If you are planning a visit to Argentina, and especially to the northwest, Train to the Clouds is one of the highlights of the area. Of course, you should know that there are better stations and fixed departures. First, let me talk about this incredible attraction.
Train to the Clouds proposes a unique and special trip that combines services in two sections: National Route 51, with photographic stops at panoramic points of places “stopped in time” and then embark on the magical experience of the TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS, which It manifests in all its splendor upon reaching the imposing viaduct on the foothills of the Andes. We not only combine landscapes and sensations but also stories and experiences, which lead us to relive the epic of the construction of the railway, in the year 1,920, initiated by the engineer Richard Fontain Maury, alma mater of the project, as well as to know detained cities in time in harmonious coexistence with the mountain.
We have two options available:
TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS: BUS + TRAIN + BUS
Since 2016 Train to the Clouds circuit includes departure by bus from Salta city. The tour goes along national road 51 across two villages Campo Quijano and Gobernador Solá until arrival in El Alfarcito, where a pause for a snack with products from local communities. Alfarcito Foundation has its own working place there, whose achievements reaches 25 communities conveying in high school lodge directed onto tourism activity hosting 154 children.
Further, there will be a stop in Santa Rosa de Tastil, this is a small hamlet located in Qhapaq Ñan, (old Inca Trail) influence area. Tastil also held the rank of being Quebrada del Toro(Toro Canyon) former inhabitants administration center. There you can visit the site Museum. Then the trip will continue through the Quebrada de Las Cuevas and then the plain of Muñano in order to reach San Antonio de los Cobres. There, passengers will be transferred to local train station where they will embark directly on board of train and finally drive to La Polvorilla Viaduct as final destination. The tour will take one hour to the Viaduct reaching 4,220 meters above sea level (13845 ft), where the most impressive last century engineering work will be attained. After 30 minutes the tour returns to San Antonio de los Cobres where passengers will embark into the buses for the way back to Salta
The ONLY TRAIN Tour requires the passenger to go to the town of San Antonio de los Cobres by their own means (excursion, private or rented car) and be present at noon at the San Antonio de los Cobres station to board the train to the clouds. Time of presentation in San Antonio de Los Cobres 11:45 am hs or before. The departure time is at 12 hs. Then you will travel 22 km until you reach the imposing engineering work of the La Polvorilla Viaduct, located at 4200 m.s. Afterward there will be a touristic and photographic stop of approximately 30 minutes and they will board the train again in the direction of the station of San Antonio de Los Cobres.
Clarification: The value of the ticket does not include transfer from and to the City of Salta.