girl walking among the cactus of the ruins of tastil
man holding a llama by the hand
church San Antonio de los Cobres
cactus in the ruins of tastil
sign San Antonio de los Cobres
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San Antonio de los Cobres from Salta

Tour San Antonio de los Cobres Argentina, Tastil Ruins and Viaducto del Toro from Salta


1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From your downtown hotel in Salta between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m.
Ends: To downtown Salta at 7:30 p.m.
Free cancellation!


With this excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres from Salta you will know the history of the first steam engine in Campo Quijano, the great zig zag in the Chorrillo Station, Alfarcito, the Tastil Ruins and its architecture of the Incas and Diaguitas, the Pompeya Hot Springs and the impressive Viaducto de la Polvorilla. 

Do not miss the peculiar town of San Antonio de los Cobres and the solidified lava of the volcano. You will also have the opportunity to get close to the station of the famous Train to the Clouds. 

Do you want to visit all these places? 🙂 Here we tell you all the details:

Tour details


  • Transfers from centrally located hotels
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Insurance

Not included

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Tips
  • Photos

Important information

A minimum of two people is required for this tour.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you will receive a 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

San Antonio de los Cobres from Salta

⌛Duration: 11 hours
🗻Max altitude: 4,080 m.a.s.l.
🚌Route: 375 km (round trip)

📍 Pick up in Salta

The excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres will start with the pick-up at your accommodation in Salta. Pick-up can be between 6:30 and 7:15 in the morning. Once the group is assembled, the day begins!

road to San Antonio de los Cobres

Campo Quijano - Quebrada del Toro - Chorrillo Station

The first stop will be Campo Quijano, where you will see the first steam engine that ran the famous train to the clouds. Then you will enter the Quebrada del Toro, where the guide will explain the history of the construction of the C14 branch line, stopping at the El Toro Viaduct. Admire its altitude of 35 meters high and its length of almost 400 meters. 

The next stop will be at the Chorrillos Station, where you will be able to observe a great zig zag, an internationally recognized engineering work.

river in quebrada del toro

Alfarcito - Tastil Ruins

Once you arrive at Alfarcito, you will make a technical stop to use the restrooms and cafeteria if you need it. 

Then you will follow the road to Tastil, where you will enter the Tastil Ruins for about 50 minutes. The guide will explain everything about these pre-Inca city ruins and the differences between the architecture of the Incas and the Diaguitas.

cactus in ruins of tastil

Pompeii Thermal Baths - La Polvorilla Viaduct

Next, along the way, you will see the Pompeii Thermal Baths with their colors forming the thermal minerals. Then you will arrive at the magnificent La Polvorilla Viaduct. Take the opportunity to take the best pictures and walk around this place. You can buy some souvenirs from the artisans you will find there. 

The viaduct is 64 meters high, 268 meters long and is located at 4,200 meters above sea level, a unique structure worldwide.

La Polvorilla Viaduct

San Antonio de los Cobres

Finally, you will arrive in San Antonio where you will see the solidified lava of the volcano. It is time for lunch after the excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres. You will also have time to visit the handicraft market, the dry square, the church and some places of this town in the Puna Salteña. You can even visit the Train to the Clouds train station. 

It is time to return to Salta and put an end to the excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres, arriving in Salta around 7:30 pm.

houses of San Antonio de los Cobres

What to bring to San Antonio de los Cobres from Salta

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Trainers
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Water

Questions & Answers

  • Is there a minimum for the tour?

    A minimum of two passengers is required for this activity. In case of not reaching the minimum number of participants, we will offer you an alternative or a refund of the reservation.
  • Is there a minimum age for the tour?

    No, the tour is suitable for passengers of all ages.

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