Tren Crucero – Ecuador
The Cruise Train (Tren Crucero) offers a 4Day/3Nights trip from Quito to Guayaquil. Weaving through the majestic Andes landscapes down to the coastal plains, this voyage is a unique experience aboard South America’s leading luxury train.
May: 5th & 19th – June: 2nd, 16th % 30th – July: 14th & 28th – August: 11th & 25th – September: 8th & 22nd – October: 13th & 27th – November: 10th & 24th – December: 8th & 22nd
Day 1 – Tuesday
Quito – Cotopaxi – Lasso
You will depart south from historic Chimbacalle train station in Quito at 8am on board a Patrimonial train towards El Boliche Recreational Area where you will disembark to board our transport to the wilds of Cotopaxi National Park. There you have a short hike around Limpiopungo, a glacier lake located in the slopes of the volcano You then continue your trip to Hacienda San Agustin del Callo, located nearby, where you will enjoy a delicious Ecuadorian lunch. After exploring the hacienda, you will return to Cotopaxi station to board the Tren Crucero that takes you to Lasso from where you will take a bus to thhe hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. L D
Day 2 – Wednesday
Lasso – Latacunga – Cunchibamba – Ambato – Cevallos – Urbina – Riobamba
After breakfast you will travel by bus to Latacunga train station to board the train and continue your journey south. On the way you will stop to visit a rose plantation, where you learn about the growing, harvesting and post-harvest processes of the roses. Then, you continue on the train to the city of Ambato where you will enjoy some lunch. If weather conditions permit, you may witness – at a safe distance – a volcanic eruption of the majestic Tungurahua. After lunch you will continue on board the train to the Urbina station which is located at 11,840 feet above sea level, the highest train station in the country. Here you visit the Interpretation Centre about the “Men of Ice” and meet Balthazar Ushca, the last ice-collector of the Chimborazo volcano, the highest volcano in Ecuador. Enjoy the beauty of the landscape east of its slopes. After the visit, the train takes you to Riobamba station from where a bus will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and your stay overnight. B L D
Day 3 – Thursday
Riobamba – Colta – Guamote – Alausi – Sibambe – Bucay
Early in the morning you will leave the hotel to travel to the Riobamba train station, where you will board the carriages pulled by the wonderful stay locomotive and continue to Colta to visit the Balbanera church, twhich is known as the first church built in Ecuador. You will then continue your journey by train to Guamote, where you will visit the main attractions of the city and the indigenous market, one of the largest and most important in the country. Lunch is take on the train. In the afternoon you will board the train again at Alausi and after a short stop, continue your journey down the famous Devil’s Nose section of the track. You will stop for a few minutes at the viewpoint to appreciate this important engineering wrk and to appreciate why the route is known as “the most difficult railway in the world”. You continue by train to Bucay, appreciating the climatic transition between the Sierra (highlands) and the Coast. B L D
Day 4 – Friday
Bucay – Naranjito – Yaguachi – Duran
After breakfast, you depart by train from Bucay station to Naranjito station. You will also visit some of the plantations of the coastal region. Once in Naranjito, you depart by bus to a coastal hacienda known for its cocoa plantation, here you will learn about the history of cocoa’s production and its effect on Ecuadorian culture. After this visit, you enjoy a chocolate tasting and a traditional lunch. You then drive back to Naranjito station for your final destination, Duran train station. Before arrival, the train will make a short stop at Yaguachi to switch from diesel locomotive to a steam locomotive. On the way, you will pass through typical coastal plantations of rice. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Guayaquil.
Transfer Quito/Train station - Duran Station/Hotel - Excursions - Accommodation - Full meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages - English/Spanish speaking guides
What's not included
Alcoholic drinks - Meals and excursions not specified on the programme - Personal Expenses - Tips - Travel Insurance
2015 prices and itinerary are correct at time of printing but are subject to change without prior notice.