Train to the clouds
Train to the¬†Clouds¬†is the¬†most amazing¬†tourist train¬†in the world.¬†Live the experience ofclimb¬†to 4200¬†meters high¬†aboard this¬†marvel of¬†engineering.
The train -with 10 fully renovated wagons, which carry 500 passengers- leaves from General Belgrano Station in the¬†city of Salta, going through the Valle de la Lerma and the Quebrada del Toro, to later arrive in the viaduct La Polvorilla, in the thresholds of the magnificent Puna.
¬†The¬†Tren de las Nubes¬†(Train to the Clouds) is a referent in the tourist iconography of the Northwest of Argentina, highly
appreciated by the international market.
The¬†train¬†is the¬†fourth highest in the world, after those in China, Peru and Bolivia, reaching¬†4200 meters (13,780 ft) in its highest point,¬†at the end of the railway line. Despite this fact, the Train to the Clouds‚Äô typical characteristic is that it¬†does¬†not run using the rack system. This¬†engineering feat, a work by the North-American engineer Richard Fontaine Maury (at the request of the then President Hip√≥lito Yrigoyen), established the principle of wheel-to-road (not cogwheel) adherence to the railway lines, articulated in a¬†spiraling and zigzag ascending logic.
The¬†tour lasts around 15 hours,¬†passing through a total of 21 tunnels, 29 bridges, 13 viaducts, 9 sheds, and 2 loops. At an average speed of 35 km/h (21 mph), the train runs on the railway lines of the legendary branch line C14, which reaches the port of Antofagasta, Chile.
The¬†ten wagons have¬†two bilingual tour guides on each of them, and other services like a¬†dining car, a bar, and an infirmary.
Along its¬†217 km (135 mi) route,¬†the Train to the Clouds has enabled the¬†reactivation of the shy economies of the towns it runs through,¬†which have taken advantage of the tourist resource and set up sale stands of craftworks, clothes, and varied regional products.
Contact the¬†official site¬†for information on¬†days and times.