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Train to the Clouds

Discover the nature and culture of the Andes on board of a train

1 day
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$89
4.6 (2 reviews)
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Train to the Clouds tour information

location_onSalta
timer 1 day
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Starts

6:15 a.m. from Salta City Railway Station

Ends

8:15 p.m. to Salta City Railway Station

Included

  • Country breakfast
  • Snack
  • Transport by bus and train
  • Specialized bilingual tour guides
  • On-board medical assistance service
  • Wi-Fi internet service in Alfarcito; San Antonio de los Cobres Station and in Viaducto de la Polvorilla.

Not included

  • Transfers from and to accommodation
  • Lunch

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The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up for the tour, no refunds will be given.
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The train to the clouds was an ambitious engineering project that wanted to unite Chile and Argentina. Today, it is an international icon that joins visitors from all over the world with native communities in Salta.

This tour combines road and railway journeys, where you can enjoy the Andean landscapes and culture. At the same time, you'll be contributing to the local development of the Quebrada and Puna regions.

Give us five minutes, and we will tell you why the Train to the Clouds is a must do on your trip to Salta.

Tour itinerary

todayDay 1: Campo Quijano, Yacoraite, El Alfarcito, San Antonio de los Cobres, Santa Rosa de Tastil.

access_time6 : 15 AM
Check in | Salta Train Station The tour will start at 6:15 a.m. at Salta's city train station. It is located by the city center and is very easy to get to. The Train to the Clouds team will be waiting for you there to help you board the bus that you get assigned.
salta train station
access_time7 : 00 AM
Bus departure At 7:00 a.m., the bus will departure to take you to San Antonio de los Cobres. When you arrive to this town, you will board one of the highest trains in the world. But before you arrive at the train station, you will have a lot to discover on your way by bus. Are you ready? Let's get started!
bus train bus salta
access_time7 : 35 AM
Campo Quijano The first stop will be at Campo Quijano: the town known as Portal of the Andes. This is where the history of this ancient train is to be found.
campo quijano
You will find on display the old steam locomotive of the Train to the Clouds, and also a tribute to the constructor of the branch, Richard Maury. The remains of this talented engineer rest in this same town. Did you know that he also participated in the construction of the Panama Canal?
train to the clouds engine locomotive
access_time8 : 05 AM
Viaducto El Toro At El Toro Viaduct we will make the second stop. Here you will be able to appreciate one of the longest viaducts of the C-14 branch, the one that joins Campo Quijano with Aguas Blancas.
el toro viaduct
access_time8 : 55 AM
Yacoraite geological formation The third stop will be at Yacoraite. This hill is also known as "La Pollera de la Coya" (The coya’s skirt), because it resembles a native woman with her traditional clothing. You will see how the colors of the landscape and the people of northern Argentina are perfectly mixed. You will be welcomed by a community, as colorful and diverse as the landscape that surrounds you.
yacoraite
access_time9 : 25 AM
El Alfarcito This is a small, picturesque village where travelers are invited to an outdoor breakfast, in an immersive experience with the local inhabitants.
el alfarcito
Here you will enjoy a delicious country breakfast. All products are fresh-made by the community in a traditional way. You will eat homemade scones, cayote sweet pie, cornstarch alfajores with dulce de leche and a hot infusion. You can even try the argentine mate and coca leaves tea.
breakfast alfarcito
access_time11 : 40 AM
San Antonio de Los Cobres Travellers to the train! We'll arrive at San Antonio de Los Cobres, and here begins the journey by train.
san antonio de los cobres
access_time1 : 00 PM
Arrival at La Polvorilla viaduct Hey there! This is the highest point of the railway branch: now you will be able to say that you travelled at 4,200 metres above sea level.
la polvorilla viaduct
access_time1 : 30 PM
Return manoeuvre The time has come for the most emblematic stop on the route. The train will make the return manoeuvre, slowly enough for you to take a picture from the window.
return manoeuvre train to the clouds
access_time2 : 45 PM
San Antonio de los Cobres Train Station After an intense morning, nothing sounds better than stopping to eat and rest. You have two free hours to eat at one of the restaurants of your choice in the area.
llamas train to the clouds
But that's not all! In the village you can do one experience in direct contact with the native communities. The most popular ones? Visit the handicraft market, create a clay pot with your own hands, or go walking with llamas. After that, you will return to Salta by bus, making one more stop along the way.
ceramics train to the clouds
access_time5 : 20 PM
Santa Rosa de Tastil This stop will last 20 minutes, and it will be the last one before returning to Salta. Santa Rosa de Tastil holds ancient secrets. Here you can visit the archaeological museum that will help you to understand better the cultural richness of the native communities.
santa rosa de tastil
Why shouldn't you miss it? It is one of the largest native settlements in Argentina, and is part of the ancient Inca road. It has even been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ruins santa rosa de tastil
access_time8 : 15 PM
Arrival at Salta Station You'll get a "merienda" on board of the bus -that amazing meal between lunch and dinner-. This consists of a ham and cheese sandwich, pastafrola pie, cornstarch and dulce de leche alfajor. You can also get coffee, mate or tea. You'll arrive at Salta station at around 8:15 p.m., ready to rest after an unforgettable day.
wagon train to the clouds

What to bring to Train to the Clouds

When you pack your luggage, remember that the rainy season in Salta is from December to March. The winter, from May to August, is especially cold. We recommend you to bring:
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing (between May and August)
  • Raincoat and umbrella (between December and March)
  • Comfortable footwear (hiking shoes or snickers if possible)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Cash (Argentinean pesos) for possible additional expenses such as lunch; crafts or soft drinks
  • Camera
  • Medication against altitude sickness (if deemed necessary)

Train to the Clouds tour reviews with Howlanders

4.6
Overall rating
Transportation
4.8
Advice
4.5
Guide
4.8
Quality-price ratio
4.5
Inge Kirchner‎ · 21 de febrero de 2020
The trip lasts all day (we leave at 6:50 AM), and they are SUPER organized. The bus tour is beautiful, you see some incredible landscapes, you cross the mountain range until you reach San Antonio de los Cobres, where you take the train. Inside the train, everything is very good, the guides, the landscapes, everything. 100% recommended

Amaury Borel · 11 de febrero de 2020
An exciting experience lived aboard this train. The tour is more than recommended for its quality and price. Millions of photos can be taken!

Questions & Answers

Where is the meeting point for the Train to the Clouds tour?
The meeting point for all passengers is Salta Railway Station. (Ameghino 660th). It is located at the intersection of Ameghino and Balcarce streets. At the end of Balcarce Street you will find the station building. The station is marked with signs, and you will easily recognize the staff of the Train to the Clouds. Remember that both the departure and the return are at this same place.

Where does the Train to the Clouds depart from?
The Train to the Clouds departs from the town of San Antonio de Los Cobres, 165 km away from Salta city. From the meeting point (Salta Railway Station), the bus will take you to San Antonio de Los Cobres.

How long does the Train to the Clouds take?
The total route consists in one journey by bus, one by train and one by bus. Approximately, the train journey takes two and a half hours, and the journey by bus takes 9 hours. You can see an image here to get a better idea of the itinerary.

What if the train is too busy in high season?
When the demand is high, a double departure is enabled on the same day. The first departure, in this case, is at 7:00 a.m. and the second at 9:00 a.m. The arrival time of the first departure is 8:30 p.m. and the second departure arrives at approximately 10:00 p.m. The activities are the same. Generally, we work with the first shift. In case the first shift is full, and a second one opens at 9:00 a.m., you will be notified once we confirm your booking. You’ll know your schedule ahead of time and from the moment you get your booking - no surprises-.

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