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

Duration
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,864
  • Journey through the Avenue of the Volcanos
  • On board accommodation
  • Stunning vistas
  • Guayaquil city centre
  • Plaza de la Independence at night, Ecuador

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
4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,864

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Day 1

Guayaquil to Bucay

Transfer from your Guayaquil hotel to Eloy Alfaro train station (not included) in Duran to arrive by 8:00 am. Here, you board the Tren Crucero, a heritage train pulled by a vintage steam engine. You will switch engines 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 of 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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 2

Bucay - The Devil's Nose - Colta - Riobamba

After breakfast, travel by bus to Bucay train station. Todays journey is the start of the ascent into the Andean mountain range. On the way, you will witness the transition between coastal and highland weather and climate. A short stop is made at Sibambe viewpoint to take in the achievement that led engineers to call this section of track as the most difficult to construct in the world. The journey will continue to the famous Devil's Nose switchback where the train will perform one of many zigzag manoeuvres in order to climb to 535 meters of altitude.

Continue the journey by train to Guamote, where lunch is at the train station before visiting the city and Inti Sisa, a nonprofit foundation that organizes workshops in Guamote, a small Andean village at 3,056 meters. Guamote was a major train supply station where train traffic has had a major influence in the way the indigenous people of the area lived. Inti Sisa joins the local development plan of Guamote that consists of seven strategic areas, amongst them education and tourism.

After lunch, continue the journey across fascinating Andean landscapes to the Colta community. There will be a short stop at Balbanera Church. Originally constructed in the 16th century, it was the first Christian church constructed in South America by the Spaniards.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 - Urbina - Boliche - Quito

After breakfast, travel by bus to Urbina. Urbina station is located at 11,840 feet above sea level (3,609 m), the highest train station in the country. It is home to the last ice-trader who will kindly share with you his craft. He climbs the slopes of the Chimborazo Volcano daily to dig up ice from the glacier to sell at the station.

Continue to Ambato and enjoy the city warm weather. Lunch will be served at Roka Plaza Hotel, an ancient colonial house. If weather conditions permit, you will have, from a safe distance, an impressive view of Tungurahua Volcano, which is still active and occasionally offers nature's most impressive sights - an eruption!

Continue by train from Cunchibamba to Latacunga train station then board a bus to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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 4

Quito - Otavalo - Quito

Depart by bus to Otavalo. On arrival into Otavalo you board the Steam locomotive that will take you through the picturesque Northern Valleys of Ecuador. En route you visit woodcarving workshops at San Antonio as well as visiting local food markets where you discover local traditional cuisine. After having lunch in a very singular hacienda, you head back to your last night in Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Onward Travel

Depart by bus to Otavalo. On arrival into Otavalo you board the Steam locomotive that will take you through the picturesque Northern Valleys of Ecuador. En route you visit woodcarving workshops at San Antonio as well as visiting local food markets where you discover local traditional cuisine. After having lunch in a very singular hacienda, you head back to your last night in Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Quito - Guayaquil

2017: Dec 5, 19

2018: Jan 2, 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13, 27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; 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



4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Guayaquil - Quito

2017: Nov 25; Dec 9, 27

2018: Jan 6; Feb 3, 17; Mar 17, 31; Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7;  Aug 4, 18; Sept 1, 15; Oct 13, 27; 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:

  • 3 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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