The train is probably not your first choice of transport, either because of the little information there is about it or because there are other more comfortable ways of traveling. In this article we show you why you should travel more by train and add it to your travel itineraries. From the Serra Verde Express in Brazil to the End of the World tour in Argentina, we present you the 7 most beautiful train trips in South America.
1.- Train to the clouds (Argentina)
This tour is located in the province of Salta in Argentina and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the area. The train to the clouds is one of the three highest railways in the world, transforming itself into a unique engineering work. This tourist journey consists of 22 kilometers, linking the town of San Antonio de los Cobres with the La Polvorilla viaduct.
This meandering tour through the Andes Mountains ascends to 4200 meters above sea level, through canyons, ravines and valleys, until reaching the magical Puna. This railway is one of the most impressive in South America and one of the must-see activities in northern Argentina.
2.- Train from Oruro to Villazón (Bolivia)
One of the most beautiful ways to travel through the desert is by train. From the city of Oruro, you can take one of the most impressive routes in Bolivia through the desert. The trip between Oruro and Villazón passes through 500 kilometers of desert, in 4 stations, having as a great attraction the transport to the famous Salar de Uyuni.
With reasonable prices and with the promise of a safe, comfortable and relaxing trip, this railway has become an unrepeatable panorama.
3.- Train of La Sabana (Colombia)
Leaving only on weekends, this train travels through the beautiful savannah of Bogotá and its surroundings. The last steam locomotive in Colombia begins its journey in Bogotá and extends to Zipaquirá, a mining town that has one of the most beautiful architectural attractions in Colombia: the Salt Cathedral.
El Turistren offers one-day tours that go through the savannah offering typical food and native music to travelers. Touring this area of Colombia by train is an experience that you must do and enjoy if you visit the coffee-growing country.
4.- End of the World Train (Argentina)
Located in Patagonia Argentina, the End of the World Train is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. This railway seeks to recreate the last 7 km. the old route of the train of the prisoners of the Ushuaia jail, to collect materials On board this railway, you can listen to the history of the area and observe magnificent landscapes.
This steam locomotive travels through an inaccessible part of Tierra del Fuego National Park, delivering postcards of the zigzagging Pipo River, the Macarena waterfall, the tree graveyard and the majestic forest of the south of the world.
5.- Serra Verde Express Train (Brazil)
The Serra Verde Express connects Curitiba and Morretes, in the southern part of Brazil. This route of 110 kms. it moves through tropical forests and cliffs, showing even the Atlantic Ocean, delivering one of the most imposing scenic routes in Brazil.
With daily departures and prices of your choice, this train has become a very good option to get around and get to know the south of Brazil. This trip should definitely be on your itineraries.
6.- Memory Train (Chile)
Just as its name implies, this tour seeks to recapture the magic of rail travel in Chile. Leaving from the Central Station in Santiago, this trip crosses the country from the mountains to the sea, until it reaches the port of San Antonio.
On a 110-kilometer journey, this railway crosses the central valleys of Chile, ending in the Pacific Ocean. Although the departure dates are sporadic, it is worth taking this trip and marveling at the landscape this country.
This is one of the best known tours in the world, because it is one of the favorite options to get to the sacred city. On a journey along high mountains, forested mountains, cliffs and rivers, this mode of transport carries thousands of tourists per season.
Due to the touristy of Machu Picchu, the train offer in this section is varied. You can make the trip at different prices and amenities. If you go to Machu Picchu, it is the most comfortable option to get to the sacred city