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Ecuador Railway Tours
Train to the Clouds
Guayaquil to Quito | 4 days - 4 nights

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Train to the Clouds - Ecuador

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.

Departures 2019

  • 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, 2019
  • Saturday September 21, 2019
  • Saturday October 05, 2019
  • Saturday November 02, 2019
  • Saturday November 16, 2019
  • Saturday December 14, 2019

Itinerary 2019
4-Days/4-Nights itinerary - Saturday to Tuesday

Day-01 – Saturday
Durán – Yaguachi – Naranjito – Alausí (L,D)

Our 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.

The 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.

Our 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.

Our 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.

Ecuador Train to the Clouds - Duran – Yaguachi – Naranjito – Bucay

Day-02 – Sunday
Alausí – Devil´s Nose – Riobamba (B,L,D)

The 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 train.

Back 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.

Lunch will be served on board after a short bus ride.

Our 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.

The 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.

Ecuador Train to the Clouds - Bucay – Devil’s Nose – Alausi – Colta - Riobamba

Day-03 – Monday
Riobamba – La Moya – Urbina – Latacunga (B,L,D)

In 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 generations.

The 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.

The 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.

The final stop of the day will be the Latacunga station from where we can get to the different hotels in the
area.  Accommodation.

Ecuador Train to the Clouds - Riobamba – Urbina – Boliche – Quito

Day-04 – Tuesday
Latacunga – Cotopaxi National Park – Quito (B,L)

We 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.

The 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 patrimony.

The capital of Ecuador, the beautiful city of Quito, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will welcome us at night.  Accommodation.

Ecuador Train to the Clouds - Quito – Otavalo – San Roque – Andrade Marin – San Antonio de Ibarra – Quito

Extension to Train to the Clouds: Magical Otavalo

Map - Ecuador Train to the Clouds Route

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