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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  • You must be at the bus station at 6.30, leaving less 4, as soon as possible before you get sales. When you buy it online do not warn of anything, we already reported in the hotel. The train to the clouds gonna the la Polvorilla viaduct from San Antonio de los Cobres. The journey from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres is done by bus. The trip is about 4 hours, with several stops, the longest for breakfast and see the village from the Alfarcito, nice site. 11 more or less comes San Antonio, is for half an hour and leaves for the train ride to the polvorilla viaduct, round-trip is about 3 hours, I recommend sitting on the left side of the train if you can. On the back of the train, stop at San Antonio (people) to eat and see the people awhile. The return bus journey is undertaken at 4 p.m. and will reach 20-20.30 to Salta again. The trip is very long, pretty, but very tired. Totally recommended, sleep well and a lot the day before to be rested, dinner not very heavy, and during the excursion to drink enough water to stay hydrated. Since that they will rise to about 4500 m you can suffer badly from height, it is advisable to buy coca leaves and put them in the mouth above 3000 m, candies do nothing. If the weather changes during the day, it is very noticeable in the physical condition. And be very careful with eating much along the way, the guides teach places to eat, but it is better to eat something soft bread with Turkey and cheese or something light. The return bus ride and the descent from 4mil meters to Salta is hardest to rise, people gets worse. There is a nurse in each bus and an ambulance that follows all the tour convoy. I recommend it but I repeat is very tired
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  • The adjective of the title applies not only the landscape, but the feat of engineering that provides infrastructure to train (viaducts, modes of operation of the train, etc). Although, the actual train journey, is relatively short, all prior and subsequent to it, for those who hire the service bus train bus, is very well organized.
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  • It is very difficult to give an opinion. While the train does not make the entire route, service is very good. The guides explain what you should know, you got time to take pictures and others. It depends on the personal expectations of each. There are better places that one can know, but in my opinion, must spend a few pesos and know the train!
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