Train of Wonders
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 and the end of our trip in a hotel in Guayaquil for overnight.
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IncludedTrain of WondersAccommodationTransfersExcursionsAll the foodsAccommodation HotelTour guide
Not IncludedTravel insuranceAirplane ticketsLunchPersonal expensesFood and drinksPayment of TicketsPrivate transportationDescribed activities in the itinerary24/7 supportGuide / Driver
The program includes transportation aboard Tren Crucero, all meals during the trip, snacks and soft drinks on board, guide in Spanish and English*, excursions according to the itinerary, transportation by bus/van during the program for excursions and accommodation based on double occupancy. In the Quito to Guayaquil route, once the train has arrived at Duran station (Guayaquil), you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight**.
*Guidance in languages other than Spanish and English as Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Japanese can be provided on request. It is subject to availability and applies an extra cost.
**For Day 4: Dinner is not included. Breakfast included for the next day.
Taxes, alcoholic beverages (Tren Crucero offers wine, beer and whiskey), meals and excursions not included in the program, air tickets, personal expenses, gratuities or transfers to hotels different from the ones listed here. Passengers are recommended to purchase travel insurance.
LUXURY EXPERIENCE RATES: Double room: $1650,00 / Children: $1485,00*
Single Supplement: $247,50
GOLD CLASS RATES: Double room: $2322,00 /Single Supplement: $300,00
*Rates for children apply from 2 years old to 11 years and 11 months old sharing room with 2 adults.
One children for every 2 adults. Rates and Departures are subject to change without prior notice.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.
Reservation (Booking policies do not apply for online reservations)
- To confirm a booking, a 35% deposit is required within 10 days.
- The balance (65%) due is required 60 days prior departure. Full names, date of birth or age, and an identity card number or passport number are required.
Payments are accepted in US dollars only with credit card, direct deposit or wire transfer (wire transfer fee must be assumed by the sender) or cash.
Bookings can be paid in our sales and customer service o‑ces and by any other means that TrenEcuador considers valid. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
- Cancellations up to 60 days prior to departure, no penalty applies.
- Cancellations between 59 days or less or no show the day of departure, a 100% cancellation fee applies.
- Date changes: up to 30 days without penalty. 30 days or less, is considered a full cancellation.
- Name changes (endorsements): an administrative fee of US $ 25.00 per ticket and per transaction will apply until the day of the trip, fulfilling the original conditions of purchase. If airfares are included (promotions or similar), different booking and cancellation conditions might apply.
Day 1 – Tuesday
Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito
We depart Quito early in the morning for a one-and-a-half 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.
Day 2 – Wednesday
Quito – Urbina
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.
Day 3 – Thursday
Riobamba – The 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 450metres zig zag takes us from the Andean highlands down towards the coastal plains.
We continue our descent along the narrow Chanchán river gorge and crossing an impressive cloud forest towards the temperate city of Bucay.
Day 4 – Friday
Bucay – Guayaquil