I've been trying to book a flight between Peru and Honduras and as you probably know they are very expensive. A colleague told me that he took a train from Mexico south and it was a wonderful experience and relatively safe. I have a few weeks spare and I would love to see the scenery as well as save some money to do a diving course in Honduras. I was just wondering if anybody knows if there is a train/ if this is possible?
Any replies would be greatly appreciated,
If there is a train in Central America, it is the first Ive heard of it. And I have been there dozens of times. Trains are dangerous things because of regular tremors in the area....I am pretty sure there are no trains, at least for passengers, in all of CA....There are some trains for short hauls running goods in Panama City. But thats it. Sorry. And of course, there is no way from Colombia to Panama without water or air travel...The Darien Gap, you know.
There are some nice train rides in Mexico, which is what your friend may be referring to. The Copper Canyon trip is supposed to be awesome.
However, that doesn't help you getting from Peru to Honduras. No trains. Buses are an option for most of the route (save the Darrien Gap), and are usually clean, comfortable and relatively cheap.
There are some nice train rides in Mexico, which is what your friend may be referring to
Well actually No There Aren't-the Copper Canyon trip is one of if not the last passenger services in the whole on Mexico, the were all killed off by the Govt many many years ago.
As Piecar says there are no trains south from Honduras-your best bet is to bus to Panama and then fly to Peru.
Like Greg said, there are a few train rides left.
This is copied (well, I actually wrote it myself) from the Mexico Travelguide
Almost all passenger trains have been suspended since 2000 but several trains remain which are of particular interest. These are operated by Ferromex and basically include only 2 trains:
- The Tequila Express operates two tourist trains a week doing the Guadalahara-Amatitán route as a roundtrip on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Chepe, which is the most used and most impressive train ride and handles most traffic. It travels on the Chihuahua-Los Mochis route 2 times a day in each direction, travelling across the beautiful Copper Canyon.
For several other services that might be operating (either for locals, or very touristy trains), check the Mexlist website, which has detailed information about local trains, tours etc.
And if you really want to splurge
There are a few luxurious tourist trains though, including the Sierra Madre Express connecting from Tucson, Arizona to the Copper Canyon.
Wow everyone I´m really impressed with all your knowledge. Thanks so much for all the help