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Each one of Argentina’s tourist trains has its own charm and allows tourists to access places that cannot be reached by any other means, always with all the necessary comfort to fully enjoy the trip.
You will be able to live unmatchable experiences and sense our wonderful geography, appreciating a spectacular engineering work in the Cordillera of Los Andes, such as the Train to the Clouds; small and picturesque trains running over spectacular landscapes of the Patagonia, such as the Old Patagonian Express and the Train to the End of the World; sierra tours of great beauty with the Train of Las Sierras; accessing the splendorous northern zone of Buenos Aires, with the modern Train of the Coast; or go after the history of the gauchos and the huge estancias with the Historic Train.

TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS
It is one of the highest railroads in the world, and runs across vertiginous mountains of the Cordillera of Los Andes among spectacular landscapes.
It sets off from the City of Salta, runs across the Lerma Valley to then get into the Toro Ravine and lastly reach the highlands.
The final stop is at the kilometre 1350, where the viaduct of La Polvorilla, with a 224-metre length and a height of 63 metres, is located.
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It is the highest in the entire railway system at 4200 metres above sea level, and one of the most important in the world due to its characteristics.
The roundtrip lasts roughly fifteen hours and goes across 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 "curls" and 2 zigzags. Due to its high altitude, you can often see the clouds below the bridges and on the slopes, hence its name.
The train offers services such as a dinning car, a panoramic car, folk shows, medical assistant, audio and video sets and bilingual guides.
Departures: Every Saturday. Telephones: (0387) 4314984. In Buenos Aires: (011) 4311-2019.

ECOLOGICAL TRAIN OF THE FOREST
It is the visitors’ means of transportation within the waterfall area of the Iguaçu National Park, nearby the Port of Iguaçu.
Propelled by gas, it has a low environmental impact and transports tourists from the Visitors’ Centre up to the Cataratas (Waterfalls) Station and the Garganta (Gorge) Station (in the sheer Devil’s Gorge).
It has a transportation capacity of between 120 and 150 passengers on each convoy and its speed is of no more than 20 kilometres an hour.
Besides, each and every one of its cars has facilities for disabled people.
Telephones: Concessionary of the Waterfalls of the Iguaçu National Park. Tel: (03757) 491466 / 67 / 69 / 70.

TRAIN OF THE COAST
Always in the company of the splendour of the river and its banks, passengers using the Train to the Coast can ascend to and descend from it as many times as they wish, thus arranging their own tours.
It is the most modern railway in Argentina, and passengers can appreciate different residential areas in the northern zone of Buenos Aires travelling on it, with beautiful and sometimes even lavish houses built in exceptional settings.
Its different stations, many of them built in an English style, house picturesque cafes and restaurants offering varied food, shopping areas and promenades.
The ride ends at the Delta Station, with the chance of visiting the casino and touring the Park of the Coast, with its shows, mechanical attractions, 3D movie theatre, playgrounds, and tours on boats around the isles of the delta.
Departures: Every day of the year from 7:00 to 23:00 hours (1 train every 10 minutes). Telephone: (011) 4732-6000.

HISTORIC TRAIN
(Indefinitely out of commission)
This train, whose history dates back to the year 1887, runs along several kilometres of Buenos Aires’ grasslands, departing from the Barrio Neighbourhood of Chacarita, in the City of Buenos Aires.
Originally pulled by horses, this train is a National Historic Railway Patrimony. It is a 69-kilometre long railroad that fascinates all of its passengers with the steam spewing out of its 1908 Baldwin locomotive, which can be seen through the window when it runs across the countryside.
There is the option of travelling on modern cars or on the traditional wooden ones from old times.
At lunchtime you can enjoy a roast beef as part of the excursion at a country restaurant; or spend an unforgettable day in the countryside, watching a folk show, a demonstration of the gauchos’ abilities and their horses’, along with many other activities at an estancia.
A curious tip: this train was used on the making of the movies "Evita", starred by Madonna, and "7 Years in the Tibet", with Brad Pitt.
Departures: Every Sunday at 9:30 hours. Telephone: (011) 4373-7020.

