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Meet the ‘steam train whisperer’

Meet the ‘steam train whisperer’

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s hard – in our Twitter-feed, sandwich-for-lunch, multi-tasking age – to fathom having worked for the same company for 32 years, to have dedicated so much of one’s energy and time – a lifetime – to just one enterprise. And for the...

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Building the world’s “most challenging” railroad

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Archer Harman and his brother John, the engineers who ventured out to Ecuador to complete the railway that would be known as the most “difficult engineering feat in the world”, reached remote Ecuador by mere coincidence.   It purportedly came down to an impromptu...

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The train: Eloy Alfaro’s great project

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The railroad was the common denominator that linked both sides of the most important conflict in Ecuador’s Republican history: the no-holds barred rivalry between Liberals and Conservatives, which more often than not turned into civil war.   The railway was first propelled into existence...

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Flavors of the land

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The railroad truly reveals Ecuador’s amazing agricultural dimension and potential. As we make our way from the high Andes to the Andean slopes and eventually the coastal plains, we get to experience and observe not only clear changes in climate, but astounding...

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Tren del Hielo ll

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is without a doubt a must-experience adventure. It starts early in the morning, as the train leaves from the station at Ambato at 8:00 am. For this trip, we advise you to take gloves, a wool or alpaca hat (which you...

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Tren de la Libertad II

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]At 8 am, we meet at the Otavalo Train Station to embark on the first leg of the Freedom Train (Tren de la Libertad). Although it’s cloudy, the powerful imbabura mountains can be seen on both sides of the tracks. It is...

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A train in Montubia Land

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The coast receives us with its warm, tantalizing tropical breeze. We are barely four meters from sea level and during our train ride inland, we feel the stability of heading straight through the alluvial plains, something that, later, at the Bucay station,...

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New Year’s a la Ecuador

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Ecuador, "New Year’s Eve" is actually called “the Old Year”. It is celebrated on December 31 and has a protagonist: El Viejo, or the Old Man. The Old Man is a human-sized “rag” doll, filled with sawdust and dressed in clothes...

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