4-Day Heritage Train Tour from Guayaquil to Quito
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Product Code: 4522-232069
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • In this journey on board Tren Crucero we climb 3600 meters in barely 450 km, experiencing one of the most dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery in the world.
  • • Quito, Cultural World Heritage by UNESCO, to continue to Otavalo, amidst the Northern Andes,
  • • Explore the quichua culture, skills and traditions and have lunch in a very singular hacienda, amidst export-class roses.
Tour Code
4522-232069
Duration
4 days
Departure City
Guayaquil
End City
Quito
Tour Type:
Train
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, Nature, Family

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Easy

Perfect for any fitness level

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Partly accessible

Tour has wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions for foldable wheelchairs

Itinerary
Day 01

Guayaquil – Yaguachi – Naranjito – Bucay

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

We'll depart from Guayaquil in the early morning, our heritage convoy pulled by a vintage steam engine. We'll switch trains in Yaguachi and continue across rice, sugar cane, banana and pineapple plantations to Naranjito.

Lunch is served in a traditional hacienda, where we will learn about the best cocoa bean in the world and taste home-made chocolate.

After a show featuring Montubio culture we continue our trip towards Bucay. If the day is clear, we will get tour first glimpse of the Andes in the distance.

Tips:
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. Don’t forget your camera!

Hotel Pick up is at 8:00am
Day 02
Riobamba

Bucay – Huigra – The Devil’s Nose – Alausí – Colta – Riobamba

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

As we travel along the canyon of river Chanchán the vegetation and temperature will change abruptly. The cloud forest clears out and the sparse vegetation of the highlands takes its place, while the stone walls of the Andes loom in the horizon.

The train makes a stop at Pistishi lookout, where we can get a good glimpse of the impressive feat of engineering ahead of us, before start the daunting climb of mythical Devil’s nose.

After a 450 meter climb in barely 12 kilometers of dizzying zig zag the train finally reaches the quaint village of Alausi, in the Andes.

We continue our journey to Riobamba, crossing colorful quinoa fields. In Colta we'll visit the indigenous community of Palacio Real, where we learn about llama breeding.

We'll arrive in Riobamba pulled by a powerful steam engine, with time to visit the Train Station Artisans’ Square before heading to our hotel.

Tips:
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. Don’t forget your camera!

Hotel Pick up is at 8:00am

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Quito

Riobamba – Urbina – Boliche – Quito

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

We'll depart for Urbina, the highest point in our itinerary at 3600m.a.s.l. There, in the eastern flanks of Chimborazo volcano awaits the last ice merchant to tell the tale of his ancestral trade.

Then we'll ride north along the Avenue of Volcanoes, the fertile valley sheltered between the two arms of the Andes mountain range. In clear days you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the comfort of your seat. In the skirts of Cotopaxi volcano we will explore a singular Andean forest trail before continuing our ride towards Quito.

Tips:
Wear layers, a jacket for cold weather and a light coat for the rain (coast). Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen with high SPF, repellent, sunglasses. Don’t forget your camera!

Hotel Pick up is at 8:00am
Day 04

Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Quito

Our journey continues to the Northern Andes. In Otavalo, home to a millenary market, we board the train, pulled by a lovingly restored steam engine.

During the day we will discover the culture, traditions, music, gastronomy, paintings and the antique skill of woodcarving, learned from the renowned masters of the Quito carving school, back in the XVIIth century.

After having lunch in a very singular hacienda, we head back to Quito.

Tips:
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. Don’t forget your camera!

Hotel Pick up is at 8:00am
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

    The program includes:
  • Transportation aboard Tren Crucero, all meals during the trip, snacks and soft drinks on board, guide in Spanish and English
  • Excursions according to the itinerary.
  • Transportation by bus/van during the program for excursions.
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy.
  • In the Guayaquil to Quito route, once the train has arrived at Eloy Alfaro Train Station (Quito), you will be transferred for overnight.

Package Excludes

  • Taxes.
  • Alcoholic beverages (Tren Crucero offers wine, beer and whiskey).
  • Meals and excursions not included in the program.
  • Air tickets.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities.
  • Transfers to hotels different from the ones listed here.
Special Notes
  • Guidance in languages other than Spanish and English as Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Japanese can be provided on request. It is subject to availability and applies an extra cost.
  • Day 4: Dinner is not included. Breakfast included for the next day.
  • Tour runs on specific days.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

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*Price is per person.

Reservation Info

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    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
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    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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