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

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: Quito to Guayaquil Tour

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Per person US$ 1650

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

Quito - Otavalo - San Antonio - Quito (L/D)

Early in the morning we start this amazing adventure. First, we drive from Quito to Otavalo, which is one of the biggest cities where the Kichwa indigenous people live. Our steam locomotive will be waiting to take us to the San Antonio train station. This town is well known for both the wood handicrafts and the kindness of its people, and we'll experience both. We continue our trip with lunch at a traditional restaurant to sample the local flavors, while enjoying a great view of San Pablo Lake and Imbabura Mountain. Finally, we return to Quito by bus.

Day 2

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

On the second day, we’ll drive south to the train station in Urbina. We’ll travel through the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes where (depending on our luck with the weather) we’ll be able to see lots of mountains and the most representative volcanoes of the region. Upon arrival to the train station, we depart to the protected area close to Cotopaxi Volcano called “El Boliche,” where we can see the paramo vegetation and the colossal Cotopaxi.

Then we continue towards Ambato, a city known for having all kinds of flowers and fruits, and from here on to Urbina. This town is known not only for its train station, but also as home to the iconic Baltazar Ushca, who still toils as a “Hielero,” meaning that he climbs to the top of the highest mountain in Ecuador, Chimborazo, to harvest ice and sell it in the local market. In the colonial times, this practice was common and well paid by the wealthy families, but nowadays Baltazar Ushca is the only man keeping this practice alive. Perhaps you’ll see him around!

You can also try some local ice-cream, made with the same ice, brought directly from the mountain. At the end of this visit, we’ll go to our facilities in Riobamba to rest and prepare ourselves for the next day.

Day 3

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

After breakfast, we drive to the Colta Train Station, and from there our first attraction is the first church built in Ecuador in 1534 – the Balbanera Church. Then we'll continue on to a market of colorful crafts in Guamote, where you can see the skills of the local people or buy some souvenirs.

In the afternoon, we'll depart to Alausi station and to the Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo). This railroad is famous for the great view of the landscape, and even moreso for its amazing engineering. You'll be even more impressed if you consider when it was built and the technology they used. After this interesting journey, we'll go down to the coast until we get to the Bucay Train Station.

Day 4

Bucay - Naranjito - Yaguachi - Durán (Guayaquil) (B/L)

Today we continue our adventure by traveling to the town of Duran; on our way there, we can admire the nice landscapes, learn more about some characteristics of the tropical forest, and also look out for different kind of plantations of cocoa, coffee, banana, or sugar cane. We'll stop in one traditional hacienda to learn more about the process and importance of some of these products. After these interesting activities, we will reach the Duran Train Station, where the tour concludes.

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

Guayaquil - Quito 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 Quito to Guayaquil route, once the train has arrived at Duran station (Guayaquil), you will be transferred to the hotel 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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