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Train to the Clouds (El Tren a las Nubes)

Balcarce 1105 // Salta Railway Station, Salta, Argentina
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Ranked #16 of 35 attractions in Salta
Type: Scenic Railroads, Historic Sites
Description: A major Argentinean attraction, this railroad, reaching almost 14,000 feet above sea level, is one of the three highest in the world.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We had heard so many good things about the train to the clouds so were quite excited at the start of the trip... But in all honesty, it met none of our expectations. The views are beautiful, but offer nothing additional to what you would see if you hired a car and drove the same trip, and you would save... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This trip is so interesting and different. It is a huge day and you need to be fresh and ready to enjoy. The day we went the train wasn't running due to off season or maintainence, but we went in a mini bus, and I think it would have been better in different ways as we had more flexibility in... More

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Buenos Aires
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The trip takes a full day from early morning till late evening. It is tiring but you get to see colorful valleys and mountains. The few stops are synchronized with offers of local handicrafts. On the way back down the same tracks you must see again what you had seen in the morning, under another light angle, but still the... More

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Nottingham, UK
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130 reviews 130 reviews
59 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This train trip at 35kph (21mph) for about 120 miles as a 7+ hour (each way) trip up into the Andes. Built on adhesion principles there are zig zags and loops to help gain altitude. Certainly a must do for train buffs; but everybody will enjoy this trip for the views. Video clips describing the route are shown regulalry so... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We are experienced traveller and we do almost everything by ourselves, but, quite honestly I could not find much about the two days schedule on the "Tren a las Nubes" website, impression later confirmed by the staff. So I think you may like to get the details of what you book, and pay for... We picked the option "two days,... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lovely train journey to the highs (more than 4000 meters high) to the La Carbonilla place. The views are amazing and you feel you get lost in time. Suggestion return by Bus from San Antonio de los Cobres since by train it makes it to long.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I've been trying to get onto this trip since1989, but could never co-ordinate the dates until this year. It was worth the wait. Maybe not the food, which is pretty ordinary, but the experience. Either take your own food, or buy the snacks. Skip the meals in the dining car, they're overpriced and ......crap! BUT, the views are great. Thoroughly... More

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Toulouse, France
12 reviews 12 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Not being in Salta on saturday, I could not use the train. I ordered a remis at my hotel (the Delvino Boutique one) and was driven along the tracks. I think the travel by train is a very good one, but that the road is also a great choice : you can see the track and all the bridges, and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The trip itself was excellent, though the seats on the train a very squashy with little room to accommodate 4 pairs of legs. Also we sat near a door to another carriage/the toilets which must be the worst seat on the train. Door opening all day (and freezing).

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The scenery is fantastic and this is a train journey that should not be missed. However the seats are very facing each other and are very close together so there is limited space to put your feet, It is a long journey of 7 or 8 hours but worth it for the fabulous views. There is a tour guide in... More

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