Why not try a different way to explore the beautiful country of Ecuador? On a four-day tour with the unique Tren Crucero you can travel from Quito in the highlands to Guayaquil on the coast. You will cross the amazing Avenue of the Volcanoes and can meet Andean and coastal indigenous communities. The tour is about 280 miles long and takes you from an altitude of about 9,500 ft to sea level. The Tren Crucero offers a unique luxury experience. During the day you travel in the wonderfully restored train, and the nights you spend in different hotels and haciendas.
It’s also possible to travel the other way, from Guayaquil to Quito, on the Tren Crucero.
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The journey begins at the Chimbacalle station. A historic station that is considered one of Quito’s 7 Cultural Material Patrimonial treasures. With the tren Crucero you will cross the impressive Avenue of the Volcanoes. Thus, you will arrive at the second highest station of the Ecuadorian railway system. From there you will visit a flower farm and learn about the production process of some of the best roses in the world. You will continue the journey to the hacienda San Agustín del Callo. Here you will have lunch and learn about the history of the place. It combines some of Ican, colonial and republican architecture. Afterwards you will go up to the Cotopaxi National Park with a touristic bus. Enjoy a walk around the Limpiopungo lagoon. Hence, you will find different varieties of plants and birds. Natural photography will be part of this afternoon before arriving at the historical hacienda.
Hotel: Historical Hacienda
Meals included: Lunch Dinner
You will continue by bus to Latacunga and the next station Ambato. Enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape. See the mountains and plantations of typical Andean field crops. Here you will be approached by colorful devils from Pillaro village. This approach is a part of a long Andean tradition known as the “Diablada Pillareña”. Notably this city is declared national heritage. Later you will arrive to Urbina station, the highest point of the visit (3609 meters above sea level). There you will be received by Baltazar Ushca. He is the last ice merchant of the Chimborazo. Have a look at his secrets of his old and almost extinct tradition. Continue to Jatari and the Community of La Moya. A great place to learn about the Quichua – a Puruha culture. Later on you will go to Riobamba, a unique historical town. Spend the night in a tranquil local hacienda with exquisite gastronomy.
Hotel: Traditional Hacienda
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We are collected from our hotels by coach and return to Riobamba train station. Riobamba is a city surrounded by four active volcanoes and it is known as the “Queen of the Andes”. We then board Tren Crucero, pulled by steam locomotive, and travel across stunning Andean landscapes to Colta. There we have a short stop to visit Balbanera church. It is the first landmark Christianity made upon its arrival to these lands. Returning to the train, we then depart to Guamote and explore its famous indigenous market. This is one of the last authentic markets in the Ecuadorian Andes. Also, a traditional lunch will be served at the station. In the afternoon, we depart by train to Alausí train station travelling across fascination natural geological formations. Once there, we will start our descent by train down to the famous Devil’s Nose. From there on the train has to perform zigzag maneuvers all along. In order to descent 200 meters of altitude whilst travelling across 3 kilometers of rail. We then make a short stop at a viewpoint to observe and photograph this magnificent engineering achievement. It is known as the most difficult railway project in the world. We continue by train to Huigra, a small village located between the Andes and the coast lands. Then we move down to the Bucay Station. There we witness the transition from the Andes to the Ecuadorian coastal plain with its rich soil and lush vegetation. Once in Bucay, we go by coach to El Limonar, to visit the Shuar community. The Shuar migrated here some 70 years ago travelling from the Amazon basin to the coast. Here they will share their ancestral customs and traditions with us.
We then continue by coach to San Rafael Ranch for lunch. Also we will have a visit to a commercial cacao plantation. After we will return to Bucay where you will stay for the night in the Hostería D’Franco.
Hotel: in Alausi
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will take our bus with the first sun rays towards Huigra. In Huigra you will get to know the former train company. You will arrive at the traditional hacienda La Danesa in the Coast region of Ecuador. Here we will take a tour inside one of the plantations and learn about the sowing and harvesting of Ecuadorian cacao. Besides, it is considered the best cocoa bean in the world. Lunch will be served at the hacienda and you will enjoy a local cuisine. Our next destination will be Naranjito. From there we will drive to Yaguachi. The first station built for the Ecuadorian railway system. There, a Baldwin steam locomotive awaits you to lead the train to its final destination. You arrive to Duran before sunset and from there a bus takes you to your accommodation in Guayaquil.
Hotel: in Guayaquil
Meals included: Breakfast
$ 1400,- p.p.
in US Dollar
*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.
*Price based on double occupancy.
Let us introduce you to the Andes Experience. As you know SOLEQ stands for sustainability. Therefore, look at the pillars of sustainable tourism. For instance, the environmentally friendly practices reduce, reuse and recycle. Further there is the need to protect the cultural and natural heritage. In fact, it concludes restoring historic buildings and saving endangered races. Also it is needed to provide social and economic benefits for local communities. Like supporting fair wages. As an ecological-concerned company, we tried to combine those pillars for offering an sustainable itinerary for the Andes Experience. You will stay in restored hotels or with local families. Besides that, you will get the chance to enjoy the eco-friendliest activities. Furthermore, you are going to travel with the “Tren de la Libertad” and visit the Otavalo market. Moreover, you will be fascinated by the diversity in the cloud forest and by the Amazon Rainforest.
To see and experience the numerous facets of Ecuador at your own pace can be a true gift! A journey through Ecuador with a rental car allows you to stop in the small villages, at stunning waterfalls and great view points along your path. The journey leads you through the Andes, past vast landscapes, historical ruins, hot springs and the Amazon with stays in old towns, which are protected by UNESCO. Explore the diversity of Ecuador comfortably in a rental car!
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Travel Ecuador in style! During this Ecuador luxury tour you certainly get to know the country’s most beautiful places. Due to a great combination of city sightseeing and natural beauty. Further you will visit the domestic markets and explore Quito’s historic center. Moreover you will enjoy the activities in the unique cloud forest. Most notably each hotel of your trip is special. From an historic hacienda to the unique Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest.
The Ecuador luxury tour combines perfectly with one of our Galapagos Luxury cruises.
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Single supplement fee: USD $390,-p.p.
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