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Category: Star RatingLuxury
Duration: 4-day tour
  • Quito
  • Otavalo
  • Cotopaxi
  • Devil's Nose
  • Pacific Coast
From: US$ 1450 per person
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Tren Crucero Tour: Guayaquil to Quito

The Tren Crucero offers you the opportunity to take a journey through the majestic landscapes of the Andes to the endless plains of the Coast; a unique experience in an exceptional train with a high quality service. Discover the natural, cultural, ethnic, culinary and climatic diversity offered by the country onboard a historical train.

Tour Itinerary

4-day Tren Crucero: Guayaquil to Quito Tour

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4-day Tour
Per person US$ 1650

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4-day Tren Crucero: Guayaquil to Quito Tour
Day 1

Durán - Yaguachi - Naranjito (L, D,)

Our first day of this great trip starts at the Eloy Alfaro Train Station, located in the coastal town of Duran. We'll depart towards the Yaguachi station, admiring the beautiful coastal landscape, surrounded by traditional trees, rice fields, and haciendas of local products like bananas, mangos, cacao, and sugar cane.

Upon arrival to the station in Yaguachi, we'll change trains to the diesel-electric locomotive and continue to the next station. From here, we'll take a bus to see the traditional, colorful, and representative ballet of the region. Then we'll head to a local plantation to learn more about the typical products of the coastal region and look at the organic harvesting process. In the afternoon, we depart by bus to Bucay, where we give you the choice to do a hike through the tropical forest or go to the hotel facilities to rest until dinner time.

Day 2

Bucay - Huigra - Devil's Nose - Alausí - Guamote - Colta - Riobamba (B/L/D)

Early in the morning, we go by bus to the train station and board the train to start going up into the highlands. On this track, we can see how the vegetation changes, climate & temperature change, and you'll also learn more about the different environments. We then arrive to Pistishi viewpoint to observe "The Devil's Nose" (Nariz del Diablo), phenomenal feat of engineering, especially considering when and how it was built. Afterwards, we keep traveling until we reach the Alausi train station, where we spend some time getting to know the local people and learning about the town. We board the train again for lunch, while going to the town of Guamote and then to Colta. In this stretch of railroad, the diversity of highland produce will surprise you with its variety of beautiful colors.

Upon arrival in Colta, we'll take a bus to an Indigenous Community in the Chimborazo province called Calpi to learn more about the richness of this culture and traditional practices. Then we return to the station, where you'll appreciate the ride and whistle of a steam locomotive, as we go to Riobamba for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 3

Riobamba - Urbina - Ambato - Quito (B, L, D)

On the third day, we board the Cruise Train at Urbina Station, which is unique for being the highest one in the country, at 3,609m above sea level. You will also meet the iconic Ushca Baltasar, the last ice-merchant of Ecuador. You can hear about his stories, life experiences, and job, which is climbing the high slopes of the towering Chimborazo Volcano in order to harvest ice and sell it in the local market. You can even taste ice cream made with it. After this interesting time, we go by the Ambato train for lunch, and then we'll be transferred to the city of Quito to have dinner and rest for our last day.

Day 4

Quito - Otavalo - San Antonio - Quito (B, L)

After breakfast, we'll take a bus north to the indigenous and colorful city of Otavalo, where we will experience the ride in steam locomotive while enjoying the view. Upon arrival to San Antonio, a small town well known for its wood artisans, we can look around and learn about their beautiful and unique art and handicrafts. For lunch, we go to a magical place, surrounded by the San Pablo Lake and the Imbabura Mountain to enjoy the local cuisine. After lunch, we return to Quito, and you have time to rest at the facilities or enjoy some of Quito's nightlife.

NOTE: Itineraries subject to change without notice. The sequence of visits might be altered depending on weather conditions, or other unexpected circumstances beyond our control.

Prices per person

Quito - Guayaquil Price Single Supplement
2 people (Double occupancy) US$1650 US$248

Rates include:

  • Accommodations as detailed.
  • Meals as described (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner) Typical dishes from each region and/or accommodations for the dietary restrictions of the passengers.
  • Soft Beverages on board
  • Snacks
  • Train journey and tickets
  • Planned and guided excursions to the main natural and cultural attractions
  • Bilingual guidance
  • Planned excursions in a tour bus
  • Magazines and other tourist material
  • In the Guayaquil to Quito route, once the train has arrived at Eloy Alfaro Train Station (Quito), you will be transferred for overnight**.

**Day 4: Dinner is not included. Breakfast included for the next day.

Not included:

  • Air fares. Flights can be arranged upon request
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips
  • Excursions not specified in the itinerary
  • Anything not mentioned in our itineraries


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