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Ecuador Railway Tours
Train of Wonders
Quito to Guayaquil | 4 days – 4 nights

Ecuador Railway Tours  |  Libertad Train I  |  Libertad Train II  |  Volcano Train I  |  Volcano Train II  |  Hielo Train I  |  Hielo Train II  |  The Devil's Nose  |  Dulzura Train  |  Coast to Mountains  |  Train of Wonders  |  Train to the Clouds  |  Cuenca Extension  |  Otavalo Extension  |

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Train of Wonders - Ecuador

Train of Wonders
Quito – Guayaquil - 4 days/4 nights - Tuesday to Friday

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 awaits 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.

Departures 2019

  • Tuesday January 08, 2019
  • Tuesday January 22, 2019
  • Tuesday February 05, 2019
  • Tuesday February 19, 2019
  • Tuesday March 05, 2019
  • Tuesday March 19, 2019
  • Tuesday April 16, 2019
  • Tuesday May 28, 2019
  • Tuesday June 11, 2019
  • Tuesday July 02, 2019
  • Tuesday August 20, 2019
  • Tuesday September 17, 2019
  • Tuesday October 01, 2019
  • Tuesday October 29, 2019
  • Tuesday November 12, 2019
  • Tuesday December 10, 2019


Itinerary 2019
4-Days/4-Nights itinerary | Tuesday to Friday

Day-01 – Tuesday
Quito –Cotopaxi National Park – Lasso – Latacunga (L,D)

Our first meeting will be at the Chimbacalle station, south of Quito, a historic station that will open its doors to us with the country's railway history from 1908. On our train, we will cross the impressive "Avenue of the Volcanoes"; the term that Alexander von Humboldt gave to this part of the Andean ridge, where there are more than 20 volcanoes, few of them still active.

We will arrive at the second highest station of the Ecuadorian railway system and disembark to begin our journey through a farm of Roses, there, we will learn why Ecuador gathers all the right characteristics to produce some of the best roses in the world.

After lunch we will go up to the Cotopaxi National Park.

Within the park we can enjoy a moderate altitude walk at 12,631 feet around the Limpiopungo lagoon, where we find different varieties of plants and birds adapted to this altitude environment. Natural photography will be part of this afternoon before arriving at the historical hacienda. Accommodation.

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Day-02 – Wednesday
Latacunga – Urbina – Riobamba (B,L,D)

The departure by train in the morning will be from Latacunga Station. We will cross the inter-Andean valley
and then the Yambo lagoon will open before our eyes by a scenic cliff.  During the journey we will be approached by colorful devils from Pillaro village, part of a long Andean tradition known as the “Diablada Pillareña”, declared national heritage.  We will celebrate with this folkloric demonstration from the comfort of our train. We will arrive to Urbina station, the highest point of our visit, located at 3609 meters above sea level (11 000 feet). There we will be received by Baltazar Ushca, the last ice merchant of the Chimborazo who will share the secrets of his old and almost extinct tradition.

Enjoy some community experience, when we arrive to Jatari and the Community of La Moya where we will learn about the Quichua - Puruha culture and their ancestral work systems, we will be able to participate in some of these activities led by the inhabitants of the area.  Share the table with them and be able to interact with this amazing culture.

After this great day, the train is waiting for us to take the group to Riobamba, a unique historical town for the country and for the railroad development in the past, where we can enjoy its beauties, the handcraft plaza and a short walk through the city will be part of the end of the day before the sun sets.  Accommodation.

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Day-03 – Thursday
Riobamba – Devil´s Nose – Alausí (B,L,D)

Early in the morning we will head to the historic Riobamba station, where a huge steam locomotive known as "The Black Monster" will be waiting to take us through colorful quinoa fields, picturesque villages and unique landscapes.

Upon our arrival to Colta, we will carry out a maneuver that will switch the steam locomotive for a diesel-electric machine, meanwhile we can visit the first church in Ecuador known as the Balvanera or you can film the train with the steam locomotive before we leave it behind from the outside of the maneuver area.  Once in Guamote, we will visit an authentic Andean market, where people from several communities come together to trade a myriad of products.  This market has maintained its traditional essence and with luck, we will be able to observe how the barter works among the merchants that meet there coming from many other indigenous communities of the country.

A short trip by bus will take us to Alausí, where the patrimonial set awaits the group; that one will transport us to the mythical Nariz del Diablo (the Devi´ls Nose).  An impressive system of switch-backs on a steep mountain that allow the locomotive to descend into the Sibambe valley; during its construction, was considered one of the most important engineering milestones in the country.

Our patrimonial set will return to Alausí, the small town of the Five Heritages, we will rest this night in this tiny city nestled in between sharp mountains and diverse plantations.  Walking at night through its streets will give us a feeling of returning several decades in time.  Accommodation.

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Day-04 – Friday
Alausi – Naranjito – Yaguachi – Duran (B,L)

We will take our bus with the first sun rays and that one will take us on a scenic trip from the imposing Andes to the quiet esplanades of the Pacific coast. During this trip we can witness the dramatic climatic and geographical changes that mark the transition between coast and mountains.

We will arrive at a very traditional and tasteful hacienda in the Coast of Ecuador; we will take a tour inside one of the plantations and learn about the sowing and harvesting of Ecuadorian cacao, which is considered the best cocoa bean in the world.  Our lunch will be served at the hacienda and we will enjoy the gastronomy of local cuisine.

Our next destination will be Naranjito where we will board the train to Yaguachi, the first station built for the Ecuadorian railway system. There, a Baldwin steam locomotive awaits us to lead the train to its final destination on this trip, a journey full of wonderful landscapes and cultural experiences.  Arrival at Duran before sunset.  Accommodation.

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Extension to Train of Wonders: Colonial Cuenca

Map - Ecuador Train of Wonders Route

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