Southern Andes - (Day Trip)
Hielo Train I (Tren
del Hielo I)
Riobamba - Urbina - Riobamba
The adventure begins in Riobamba,
a typical Andean city located in the Ecuadorian Central Andes.
The view is breathtaking: Altar Volcano or Capac Urku on the
horizon with its five-peak crowned summit; and Chimborazo -
Ecuador´s highest peak and the point closest to the sun from the
center of Earth - rises northbound. As we move north, shy
Carihuairazo, another volcano, peeks amidst the fog from time to
In Urbina station we meet
Baltazar Ushca, the man who braves low temperatures and high
altitude to harvest ice from the very sides of Taita (father)
Chimborazo. Tourists from every corner of the world come
here to learn about his ancient trade while enjoying the
ice-creams prepared with that very same ice and fresh juice
squeezed from wild berries. For the adventurers, you can
also enjoy a magic night in the Urbina Shelter, just in the
slopes of the Chimborazo volcano.
Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Holidays
08:00 a 11:30 - PASSENGERS MUST ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE
What is Included?
Train ticket, guidance through the journey, snack at Café del
Tren in Urbina, museum tickets and visit to the Ice
What is Extra?
Additional expenses not detailed in the itinerary.
CLOTHING: A jacket for
cold weather, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least),
sunglasses, camera, and cash and insect repellent.
ALTITUDE: It ranges from
2,300 to 3,609 meters above sea level. The temperature
ranges from 5º to 28ºC.
IMPORTANT: The Riobamba
station offers free and safe parking.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All
itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or
technical, operational circumstances. Please check our
policy regarding refunds and cancellations. We are
committed to providing the best possible travel experience.