The “Tren de la Quebrada” will be the first tourist train in Latin America powered by solar energy and will connect northern Argentina to Peru

Have you ever imagined admiring some of the most impressive landscapes in Argentina It's from Peru aboard a solar-powered tourist train? The good news is that this dream trip will soon be a reality.

the province of jujuy, in the northwest of Argentina, will receive a solar-powered train connecting the region to cusco, at the Peru. According to a note published in the news portal gives CANATUR (Peru National Tourism Board), the works of the first part of the project, called “train de la Quebrada“, started in February last year and should be delivered later this year.

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From northern Argentina to Machu Picchu

Photo: Byron Bay Railroad Company

The first part of the project will link cities in volcano with Purmamarca and Maimará, on a journey of approximately three hours through northern Argentina. In the future, the idea is to connect the route with the Bolivian rail network and reach cusco, at the Peru, and also to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. However, there is no forecast for the completion of the second stage of the project.

The first solar train Latin America will have only one wagon with an approximate capacity to hold 240 passengers. As it is a tourist transport, it will maintain a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, perfect for enjoying a bucolic trip with beautiful landscapes.

For the operation of the train, photovoltaic panels were installed on the roofs – devices used to convert the energy of sunlight into electrical energy. The project involved technicians and international experts responsible for the solar train of Byron Bay, at Australia (the images that illustrate this text are of the incredible Australian train).

The first part of the project is expected to be completed by August this year with an investment of US$9 million. The final result, with the conclusion of the work, can come very close to what we have today in Europe, where railway lines interconnect between different countries. It makes you want to pack your bags and jump on this adventure!

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