Specialist tour operator Journey Latin America is pleased to announce the return to service of the Train to the Clouds in northern Argentina. In repairs since September 2014, the train is now back on track operating every Saturday from April to December and also Wednesdays from July onwards.
One of the highest railways in the world, this monumental engineering work was built between 1921 and 1941 by the American engineer Richard Fontaine Maury. Starting in Salta, it goes as far as La Polvorilla Viaduct, the highest point on the line at 4,220m, which swings in a delicate single-track, narrow-gauge curve across the gorge - the train seemingly floats on air. Meanwhile, the railway meanders through dramatic arid canyons - bridges, tunnels, viaducts, two sets of switchbacks and two 360° loops. The line, carrying freight only after the viaduct, continues for another 353 km to the Chilean border.
This excursion can be included with any of Journey Latin America’s itineraries visiting the Salta and the north –west region.