The “Tren Crucero” is an elegant train, connecting Ecuador’s cities Quito in the Andes and Guayaquil in the coastal region. The breathtaking journey goes over 4 days letting you discover and explore central Ecuador. The luxury train stops several times each day, giving you the chance to get a closer look to fascinating and authentic sites along the way. The “Tren Crucero” is the only long distance luxury train operating in South America at the moment.
Quito – Guayaquil
Jan 14-17, Jan 28-31, Feb 11-14, Feb 25-28, Jun 3-6, Jun 17-20, Jul 1-4, Jul 15-18, Jul 29-Aug 1, Aug 12-15, Aug 26-29, Sep 30 – Oct 3, Oct 14 – 17, Dec 2-5, Dec 16-19, Dec 30-Jan 2, 2014
Guayaquil – Quito
Jan 5-8, Jan 19-22, Feb 2-5, Feb 16-19, Mar 2-5, Jun 8-11, Jun 22-25, Jul 6-9, Jul 20-23, Aug 3-6, Aug 17-20, Aug 31-Sep 3, Oct 5 – 8, Dec 7-10, Dec 21-24
- Hotel Accommodation for 3 Nights
- Full Time English Speaking Tour Director
- Service of Local Guides during the excursions
- Sightseeing and Entrance Fees
- Private Transportation for the excursions
- Meals indicated in the itinerary
The crew from “Tren Crucero” greets you at Quito’s Railway station. The train leaves Quito and enters the famous Volcanoes Avenue. As soon as the train leaves the city of Quito, you get amazing views of Mt Cotopaxi. The first time you step out of the train is at the Boliche Station. A bus is waiting for you to visit the National Park by bus. You have lunch at the San Augustin de Callo. In the afternoon, you invited to a private cultural event at the Lasso railway station. You have dinner and spend the night at the Hacienda Hotel La Cienega.
A bus brings you to the Latacunga Railway Station where you board the Tren Crucero. The first stop is at the Nevado Rose farm. Learn about Ecuadorian Roses that are exported worldwide. During the late morning, the train follows the Inter Andean valley to Ambato where you have lunch. In the afternoon the train climbs to the highest point of your journey in Urbina at 3609m (11’840ft). Here in the skirts of Mt. Chimborazo, you meet Ecuador’s last ice trader. You spend the night at the Hosteria Abraspungo in Riobamba.
You board the Tren Crucero in Riobamba. The first train stop is at la Balbanera, Ecuador’s oldest church. Take photos of the dramatic Mt. Chimborazo. The train journey goes on through indigenous lands to Guamote where you have time to explore the indigenous market. The Tren Crucero descends to Alausi during the afternoon. The train gets ready for the descent over the famous “Devil’s Nose” to Sibambe. You have dinner and spend the night in Huigra at the Hosteria Primavera.
Journey along the Chanchan River Valley. You look at the debris of old landslides and see a wreck of a steam locomotive. In Bucay, a bus brings you to the nearby Shuar Indigenous Community. The Shuar community is from the Amazon rainforest and settled over the Andes a few decades ago. The Shuar Community will receive you to present their customs and talk about their traditions. You have lunch at a large cacao farm with their own railway station. By the afternoon the train cruises the plain between the Andes and the Guayas River. Rice, Banana and Cacao Plantation alternate between small towns. The Tren Crucero reaches Duran in the early evening. A bus brings you to your hotel in Guayaquil.
Crew members of the Tren Crucero greet you at the Duran Railway Station. In the morning, the train cruises the plain between the Guayas River and the Andes. Rice, Banana and Cacao Plantation alternate between small towns. You have lunch at a cacao farm where you also get a short talk about cacao growing. A bus brings you from Bucay to the nearby Shuar Indigenous Community. The Shuar community is from the Amazon rainforest and settled over the Andes a few decades ago. The Shuar Community will receive you to present their customs and talk about their traditions. You spend the night in theHosteria D’Franco in Bucay.
The Tren Crucero slowly enters the Andes. The train follows the charming Chanchan valley to Huigra. You look at the debris of old landslides and see a wreck of a steam locomotive. You have time in Sibambe to take photos of the Devil’s Nose before the train starts its ascent. The Tren Crucero gains 500 altitude on the 12km to Alausi. The train does short stop in Alausi where you can buy souvenirs. The scenic train ride continues to Guamote where you have lunch. You have time to explore the village before the journey continues to La Balbanera, Ecuador’s oldest church. You enjoy great views of Mt. Chimborazo if the weather permits. You spend the night at the Hosteria Abraspungo in Riobamba.
A bus brings you to Urbina where you meet Ecuador’s last Ice Trader. Urbina is the highest point of your journey to Quito at 3609m (11’840ft). You board the train for the descent to Ambato. You have lunch in a restaurant in Ambato’s old town. In the afternoon the train stops for a visit to Nevado Roses. Learn about floriculture and especially rose farming. The train continues to Latacunga where you spend the night at the nearbyHacienda La Cienega.
After breakfast you visit the Cotopaxi National Park by bus. For lunch you stop at the hacienda San Augustin de Callo. This old hacienda which was an Inca palace is an fabulous place to visit. At the Boliche railway station you board the train for the last part of the journey trough the Volcanoes Avenue to Quito. Enjoy arriving in the huge city of Quito by train. At Quito’s railway station Chimbacalle ends your journey. A bus brings you to your hotel in Quito.