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Guayaquil to Quito Train Journey (and v.v.)

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 2,013
  • Experience Journey through the Avenue of the Volcanos on your Ecuador Tours.
  • Experience all the amenites of the train during your next Ecuador vacations.
  • Experience all the amenites of the train during your next Ecuador vacations.
  • Visit Guayaquil city centre on your Ecuador Vacation
  • Experience Plaza de la Independence at night on your next Ecuador Vacations

A picturesque rail journey through the Andes is the ultimate way to experience Ecuador.


In a bygone era, travelling by train was a way of life. Now it can be considered as a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Train travel now offers the ability to take in passing vistas while eating, reading or just relaxing.

Goway’s selection of great train journeys in South America vary from a simple day trip in Ushuaia to the a luxurious journey across the altiplano in Peru to the famed rail journey to Machu Picchu.

It’s easy to fly between Guayaquil and Quito, but a beautiful 4 day train trip is really the best way to see Ecuador. Traversing the famed ‘Devil’s Nose’ section of track, the journey is equally spectacular in either direction.

Quito was one of the first cities to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and remains one of the most impressive colonial towns in Latin America. Consider an extra day or two here to explore – and perhaps visit the equator, less than an hour away.

Pass through Cotopaxi National Park, an important home for many Andean creatures such as deer, wolves, endemic bears and gulls. You might even spot an Andean Condor, the world’s largest flying bird.

The onward journey takes you past the volcanoes and glaciers of this spectacular country. Depending on your direction, you’ll either ascend or descend the Devil’s Nose, a 12 kilometer stretch of track that climbs or descends over half a kilometer in height via a series of switchbacks. A masterpiece of engineering, this section of the track is by far its most famous. The journey between here and the coast is marked by tropical sugar, rice and banana plantations.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and a major commercial and transport hub. Galapagos cruise, anyone?


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,013

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Day 1

Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Lasso - Latacunga

Our first stop will be the Chimbacalle railway station in the south of Quito, a historic station that will open its doors to show us the history of the country's railways that began in 1908. Once on the train, we will cross the impressive "Avenue of the Volcanoes"; the term Alexander von Humboldt gave to this part of the Andes, where are more than 20 spectacular volcanoes can be seen, a few of which are still active. We now arrive at the railway system's second highest station, in Latacunga. Here we will disembark and begin our visit to a Rose plantation and learn why Ecuador has all the right characteristics to produce some of the best roses in the world. And they are spectacular.

After lunch we will continue our journey on to Cotopaxi National Park. Within the Park we can enjoy a moderate walk around the Limpiopungo lagoon, located at 12,600 feet, where we will be able to see the different types of fascinating plants and birds that have adapted to the high altitude. Nature photography will be part of our afternoon before arriving at an historic hacienda where we will spend the night in the timeless stillness of the Andes.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Swissotel

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    Hotel Swissotel



    Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotels, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito

    Swissotel Quito is one of the city's top five-star luxury hotels, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito

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Day 2

Latacunga - Urbina - Riobamba

Our train departs the next morning from Latacunga Station. We will cross the inter-Andean valley and later you will have a panoramic view of Yambo Lagoon. During the journey we will meet some colorful 'devils' from the village of Pillaro, close to Latacunga, who are part of a long Andean tradition known as the "Diablada Pillarena", now declared National Cultural Heritage. We will able to share this vibrant traditional performance with the 'Diablos' in the comfort of our train.

Urbina station, our next stop, is situated at 3,600 meters above sea level (11,000 feet) the highest point of our tour. Here we will meet Baltazar Ushca, the last ice cutter of Mt. Chimborazo who will share the secrets of this old and almost extinct tradition. There will be more opportunities to experience Andean community life when we arrive at Jatari and the Community of La Moya, where we will learn about the Quichua - Puruha cultures and their ancestral system of shared community work. We will be able to participate in some of the activities, and later share a table with them and have a chance to interact with members of this unique culture.

At the end of a day full of out of the ordinary experiences, our train will be waiting to take us to Riobamba, a unique colonial town with strong ties to both the country’s railroad development and the formation of country itself. This is where Ecuador's first constitution was signed in 1830. A short walk before sunset through this charming historic city, taking in the historical charm of the Artisal plaza, will provide a delightful end to our day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hosteria La Andaluza

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    Hosteria La Andaluza



    Set in a charming country estate featuring 2 restaurants and 2 bars, Hosteria La Andaluza offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TV in Riobamba. Breakfast is provided and BBQ. Volleyball and basketball courts are featured. Hosteria La Andaluza is 134.8 miles from Quito and ...

