Trains in South America
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Trains in South America

South America train tours are a real pleasure, there are few better ways to see the continent. Several of the best train trips in South America are in Peru. The train to Machu Picchu is probably the most famous of South American train journeys and the country has several other excellent routes including a Belmond train that runs from Arequipa to Cusco by way of Lake Titicaca over the course of a few days. South America train travel varies from luxurious to more basic. In Bolivia, the trains are simpler, offering an authentic experience and some useful routes for the traveler, including to the Uyuni Salt Flats. Train travel in South America is rarely more beautiful than the journey through the Atlantic Rainforest to Morretes in Brazil. Ecuador is another good destination for those who wish to travel by train in South America. Travel from Quito to Guayaquil through the Andes on a luxury train. More ideas on train travel in South America can be found below and every trip is customized to fit with your travel style, pace and schedule.

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Tour Name Price Duration Description
The Peru and Bolivia Train Tour from $4260 18 Days See all the highlights of Peru and Bolivia on the Peru Bolivia Train Tour! Enjoy guided city tours in Lima, Cuzco and La Paz. Explore historic UNESCO...
Tren Crucero Train Tour Along the Avenue of the Volcanoes from $ 7 Days The Tren Crucero Railroad Line has 4 luxury carriages holding 54 passengers, and employs restored, century-old steam locomotives. The 453-kilometer...
Train to the Clouds Argentina Railway from $520 4 Days Ride the thrilling "Tren a las Nubes," the Train to the Clouds from Salta, Argentina high into the Andes Mountains on the border with Chile. This...
La Trochita Patagonia Train Tour from $1070 6 Days Ride the "Old Patagonia Express" narrow-gauge railways aboard the La Trochita train through two of the most beautiful national parks in Patagonia....
The Complete Brazil Train Tour from $3850 18 Days This 18-day Brazil train tour takes you from Vitoria, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, and Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia. This is the most complete...

FAQ’s about South America Train Tours

Thinking about a South America train trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests.

Can you travel South America by train?

Yes, you can! Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, in particular, are excellent destinations in South America to explore by train. Brazil has some fascinating train journeys and Argentina and Chile have train routes too. Trains from one country to another aren’t really an option though, so you’ll still need to do some road, boat or air travel if combining countries, but it is absolutely possible to include some train journeys in almost any South America tour.

Does South America have trains?

It certainly does! Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru all have some passenger services. Peru and Ecuador, in particular, have some luxury train journeys.

Are there trains in Chile?

Yes, though not many. There are trains from Santiago going south to Chillan. Other than that, due to the shape and size of the country, flights are the most common way to cover long distances or good quality long-distance buses for those with the time.

Are there trains in Argentina?

Yes. There are a number of long-distance train routes in Argentina. For example from Buenos Aires to Tucuman and Cordoba. If you’re interested in train travel in Argentina, let us know and we should be able to include at least one train journey on your trip. Most trains in Argentina are simple but functional rather than luxurious.
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Covid-19 Update: South America is OPENING!

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Open without quarantine?Covid-19 test required before travel?
BoliviaYesYes (PCR)
BrazilYesYes (PCR)
ColombiaYesYes (PCR)
Ecuador & GalapagosYesTravelers who can prove they've been vaccinated do not need a test to enter mainland Ecuador. Otherwise, an antigen or PCR test is required.
Galapagos Islands require a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.
ParaguayYesYes (PCR or LAMP)
GuyanaYesYes (PCR)
Peru & Machu PicchuYesYes (PCR or antigen before travel plus antigen on arrival)
AntarcticaNo-
ArgentinaNo-
ChileNo-
FalklandsNo-
French GuianaNo-
SurinameNo-
UruguayNo-
VenezuelaNo-
Updated Mar 22, 2021
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