Ecuador is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America to explore and one of the best ways to do that is by train. The Tren Crucero train route runs through the country from Quito to Guayaquil, with many wonderful stops on the way. Perhaps the best thing about this train route is that each direction offers a unique experience. You’ll find yourself wanting to ride the train right back the way you came just so you can see everything there is to see in beautiful Ecuador.
Train of Wonders
The route that spans from Quito to Guayaquil is known as the “Train of Wonders”. This award-winning scenic route takes 4 days and 4 nights and spans Tuesdays to Fridays. The first leg of this route is taken through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, which is a group of geological formations of the Andes mountains. It continues on to see historical and scenic sights of old Ecuador and provide you with some insight as to how they used to live.
Train to the Clouds
The route on the way back for this destination is known as the Train to the Clouds. This route runs from Guayaquil to Quito and takes the same 4 days and 4 nights as it takes the opposite way. This train ride focuses on showing you some of the intense nature and unique sights that can be seen in Ecuador. You’ll be changing from coastline to mountains to see what the Andes have in store for you. You’ll be able to get off at several stops to take pictures and go on excursions. You’ll also see several small villages along the way where you’ll be able to get some souvenirs and take part in the culture of Ecuador.
No matter which direction you are taking the train, you are sure to experience a wide array of thrills and sights on an award-winning train. Tren Crucero was recognized as the Leading Luxury Train of South America for 5 straight years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). The trains that you’ll be riding on are modern, safe, electric-diesel, and brilliantly restored. The passenger cars are Colonial style and carry up to 50 passengers. This means that you won’t be crowded, but there will be plenty of company.
Aboard, you’ll also find personalized service, a bar, gift shop, and comfortable observation lounges that you can use to get some fresh air and take in the sights.
The train features some of the finest cuisines in all of Ecuador and will take you back to ancestral times. The train is luxurious, but one of the best parts about the ride is that you get to take a trip through the Ecuadorian culture. One of the ways that you can do that is through the food onboard. There are several dishes that date back hundreds of years that will help you to really connect with the country as you journey through it and experience all the rich culture of Ecuador. Along with your own cuisine, you’ll also travel on the train through large plantations of sugar cane, banana, pineapple, rice, and other tropical fruits.