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Train to the Clouds Experience

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    Stop At: Train to the Clouds, Calle Los de Salta Frente a Plaza Antofagasta, Salta 4400 Argentina

    Our round trip tour is a blend of bus and rail experiences on the way to San Antonio de los Cobres village, and allows insertion and sustainability of local indigenous communities in our actions, while we work as a link between them and the general visitors.

    Bus & Train Option

    The journey starts in the city of Salta at 7am departing on buses heading west following the old drover 'Toro Trail', which will allow travelers a closer view to the attractions of this colorful canyon and a different perception of the traditional railway system.

    On the way our tour guides promote photo stops in several railway viewpoints until you arrive in 'Alfacito'. This is a small picturesque hamlet where visitors are invited to an outdoor breakfast in an immersion experience in the cosmogony of local inhabitants.Going on the journey through this magical Andean region travelers get in direct contact with indigenous populations that succeeded in surviving in high plateaus in the upper Andes.

    Our adventure on the Train to the Clouds will start from 'San Antonio de los Cobres'. The train journey goes through landmarks like 'Termas de Pompeya', 'Toconadito', and' Mina Concordia' in order to reach the rail network's last stop: The famous 'Polvorilla' Viaduct. Back in 'San Antonio de los Cobres' tourists may interact and discover social nuances that are materialized in activities such as participating in ceramic workshops, handicraft market, and short lama caravan walks among others (not included).

    For the return we take the buses back through the national road 51, which suggests a stopover at 'Santa Rosa de Tastil', part of the 'Q’ Pac Ñam' (Inca trail), declared by Unesco Cultural World inheritance in 2014.

    Train Option only:

    This option includes only the Train to the Clouds ride from 'San Antonio de los Cobres' to the 'Polvorilla' Viaduct and back. No transfers included. 

    Welcome to the Train to the Clouds. We invite you to enjoy this experience with your family and friends and make an unforgettable trip, which will surely be one of those magical moments that remains in your memories, making Salta your favorite place in the world!



    Departure 7:00 am Salta - Arrival 7:35 am Quijano 

    Departure 7:55 am Quijano - Arrival 8:05 am V. Toro

    Departure 8:25 am V. Toro - Arrival 9:45 am Alfarcito

    Departure 10:30 am Alfarcito - 11:45 am San Antonio de los Cobres


    Departure 12:00 pm San Antonio de los Cobres - Arrival 1:00 pm V. La Polvorilla 

    Departure 1:30 pm V. La Polovorilla - Arrival 3:00 pm San Antonio de los Cobres


    Departure 4:15 pm San Antonio de los Cobres - Arrival 5:30 pm Tastil

    Departure 6:00 pm Tastil - Arrival 8:00 pm Salta
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Bus & Train Option: Salta train station
    Train Option only: San Antonio de los Cobres train station
    Return Details
    • Bus & Train Option: Salta train station 
    • Train Option only: San Antonio de los Cobres train station
    • Breakfast
    • Snacks
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Local taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Train to the Clouds
    • Lunch
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
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    Reviewed 25 July 2019

    There many places to visit while in the north-west of Argentina.Tren a las Nubes and San Antonio de los Cobres not a priority. We drove from Salta to San Antonio. The landscape is beautiful, but not the best we saw in the North. The town...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Daniel K
    Reviewed 9 July 2019

    I bought the trip with 3 ou more months in advance and when I arrive there was no train ! And nobody to explain why . It was very unpleasent to be on a lonely station at 6 am in the morning waiting for the...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank AnaF1545
    Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

    Excellent day out, very well organised. Earlyish start, back around 8pm. Stunning scenery on trip to station. Comfy train.

    1  Thank nickwS5181DR
    Reviewed 28 April 2019

    The Tren a las Nubes (the romantically entitled Train to the Clouds) used to run to the amazing Polvorilla viaduct from Salta itself over a relatively short stretch of the line from Salta to the port of Antofagasta in Chile. For a railway line, it...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    15  Thank MADPhilOxon
    Reviewed 21 December 2018 via mobile

    Taking the Tren alas Nubes to 4,200 metres in the Andes was an incredible experience. Yes, it’s a long coach journey to the start of the train journey. However, if you get a good guide on the coach they fill the time with lots of...More

    7  Thank English_Ali
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    It is impossible to predict responses to high altitude in individuals. Different individuals react differently and even the same individual can react differently to a given altitude at a different time. Acclimatisation by... More
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    • Duration: 12h
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