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

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,864
  • 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?


 

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,864

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Day 1

Quito - Otavalo - Quito

Make your way to the Swissotel in Quito (1820, Torre Boreal, Avenue 12 De Octubre N24-739, Quito 170143, Ecuador) arriving by 6:00AM. At 6:30AM you 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. Enroute you visit woodcarving workshops at San Antonio as well as visiting local food markets where you discover local traditional cuisine. Return to Quito where you spend the night.

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

Quito - Urbina

You will be transferred to the Chimbacalle train station in Quito where you will start the journey south along the Avenue of Volcanoes. If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train -most extinct or dormant for centuries, arriving to the Cotopaxi National Park. Explore Cotopaxi National Park which is one of the last places in Ecuador to see the magnificent Andean Condor flying overhead. Lunch at San Agustin del Callo Hacienda that features incredible Inca walls and is the furthest location that the Incan empire expanded to in the North form its capital in Cusco Peru.

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 - The Devil's Nose to Bucay

Depart early in the morning heading to Riobamba and the train station. The journey takes you to Colta, where the Spanish conquerors built their first settlement in Ecuador. We cross colorful quinoa fields painted in purples, yellows and reds, alternating with endemic species of flora and wildlife, indigenous settlements and the remains of ancient cultures. See the Balbanera Church, the oldest church in Ecuador before visiting Guamote market, one of the last indigenous markets in the Andes, before continuing south towards the mythical Devil's Nose pass. A vertiginous descent of 450 meters zigzag takes us from the Andean highlands down towards the coastal plains. The famous Devil's Nose is a stretch of track considered by engineers one of the most difficult to build and navigate in the world!

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

Bucay to Guayaquil

After breakfast, board the train for your last day of rail travel as you journey to Duran train station with a restored steam locomotive pulling you along. As you sit back and relive the glorious colonial past of rail travel watch Ecuadorian plantations of bananas, sugarcane and rice roll by the window. Upon arrival into Duran you will be met and transferred by bus to your hotel in Guayaquil where your tour ends. Arrival to Duran train station is at approximately 4:45PM where a complimentary shuttle is offered to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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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: 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Quito - Guayaquil

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 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

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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