Train to the Clouds, Salta

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True to its name, Train to the Clouds will literary take you over the clouds, which touch the base of a dramatic viaduct hovering across a desert canyon. Argentina's most famous rail trip starts at Salta and continues through a valley and up mountains slopes, over turbulent rivers, and past the ruins of a pre-Incan settlement. The journey only stops in a dusty mining town and over a canyon 4,220 m (13,845 ft) above sea level. Ride through spiral tunnels and over bridges while listening to piped music and enjoying the scenic landscape and the railroad's engineering wonders. The service includes snacks and medical assistance, as well as vendors selling empanadas and coca leaves to help with altitude sickness. Put Train to the Clouds into our Salta trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • There are views of users of TripAdvisor that not are well informed, saying that by an avalanche or bad state of them way not is makes it excursion from jumps in the train makes already enough that the Government of jumps has to its charge the train of them clouds and part of the station of jumps in bus and is takes the train in san Antonio , not believe that is go to fix them way at least by them next years, and hope that the excursion is follow making is worth the penalty the effort, are 13 hs from them 7 of it tomorrow. But cuts sites and then you subis on the train, which is in perfect condition to the viaduct the polvorilla is 4200 meters we take you coca and also candies to cushion the effects, I recommend it as a unique experience
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  • I was extremely disappointed with this day. We were poorly informed about what was included, it is praying all day by vendors of crafts and children and finally, the journey by train is nothing extraordinary. We leave early in the morning by bus, we do a few photo stops. Then, mini-dejeuner included. Then we arrive to San Antonio de los Cobres, where you take the train. There is a snack and souvenirs, car where you can also buy the stamp to send the postcard that they "offered" (I have more like it's a marketing idea). Then it rolls very slowly for 30 minutes. We stop once and people come to sell things by the window. Then arriving near the famous viaduct, spend the kind music "feat" to move everyone. Going even more slowly on the viaduct (we don't realize the height of 63 m) and once at the end, the train passes him on to stop just after 30 minutes. Anywhere from sellers of craft :( After return to San Antonio de los Cobres. Our bus takes us to the centre of the village. During the short trip, a kid up "singing" a song then goes with the hat... Then, bad surprise for us who believe have the meals included in the 1700 pesos per person for the day. We take the bus back to Salta. On the road a few stops. It used a lil coffee or tea to accompany the Lil snack included. In short, very expensive and disappointing day!
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  • Unfortunately, before the last avalanche a month ago, the most exciting and long travel (from Salta) was completely destroyed and was only a small stretch of 22 km (of the total 200 km) that runs from San Antonio los Cobres to the polvorilla viaduct, exciting 0, no attractive landscape. I recommend to go when they have fixed the missing part and the complete tour can be, this small section not worth doing so. In addition, to arrive from jumps capital until them receive there are 3 hs of travel, and is makes heavy. Very sad what happened and hopefully fix it soon, because I'd go back and do the whole route, since it sounds impressive!
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