Description

Our journey begins in the northern Andes of Ecuador, in the valley of Otavalo, where we will discover traditional cultures, handicrafts, and modern export-class rose plantations. From Quito we will start our trip to the coast, first climbing to the Chimborazo volcano moorlands along the Avenue of Volcanoes. The Mythical “Devil’s Nose” pass awaits with its vertiginous zigzag. Riding along the Chanchán river canyon we leave the highlands behind. We cross a cloud forest, then ride along the tropical plantations to the end of our trip in Guayaquil. We reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean after 504 km or rail and a 12,000 ft. descent to the sea.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Tue Quito/Otavalo/San Roque/Andrade Marín/San Antonio/Ibarra/Quito

We depart Quito early in the morning for a one-and-a-half hour drive north. In Otavalo, home of a millenary market, a carefully restored steam engine awaits us.At a slow pace we will discover the many wonders hidden in this part of the country: musicians, painters, weavers and the skillful woodcarvers who keep the renowned Quito School style alive. After a tasting of traditional Andean cuisine and a visit to very special export-class rose plantation we return to Quito for dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 2 - Wed Quito/Boliche/Urbina/Riobamba

We board our convoy at Quito Chimbacalle station and begin our journey south along the Avenue of Volcanoes. If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train –most extinct or dormant for centuries.Here, the Andes range splits into two arms that run parallel down south. The fertile valley trapped between these stone walls hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity. From the comfort of our panoramic cars, we watch the change of vegetation and landscape as we slowly climb the Andean highlands to Urbina, the highest point in our itinerary at 11,800 feet above sea level. In the skirts of Mount Chimborazo, we meet the last ice-merchant and learn the story of his ancestral trade.We arrive in Riobamba for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Thu Riobamba/Colta/Guamote/Devil’s Nose/Bucay

We depart Riobamba towards Colta, where the Spanish conquerors built their first settlement in Ecuador. We cross colorful quinoa fields painted in purples, yellows and reds, alternating with endemic species of flora and wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures.We visit Guamote market, one of the last indigenous markets in the Andes, before continuing south towards the mythical Devil’s Nose pass. A vertiginous descent of 1,476 feet zigzag, takes us from the Andean highlands down towards the coastal plains.We continue our descent along the narrow Chanchán River Gorge and crossan impressive cloud forest towards the temperate city of Bucay for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D

Day 4 - Fri Bucay/Naranjito/Yaguachi/Guayaquil

The landscape changes again as the train leaves the tropical forest behind. Rice, sugar cane, pineapple and banana plantations pass before our eyes.We have lunch at a traditional hacienda, where we can learn about the growing and harvesting of the best cocoa bean in the world. Later, the steam engine whites its way across the fields towards the shores of the Pacific Ocean.Arrival to Duran´s train station, transfer to the hotel in Guayaquil forovernight. (B,L)

Day 5 - Sat Guayaquil to USA (or extend your stay)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Reverse itinerary available from Guyaquil to Quito and is called Train to the Clouds (Saturday departures). Please contact us for details.

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
  • Transportation aboard Tren Crucero
  • All meals during the trip
  • Snacks and soft drinks on board
  • Spanish and English speaking guide
  • Transportation by bus/van during the program for excursions
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Transfer from Duran´s train station to hotel in Guayaquil
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels

Quito

Swissotel| hotels in Quito Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Swissotel

1 Nights / Style
Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Q...

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Plaza Grande | hotels in Quito Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Plaza Grande

1 Nights / Luxury
Adorning the Independence Square is located The Hotel Plaza Grande. With more than five centuries of history; during t...

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Riobamba

Hacienda Andaluza/Abraspungo| hotels in Riobamba  Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Hacienda Andaluza/Abraspungo

1 Nights / Style
Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo offers accommodations in Riobamba. The hotel has a playground and views of the garden, and gue...

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Bucay

Hosteria D´Franco| hotels in Bucay Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Hosteria D´Franco

1 Nights / Luxury
Offering an outdoor swimming pool, Hosteria D´Franco provides accommodation in Bucay. This property offers both WiFi an...

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Hosteria D´Franco| hotels in Bucay Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Hosteria D´Franco

1 Nights / Style
Offering an outdoor swimming pool, Hosteria D´Franco provides accommodation in Bucay. This property offers both WiFi an...

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Guayaquil

Grand Hotel Guayaquil| hotels in Guayaquil Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Grand Hotel Guayaquil

1 Nights / Luxury
This first class hotel is situated on a city block next to the Cathedral in Guayaquil....

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Hotel Oro Verde| hotels in Guayaquil Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Hotel Oro Verde

1 Nights / Style
The Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil is located in the most modern commercial and banking area of Guayaquil, the biggest and mo...

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Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request. Rates are not valid during certain holidays and blackout periods.

    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class.
    Local Departure taxes, local airport taxes, beverages, personal expenses and other items not mentioned above are not included.
    Reverse itinerary available from Guyaquil to Quito and is called Train to the Clouds (Saturday departures). Please contact us for details.

Departures & Rates

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Double Single
$1735 $2082

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Double Single
$2322 $2722

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