Train of Wonders
Quito - Guayaquil | 4 days - 4 nights | Tuesday to FridayBook Now
The journey begins south of Quito through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, a name given by Alexander Von Humboldt to these singular geological formations of the Andes on this parallel structure and this long valley in between, where you can find over 20 volcanoes and mountains including the majestic Cotopaxi and the imposing Chimborazo. We will learn more about the Andean cultures and their lifestyle at visiting Guamote, an authentic indigenous and local market, coming from pre-Hispanic times. All aboard the mythical train of the Devil’s Nose! Live an unparalleled adventure as we descend through this intricate, steep zigzag to the valley of Sibambe. Our trip concludes after riding through the valley of the coast through endless sugar rise, cane, banana and cocoa bean plantations, while discovering the captivating landscapes of the Ecuadorian coast and the first Ecuadorian train station. A bus accompanies us during our journey and train lovers will be able to board it at given times, in order to take the best pictures from outside towards these signature trains, this bus will be available to pay our visits along the way, the journey will be escorted by expert guides.
Our first meeting will be at the Chimbacalle station, south of Quito, a historic station that will open its doors to us with the country’s railway history from 1908. On our train, we will cross the impressive “Avenue of the Volcanoes”; the term that Alexander von Humboldt gave to this part of the Andean ridge, where there are more than 20 volcanoes, few of them still active. We will arrive at the second highest station of the Ecuadorian railway system and disembark to begin our journey through a farm of Roses, there, we will learn why Ecuador gathers all the right characteristics to produce some of the best roses in the world. After lunch we will go up to the Cotopaxi National Park. Within the park we can enjoy a moderate altitude walk at 12,631 feet around the Limpiopungo lagoon, where we find different varieties of plants and birds adapted to this altitude environment. Natural photography will be part of this afternoon before arriving at the historical hacienda. Accommodation.
The departure by train in the morning will be from Latacunga Station. We will cross the inter-Andean valley and then the Yambo lagoon will open before our eyes by a scenic cliff. During the journey we will be approached by colorful devils from Pillaro village, part of a long Andean tradition known as the “Diablada Pillareña”, declared national heritage. We will celebrate with this folkloric demonstration from the comfort of our train. We will arrive to Urbina station, the highest point of our visit, located at 3609 meters above sea level (11 000 feet). There we will be received by Baltazar Ushca, the last ice merchant of the Chimborazo who will share the secrets of his old and almost extinct tradition. Enjoy some community experience, when we arrive to Jatari and the Community of La Moya where we will learn about the Quichua – Puruha culture and their ancestral work systems, we will be able to participate in some of these activities led by the inhabitants of the area. Share the table with them and be able to interact with this amazing culture. After this great day, the train is waiting for us to take the group to Riobamba, a unique historical town for the country and for the railroad development in the past, where we can enjoy its beauties, the handcraft plaza and a short walk through the city will be part of the end of the day before the sun sets. Accommodation.
Early in the morning we will head to the historic Riobamba station, where a huge steam locomotive known as “The Black Monster” will be waiting to take us through colorful quinoa fields, picturesque villages and unique landscapes. Upon our arrival to Colta, we will carry out a maneuver that will switch the steam locomotive for a diesel-electric machine, meanwhile we can visit the first church in Ecuador known as the Balvanera or you can film the train with the steam locomotive before we leave it behind from the outside of the maneuver area. Once in Guamote, we will visit an authentic Andean market, where people from several communities come together to trade a myriad of products. This market has maintained its traditional essence and with luck, we will be able to observe how the barter works among the merchants that meet there coming from many other indigenous communities of the country. A short trip by bus will take us to Alausí, where the patrimonial set awaits the group; that one will transport us to the mythical Nariz del Diablo (the Devi´ls Nose). An impressive system of swicht-backs on a steep mountain that allow the locomotive to descend into the Sibambe valley; during its construction, was considered one of the most important engineering milestones in the country. Our patrimonial set will return to Alausí, the small town of the Five Heritages, we will rest this night in this tiny city nestled in between sharp mountains and diverse plantations. Walking at night through its streets will give us a feeling of returning several decades in time. Accommodation.
We will take our bus with the first sun rays and that one will take us on a scenic trip from the imposing Andes to the quiet esplanades of the Pacific coast. During this trip we can witness the dramatic climatic and geographical changes that mark the transition between coast and mountains. We will arrive at a very traditional and tasteful hacienda in the Coast of Ecuador; we will take a tour inside one of the plantations and learn about the sowing and harvesting of Ecuadorian cacao, which is considered the best cocoa bean in the world. Our lunch will be served at the hacienda and we will enjoy the gastronomy of local cuisine. Our next destination will be Naranjito where we will board the train to Yaguachi, the first station built for the Ecuadorian railway system. There, a Baldwin steam locomotive awaits us to lead the train to its final destination on this trip, a journey full of wonderful landscapes and cultural experiences. Arrival to Duran before sunset. Accommodation.
Luxury Experience Rates:
Double room: $1735,00
Single room: $2082,00
Gold Class Rates:
Double room: $2322,00
Single room: $2722,00
*Rates for children apply from 2 years old to 11 years and 11 months old sharing room with 2 adults.
One children for every 2 adults. Rates and Departures are subject to change without prior notice.
TRAIN OF WONDERS
Quito - Guayaquil
7 jan | 18 feb | 17 mar | 14 apr | 19 may | 2 / 23 jun | 28 jul | 25 aug | 15 sep | 6 oct | 3 / 24 nov | 15 dec
Day 1:Lasso: Ciénega
Day 2: Riobamba: Abraspungo/Abraspungo Suite
Day 3: Alausí: El Molino
Day 4: Guayaquil: Oro Verde/Hotel del Parque
***Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed upon reservation.
Tren Ecuador reserves the right to provide hotels of the same category.
The program includes transportation aboard Tren Crucero and other sets, all meals during the trip (but the last night at Quito or Guayaquil), snacks and soft drinks on board, guide in Spanish and English*, excursions according to the itinerary, transportation by tourist bus/van during the program for excursions and accommodation based on double occupancy. In the Quito to Guayaquil route, once the train has arrived at Duran station (15 minutes from Guayaquil, you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight)**. *Guidance in languages other than Spanish and English as Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Japanese can be provided under request, subject to availability and applies an extra cost. **For Day 4: In Quito and Guayaquil, dinner is not included. Breakfast is included for the next morning.
Applicable Taxes, alcoholic beverages (Tren Crucero offers wine, beer and whiskey on board), meals and excursions not included in the program, air tickets, personal expenses, gratuities or transfers to different hotels from the listed here. Tren Ecuador highly recommend our travelers to purchase travel insurance.
CLOTHING: Wear layers: a jacket for cold weather and a light coat for the rain (coast). Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen with high SPF, repellant, sunglasses. Don’t forget your camera!
ALTITUDE: It ranges from 80 to 3,610 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14 ° to 35 °C.
LUGGAGE: There is no luggage limit, this will be transported on the bus that accompanies the passengers to the different daily excursions. The luggage will be returned once you arrive at the hotels, haciendas or hostels, so it is important to carry in your suitcase what is necessary for each day. Tren Crucero has on-board lockers for handbags. The train has switches to recharge electronic devices, the energy on board is 220 volts and frequency of 50 hz.
IMPORTANT: In Quito, the train station is located to the south of the Historical center (around 30 minutes away from the main area where hotels are located in the city). Unused services are not refunded. Check in starts at 06h30 am in the Chimbacalle train station. Adress: Av. Pedro Vicente Maldonado s/n and Sincholagua.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.