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Always try to organise a day excursion by train within your itinerary. Travel by train is a different way to see a country. Indeed, even without taking into account the crossed landscapes, through this medium of transport you will have contact with Argentines and Chileans. Considering the age of the trains and locomotives, you will also carry out a kind of time travel.

Here I propose some examples of possible train journeys, though there are many others available.
To find a program to fit you, please send me an email through the link on the contact page.

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Train to the clouds
Salta-San Antonio de los Cobres
La Trochita
Esquel - Maitén
Train Patagonien
Buenos Aires - Bariloche
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Transpacifico (Chile)
Valparaiso - Puerto Montt
Train of the coast Buenos Aires - Tigre
Ushuaia Train of the end of the world

Train to the clouds
Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres
 
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The most amazing train in the world, the one that takes you to the clouds, reaches a height of 4,200 meters in its 217 km trip.It is one of the highest railways in the world, taking its way across the high picks of the Cordillera de los Andes, surrounded by striking sceneries. The train departs from the city of Salta, passes through the Valle de Lerma, enters the Quebrada del Toro and finally reaches La Puna.It takes its name Train a las Nubes, from the clouds that are often seen under bridges and around slopes.The number of spirals, viaducts, tunnels and other twists and turns that the train passes through arises from a decision made by the designer of this project, the US engineer Richard Maury. He took into account the principle of adhesion of train wheels to the railways and the laws of physics, ruling out the funicular system commonly used, so that the train may safely reach the expected heights. The train has no cogwheels, not even for the steepest slopes, since the railways are peculiarly arranged, running through a system of zigzags and spirals. The train leaves from the General Belgrano station in the city of Salta, 1187 meters above the sea level, and ends its journey at the viaduct. The train runs 434 km. in almost fifteen hours (round trip). The railway line has 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags. There are two stops throughout the trip: one at San Antonio de los Cobres station, and the other one at La Polvorilla viaduct.

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La Trochita
Esquel - Maitén
 
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The famous narrow track with steam locomotive. The original service was from Ingeniero Jacobacci in the Province of Ro Negro up to Esquel in Chubut. Today it runs Esquel, western Chubut, and Nahuel Pan. A captivating experience, unique in the world.

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Train Patagonien
Buenos Aires - Viedma - Bariloche
 
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Two weekly services between the cities of Viedma and San Carlos de Bariloche in the Province of Ro Negro through the Central Patagonia. There are 2 options: regular train and land cruise. Other train covers a route about 40Km. long, between Bariloche and the Perito Moreno station, where the steppe meets the Andes. At this place there is a restaurant and you can hire horseback riding services. it is an excellent option that combines the charm of the landscapes with the thrill of touring the area in an old formation, with wooden wagons that have been recycled keeping all the original details.

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Transpacifico (Chile)
Valparaiso - Puerto Montt
 
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From October 2008 you can experience one of the newest luxury train journeys a 1700km trip from Santiago to Puerto Varas, a trip through spectacular countryside to the edge of the world. Ten lovingly restored 1929 coaches take passengers back to the golden era of the Chilean railway as the nostalgic locomotive carries you through the majesty of the Andes. Like a travelling 5-Star hotel, the TransPacifico boasts a luxurious bar, library, viewing terrace, elegant restaurant staffed by Swiss, Mexican and Chilean chefs as well as five well-appointed sleeping cars. The journey consists of eight nights aboard the train and three in luxury hotels. The route takes you via Valparaiso a world heritage site and home of Nobel Literature Prize-winner Pablo Neruda then on through Concepcion and Valdiva before terminating in Puerto Varas in the south. While on board, why not sample some of the local speciality dishes or attend one of the lectures about the Mapuche Indians? Whatever your tastes, there are plenty of activities to amuse during your twelve days on board.

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Train of the coast Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Tigre
 
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This is another typical day trip from Buenos Aires. We will take the Coast Train to the Northern Suburbs of Buenos Aires, visiting train stations furnished in an old English-style. San Isidro, the biggest train station, is the only outdoor mall in Argentina. This commercial area has movie theaters, restaurants of different styles and menus, and many shops. The ride ends in Delta Station where the greatest amusement park in South America, "Parque de la Costa", invites you to enjoy the attractions and shows. We can also take a boat tour along the Tigre Delta, exploring the endless islands and canals.

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Ushuaia Train of the end of the world  
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It is a small tourist train leaving from the Municipal Camping, 8 k. From the city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. It operates everyday of the year touring the Tierra del Fuego National Park in 2 hours and 20 minutes. 14 km. round trip. There is a regular bus from Ushuaia to the station.

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Borispatagonia

Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!