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Ice Train I



Ice Train I

The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city nestled in the central Andes of Ecuador. The view on a clear day is impressive: the Altar or Capac Urku volcano rises on the horizon with its summit topped by five peaks, witnessing an eruption thousands of years ago.

To the north, there is the majestic Chimborazo - the highest peak in Ecuador and the earth, measured from the center of the planet - and even later, if there is luck, we see the timid Carihuairazo briefly peeping out of the fog. As the train ascends from Riobamba to the moors of Chimborazo, the temperature drops to almost zero degrees.

In the station of Urbina we wait Baltazar Ushca, the man who faces low temperatures and ascends to 4,000 meters to extract fossil ice from the sides of the Taita (father) Chimborazo.

While visiting the station and shelter of Urbina, Baltazar tells us that she is one of the last people to perpetuate the tradition of going once a week to visit the Taita Chimborazo to ask her to "give her" ice, then we will taste a delicious paila ice cream .

Just before returning to Riobamba, we stop at La Moya where the descendants of the Puruhá wait to tell us what life is like - for



Tarifas y Salidas



Viernes - Sábado (autoferro)


08:00 a 17:00 - presentarse 30 minutos antes de la hora de salida


Estándar $22,00

Estándar Niños / 3ra Edad / Discapacitados $12,00*


Ice Train I Ecuador, departure from Riobamba

A tour of the highest volcano in Ecuador, in which you have the opportunity to discover the moorland of Urbina, the tradition of the Chimborazo Icebreakers and learn about the process of ice extraction in the glacial.

In addition there are several options of agrotourism activities in natural and cultural surroundings of this area.

Undoubtedly the route on the ice train I is a magnificent option to know the Ecuadorian Andes and above all the volcano Chimborazo colossus of perpetual snow

DIAS DE OPERACION Sábado y Domingo (Auto-ferro)
RUTA Riobamba – Urbina – La Moya – Riobamba
LUGAR DE PARTIDA Estación del Tren Riobamba
LUGAR DE REGRESO Estación del Tren Riobamba
HORA DE PARTIDA 08:00  Pasageros llegar 30 mins antes del tiempo de salida.
DURACION  08:00 – 14:30
QUÉ USAR? Ropa cómoda, zapatos para caminar, sombrero, chaqueta y protector solar.
INCLUYE  Ticket del Tren.
 Snacks en el Cafe del Tren en Urbina.
 Guías durante el viaje.
 Almuerzo en la Moya.
 Visita al centro de Interpretación del Hielo.
NO INCLUYE  Las compras adicionales en el Café del Tren y / o restaurante.
 Traslados hacia y desde el hotel
 Gastos personales y cualquier otra entrada.
 Cualquier otro servicio no especificado en el programa.
 Tips & Extras.


NOTE: "The itinerary is always subject to change without prior notice, due to seasonal changes, weather conditions, last minute adjustments and last minute operational circumstances"..


The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city nestled in the central Andes of Ecuador. The view on a clear day is impressive: the Altar or Capac Urku volcano rises on the horizon with its summit topped by five peaks, witnessing an eruption thousands of years ago.
The trip begins in the northern Andes, in the valley of Otavalo where they alternate ancestral cultural traditions and export crops, such as roses. From Quito we start the trip to the coast, ascending first to the moors of Chimborazo through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
In this trip aboard the Tren Crucero we will climb 3600 meters in just 450 kilometers, experiencing one of the most impressive changes of vegetation and landscape in the world.
The adventure begins in the station of Chimbacalle, from where we start towards the "Avenue of the Volcanoes". Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, La Viudita, Rumiñahui accompany the train on its route
A tour of the typical sites of the inter-Andean alley. You can see the volcano Tungurahua, and the snowy Altar, Chimborazo and Carihuayrazo. In addition, Cevallos will visit footwear factories to learn more about this process.
To The Carnival Of Ambato By Train
The train advances through a spectacular landscape dominated by valleys and volcanoes Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, La Viudita, and Rumiñahui crossing pastures, crops and haciendas.


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