Tren Crucero Ecuador | Train of Wonders

Otavalo Village – Andean Highlands – Devil´s Nose –Farm Plantations

Enjoy an impressive 4-day trip along the Andes and down to the pacific Coast on board Tren Crucero consid..
Enjoy an impressive 4-day trip along the Andes and down to the pacific Coast on board Tren Crucero considered among the best 10 tourist trains in the world, and also as South America Luxury Leading Train. 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 await with its vertiginous zig-zag. Riding along the Chanchan 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.
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Services

Included
  • Transportation aboard Tren Crucero
  • All meals during the trip
  • Snacks and soft drinks on board
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation by bus/van during the program for excursions
  • Accommodation base don double occupancy
  • At Duran Station (Guayaquil), transfers are provided on a shared basis to the Hilton (airport), Oro Verde (Downtown) & Wyndham (Santa Ana) hotel.
  • For 2017, the last night in Guayaquil is included
Excluded
  • Taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, not included in the program
  • Air tickets
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes, Amazon Jungle packages or Galapagos Islands
  • Flight tickets
  • Daily Tours

Tour Details :

Indigenous Villages – Roses Plantations – Andes Landscape

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 1

Volcanoes Avenue - Andes Landscape – Local people

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 2

Indigenous Market – Devil´s Nose – Cultural Visits

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 Chancchan river gorge and crossing an impressive cloud forest towrads the temperate city of Bucay.
Day 3

Haciendas of Ecuador – Chocolate Process – 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 and the end of our trip in Guayaquil.
Day 4

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