To start our Train to the Clouds Tour we pick you up from your hotel and travel out of the city to the west and the town known as the door to the Andes “Campo Quijano”. From this point onwards we follow the tracks of the train to the clouds up the Quebrada Del Toro which translates to “the Bull Ravine” named after the river that runs through it.
The road up the ravine is a spectacular one boasting many colourful views and some breath taking scenery. The tracks of the train to the clouds has a few interesting features to it that we will look at on the way as well as many bridges that enable it to make this taxing journey up into the longest mountain range in the world.
We continue up the road passing little villages and communities on the way until we reach the highest point of the journey at the dizzying height of 4100 meters above sea level. From this area we continue on to the mining town of San Antonio de los Cobres. From the town we venture further into the mountain range to visit the Viaducto de Polvorilla, the famous curved bridge that is one of the typical photos used to promote the famous train journey.
After having lunch in the town of San Antonio we travel back down the mountain to the pre-Colombian site of Santa Rosa de Tastil where we will explore for a while before continuing back to the city of Salta.
The journey to and from the Polvorilla is roughly 6 -7 hours depending on the number of stops we make.
As always we like stop at various locations to give you a chance to take in the scenery and stretch your legs to break up the journey.
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Gareth picked us up and off we went…up into the mountains: Quebrada de Humahuaca, overnighting in Tilcara. It was great having a personal English speaking guide who ensured we did the sorts of things that interested us. Day 2 the awesomeness continued, visiting Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca …before the drive back to Salta airport in plenty of time for our flight! Thankyou !
We did both of our tours with Gareth, who was a total legend. He really went above and beyond to give us the best trip ever, and we felt we left having gained a friend.
“The pace of the trip was perfect and Gareth was an excellent guide- informative, knowledgeable and friendly. We have some fantastic memories (and photos) of the trip. Thanks again for making our time so memorable”.
“Our guide was Gareth, originally from England, a very special boy for his sympathy connected to a great kindness and attention to the needs of tourists.
For us, the main feature was the fact of providing us with important information of the places visited, always willing to accommodate our requests, also leaving space to visit alone.
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“Thank you for a very memorable and enjoyable time in the Quebrada de Humahuaca last week. We had a great time and will certainly pass on your contact details to our grinds when we get back to Melbourne. Many thanks also for your hospitality”.
“James and I can not thank you enough for making our trip so incredibly special. You are a wonderful travel companion and your knowledge of Argentina is impressive.
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Jane and I have had such a wonderful 3 days visiting such varied and unique landscapes and with the only person we would ever trust to drive us up and down those hairy roads and through enormous deserts. Your love of this country really came across. What a trip!!! 5 stars all round. Thanks a million.
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