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Tren Crucero Train Tour Along the Avenue of the Volcanoes
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Plaza in front of large building in Quito, Ecuador
Aerial view of chapel in Guayaquil
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Tren Crucero Train Tour Along the Avenue of the Volcanoes

Ride from Quito to Guayaquil on the Tren Crucero Railroad

7 Days / 6 Nights
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Summary

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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Tour Highlights

  • Quito City Tour

  • Tren Crucero

  • Devil's Nose Train

  • Chimborazo Volcano

  • Cotopaxi National Park

  • Guayaquil

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  • 6-Nights accommodations
  • All tours, transfers, trains and entrance fees
  • English-speaking guides
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Day 1Arrival in Quito

Plaza in front of large building in Quito, Ecuador

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.

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Day 2Quito Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World

Day 3Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Quito - Otavalo - Ibarra - Quito

Day 4Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Quito - Urbina

Day 5Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Riobamba - The Devil's Nose - Bucay

Day 6Tren Crucero Railway Journey: Bucay - Guayaquil

Day 7Departure from Guayaquil

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Prices vary according to several factors including: season, number of people traveling, shared vs private excursions, when you book and rooming arrangements. These are from prices based on low season.

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Superior+

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Superior

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  • Quito Patio Andaluz
Hotel
Standard

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Hotel
Luxury

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  • Quito Plaza Grande
Hotel
Superior+

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  • Quito Swissotel
Hotel
Superior

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  • Guayaquil Hampton Inn
  • Quito Patio Andaluz
Hotel
Standard

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