It took me almost 24 hours to get back to my country. A long ride on a Bolivian bus, that is nothing like ours. But that is part of the adventure. Anyway, I crossed the frontier on foot and went to La Quiaca to take a bus back to Salta. My last stop.
As I was coming closer to Salta, the clouds started to show up in the horizon and by the time I got to the city, it was raining. I didn´t care, the sky was so magical and beautiful that it made me forget about the rain.
I had two full days ahead before coming home. My first mission was to find out if the Train to the Clouds was working that weekend. It was. So I bought my ticket for the next day.
Then I went to buy some presents for my friends, I usually do it the last day since I don´t like traveling with extra weight on my shoulders and besides, I usually finish my trip with nearly 0$ on my pockets so I spend those “nearly” and make them “totally” zero on that last day 🙂
After having bought some presents and having lunch, I went to the main square just to rest. I had been walking a lot. There I run into Tati!! It was so nice to see her again. She was leaving the following morning so we spent the afternoon together chatting as if we hadn´t seen each other for ages.
She had a barbecue that night at the hostel and we thought of going out later at night. But it got too late and I had to be up at 5 to take the train so we said goodbye on the phone and promised to talk again when in BA.
That night I met too guys at the hostel that were taking that train the following day so we decided to share a cab to the station.
And off we went!!
It´s a long trip, it takes 18 hours approximately. The train reaches 4000 meters (about 13123 feet according to the converter). People can get sick so there are nurses and oxygen and the crew is totally prepared for contingencies. Lucky me, altitude was not a problem (I had been at 5000 mt in Bolivia just a few days ago, so I had training).
The scenery was fantastic, I tried to take pictures from the windows because there were no stops till we reached the highest point.
When it was getting dark, we went to the bar car and made friends with the bartender, organizing a little party. It was fun!!
And with this last adventure, my trip was over and it was time to come back home.
Hope you enjoyed it!!