The legendary Trochita and the passengers who play with the snow in Chubut. Photos: Infantino Photographs.
the sound of whistle, from the tons of metal that combine to advance in a legend indicate the beginning of the adventure. Every detail of La Trochita attracts the eyes of the passengers in Esquel, at the foot of the Andes Mountains: the glow of fire that sustains the pressure in the boiler, the wooden wagons made 100 years agothe small benches and the salamanders that evoke pitiless winters on the plateau, everything on the train seems to come out of a fairy tale.
As the formation devours kilometers on the rails, the landscape gains prominence. Not only the train dazzles, but also the hills that cut out the sky and the animals that inhabit Patagonia, while the guides complement the show with information so that everyone understands what they are traveling on and where. “More than a train, it’s like traveling in a dream in Patagonia,” said one of the tourists.
La Trochita offers three output options for those who want to live the experience of traveling in this mobile museum. From the Esquel station y from El Maitén Station tourist services depart, while it is also possible hire charters to complete the entire journey. In addition, both in Esquel and in El Maitén there are exhibits on the history of the train to visit before or after the trip.
The spectacular bridge crossing.
In other times it linked towns and transported essential loads; Today, he tells stories from Patagonia. The Old Patagonian Express invites you to enjoy great snowy landscapes.
A tour, powered by locomotives built in 1922 in England and Germany, starts from Esquel, Chubut, and zigzags through the steppe and foothills for something more than an hour to the Nahuel Pan stationwhere you can visit the Museum of Original Cultures, artisan fairs and the Tokom topayiñ fair, which opens when the train arrives.
The departures of La Trochita for the month of July from El Maitén
All the outings are with a guided visit to the Railway Museum and the Repair Shops.
* It will leave on Tuesday the 11th, Tuesday the 18th and 25th until km 228 at 12:00 pm. The ticket costs 7,000 pesos per person.
* The departures of the 11th and 18th will offer a gastronomic proposal: carrero stew prepared on the salamanders of the passenger cars, recalling those times when during long trips it was cooked on the salamanders fed by firewood. An unmissable proposal.
* And on Saturdays 15 and 22 it will go to Ñorquincó (Province of Río Negro) on a trip of more than 75 km round trip, touring the incredible Patagonian landscapes. Departures scheduled for 11:00 a.m., returning at 3:30 p.m. The ticket costs:
Senior National Resident $ 14.000.
Resident National Retired/University $ 11.000
Minor National Resident (from 6 to 12 years old) 9.500
Major Provincial Resident $ 12.000
Minor Provincial Resident (from 6 to 12 years old) $ 8.500
Resident El Maitén $ 6.500
Do you want to reserve your ticket in La Trochita?
* Landline: 02945-495626
* Via Whatsapp: +542945333803
* Email: ferroelmaitén@gmail.com
* Web: www.latrochita.org.ar
La Trochita de Estación Esquel adds an additional departure for the month of June.
How much does the trip cost in La Trochita
From Esquel to Nahuelpan. There is one outing left this month, Saturday June 24th.
Saturday 06/24 departure 10:00 a.m., return 1:00 p.m.
And from July 11 to 30, it will leave Esquel on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., returning at 1 p.m.
In August, it will leave on Saturdays with the same schedule. Prices:
Senior National Resident $ 12.000.
Retired National Resident $ 8.800
National Resident University Student $ 8.800
Minor National Resident (from 6 to 12 years old) 8.500
Major Provincial Resident $ 9.400
Minor Provincial Resident (from 6 to 12 years old) $ 7.200
Residente Esquel/Trevelin $ 5.500
How to book your ticket?
Via web: www.latrochita.org.ar
Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Via WhatsApp at 2945 335 060
More info at www.latrochita.org.ar