Train to the clouds

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Salta,
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The train to the clouds is called tren a las nubes in Spanish. It is one of the top 10 train journey's in the world. It starts in Salta, which is 1100 meters and ends at 4200 meters. The train cost nearly $200 and started at 700 AM and ended at 1130 PM. The scenery was good, but not great. It covered several bridges and tunnels but none of them were to a grand scale. I got to observe a few villages on the side along with a little bit of wildlife like donkey's goats, sheep, llamas and a few horses. There are cactus' that are up to 45 feet tall, so that pretty much is about as big as my penis. The train only stops two times. It stops once at the top and once at San Antonio de los Cobres, which is the highest city in Argentina. It's at 3700 meters. It is not as high as Bolivia's highest city. Only 5,000 people live here. They have markets at each stop. The train does not allow anyone to bring on water or snacks and things are very expensive at nearly $20 per meal. An American build this railway, we actually passed his house and where he was buried. The Lonely Planet book quoted the price as
about $125, but it went up to $200 in one year's time. It seemed to me like the price went up to pay people to do nothing. They paid a truck to follow the train in case someone got sick and needed to return. They also hired a nurse to be on staff with an oxygen tank.  There were over 15 people that jumped out of the train that were employees to help add an engine to get us up the last bit of hill, but none of them did anything except smoke cigarettes and laugh, then they got back on the train and did nothing. I wouldn't be surprised if this train hires 10 more people to do nothing and raises the price. This train is quite famous. A camera crew followed us all the way to the top to get footage and many other villages stood on the side and took pictures as we passed along with a lot of people that did the jeep up to the clouds to help save me. They would catch up and go in front of us, then stop and take pictures of the famous train. Later on at night, musicians came on and entertained a lot of the Argentineans ans later asked for tips. I thought that was a good idea to entertain, but then to ask for tips on one of the most expensive trains in the world that is not even that nice, I thought was a little bit too much.   
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