The feat of man to invent locomotives emerged after the invention of steam engines; several engineers and inventors of the time showed several proposals, some failed but over the years it was able to achieve the opening of the first railway line in the year 1830 in England, the first train in south america connected the route Callao – Lima in 1851; the steam locomotive was a major technological breakthrough for the man because connected major cities facilitating the transport of people and cargo for the benefit of the economy worldwide. Unfortunately, with the advancement of technology and the creation of the internal combustion engine plus industrial revolution, these gigantic and continental travelers were forgoten over the years. However, thanks to governments support of various countries that managed to revive the magic of this beautiful time of the nineteenth century and bring it to our times. In all Latin American countries have this rail transport service, but not all as a tourist product itself, comfort, service on board, landscapes, destinations, lodging and guidance; here we will show you top 5 The most beautiful tourist trains in South American.
5.- Train of death (Bolivia)
Calm down dear travel community, do not think anything will happen to you when you take this train, legend has it that the name of this route, which connects the Brazilian city of Corumba and the Bolivian city of Quijarro; decades ago corpses of people who had yellow fever was transported in this railway,even say that people died during the long journey because of the epidemic. Railway company Andina SA FCA does not cover all the provinces of Bolivia but there are several options to choose from; provides the service of railway transport to various destinations from Oruro to Villazon, from El Alto to Guaqui; from Uyuni to Abaroa; from Cochabamba to Aiquile and from Sucre to Potosi all of these routes roun dtrip; The route most used by tourists the one from Oruru to Uyuni, it departs from Tuesday to Friday route and it is operated by the “Southern Express”and from wendesday to sunday operadted by “Wara Wara”, these are the names by which they were baptized these awesome diesel-electric locomotives; wagons are divided into executive class room class and economy class for Wara Wara train, for sourthen expres wagons are divede in executive class and class room. Finally, both trains offer personalized attention, fitted bathrooms, envelope pillow, reading light, heating, TV with selected videos and a proper dining car as shown in the picture below.
4.- María Fumaça train (Brasil)
To board this route is definitely a trip back to the past because the train used is a well-preserved nineteenth century steam locomotive; just imagine the strong and typical alarm sound of this locomotive, folk music on board, arriving at one of its stations in Garibaldi awaits a delicious welcome drink with exquisite wines from southern Brazil, the music never stops, all of them dressed up in tipical costumes that were used by first Italian immigrants when arrived in South America, it is a party…!, beautiful Brazilian women sing and offer the traveler a wonderful experience being part of that. The tour starts at the city of Bento Conçalves train station and makes two stops in the cities of Garibaldi station and Carlos Barbosa station; This tour lasts two hours in the morning, afternoon and night all of them in a round trip fare. Finally the tour ends in theme park called “Italian Epic” where through illustrative videos and dramatization explain about their culture.
3.- Train to the clouds (Argentina)
Argentina offers a spectacular tourist trip since 1972; This tour begins in the city of Salta to the heart of the Puna in a journey of 16 hours using a diesel-electric locomotive with a capacity for 468 passengers; is credited to be one of the highest trains in the world because it passes over a bridge viaduct in the snow Polvorilla at a height of 4220 meters of altitude above sea level. The train provides onboard medical office, audio and videos, private security and a dining wagon.Also of note is that Argentina offers other tourist stretches across lovely snow countryside in Patagonia using steam engines and these are called “The tronchita”, “The End of the World Train” and “Train to Bariloche”.
2.- El tren Hiram Bingham (Perú)
Peru has several tourist routes across its territory in the Andes to Machu Picchu, the truth I do not think that it is time to explain in details each of their journeys because we do not want to bore you. The Hiram Bingham train begins its journey of 4 hours from the town of Poroy to Machu Picchu,has received significant recognition as the best train in the world in London in the year 2011 by the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards;during this journey you can also see beautiful mountains and the Urubamba River. Its round trip fare costs about $ 796 USD; It is driven by a diesel-electric locomotive is capable of carrying 84 pax divided in 2 wagons, plus 2 dining wagons, one bar car and a wagon cuisine. There are also three other ferrous equipement called “Vista dome” with a fare of $ 173 USD, “Expedition” with a fare of $ 148 and “Andean Explorer” with prices up to $ 220 USD,these trains have panoramic windows in order to give tourists a better appreciation of nature along the way.
1.- The Most Difficult Train World Wide, Cruise Train (Ecuador)
Last August this train won an award by the World Travel Awards in the category “South America’s Leading Luxury Train”, is considered the most difficult in the world due to the construction of the rails over the Andes whose aim was to connect the two most important cities of Ecuador, Quito and Guayaquil. This work began in the year 1872 36 years later in July 1908 was opened. Trains Ecuador is a state company that offers 8 half day tours in different sections in the most important tourist areas of the counry an ther are: “Tren de la Libertad”, “Tren de los Volcanes”, two routes in “Tren del Hielo”, ‘Sendero de los Ancestros”, “Nariz del Diablo”, “Baños del Inca”and “Tren de la Dulzura”,all with their stations located in different cities. However, Train Cruise is a journey of 4 days and 3 nights for tourists who want to know the whole country and its most relevant places in one trip, includes bilingual guide service, food, accomodation at the best lodges in the country, it makes stops in various stations mentioned above to take you to see the national parks, reserves and volcanoes. Finally, the train has 4 wagons with total capacity of 54 passengers, the first one has a classic baroque design for up to 24 people; the next wagon has a neoclassical designs for up to 30 pax; the third one has a pre-Hispanic design and a panoramic lounge with bar service, a café and hand craft shop; and finally the fourth wagon has a classic style which has a beautifully furnished living room.
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