Paipa, Duitama, and Sogamoso, cities that last saw the Christmas train over five decades ago, were once again filled with excitement on December 9th. In an emotional comeback, Boyacá’s tourist train resumed its route along the Paipa – Duitama – Sogamoso railway, officially marking the start of the Christmas season in the region.
The return of the Christmas train after such a long break became a historic event for the people of Boyacá and its visitors. Led by Ramiro Barragan, Governor of Boyaca and supported by German Umaña Mendoza (Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism), the initiative aims not only to revive the Christmas tradition in the region but also to promote local and national tourism.
Minister Umaña expressed optimism that approximately 15,000 train tickets would be sold by December 29. These tickets, priced at 14,400 Colombian pesos (COP), are available through Tuboleta, inviting Colombians, Boyacians and foreigners to undertake this festive journey.
Capacity and Special Stops
The Christmas train has the capacity to transport 792 people on its route, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenery and the magic of Christmas in the heart of Boyaca. The strategic 40-minute stops at the Duitama and Sogamoso stations provide an opportunity to explore over 100 local businesses, promoting the regional economy and the diversity of artisanal products.
Future Perspectives and Government Commitment
The minister, aware of the significance of this project for the region, emphasized that the success of mobilization during this season will be crucial in determining the possibility of extending the train’s operations. Weekends, holidays, and Holy Week could become regular dates for the Christmas train journey, provided that the public response is positive.
The significant investment of around 500 billion pesos in the rail network during the first year of the government underscores the government’s commitment to the development and revitalization of the railway infrastructure in Boyaca.
Conclusion: A Christmas on Rails in Boyaca
The return of the Christmas train to Boyaca not only marks the resurgence of a beloved tradition but also boosts the local economy and promotes the cultural identity of the region. With the possibility of future extensions, this historic event could herald the beginning of a new era for tourist transportation in Boyaca, establishing the train as a centerpiece in the region’s Christmas celebrations.