    Set in a charming country estate featuring 2 restaurants and 2 bars, Hosteria La Andaluza offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TV in Riobamba. Breakfast is provided and BBQ. Volleyball and basketball courts are featured.

    Hosteria La Andaluza is 134.8 miles from Quito and 144.8 miles from Guayaquil. Urbina Train Station is 5 miles away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fireplace
    • Flat Screen TV's
    • Games Room
    • Hairdryers
    • In Room Heater
    • Mini Bar
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Riobamba - Devil's Nose - Alausi

Early in the morning we will head to the historic Riobamba station, where a huge steam locomotive known as "The Black Monster" will be waiting to take us to the town of Colta, passing through colorful quinoa fields, picturesque villages and unique landscapes. Once in Colta, the steam locomotive will give way to a diesel-electric locomotive, and while the changeover is being made we will have the opportunity to visit the first church built in Ecuador, known as the 'Balbanera' whose construction began in 1534. Before we embark on our travels once again, there will be an opportunity to film the train with its steam locomotive before we leave it behind.

Our next stop is the Andean town of Guamote and its authentic Andean market, where people from several indigenous communities come to trade a myriad of products. This market has maintained its traditional spirit, and with luck we will be able to see how barter works between the merchants from many indigenous communities. A short bus ride takes us to Alausi, where an inspiring trip aboard a train will take us descending through the fearsome Nariz del Diablo, or Devil's Nose pass; this is an intricate switch-back track that allows the train to descend 511 meters (1,6756 ft.) in just 12 kilometers of railway. Considered an engineering marvel in its day, this ride is still spectacular.

We then return to Alausi, an evening walk through the streets of this town nestled in a spectacular spot amongst the area's jagged mountain peaks, will give us a feeling of travelling back in time.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hosteria D'Franco

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    Hosteria D'Franco



    Offering a garden, Hosteria D'Franco offers accommodation in Bucay. Free WiFi is provided . Hosteria D'Franco also includes a year-round outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. You can play tennis, table tennis and billiards at the property, and car hire is available. A ...

    Offering a garden, Hosteria D'Franco offers accommodation in Bucay. Free WiFi is provided .

    Hosteria D'Franco also includes a year-round outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

    You can play tennis, table tennis and billiards at the property, and car hire is available. A number of activities are offered in the area, such as fishing and hiking. Mariscal Lamar International Airport is 47.8 miles away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Billiard
    • Car Rental Available
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis

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Day 4

Alausi - Naranjito - Yaguachi - Duran

Today we will leave with the first sun rays for a spectacular journey by bus down through the dramatic Andean foothills to the lush agricultural plains of the Pacific coast. During this trip we will be able to see the dramatic climatic and geographical changes that mark the transition between coast and mountains. We will visit at a traditional, refined hacienda on the coast where we will take a tour though one of its plantations and learn about the sowing and harvesting of Ecuadorian cacao, considered the best in the world. For lunch we will be able to sample the delicious high class food the hacienda prides itself on.

Our next destination is Naranjito where we will board the train to Yaguachi, the Ecuadorian railway system's the first station. A historic restored Baldwin steam locomotive will now take us on the final leg of our journey full of wonderful landscapes and cultural experiences. We arrive at Duran station before sunset.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

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    Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil



    Oro Verde Hotel Guayaquil is located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city and only eight minutes from the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport. The hotel offers 230 luxury rooms, three restaurants, a bar, delicatessen, room service, a luxurious Club Floor, ...

    Oro Verde Hotel Guayaquil is located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city and only eight minutes from the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport. The hotel offers 230 luxury rooms, three restaurants, a bar, delicatessen, room service, a luxurious Club Floor, swimming pool, fitness and business center, casino and shops. Oro Verde Guayaquil is equipped with excellent event, convention and banquet facilities to cover social meetings of up to 1,200 people.

    Facilities

    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 5

Onward Travel

Today after breakfast continue your travels in Ecuador.

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DEPARTURES: 

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Quito - Guayaquil

2018: Nov 6, 27; Dec 11
2019: Jan 8, 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 2, 16; May 28; Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Guayaquil - Quito

2018: Nov 10; Dec 1, 15
2019: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; Jun 15; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Transfer to hotel in Quito
  • Meals and touring as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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