Train To The Clouds Tour In Salta

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The Train to the Clouds (also called "Cloud Train" by many people) is a experience great to do in your trip to Salta. A train ride between mountains over 4200 meters high above sea level. The tour gives you the exclusive uphill train ride from San Antonio de los Cobres up to the famous VLa Polvorilla iaduct where we stop to take photos of the 63-meter-tall engineering marvel.

The excursion includes a first bus ride leaving from the capital of Salta to the train station that includes some stops to take photos of unique landscapes.
Then the adventure begins on board the train between arid hills in the highlands of Salta. The circuit on board the train is round trip to return to the same station from where it started and return by bus to the city where the tour originated.

Book your tickets early as everything is usually sold out in advance.
- BUS FROM SALTA + TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS: Plaza Antofagasta at 06:00 am- In front of the Salta Station.
- ONLY TICKET TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS: San Antonio de los Cobres train station at 11:45 a.m.
- BUS FROM SALTA + TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS: Plaza Antofagasta at 8:15 pm - In front of the Salta Station.
- ONLY TICKET TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS: San Antonio de los Cobres train station.
2 Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
All year round
-Round trip by bus from downtown Salta (BUS + TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS option).
-Ticket for the Train to the Clouds.
-Breakfast and Snack.
Not Included
-Pick up from hotels.
-Bus from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres (ONLY TICKET TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS option).
-Additional activities in San Antonio de los Cobres.
Physical Reqs.
What To Bring?
- Comfortable clothes.
- Photo camera.
- Money for additional expenses.
Salta (AR)
**subject to availability**
***IMPORTANT: all reservations must be made 20 days in advance of the excursion date.****
Penalty for cancellations:
-60 days before or more: No charge
-Between 30 and 59 days before: 20% of the total.
-Between 8 to 29 days before: 40% of the total.
-Within 7 days before: 100% of the total.

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To help you organize this trip we offer you two types of excursions, one that includes the bus trip and then the train, and another that only includes the train trip.

*BUS + TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS OPTION: The wrap will be in the Antofagasta Square at 6.00am. There the check-in of the trip will take place; remember to have your documentation and your previously purchased ticket.

The stops to be made during the tour are:

07.35am: Campo Quijano, 30km from the capital. There you can see the most emblematic engineering work of Salta: the C-14 railway branch.

08.05 hrs: Viaducto del Toro, located on the ravine that bears the same name.

09.25am: El Alfarcito, a place at 2,800 meters above sea level, where the tradition in the elaboration of local crafts is kept alive. Here you can enjoy a country breakfast and we will visit the craft fair. You will also visit the Fundación del Padre Chifri, an organization that helps to obtain resources and provides education and training to the inhabitants of the area.

This will be our last stop before reaching San Antonio de los Cobres.

11.40am: Meeting at the train station and boarding the emblematic Train to the Clouds. The train journey begins at 12 o`clock. 

1:00 p.m.: Polvorilla Viaduct, the most recognized image of this trip. It is the highest structure of the C-14 railway branch, at more than 4200 meters above sea level.

1:30 p.m.: Start the return to San Antonio de los Cobres, arriving at the station around 2.45pm and where you will have two hours to walk around and photograph the place.

4:30 p.m.: The return begins. After an hour of travel the last stop will be in the town of Santa Rosa de Tastil, where one of the largest archaeological sites in our country is located, it is estimated that it once housed approximately 3,000 people.

*TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS ONLY TICKET OPTION: This option is perfect if you want to do your own road trip; so you won`t miss out on the train experience, or pay a surcharge for a bus ride you won`t use.

You can find us at San Antonio de los Cobres Train Station where we embark on the Train to the Clouds which will take them to the La Polvorilla Viaduct.

In case you prefer this option, remember to bring your documents and train ticket and arrive at least 15 minutes before the train departs.

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Although the Train to the Clouds works throughout the year, with some exceptions for maintenance, August is usually one of the months of greatest demand, since it is the month in which the Pachamama festival is held, and precisely in the city of San Antonio de los Cobres is where it is of utmost importance.
Once the reservation is made, we will send you an email with the confirmation of your reservation. You will also receive the voucher containing the train number, the wagon and assigned seat. To travel you must present this voucher. In any case, you must always have the voucher printed to travel. - Train reservations are nominal, each ticket is assigned to a specific person at the time of reservation. In all cases they must have a passport or DNI.
To avoid the evil caused by high altitudes, or to minimize its effects, it is necessary to acclimatize. It is recommended not to do activities that make you shake or make physical efforts. In addition, it is recommended to sleep well the day before the excursion, eat light and avoid alcoholic beverages.
The distance from the city of Salta to the Train to the Clouds station in San Antonio de los Cobres is approximately 160 kilometers.

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A wonderful experience! Excellent organization. The whole tour is a wonderful combination of beautiful landscapes, contact with native peoples and emotional moments. Get the train ticket with the bus. It makes it much easier than just buying the ticket and heading on your own to the train station.

Reviewed by Douglas O´Toole - 20/05/2017
Tren a Las Nubes Salta Reviews

The bus journey to San Antonio de Los Cobres and the train journey itself were unforgettable experiences in incredible mountain scenery. The tour guide was excellent. The only suggestion is around the departure. Maybe you could coordinate with other travel agencies about the time of meeting. I was told 0600, others were told 0645, 0705, etc. The bus actually left at 0655. Also, although we all had tickets, purchased with passports, we had to check in at the railway station at Salta, again with ID. There were only 2 ticket desks for about 500 people. This process took over an hour. Luckily, some of us arrived before 0600.

Reviewed by 2024-01-13 - 06/01/2024

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