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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 #17 of 36 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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143 reviews 143 reviews
69 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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