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.
- 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
4-Days/4-Nights itinerary |
Tuesday to Friday
Day-01 – Tuesday
National Park – Lasso – Latacunga (L,D)
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
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.
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.
Day-02 – Wednesday
Latacunga – Urbina –
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.
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.
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.
Day-03 – Thursday
Riobamba – Devil´s Nose
– Alausí (B,L,D)
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.
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.
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
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.
Alausi – Naranjito –
Yaguachi – Duran (B,L)
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.
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.
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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