Tren Crucero — or ‘The Cruise Train’ — is a four day, three night Ecuador train tour that’s certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget! Come aboard Tren Crucero’s vintage train car for an incredible voyage through Ecuador’s countryside. You’ll get a taste of this South American nation’s culture, heritage and spirit, as you journey along the historic rail line that extends from Quito in the high Andes to Ecuador’s lush coastal regions.
In fact, passengers on this Ecuador train tour will enjoy spectacular scenery, ranging from beautiful volcanoes to thriving green plains. Tren Crucero accommodates 54 passengers in its luxurious carriages, which will take you from Quito to Latacunga, Riobamba, Bucay and Duran. Book your ride aboard Tren Crucero and discover Ecuador’s premier train tour!
Single Room supplement: USD 106.–
>Single Room supplement: USD 111.–
The crew from “Tren Crucero” meets and greets you at the Quito railway-station. As soon s the train leaves the city, it enters the famous Volcanoes Avenue where you enjoy amazing views of Mt Cotopaxi and other high volcanoes. At the Boliche railway-station, a bus is waiting for you to visit the Cotopaxi National Park. You have lunch at the Hacienda San Augustin de Callo which was an ancient ceremonial site for the incas. In the afternoon, you are invited to a private cultural event at the Lasso railway-station. Dinner and the night you spend at a Hotel near Latacunga. (L/D)
A bus brings you to the Latacunga railway-station where you board the Tren Crucero. The first stop is at the Nevado Rose farm. This morning you get introduced to the famous Ecuadorian Roses which are exported worldwide. In the late morning, the train follows the Inter Andean valley to Ambato where you have lunch. In the afternoon, the train climbs to Urbina at 3609m (11’840ft), the highest point of our journey. Here, in the skirts of Ecuador’s highest mountain Mt. Chimborazo, you meet Ecuador’s last ice trader. You have dinner and spend the night in a Hotel near Riobamba. (B/L/D)
The Tren Crucero leaves from the Riobamba Railway Station early morning. Take photos of the dramatic Mt. Chimborazo while the train travels to Guamote. In Guamote, you have time to explore the authentic and colorful indigenous market. During the afternoon, the Tren Crucero descends to Alausi and from there, over the famous “Devil’s Nose” to Sibambe. The train leaves slowly the Andes and enters the tropics following the Chanchan river. In the evening, the Tren Crucero reaches Bucay where you have dinner and spend the night. (B/L/D)
Learn about the best cacao in the World when you visit a cacao plantation. You have lunch at the cacao farm. During the afternoon, the train crosses the fertile plain between the Andes and the Guayas River. Rice, Banana and Cacao Plantations alternate with small towns. The train reaches Duran where the tour ends in the early evening. (B/L)
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
The crew of the Tren Crucero meet and greets you at the railway-station in Duran. In the morning, the train crosses the fertile plain between the Guayas River and the Andes. Rice, Banana and Cacao Plantation alternate with small towns. Learn about the best cacao in the World at the cacao plantation where you have lunch. You have dinner and spend the night in a hotel near Bucay. (L/D)
The Tren Crucero slowly enters the Andes following the charming Chanchan valley. Take photos below the famous Devil’s Nose before the train starts its ascent over this engineering marvel. The train does a short stop in Alausi before the journey continues to Guamote where you have lunch. Explore this fascinating and colorful town before you continue on the train to Riobamba. You have dinner and stay overnight in a Hotel near Riobamba. (B/L/D)
You travel on the train from Riobamba to Urbina, the highest point of our journey at 3609m (11’840ft) above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views of Ecuador’s highest mountain Mt. Chimborazo. In Urbina, you meet Ecuador’s last ice-trader. You have lunch in the city of Ambato which is famous for its flower, and fruit production. The next train stop is at Nevado Roses where you learn about the famous Ecuadorian Roses. You continue on the train to Latacunga where you spend the night at a nearby Hotel. (B/L/D)
You visit the Cotopaxi National Park in the morning. Enjoy excellent views of this conical shaped, snow-capped Volcano. Lunch you have at the hacienda San Augustin de Callo which was a ceremonial site for the Incas. At the Boliche railway-station, you board the train for the journey to Quito trough the Volcanoes Avenue. The Tren Crucero reaches the Chimbacalle railway-station in Quito in the late afternoon. (B/L)
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
The Hacienda La Cienega is a fantastic Ecuadorian Highland Hacienda. The hacienda played a role in Ecuadorian history when Simon Bolivar and Alexander Von Humboldt lived here. The huge guest-rooms with high ceilings, the courtyard with the historic fountain and the old chapel convey the special charm of this unique and important place.
The Hacienda Hato Verde is another important place that we use to accommodate our customers in the Cotopaxi region. 140 year old dairy hacienda is family owned. The owners family looks personally for our gustes who stay at the elegant hacienda in cozy, comfortable guest rooms each equipped with a private fireplace.
The Hosteria Abraspungo is a comfortable place to stay in a residential outskirt of Riobamba. The comfortable rooms go to a courtyard with a nice garden. From Abraspungo you enjoy fabulous views of Ecuador’s highest mountain, the Chimborazo. The rooms offer all amenities you expect from a comfortable hotel.
The Hacienda Chuquipogio is the home of the Hosteria La Andaluza. The hacienda was built in 1555 and is a ecuadorian cultural heritage site, about about 15km north of Riobamba. Simon Bolivar stayed at this hacienda overnight when he was traveling south of Quito. The historial guest rooms add to the historic ambiance of this place and many spectacular views of the breathtaking Chimborazo mountain.
The Hosteria D’Franco is a hotel at the hilly, tropical feet of the Ecuadorian Andes. The deep green tropical scenery, with tropical flowers, characterises this part of Ecuador. The comfortable rooms offer all you need for a comfortable night. Don’t forget to do a night walk in the hotel unique surroundings.