Hostal Kaskai

Bolivar 441, Salta, ., Argentina
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The train to the clouds will operate soon

by puppis

"Fuentes empresariales señalaron que en rigor, las primeras dos fechas están programadas para noviembre y diciembre de este año y que a partir de la semana entrante, se empezarán a vender los pasajes para la nueva temporada que arranca en marzo de 2008. La refacción de los 10 vagones que componen el tren y su puesta en marcha insumió alrededor de 45 millones de pesos que invirtió el sector privado y 27 millones más que el gobierno nacional destinó a la refacción de las vías."

It says that the first two runs are scheduled for november and december. And that they will start to sell tickets for the new season (starting in March 2008) the next week.

Re: The train to the clouds will operate soon

by cgf

I did it few years ago... nice trip

I do understand they changed about 60 km of railways but I won't pay 120USD to take it again.

Re: The train to the clouds will operate soon

by puppis

I have posted the information, but I refuse to stay 15 hours tied to the same window, and paying so much for drinks and food on board. If I were to do the trip, I would take a 4x4 tour or go to San Antonio by train, and come back by a 4x4.

Re: The train to the clouds will operate soon

by cgf

Actually, if would not cost so much, I would take the train again...
de gustibus

Re: The train to the clouds will operate soon

by Trvlr

Anyone mind explaining what is the train to the clouds - where it goes, where from, and so on?

Re: The train to the clouds will operate soon

by cgf

The Train to the Clouds is a journey of 219 kilometers in a unique train in the world, a circuit that goes into the Andes mountain range, the biggest on Earth. In its journey one travels along fertile valleys and the desert of the " Puna ". It reaches a height of more than 4,000 meters.
This masterpiece of rail engineering has imposing bridges, tunnels, zig zags, and viaducts. At the end of the circuit the imposing Viaduct "La Polvorilla" is crossed, located at 4.220 meters. It is 224 m long and 63 m high, it is a curve, and a slope at the same time. A miracle of engineering. It was finished in 1948 and it has 21 tunnels and 13 viaducts.
But the star is the landscape in its different colours, its deserts and valleys, saline of the most intense colours and snowy mountains as background.
The trip heading to the sky goes uncannily by small Andean towns and ruins of old civilisations. At seven in the morning the train leaves the station of the city of Salta. It travels along the fertile valley of Lerma, it ascends the " Puna ", and then after travelling more than 200 kilometres one arrives at the viaduct "The Polvorilla", the highest point in the itinerary (approximately at 2.30 p.m). Here one can get off the train to take pictures and buy crafts.
The speed average of the trip is of 35 kilometres per hour which allows to film, to take photographs and to watch the sceenery.
In the trip back there is a half hour detention at San Antonio de los Cobres where crafts can be bought.

Travel Tips for Salta

San Francisco Church, such a beauty

by vtveen

Or perhaps its official name: Convento San Francisco y Basílica San Diego de Alcalá

Originally the church and monastery were designed as the "Iglesia y Convento de San Diego de Alcalá". Its first structure was built during the late 16th century. The magnificent actual building dates back to the 18th century and survived a fire in 1761. After a basic restoration, it was reopened in 1767 and closed again in 1772 due to another fire.

The Franciscan brothers moved then to the nearby Jesuit church and the restoration process from then onwards was very slow due to the political turmoil in Argentina during the 19th century. In 1857 funds arrived from Rome and the reconstruction began seriously with the help of Italian architects. In 1865 the monastery was reopened and in 1870 the actual church was inaugurated, though the marvellous terracotta façade was reconstructed two years later due to fallacies.

The historical and spiritual importance of the church was recognized by the Government by declaring on 15 July 1941, a National Historic Monument and Pope John Paul II to elevate, 4 August 1997, to the dignity of basilica Minor.

We did read a lot of reviews and already seen ‘hundreds’ of pics from the San Francisco Church, but when we approached it, coming from Plaza de 9 Julio, the beauty of the church surpasses all our expectations by far. What a breathtaking view: the striking red colour of the walls and the white pillars, ornamented with gold and the magnificent four storey belfry, with its 53 meters one of the tallest of America. Remarkable are the ‘fake’ stucco curtains hanging in the top of the three entrance arches.
In front of the church on a small square stands a statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

We had to come back in the late afternoon to visit the church itself. It is a rather small church with just one nave, lined with a numerous altars with a kind of pillars and painted and gilded wood. It has a nice decorated barrel vault and a beautiful painted dome. The main altar has a couple of images and a painting of St. Francis of Assisi.
We just sat a while in one of the pews enjoying the authentic atmosphere and quietness of this church.

Without any doubt the Minor Basilica of San Francisco is one of the most remarkable buildings of Salta.

Opening hours of the church: daily 7.30 am till noon and 5.00 - 9.00 pm
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