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Train to the Clouds

Salta, Argentina
About Train to the Clouds
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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Introduce some excitement into your sightseeing by going on this “Train to the Clouds” railway experience. Access incredible panoramic views of La Puna that you wouldn’t see otherwise, and expand your Argentina knowledge through guide commentary. No need to worry about bringing snacks with you, as breakfast in the mountain village of Alfarcito is included.
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Philip R wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom44 contributions12 helpful votes
By the time you have driven from Salta to San Antonio de las Corbres you will have seen much more varied and interesting scenery than you will see on this short train journey. Which is lucky, as the windows on the train are small and only the ones sitting immediately next to them get a good view. They say to arrive an hour early but there is no need, check-in is quick and the train departed on time. The trip is a ‘there and back’ affair and you swap sides of the train halfway at the bridge, the end and highlight of the trip. The only other thing i witnessed on the journey of any interest was an old mine, Concordia, but we didn’t stop; the only stop was to buy things from the kindly locals selling their hats, scarves, jumpers etc which lasted about 20 minutes. All in all, fairly pointless and not cheap (twice as expensive for a non-Argentinian).
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JKD wrote a review Mar 2020
Scotts Valley CA496 contributions355 helpful votes
we had a fantastic itinerary by car arranged by my friend, so we had already seen many spectacular sites of the mountains already. This abbreviated train experience is about a one hour train ride from San Antonio de los Cobres, a 30-40 minute stop at the viaduct for a cultural show / shopping / photo taking and then the one hour return. If the bus follows the same route we took to Salta, then the overall excursion probably might be worth it for you if you don't also venture further (we had visited Purmamarca and Humahuaca by that time) So, our perspective is that it is a rather expensive train ride without scenery much different or spectacular than what we had seen .... btw, some of the best shopping on our trip was done at the viaduct :-)
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Oontour wrote a review Feb 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom267 contributions115 helpful votes
Ok if you have read the reviews before booking you will be conflicted as to whether this excursion is worth it. For us it was. This is a full day activity. Our bilingual guide Carlos enhanced the trip. Carlos looked after us on the three hours to the train station and the three hours back. There was commentary as we went through the foothills of the Andes. The highlight of course is the train journey. This lasts 3 hours and gives spectacular views. Be aware that there is NO HOTEL PICKUP. My confusion when booking via TripAdvisor. You have to go to Salta Train/Bus station. If you are into train journeys and big nature this is for you.
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1 Helpful vote
Paul S wrote a review Feb 2020
11 contributions10 helpful votes
The train now runs from San Antonio so it's a bus trip from salta to there. It stops a couple of times but given its about the train they could do far more about giving information on the railway itself. We did a different trip via minibus which used the same route and that was far more informative. The final bit is great but its overpriced
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Date of experience: January 2020
3 Helpful votes
Gail M wrote a review Feb 2020
Nanaimo, Canada93 contributions80 helpful votes
A great trip for train enthusiasts. Expensive. And there are some things to note...it was rainy when we left Salta and the windows were obscured by condensation that didn’t disappear until the sun came out despite asking for help from the guide and driver. Breakfast by Canadian standards was “ continental “....should be called a coffee break. The altitude of 4000 meters at the top brings symptoms of headache, dizziness. There is medical help always available if it gets serious but at the speed of ascent almost everyone feels mild effects. Hard to really enjoy San Antonio and lunch when feeling iffy. With these warnings, enjoy some remarkable scenery!
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6 Helpful votes