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Train to the Clouds (El Tren a las Nubes)

Address: Balcarce 1105 // Salta Railway Station, Salta, Argentina
Phone Number: 541147063500
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Ranked #19 of 34 Attractions in Salta
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Owner 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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Perth, Australia
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213 reviews 213 reviews
61 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went to the station the evening before our train trip and were able to validate our tickets so that we did not have to arrive quite so early in the morning. The staff member who spoke with us explained carefully that many people with altitude sickness get it because they eat or drink too much and they get insufficient... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The trip on this train is very intense. The coaches are very welll conditioned and the service is excellent. The name is perfect for the occasion. See it!!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We take the train on july 2014 with my family. The train stop on the middle of the tunnel because went out of track,with the train resting on the tunnel wall, we have to get down of the train on dark with smoke of the train ,because the engine still running.nobody was prepared for emergency, and we have to walk... More

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san diego, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It is very important to get seats facing the front of the train. Otherwise you will travel with your back to the view. For us having the view slip away rather than onfold in front of us is a major drawback. Also DO NOT get the seats in the rear row of the car. There is a smaller distance between... More

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São Miguel do Oeste
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194 reviews 194 reviews
83 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The ride is beautiful, but is a long day it takes 07 hours one way only! Some tips: 1- Despite what the travel agents say, the left side you really have a better (a lot better) view, from most (some 80%) of the time (on the way up). I found the seats comfortable, and not different from any European or... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
4 reviews 4 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
76 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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