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Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)
Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)

Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)

Balcarce 1105 , Salta, Argentina

The Basics

Departing from Salta, Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes) makes its way through Cordillera de los Andes, passes through Valle de Lerma and Quebrada del Toro, and finishes in La Puna. On the ride, learn from bilingual guides who offer insight into surrounding topography. The train stops at the town of San Antonio de los Cobres, where you can get out, stretch your legs, and purchase handicrafts and souvenirs from indigenous locals.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salta

star-5
Great!
Freddy_R, Apr 2020
Train to the Clouds Experience
Wonderful!! Great time! Beautiful landscapes. Everything very well organized. In way and in time. Highly recommended. Be prepared for eventual dizziness and breakdown...
star-5
Train to the Clouds 👍🏻
mrhurray, Feb 2020
Train to the Clouds Experience
Wonderful day. Spectacular scenery and the tour was very well organized. Exactly as advertised. Only minor complaint was we wished there was a little more narration on the bus portion. But overall a great trip and highly recommended!
star-5
Very professional company
mclaujk, Oct 2019
Train to the Clouds Experience
From check in to drop off back in Salta, every thing was handled seamlessly. Had a very good time and recommend the experience highly.
star-4
Tren a Las nubes
Catherine A, Aug 2019
Train to the Clouds Experience
Excellent scenery, lovely experience, however the stop at the viaduct was too short (20 minutes). Also, viator advertised this trip with breakfast and we did not get any. The tickets would not download from the voucher, however our passports were sufficient when presented at the check in at the station.
star-5
Excellent. Well organized and very interesting.
Adrianus_R, Nov 2018
Train to the Clouds Experience
Excellent. Very interesting and very well organized. Very comfortable. Unique route with beautiful landscape
star-5
Wonderful experience!
IsmaelG_B, Mar 2019
Train to the Clouds Experience
Well organised. very friendly staff. We loved it. I recommend to have enough cash to buy the local indigenas art. They do not have credit card systems.
star-5
Train to the Clouds - a ‘must do’ trip for the scenery
Jocelyn_S, Jan 2020
Train to the Clouds Experience
Fast checkin despite around 200 people before boarding our respective buses. Nice breakfast stop in tiny village. Spectacular rugged scenery. Good driver making bus trip comfortable. Young, charming guide speaking good English and informative. Frequent checking of his group to make sure no-one was suffering from high altitude. Train to the Clouds was delightful with plenty of photographic opportunities. An added touch was to have an ambulance and medical team with us at all times, case of need at such high altitude. Lunch stop good with multiple choice of tiny village restaurants. Late afternoon visit to another small village and a snack to eat on the bus. A long day but brilliant organisation making it an incredible trip.
star-5
Worth the cost
Allison M, Dec 2019
Train to the Clouds Experience
Ultimately this experience was worth the cost, it's the most expensive compared to other regional tours however the bus was the highest quality, had a washroom and USB plug ins. Also there was a nurse on the bus and an ambulance that travelled with the motorcade of 6 tour buses as well as a security truck. The sights were impressive and different from other tours. The guide spoke great english and the food was basic but perfect for what it needed to be. My one item was to not book on Viator as when I arrived they didn't have a record of the reservation as compared to others. They ended up assigning me a train seat which was already taken, the good news is that I ended up with my own window seat and the seat beside me empty and lots of personal space so maybe gamble and try it for yourself?

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Train to the Clouds is a must-visit for adventure travelers and photographers.

  • Book your tickets in advance, as seats tend to sell out early.

  • On-board staff are available to help with altitude sickness.

  • Choose between a combination bus and train or a train-only tour.

  • The round-trip journey on Train to the Clouds can take upwards of 14 hours and departs early, so be prepared for a very long day.

  • Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat, especially if traveling in summer.

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How to Get There

The train departs from the San Antonio de los Cobres train station, while bus and train combo tours typically leave from the train station in Salta. Some tour packages include ground transportation to the station; otherwise your best bet is to catch a taxi.

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When to Get There

The train runs regularly from April to mid-December with departures on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Trips are possible in summer (December to February), but there are often closures due to heavy rains.

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Preventing Altitude Sickness on the Train

The Train to the Clouds tops out at an altitude of 13,845 feet (4,220 meters). To prevent altitude sickness and ensure you have the best experience possible, be sure to drink plenty of water (more than you normally would), and don’t overexert yourself. Consider bringing along some coca tea or leaves, which can help ease symptoms.

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