of Spanish rule are visited too. One of these is now a hotel with a hot springs pool and will be our base for one night. We also include an option for an extension in Panama riding the Panama Canal Railway and viewing the canal itself. 

RAIL & ANCIENT WONDERS OF PERU - Classic Rail Tour

 16 days. 1 to 16 November  -  Peru has many highlights, not least of which of course is Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world in which we are able to spend two days, but there are many more highlights and some of the most renowned railway journeys in the world.  San Francisco Convent catacombs • UNESCO world heritage city of Arequipa • Colca Canyon Condors • Lake Titicaca • One of World’s greatest railway lines - Puno to Cusco - by luxury train • Sacred Valley of the Incas • Machu Picchu. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations. (PTG)

Great trains of Central & South America

EL CHEPE - COPPER CANYON RAILWAY - MEXICO

The Chihuahua-Pacifico Railway runs 655kms from Los Mochis on Mexico's west coast to the city of Chihuahua, passing through 87 tunnels and across 36 bridges. At one stage it has to negotiate a triple loop to gain altitude. The train, El Chepe, runs daily in each direction. The journey takes you to some of the most remote yet spectacular regions of northern Mexico.

HIRAM BINGHAM & ANDEAN EXPLORER

 Discover Peru in style. Ancient cultures and a rich combination of natural wonders make Peru an alluring destination. The Hiram Bingham and Andean Explorer luxury trains allow you to explore Peru in style and comfort. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for details of schedules. (RP)

HIRAM BINGHAM - Macchu Pichu - PERU

The Hiram Bingham train is the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu.   For many visitors a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience.  The Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey never to be forgotten.   Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for more details.

ANDEAN EXPLORER - PERU

Crossing the Andes meant constructing, what was then, the highest railway in the world. Opened in 1908, the line runs 339kms from Cuzco to Juliaco and on to Lake Titicaca. The Andean Explorer as a first class train between running between Cuzco and Puno by Lake Titicaca, styled on the great Pullman trains of the 1920's. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for reservations.

THE TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS

The Train to the Clouds - tren de las nubes - is one of the tree highest railway journeys in the world. The whole trip takes almost 15 hours, crossing 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 "curls" and 2 zig-zags. Due to the height at which the train moves, it is quite common to see clouds under the bridges or at the mountainsides, hence the choice of its name. The train, runnng between Salta in NW Argentina and the Chilean border, offers several services such as: restaurant car, panoramic car, folk spectacles, consulting room, audio, video and bilingual guides. Contact Guidepost Rail Tours for enquiries in Australia.

Information for travelling by train through Central & South America


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Guidepost Rail Tours - train travel through Central and South America