The Cloud Train leaving from the city´s train station in Salta to the Viaduct of Polvorilla takes you on a tour of an impressive work of 20th Century engineering achievement. The adrenaline and excitement are the sensations and feelings that it evokes in you. I advise that you do not eat anything before you leave, you have water handy and just ask coca tea or chewing coca because of the low air pressure and the low levels of oxygen. The train was perfectly equipped for it, with an great heating system, although these days in Salta we didn´t need a coat because it was very hot, we wore short-sleeved shirts, but when you go up to San Antonio, the temperature drops abruptly, there are places where you see the ice and the highest peaks snow-capped. The trip is very long but entertaining. You stop for landscapes and photos at each stop. Getting to San Antonio of the Coppers was quite a party and I felt a great feeling when we were so close to heaven and that immensity became our flag and we sang the national anthem. The train departs every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:05 pm. From Salta, and returns at 10.15 pm.
Within the streets of Valles Calchaquies you will find Cachi, whose meaning is salt in the kakana language (the oldest language) and you get there touring the mountains, sometimes red, sometimes gray and pink, viewing in the distance the imposing Pico Nevado de Cachi that has a height 6700m, on the road that crosses the Cardones National Park by the line "Tin Tin" named for the perfection of its design and the amazing landscape of giant cacti, has unveiled the town of Salta where you can find two important archaeological sites and a few kilometres from here you will find the hamlet Cachi Adentro which begins at the junction of the rivers Cachi and Calchaquí. Cachi has the characteristics of a colonial town that reconciles and harmonises with the details found in pre-Columbian art. There they produce alfalfa, vegetables, paprika and there is also a small vineyard and winery that are among the highest in the world.
This farmhouse is situated just a few kilometers away from Cachi where streams flow down from the snowy peaks, forming waterfalls and pools of clear water. The road ascends and completely changes the landscape and all you can see ahead are the snowy peaks. The road crosses the river Calchaquí and leaves it so low that it seems to be licking the feet of the hills. Among the rubble which is sometimes a red colour, or sometimes black, you can see in the distance the occasional ranch with corral stone or stone walls in the solitude of the landscape of Cachi. This information is from the Municipality of Cachi.
Of Cultural Interest in San Ramón de la Nueva Orán
Every year my town, General Jose de San Martin, dresses up to create a vibrant festival atmosphere. The carnivals of this provincial capital city is the Carnival of the region. It is unique and unlikely that you'll see it elsewhere.
The Passion of the stands of both troupes, is comparable to the classic RIVER - BOCA ... only this time the participants encourage their own troupes, the dancing of the dancers and the warmth of the people who visit us from all parts of Argentina, make these six nights an unforgettable carnival every year.
In the heart of Valle de Lerma, in the province of Salta, Argentina, this is man-made reservoir, the second biggest in Argentina. It's 45 km long, and condors nest on one of its hills (El Fuerte). You can sometimes see them flying near the top. Vehicles are prohibited, so you'll have to walk. You can see some ancient paintings by Guachipa Indians, and because the area is so far the roads, the natural surroundings are truly stunning.
Tres Cerritos is a shrine to the immaculate heart of the divine mother of Jesus that is outdoors. It is a church where thousands of people come to visit, some pilgrims and others by curiosity , but whatever the intention, the peace of mind in the soul is indescribable, just you have to open your heart and pour it out.
These dunes are 15 km from Cafayate in Salta. This place is really healing. I hurt my wrist and then holding it under the san for half and hour it was completely healed. A beautiful place, hidden in broken Cafayate.