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Train of Wonders

Quito – Guayaquil | 4 days/3 nights | Tuesday to Friday

Excursions, all meals, accommodation in double basis and transportation included during the journey.

 

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Train of Wonders

Quito – Guayaquil | 4 days/3 nights | Tuesday to Friday

Excursions, all meals, accommodation in double basis and transportation included during the journey.

 

 The journey starts in the Northern Andes. While we travel towards Otavalo, the highest peak in the equator might appear the snow-capped Cayambe volcano. The landscape changes constantly: from fertile green valleys to yellow dry forests as we continue to Otavalo and its millenary market. A restored steam engine awaits us at Otavalo train station. While we travel on board the train, many wonders await for us on each stop: skilled woodcarvers who keep alive the renowned Quiteña School style; a tasting of the rich Ecuadorian Gastronomy, and local traditions featured in weavers, musicians and healers. Next on our journey, we will descend 11,811 f.a.s.l. from the heights of the Andes to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, traveling along the famous “Avenue of Volcanoes”.

Here, the Andes split into two ranges that run to the south. The fertile valley trapped in between these imposing zone walls is home to a veritable treasure trove of biodiversity. Pristine landscapes, endemic species of wildlife and flora, indigenous cultures as well as archaeological and historical remains are scattered everywhere, guarded by magnificent volcanoes. The train leaves behind Cotopaxi volcano and National Park and slowly climbs across purple-tinged quinoa fields towards Urbina station, the highest point in on our route at 11,843 m.a.s.l.

There, protected by majestic, powerful Chimborazo volcano awaits Baltasar Ushca, the last “ice-harvester” and guardian of this ancestral trade. After a visit to Guamote traditional indigenous market, the mythical “Nariz del Diablo” pass awaits; a vertiginous descent of 1,476 m.a.s.l. that signals the transition from the Andes to the tropical lowlands.

The landscape changes as we leave the narrow gorge of the Chanchán River and its cloud forest and ride into the wide, fertile tropical plains. Rice, banana, cocoa, pineapple and sugar cane plantations pass before our eyes as the steam engine whistles its way towards the Pacific Coast and the end of our trip.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

 

DAY 01 Quito – Otavalo – San Antonio – San Roque – Ibarra

 

Check in at Swissôtel lobby from 06:30. At 07:30,

 

Departure with bus to Otavalo. The stretch Otavalo-Ibarra is operated with a steam locomotive across the northern valleys. We’ll visit woodcarving workshops at San Antonio and discover local traditional food in Andrade Marin and a show of local music and textile weaving at San Roque train station. Overnight in Quito.

 

DAY 02 Quito – Boliche – Ambato - Urbina

 

Journey across the Avenue of the Volcanoes, exploration Of Andean woods -an ecosystems from “el Boliche” area- in Cotopaxi National Park, amazing view of Yambo Lake and visit to Baltasar, the last ice-harvester in the Chimborazo slopes. Overnight in Riobamba

 

DAY 03 Riobamba – Colta – Guamote – Alausi – Devil´s Nose View point – Bucay

 

Riobamba – Colta with steam engine, visit to one of the very last Andean indigenous market: Guamote. Devil´s nose crossing and the impressive climatic transition while traveling from the Andes Mountain Range to the Pacific coast. Overnight in Bucay.

 

DAY 04 Bucay – Naranjito – Yaguachi – Duran (Guayaquil)

 

We will taste Cacao and chocolates at Naranjito in a Coast Hacienda. Yaguachi to Duran (Guayaquil) trip with the steam engine. Arrival to Duran train station at 16:45. Complimentary shuttle to selected hotels in Guayaquil.

 

PRICE PER PERSON, PER WAY IN AMERICAN DOLLARS, PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND AVAILABILITY

 

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