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Tren Crucero Train Tour Along the Avenue of the Volcanoes

Ride from Quito to Guayaquil on the Tren Crucero Railroad

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7 Days / 6 Nights

Ride from Quito to Guayaquil on the Tren Crucero Railroad

The Tren Crucero Railroad Line has 4 luxury carriages holding 54 passengers, and employs restored, century-old steam locomotives. The 453-kilometer route is made up of narrow-gauge line built at the turn of the 20th century, crossing the Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito to Guayaquil. Part of the journey includes the famous Devil's Nose switchbacks, while gaining 2,945 meters (9,662 feet) in altitude in just 56 kilometers (34 miles). This exciting Ecuador rail journey takes 4 days to complete, including time each day to explore the towns and national parks adjacent to the rail line. Each night, passengers stay at local hotels and haciendas. Full board is also included on the Tren Crucero. The highlight of the trip is the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where you can see 11 volcanoes, including the dominant Cotopaxi, an active volcano and one of the tallest in the world. Along the way, you can see chagras (cowboys) doing traditional cattle ranches, as well as condors, wild horses and llamas, and towns inhabited by Quechua-speaking indigenous people. We can also arrange this same train tour in the other direction, starting in Guayaquil and ending in Quito.

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This tour includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodations
  • All tours, transfers, and entrance fees
  • All trains
  • English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • Quito City Tour
  • Tren Crucero
  • Devil's Nose Train
  • Chimborazo Volcano
  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Guayaquil

Quito Ecuador City Architecture

Arrival in Quito

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Quito airport, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Check in and relax at the hotel tonight.

Ecuador Quito City Monument and Landscape

Quito Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World

Day 2

After breakfast in your Quito hotel, discover the city whose historical center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1978 with a city tour. Afterwards, take an excursion to the Middle of the World complex, where you will walk along the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Visit the Middle of the World monument, situated at 0º0'0" latitude. In the afternoon, you have the day free to explore on your own. Spend the night at the hotel and prepare for an exciting Ecuador train tour to start tomorrow.

Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Quito - Lasso

Day 3

This morning, your guide will take you from your hotel to the Chimbacalle train station in Quito. Board the Tren Crucero and begin the journey aboard one of the most thrilling railway journeys. The first stop is at El Boliche, located in Cotopaxi National Park. Your guide will take you on an excursion aboard a bus to see this incredible national park, including the active strato-volcano Cotopaxi, one of the tallest volcanoes in the world. The excursion also includes an enjoyable hiking trip to the Limpiopungo Lake, fed by glaciers. You may see a number of animals, including condors, Andean deer, and caracaras.

Moving on, head off to San Agustin del Callo Hacienda for a delicious lunch, featuring typical Ecuadorian cuisine. Built in 1695, the hacienda has original foundations and Inca walls, and was where the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt stayed in the early 19th century. In the afternoon, enjoy a community gathering in which the locals perform traditional folk dancing and music. Spend the night at the hacienda. You may even be able to see Cotopaxi's incredible peak from your hotel room!

Tren Crucero Traveling through South America

Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Lasso - Riobamba

Day 4

After breakfast at the hacienda, ride the bus to the Latacunga train station, and go aboard to continue the Tren Crucero journey southwards, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. En route, stop at a fair-trade rose plantation, and learn about one of Ecuador's most important exports - roses. Then continue on to Ambato, a delightful city known for its perennial warm weather. Have lunch in a colonial mansion, and enjoy views of the active Tungurahua Volcano.

In the afternoon, board the train and head to the highest train station in Ecuador, the Urbina station, located at 11,840 feet (3609 meters). Here you can see the Chimborazo ice-man in an exhibit featuring several skeletons and artifacts that were preserved in glaciers for centuries. You may also be able to spot the Chimborazo Volcano in the distance. Then continue on by bus to a local hotel for dinner and to spend the night.

Train Tour in Ecuador

Tren Crucero Railway Journey: The Devil's Nose

Day 5

After breakfast at the hotel, board the bus and go to the Riobamba train station, located very close to the Chimborazo volcano. Riobamba was once Ecuador's capital. Climb aboard and ride the train to Colta, where the first Christian church was built. Disembark for a brief visit and explore the 500-year-old Balbanera church. Then continue on to Guamote, a typical Andean village where Quechua-speaking indigenous folk sell high-quality handicrafts, produce, textiles, and more. This is one of the last authentic indigenous markets, where locals have been buying and selling products for the past several centuries. Also have lunch in Guamote.

Continue on by train to Alausi, another typical indigenous town. This afternoon's train route is the most thrilling part of the Tren Crucero - the Devil's Nose. The train will descend and zigzag over 535 meters in just 12 kilometers, a major engineering achievement that took several years to construct. Stop along the way for a brief rest and to enjoy the views of the Devil's Nose's deep canyons. The Devil's Nose route ends in Huigra train station, a small village between the mountains and the coastal plains. Have dinner and rest at a lodge.

Otavalo Market in South America

Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Bucay - Durán - Guayaquil

Day 6

Have breakfast at the lodge, and then take the bus back to the Huigra train station. Ride the train along the Chanchan River to Bucay, enjoying the different landscapes as we leave the Andes Mountains and head towards the coast. In Bucay, visit the Shuar community, which migrated many years ago from the Amazon basin, and which still continues many of its unique traditions. Take the bus to the San Rafael hacienda for lunch. In the afternoon, board the train once again and travel along the coastal plains, passing banana groves, sugarcane plantations, and rice patties, until you reach Duran. Upon arrival in Duran, your guide will transfer you by bus to your hotel in Guayaquil.

Guayas River in Ecuador

Departure from Guayaquil

Day 7

Wake up and gaze at the captivating Pacific Ocean before heading to the airport to continue your trip through Ecuador and the other countries in South America.


7 Days / 6 Nights

Ride from Quito to Guayaquil on the Tren Crucero Railroad

The Tren Crucero Railroad Line has 4 luxury carriages holding 54 passengers, and employs restored, century-old steam locomotives. The 453-kilometer route is made up of narrow-gauge line built at the turn of the 20th century, crossing the Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito to Guayaquil. Part of the journey includes the famous Devil's Nose switchbacks, while gaining 2,945 meters (9,662 feet) in altitude in just 56 kilometers (34 miles). This exciting Ecuador rail journey takes 4 days to complete, including time each day to explore the towns and national parks adjacent to the rail line. Each night, passengers stay at local hotels and haciendas. Full board is also included on the Tren Crucero. The highlight of the trip is the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where you can see 11 volcanoes, including the dominant Cotopaxi, an active volcano and one of the tallest in the world. Along the way, you can see chagras (cowboys) doing traditional cattle ranches, as well as condors, wild horses and llamas, and towns inhabited by Quechua-speaking indigenous people. We can also arrange this same train tour in the other direction, starting in Guayaquil and ending in Quito.

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Crucero Train along the Avenue of the Volcanoes YTC



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