Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)
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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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.
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.
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.
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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- San Francisco Church
- Cultural Center of the Americas (Centro Cultural America)
- Cathedral of Salta
- San Bernardo Convent
- San Bernardo Hill (Cerro San Bernardo)
- San Lorenzo
- Toro Gorge (Quebrada del Toro)
- Salado River (Rio Juramento)
- Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop’s Slope)
- San Salvador de Jujuy
- Los Cardones National Park
- Calchaqui Valley
- Acsibi Caves
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