5 DAY TRAIN OF WONDERS
TRAIN OF WONDERS
Quito – Guayaquil | 5 days – 4 nights
On this amazing journey the Train of Wonders you will cross through Ecuador and see the beautiful landscapes and panoramas that the country has to offer. You will start in Quito, go to the northern Highlands and visit the pittoresque villages Otavalo and Ibarra. On the colorful Otavalo market you will have the chance to visit traditional cultures, handcrafts, and modern export-class rose plantations. The second day the train will change his direction towards the south. You will continue your way through the Highlands of Ecuador and cross the impressive avenue of volcanoes as Alexander Von Humboldt used to call it. The route continue his way through the inter-Andean alley of Ecuador with its stunning views and landscapes that seem to be untouched by human society. From the comfort of the train cars you will pass 20 volcanoes, where most of them are dormant or extinct for centuries. While going through this impressive avenue, there will be a stop at the highest peak of Ecuador the mount Chimborazo, where you will have the chance to visit this legendary volcano. The next part of the trayect is The Mythical “Devil’s Nose”, this famous train pass awaits you with its vertiginous zig-zag route, then you will go through part of the Ecuadorian rainforest, before reaching the beautiful coastline of Guayaquil the train crosses the rice, sugar cane, pineapple and banana plantations of the Guayas province.
The train can only be booked on Tuesdays, the availability of the departure dates can be found on the bottom of this webpage. It is also possible to take this train from Guayaquil, the departure is on Saturday every 2 weeks.
With this tour we are implementing a model of social co-responsibility in the operations. Here, the local communities and their cultural and natural heritage are at the center of the journey. This in contrary with traditional model of luxury train rides which isolate you from the places you cross.
Day 1 – Tuesday
Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito (L,D):
The departure time will be on Tuesday morning at 6.30 before the Swissôtel and will take you to the Chimbacalle Train Station. The train journey begins going up north to the Ecuadorian Highlands and within 1,5 hour the Otavalo market will be reached. This is the biggest, indigenous market of Ecuador, which is known for its colorful fabrics. On this market you will discover the hidden wonders of the valley of Otavalo with its musicians, painters, weavers and the skillful woodcarvers who keep the old traditions alive. After visiting the millenary market, the journey will continue with the restored steam engine and with a slow pace you will have the time to behold the beautiful landscapes of the northern part of Ecuador. After enjoying this train ride you will be introduced to the traditional Andean cuisine, visit the special export-class rose plantation and on the end of the day you will go back to Quito.
Accommodation at Swissôtel in Quito.
Day 2 – Wednesday
Quito – Urbina (B, L, D):
Also the departure time for the second day will be at 06:30 in front of the Swissôtel and will go to the Chimbacalle station in Quito. The train will change his direction to the south and will make its way along the Avenue of Volcanoes. On a sunny day you will be able to spot the twenty volcanoes, while enjoying the train ride. Most of the volcanoes are extinct or dormant for centuries.
In the avenue of Volcanoes the Andes range splits into two arms, that run parallel to the south. The train will go through this fertile valley, which is rich in his biodiversity. The vegetation and landscape will gradually change as the train slowly climbs into the Andean Highlands. The train will stop at Urbina the highest point of the journey at the foot of mount Chimborazo, which is 11,800 feet above sea level. There you will meet an ice-merchant and learn the story behind this ancestral trade.
Accommodation night at Hostería Andaluza or Hacienda Abraspungo in Riobamba.
Day 3 – Thursday
Riobamba – The Devil’s Nose – Bucay (B, L, D):
Departing from Riobamba the journey will take us towards Colta, in this place the Spanish conquerors built their first settlements in Ecuador. This region is marked by the colorful panorama painted in purple, yellow and red quinoa fields, rich with endemic species of flora and fauna, impressive wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures.
The Guamote market will be visited, one of the last indigenous markets in the Andes, afterwards the market you will go southwards and reach the famous Devil’s Nose. This mythical mountain pass has a vertiginous descent of 450 metres zig zag takes, which goes to the Andean highlands down towards the coastal plains of Ecuador. After the descent the track continues along the Chanchán river, it will cross an impressive cloud forest and the day will be end ed in Bucay.
Accommodation at Hostería D’Franco in Bucay.
Day 4 – Friday
Bucay – Guayaquil (B, L):
On the last day of the journey the tropical rainforest will be left behind and the train moves forward to its destination by going though rice, sugar cane, pineapple and banana plantations. The lunch will be taken at a traditional hacienda, where you will be visiting cocoa fields and experience the growing and harvesting process of this fascinating bean. Afterwards the steam engine will continue its way through the plantations towards the coastline of Guayaquil, where the journey will come to his end after having crossed the breathtaking landscapes and panoramas of Ecuador.
The arrival at the Duran station is 30 minutes away from Guayaquil and there will be a transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil.
Accommodation at Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil.
Day 5 – Saturday
The day before the Train of Wonders came to end, after the breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore Guayaquil and continue your journey through Ecuador. If you need to go to the airport, there is a free airport shuttle service.
*It is also possible to take the route GUAYAQUIL – QUITO instead of QUITO- GUAYAQUIL. The itinerary is almost the same but in opposite sequence and you will start on a Saturday. Price and inclusions are the same.
Accommodation 4 nights in double private rooms at high class hotels
All meals included: 4x Breakfast, 4x Lunch (lunch box on outdoors activities), 3x Dinner
Snacks and Soft drinks on board are included (excl. alcoholic drinks)
English and Spanish speaking guide
Transportation by train, bus and van during program
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Extra food and drinks
Optional tips for the guide
Alcoholic beverages (Tren Crucero offers wine, beer and whiskey)
5 days/4 nights Standard $1.735,00 p.p. based on 2 guests
5 days/4 nights Standard $2.082,00 p.p. single traveler fee
5 days/4 nights Standard Child (under 12 years) $1.560,00
5 days/4 nights Gold $2.322,00 p.p. based on 2 guests
5 days/4 nights Gold $2.722,00 p.p. single traveler fee
* For children under 12 years old we can offer a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
This Andean Train tour is Fixed Group Tour. This means you have the same group and tour leader during your whole tour.
OPEN DEPARTURES 2018
January: 16, 30
February: 13, 27
April: 10, 24
June: 5, 19
July: 3, 17, 31
August: 14, 28
September: 11, 25
October: 9, 23
November: 6, 27
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- Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the customers so they can create the perfect holiday;
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*Clothing: Wear layers; a jacket for cold weather and a light coat for the rain (coast). Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen with high SPF, repellant, sunglasses.
*Altitude & Temperature: It ranges from 80 to 3,610 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14 ° to 35 °C.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.