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June 27, 2008

Train to the Clouds ascends an Andean plateau with

Train to the Clouds

One of South America’s most remarkable rail journeys begins in Salta: the Train to the Clouds or Tren a las Nubes. Departing from the city’s train station shortly after sunrise, this rustic railway carries passengers deep into the region’s canyons, gliding across slender bridges (including the high, 740-foot La Polvorilla Viaduct) and through rough hewn tunnels.

This trip to the heavens ascends an Andean plateau, reaching nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, before returning to Salta late in the evening. Along the way, it zigzags through subtropical and desert climates, stopping in San Antonio de los Cobres, a colonial village known for its handicrafts.

Friends Travel Services plans customized trips to Argentina’s Northwest. We offer hotels, guides and transportation, including excursions on the Train to the Clouds.

“It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places.” –

Paul Theroux Train of the Clouds

JESS Kalinowsky will make your First Class, Business Class, or Coach air travel reservations from your hometown to South America, and your pre and post tour or cruise hotel arrangements.

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