Train to the Clouds Tours

One of the world’s greatest train rides, the Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes), takes visitors on a scenic 269-mile (434-kilometer) journey, ascending 13,842 feet (4,220 meters), passing through 21 tunnels and crossing over 29 bridges and 13 viaducts. The climax of the trip comes as the train crosses La Polvorilla viaduct, which pans a massive desert canyon. 
 
Departing from the city of Salta, the train makes its way through the Cordillera de los Andes, passes through the Valle de Lerma and Quebrada del Toro and finishes in La Puna. Bilingual guides in each car offer insight into the surrounding topography and help with any altitude 
sickness. 
 
Along the way, the train makes a stop at the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres, where you can get out, stretch your legs and purchase handicrafts and souvenirs from the indigenous locals. 

Practical Info

The round-trip journey on the Train to the Clouds takes 15 hours and departs early, so be prepared for a very long day.
Location
Address: Balcarce 1105, Salta, Argentina
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Hours: Departs every Thursday and Saturday from April to November
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Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

Marvel at the diverse landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day tour from Salta. Drive along part of the famous Train to the Clouds; visit the mountain towns of Santa Rosa de Tastil and San Antonio de los Cobre; and marvel at natural wonders including the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the Puna de Atacama desert, and the Seven Colored Hill of Purmamarca.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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$69.00 USD
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Train to the Clouds Experience

Experience the Argentine Andes with this all-day railway adventure. Select your preference for a combination bus and train or train-only tour and embark on your journey. Learn about the region from a informative guide, stop for a complimentary breakfast in the mountain village of Alfarcito, and admire landmarks like Termas de Pompeya and the elegant trestle bridge, La Polvorilla Viaduct.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$79.00 USD
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Full-Day Tren a las Nubes Experience from Salta

Go on a grand adventure aboard the Tren a las Nubes with this train-ride experience, including round-trip transport from Salta. This experience also includes a ride on the Train to the Clouds, one of the highest railroads in the world. Along the way, stop in the town of Campo Quijano, see the famous Viaducto del Toro, and enjoy breakfast and go to a craft fair at El Alfarcito. Plus end your day with a visit to San Antonio de los Cobres, where you can plan your own free time by going on a trek with llamas (own expense).
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$169.18 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Safari to the Clouds Tour of Northwest Argentina from Salta

Explore the stunning scenery of Northwestern Argentina, including the famous ‘Train to the Clouds,’ during this 12-hour day trip. Follow the path of one of the highest railways in the world as you travel through Bull’s Gorge, then visit the Salinas Grandes salt lakes, and visit the picturesque village of Purmamarca. Breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transport from Salta are also included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$146.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Bull Lagoon and Flamingo-Watching 4x4 Tour from Salta

Get access to Laguna del Toro and the village of Santa Rosa de Tastil, both accessible by 4x4 vehicle, during this 11-hour tour from Salta. See the rare Andean flamingos in the lagoon and explore the ruins at the village's archaeological site. Boxed lunch and round-trip transportation from Salta hotels are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$182.30 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Tolar Grande Private Tour

Venture into the little-known region, the Altiplano on this private 3-day tour. Your group of no more than 3 will explore magical landscapes, humongous volcano's, and small towns with a private driver/guide.  Travel by private vehicle and visit Salar de Arizaro, Cono de Arita, and Ojos del Mar.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$1,500.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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