Train to the Clouds
Guayaquil to Quito - 4 days - 4 nights -
Saturday to Tuesday
In this journey on board Tren
Crucero we climb 3600 meters in barely 450 km, experiencing one
of the most dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery in the
world. From the fertile plains in the coast we climb to the
highlands in the Andes through the mythical Devil’s Nose pass.
Riding across the
Avenue of Volcanoes we reach Quito, Cultural World
Heritage by UNESCO, to continue to Otavalo, amidst the Northern
Andes, where we will explore the quichua culture, skills and
traditions and have lunch in a very singular hacienda, amidst
export-class roses. In the evening we return to Quito, where
these services end.
- Saturday January 05, 2019
- Saturday January 26, 2019
- Saturday February 09, 2019
- Saturday February 23, 2019
- Saturday March 05, 2019
- Saturday March 19, 2019
- Saturday April 16, 2019
- Saturday June 06, 2019
- Saturday June 17, 2019
- Saturday July 06, 2019
- Saturday September 07,
- Saturday September 21,
- Saturday October 05, 2019
- Saturday November 02, 2019
- Saturday November 16, 2019
- Saturday December 14, 2019
4-Days/4-Nights itinerary -
Saturday to Tuesday
Day-01 – Saturday
Durán – Yaguachi – Naranjito – Alausí (L,D)
first meeting will be at Duran station where a carefully
restored steam locomotive will be waiting to transport us on a
journey through time. With its roars and whistles, it will make
us revive past times when these fabulous machines began to
travel along the coastal tracks for the first time, changing
completely the history of the country.
first stop will be at the Yaguachi station, the first one built
in this railway system, where we will say goodbye to our steam
locomotive to make a way for a diesel-electric, we will be able
to observe the exchange of these impressive machines from
outside the maneuver area. We continue through extensive
plantations of sugarcane, banana, coffee, pineapple and a
countless number of tropical products to Naranjito area.
bus will take us along a road that climbs to the Andes, a very
scenic bus trip in which we will ascend more than 2000 meters in
altitude in just 4 hours. During this trip we can witness
the abrupt changes of climate, vegetation and geography
resulting from the presence of the Andean mountain range.
This fact gives Ecuador an incomparable beauty and biodiversity.
first day ends in the comfort of our hotel in this small town
nestled in the sharp mountains. Walking on the evening through
its streets will give us a feeling of returning several decades
in time. Accommodation.
Day-02 – Sunday
Alausí – Devil´s Nose – Riobamba (B,L,D)
second day begins with the impressive trip aboard a different
train which dates from the twentieth century, this one will be
ready to descend through the fearsome pass of La Nariz del
Diablo (the Devi´ls Nose); an intricate switch-back that allows
the train to descend 511 meters in just 12 kilometers of
railway. The Sibambe station awaits us down below, full of
people and different activities in the surroundings, a small
community depending merely on the touristic activity from the
in Alausí, we will have a time for pictures and visit the local
market, the quiet city lost in the time of the previous night,
becomes the scenery of one of the most colorful markets in the
area, serving more than a dozen communities of the surroundings.
will be served on board after a short bus ride.
main set run towards Colta where the "Black Monster" is ready to
pull the train, an impressive Baldwin steam locomotive that has
been carefully overhauled. There we can visit the first
church in the country known as the Balvanera or another option
for train-lovers, will be filming the run of the set with the
steam locomotive ahead.
fields of quinoa, potatoes, onions, corn and other products of
these fertile soils, will be decorating the landscape while
waiting for the great Chimborazo to show up before we reach the
capital city of the province, Riobamba.
Riobamba an enchanting city where we can take a short walk.
Its cobbled streets and squares tell the history of the country
at every step. Accommodation.
Day-03 – Monday
Riobamba – La Moya – Urbina – Latacunga (B,L,D)
the morning, the inhabitants of the community of La Moya will
show us the life in the Andes, we will be able to interact with
them and see one of the best examples of community organization
for work, such as the ancestors taught the different
tour continues towards the Urbina station. Located just over
3,600 meters above sea level, we will get to know the “paramo”
ecosystems of the skirts of Chimborazo. Baltazar Ushca,
the last ice merchant of Chimborazo, will tell us his story and
explain the reasons behind his dedication, despite the
opposition and arrival of machines to the country.
train will go through the valley near Cotopaxi but on the way, a
group of devils will take the train by surprise when the
Diablada de Pillaro (devils from Pillaro) is celebrated on
board, a parade full of colors, music and joy that reminds us of
the spirit of the Andean communities and their understanding of
the world, this parade was declared national heritage.
final stop of the day will be the Latacunga station from where
we can get to the different hotels in the
Day-04 – Tuesday
Latacunga – Cotopaxi National Park – Quito (B,L)
will travel to the Cotopaxi National Park. Within the park we
are able to join a moderate walk around the Limpiopungo lagoon
where it is possible to find different sorts of plants and birds
adapted to the altitude. Natural photography will be part
of this morning and then we will board our train.
set will continue near the slopes of Cotopaxi towards our next
stop, a typical Andean hacienda where we will be part of the
daily activities of it and its dwellers. Upon our arrival we
will be welcomed by these Andean cowboys, the “Chagras”, who
will show their skills as riders and teach us a little of their
culture and traditions. Our last day of expedition ends at
the Eloy Alfaro station with a short walk inside the property,
where our guides will make us discover the secrets of this
capital of Ecuador, the beautiful city of Quito, declared a
World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will welcome us at night.
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