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Quito and Tren Crucero Ecuador

Package Overview

Tren Crucero is a stunning vintage railroad transportation that will take you on an exceptional trip through different times and places of Ecuadorian history. The train is comprised of four coaches with different characteristics which reflect the history and culture of the country.

Upon your arrival, our crew of tourism professionals will receive you with a warm welcome, guide you to the carriage of your choice and will accompany you throughout the trip, offering you the best attention and service.

Your accommodations have been carefully chosen to provide you with the comfort, care and relaxation that you require on this exquisite journey.

The landscapes, the beauty of the volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, the picturesque colors of the coast and the astonishing lines of the valleys, the equatorial sunshine, and the kindness of its people, make this the experience of a lifetime.

Ride along with us and enjoy this magical journey.

Agent Commission Starting At: $231.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2315.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, you will be greeted by our helpful guide. The guide will serve as a translator, help with luggage, and assist with the private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast, the tour will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza.

Around midday the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch.

After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel.

Day 3

We depart from the Chimbacalle train station in Quito at 8:00 am on board the Tren Crucero. We start our trip traveling on board the train to our next stop, which is the station located in El Boliche Recreational Area. We disembark from the train and will take the bus to go to the Cotopaxi National Park. There we will do a short hike in the slopes of the volcano to enjoy the landscapes, the flora and fauna. Then we continue our trip and will visit hacienda San Agustín del Callo for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will go to the train station in Lasso to be part of a traditional festivity.

Day 4

After breakfast we will go by bus to Latacunga train station to board the train and continue our journey to the south. On the way we will stop to visit a rose plantation, where we can learn about the growing, harvesting and post-harvest processes of the roses. Next, we continue on the train to the city of Ambato where we will enjoy lunch at the hotel Roka Plaza, located in a patrimonial house. After lunch we continue on board the train to the Urbina station which is located at 11,840 feet above sea level (3,609 msnm.). This is the highest train station in the country; here we visit the Interpretation Center or the Ice Men and enjoy the beauty of the landscape at the slopes of Chimborazo, the highest volcano in Ecuador.

After this visit we will go by bus to hostería Abraspungo where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 5

Early in the morning we leave the hotel to go to the Riobamba train station. Here we will take the train with the steam locomotive and will continue to Colta to visit the Balbanera church, which is the first church built in Ecuador. Then we continue our journey by train to Guamote, where we will visit the main attractions of the city and the indigenous market, which is one of the largest and most important in the country.

After this visit we will have lunch at the train station, then travel to the train station in Alausí and after a short stop, we will continue our journey through the Devils Nose. We will stop for a few minutes at the viewpoint to appreciate this important engineering work and to understand why it is called the most difficult railway in the world. We continue by train to Bucay; on the way we will see the climatic transition between the Sierra and the Coast.

Day 6

After breakfast, we will take a short walk in the forest near to the hotel, where we can appreciate some of the flora and fauna typical of the coast, and we will also visit some of the plantations of the coastal region. Next we will go to the Shuar community, which, despite migrating many years ago from the Amazon to the Coast, they continue to keep their customs and traditions. After these visits, we will go to the ranch San Rafael for lunch; afterwards we will board the train to go to the Durán train station. On the way we will pass through typical coastal plantations such as bananas, sugarcane, and rice, and we will travel using the steam locomotive.

We end our four day journey with a transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 7

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport for your international flight back home.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours and described in itinerary

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Domestic air
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change
  • Subject to Availability
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Quito City
  • Alameda Park
  • Basilica
  • Monument at the Middle of the World
  • Chimborazo volcano
  • Shuar community
  • San Rafael ranch
  • Equatorial line