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Train of the Wonders

PROGRAM: 

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.
 
The mythical nose of the Devil awaits us with a vertiginous descent. Along the canyon of the Chanchán river we leave behind the moors to enter the cloud forest and reach the tropical plantations. The trip ends in Guayaquil, the main port of Ecuador, after 504 km of track and a descent from 3600 meters to sea level.

 

Day 1 - Tuesday
Quito - Otavalo - Ibarra - Quito *

* Otavalo to Ibarra section operated on a steam locomotive along the northern Andes of Ecuador.
 
The trip begins in the Northern Andes, in Otavalo, home to the largest indigenous market in South America. In a convoy dragged by a carefully restored steam engine we travel this fertile valley guarded by volcanoes. We will learn about the cultural traditions and craftsmanship of Quechuas and mestizos: weavers, woodcarvers and musicians. We will enjoy the samples of traditional gastronomy in the different stations and we will know a plantation of roses of very special export.

 

Day 2 - Wednesday
Quito - Urbina

The train runs along Avenida de los Volcanes. If the weather allows, we can distinguish up to 20 volcanoes, most of them extinct or dormant for hundreds of years. In this zone, the Andes divide in two parallel arms that run towards the south. The fertile valley trapped between these walls is home to a true treasure of biodiversity.
 
Crossing the Andean moors in slow ascent, we can observe the change of vegetation, crops and landscape until reaching Urbina, in the foothills of Chimborazo, the highest point of our trip to 3600msnm. Here we will know the history of the last ice chest of Chimborazo.

 

Day 3 - Thursday
Riobamba - Nose of the Devil - Bucay

* Riobamba section - Colta with steam locomotive.
 
The train leaves from Riobamba dragged by steam locomotive towards Colta, seat of the first settlement of the Spanish conquerors. We cross quinua fields dyed red, purple and yellow alternating with endemic species of flora and fauna, indigenous cultures and traces of ancient civilizations.
 
After visiting the market of Guamote, one of the last indigenous markets of the Andes, the train moves south, towards the mythical Nariz del Diablo where it expects a vertiginous descent of 450 meters that marks the transition from the Andes to the extensive plains of the coast.
 
We continue descending along the canyon Chanchán through the cloud forest, while the weather is becoming warmer until you reach the town of Bucay.

 

Day 4 - Friday
Bucay - Guayaquil

The landscape is transformed as the train leaves behind the tropical forest. The plantations of rice, banana, cane and pineapple are succeeded in the great plains along the route.
 
We have lunch at a typical hacienda on the coast, where we will know the production of the best cocoa in the world, as well as the culture of the peasants on the coast. The train makes its way to the Pacific coast, dragged by a steam locomotive with final destination to the main port of Ecuador, Guayaquil where you will stay in a comfortable hotel to enjoy your last night.

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Quito - Guayaquil | 4 days - 4 nights | From Tuesday to Friday
US $ 1,650 pp

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What includes?
The program includes transportation on board the Cruise Train, all meals during the trip, unlimited complementary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board, English and Spanish guiding *, excursions according to itinerary, bus / van transportation during the program Excursions and accommodation, on a double basis, with baggage handling in hotels. En route Quito to Guayaquil, once the train has arrived at the Durán station (Guayaquil) you will be transferred to a Hotel in Guayaquil for your last night **.
 
* Guidance can be provided in other languages besides Spanish and English such as Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Japanese on request. It is subject to availability and applies at an extra cost.
** Day 4: Dinner not included. Breakfast included the next day

 

What does not include?
Local taxes (14% VAT applies to Ecuadorians), alcoholic beverages (the Cruise Train offers wine, beer and whiskey), meals or excursions not included in the program, air tickets, personal expenses, gratuities or transfers to hotels other than those detailed . Passengers are advised to purchase travel insurance

Travel Recommendations
DRESS: Dress in layers, jacket for the cold and a light for rain (coast), shoes for walking, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellent.
 
ALTITUDE: Varies from 80 to 3,610 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14º to 35ºC.
 
IMPORTANT: The Durán station is located 30 minutes from Guayaquil. Swissôtel is located in the city of Quito, Avenida 12 de Octubre and Luis Cordero.
 
NOTICE: All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances of force majeure or technical or operational. Please review our policies regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing you with the best travel experience possible....

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