Tren Crucero
Tarifa doble: $1302
Tarifa sencilla: $1022
Train of Wonders
Quito – Guayaquil | 4 days – 4 nights | Tuesday to Friday

Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito 

Departing from Quito you will go to the north on a 2 hours bus ride across rose plantations and impressive mountains to the valley of Otavalo in the Imbabura Province. Otavalo is home of traditional cultures skilled craftspeople and the world-renowned Otavalo market.

You will arrive at San Roque Train station where you will embark a panoramic convoy on a journey full of hidden wonders, musicians, painters, weavers and the skilful woodcarvers who keep the renowned Quito School of Art style alive. Delve yourself into this amazing world of colours and textures while we explore the northern routes of the Ecuadorian railway.

After this train trip you will visit Hacienda la Compania, located close to the equatorial line, this XVIII century hacienda will amaze you with its export-class rose plantation and exquisite Andean cuisine. After the visit you will return to Quito and spend the night in this world heritage city.

  • Accomodation: Selected hotel
  • Lunch and dinner included

Quito – Ambato – Urbina 

You will board the Tren Crucero at Quito’s Chimbacalle station and begin the journey to the south along the Avenue of Volcanoes. If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train – most extinct or dormant for centuries, some active and full of life.

Here, the Andes range splits into two ranges that run in parallel. The fertile valley in-between these stone, volcanic walls hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity and a hive of agricultural activity. The first stop is an Andean hacienda where you will be able to admire a rodeo demonstration performed by skilled local horseman – known as chagras. There’s also a chance to learn about rural life and meet the farm’s animals, such as fluffy llamas.

Upon arrival to Ambato Train Station the devils will take over the train. A picturesque and ancestral tradition the “Diablada Pillareña” parade will add a touch of joy and music to this beautiful day. In the afternoon, the tracks of the Trans-Andean train will take you to the inhospitable Urbina train station.

During this trip you can observe the change in vegetation and landscapes as the train slowly climb up to the chilly Andean highlands to Urbina, the highest point in our itinerary at 11,800 feet above sea level. Here, in the shadow of the Chimborazo Volcano, the closest point on the planet to the sun, you will meet Balthazar Ushca, the last ice-merchant in the Andes and learn the story of his ancestral trade.

Later on the train will arrive to a typical Andean Hacienda in the hearth of the Andes were you will spend the night and be delighted by the delicious gastronomy of the hosts.

  • Accomodation: Selected hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Riobamba – The Devil’s Nose – Bucay

Setting off early from Urbina, but this time aboard the “Black Monster” steam engine, you will go through the heart of the Central Andes, amid colourful quinoa fields flecked in purples, yellows and reds, alternating with endemic species of flora and wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures. At Colta, the train will make a complex manoeuvre to switch locomotives; you will leave the “Black Monster” to be pulled by an electric diesel locomotive and continue south. Colta saw the birth of this charming nation when Spanish conquerors made its first settlement at its shores.

At Guamote market, one of the last truly indigenous markets in the Andes, there’s time to wander, admire and barter for goods. You will have lunch before being transfer by bus to the mythical Devil’s Nose pass: a vertiginous train ride descent of 450 metres which includes zig zags carved into the mountainside. At Alausi train station you will board a carefully restored convoy. Beautiful XX century wagons will take you on this vertiginous descend to the Sibambe valley a unique and wonderful experience on board one of the most difficult trains of the world.

Returning to Alausi you will board our bus on a mesmerizing trip from the imposing Andes to the peaceful coastal plains. A dramatic change in weather and vegetation will mark the transition between these regions. After this four hour ride you will arrive to your hotel were we you can rest and reflect upon the titanic labour undertaken by the Harman brothers to overcome the colossal Andean mountain range.

  • Accomodation: Selected hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Bucay – Naranjito – Yaguachi – Duran

A pleasant one-hour bus ride takes you from the Andean slopes to the tropical planes that burst in colours with rice, sugar cane, pineapple, banana and cacao plantations. You will arrive to a traditional hacienda were you will take a tour around its fields to learn about the farming and harvesting of the Ecuadorian cocoa bean, a bean so exquisite that is considered to be the best in the world.

Enjoy a fine dining experience amid the lush gardens before continuing onwards. A bus transfer takes you to Naranjito were the Tren Crucero will be waiting to take you to our next destination, Yaguachi. At Yaguachi train station a restored steam engine waits for you, ready to whistle and thrum its way across the fields towards the Pacific Ocean and the end of our trip at Guayaquil’s Duran train station.

Transfer to the hotel.

  • Accomodation: Selected hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch included. Breakfast for the next morning is included too
Notes
Quito-Otavalo / San Antonio de Ibarra-Quito section is done by bus. Section Otavalo- San Antonio de Ibarra operated on steam locomotive
Riobamba - Colta section is carried out by steam locomotive
Yaguachi - Duran section is performed in steam locomotive
  • Includes
    Accommodation - Specified meals - Activities mentioned in the program - Bilingual guide: English - Spanish - Transportation - Tickets
  • Not included
    Alcoholic drinks - Airplane ticket - Personal expenses - Tips - Meals or excursions not specified
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