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

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,881
  • 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 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,881

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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. During the journey on a restored steam locomotive, you will pass through typical coast plantations (banana, sugarcane and rice) on your way to Bucay. Once at Bucay train station you head to the San Rafael ranch for lunch with the opportunity to hike or horseback ride.

After lunch, explore a Shuar community whose inhabitants migrated many years ago from the Amazon basin to the coast. The community will share their ancestral customs and traditions. Overnight and dinner in Bucay.

Meal Plan 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 2

Bucay to 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.

Continue to Riobamba and overnight and dinner at Abraspungo Hacienda.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hacienda Abraspungo

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    Hacienda Abraspungo



    The Hacienda Abraspungo is located at 2,754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. The architectural ...

    The Hacienda Abraspungo is located at 2,754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. The architectural style offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador. Abraspungo offers 42 comfortable rooms which incorporate modern interior design elements within the framework of traditional, colonial architecture.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

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Day 3

Riobamba to 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 where you will overnight in the Swissotel. BLD

Meal Plan Breakfast, 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 4

Quito - Ibarra - 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. Enroute you visit woodcarving workshops at San Antonio as well as visiting local food markets where you discover local traditional cuisine. Return to Quito and the Swissotel at approximately 6:00PM where your journey ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES: 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Quito - Guayaquil

2017: Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; 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: Aug 5, 19; Sep 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 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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