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World’s highest cable railway opens

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Cable-car ride crosses the Andes Mountains

The first segment of the world’s highest cable-car ride has opened, crossing the Andes Mountains between the Bolivian capital La Paz and the airport at El Alto. Once the second part is completed it will also be the longest.

The president of the South American country, Evo Morales, inaugurated the line, which takes passengers at more than 4,000 meters above sea level. The ride gives beautiful views of the snow-capped peak Illimani.

The cable car infrastructure is being constructed by the Austrian company Doppelmayr for $234 million. Passengers will be able to travel between the two cities in less than 10 minutes, compared to more than 30 minutes by road. The first part reaches more than 2.5 kilometres. The second 7.3-kilometre section will open by the end of the year. Another attractive thing is the ticket price, just three bolivianos ($0.43).

The Independent

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