TRAIN OF LAS SIERRAS
Departing from the Barrio Neighbourhood of Alto Verde, at 12 kilometres from the City of Cordoba, this train runs through the beautiful sierra settings of the Valley of Punilla.
Among turns, tunnels and bridges lost in the sierras, the train runs across picturesque villages in a surrounding of great beauty.
It reaches the dike and reservoir of San Roque during its tour, where it stops in order for the passengers to enjoy the view and the tasty regional sweets; then it goes through a bridge 26 metres high and 150 metres long that runs over the Cosquin Stream within an imposing panorama; it climbs up to 1111 metres above sea level to get to La Cumbre Station; it reaches the localities of Cruz Grande and Los Cocos, with their wonderful houses, and ends at the locality of Capilla del Monte, where you can enjoy a weighty lunch and tour the surroundings.
Departures: Every Saturday. Telephones: (0351) 4822252.

TOURIST STEAM TRAIN
This convoy dates back to the beginning of the XX century (year 1912), and has a Scottish steam engine (a true relic) with 20 cars, one of them of presidential class.
The presidential coach, which is used as VIP service, has three bedrooms, living room, bathroom with a bathtub, and a fireplace working with wood in the middle of the living room.
The tourist class still has its wooden seats with velveteen upholstery; the bathrooms have their bronze faucets, the elegant tulip lamps still illuminate the cars and they still have their guillotine windows with iron locks.
This train, which has been refurbished respecting its original characteristics, sets off from San Carlos de Bariloche and goes up to the locality of Perito Moreno (25 kilometres), in the sheer core of Rio Negro’s high plateau. This tour can be wrapped up with a typical lunch and a horseback ride in the surroundings.
Departures: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 14:00 hours (it returns at 19:00 hours). Telephone: (02944) 423858.

PATAGONIAN OLD EXPRESS / LA TROCHITA
This picturesque convoy, powered by a steam engine, drags cars heated by firewood-operating furnaces, running along extremely beautiful mountainous landscapes through sinuous tracks.
The train sets out from Esquel Station and takes you across Patagonian valleys and high plateaus, along its 2 and a half-hour long tour (Nahuel Pan Station), or the six-hour long option (El Maiten Station).
You can notice the lack of trees during the ride, and you can see none but a few scattered on the banks of the watercourses, around the stations and stops; on the other hand, the number of sheep all over the place is amazing; it is possible to watch herds of guanacos and rheas nearby the railroad between Leleque and Nahuel Pan.
The final leg takes place at more than 700 metres above sea level, running across the rocky slopes of the ravine formed by the Esquel Stream.
Departures: Every Saturday. Telephones: (02945) 495190.

TRAIN TO THE END OF THE WORLD / AUSTRAL TIERRA DEL FUEGO
The train departs on a daily basis from the Fin del Mundo (End of the World) Station, located 8 kilometres west of the City of Ushuaia, interning into the Tierra del Fuego National Park within a privileged setting.
It is a 14-kilometre roundtrip tour on full-comfort and heated cars that run across forests, rivers, mountains and valleys; typical settings of Tierra del Fuego.
According to the time of the year this excursion is undertaken, you will be able to appreciate different landscapes: green in summer; yellow, brown and red lenga and southern beeches in fall; white with snow in the wintertime.
There is a guided visit to a photo exhibition depicting the train’s history before setting off for the ride.
Passengers can choose between tourist and first class, where besides riding on cars with individual seats and little tables on the latter, they are offered sweets that will allow them to enjoy the landscape while tasting delicious homemade cakes with hot chocolate or coffee, among other options.
Departures: Every day throughout the year. Telephones: (02901) 431600. In Buenos Aires: (011) 4314-8555

 


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