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Latin America: Rail Travel Ideas


  • End of the world train, Ushuaia
  • Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu
  • Train from the Andes to the lowlands, Ecuador
  • Devils nose switch backs

Rail travel in South America is surprsingly easy easy with a great choice of options. Connect Cusco to Puno in the Peruvian high plains, or journey to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the only overnight train in South America when travelling from Arequipa to either Lake Titicaca or Cusco. You can travel from Quito Ecuador in the Andes down to the warm lowlands and at one point, be carried by a vintage steam locomotive. Below are some ideas to consider. Let us help you make the right choices.

Rail Travel Ideas

  • Explore Ecuador by land and rail: Quito to Quito

    Ride one of the world’s iconic trains on this adventure through the mountains between Quito and Guayaquil. On this Ecuador vacation, you’ll pass through the volcanic landscape around Antisana and the indigenous centre of Riobamba before riding the Devil’s Nose, a remarkable switchback railroad that rapidly descends the almost-perpendicular heights of the Andes Mountains.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,340
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Guayaquil to Quito Train Journey (and v.v.)

    A picturesque rail journey through the Andes is the ultimate way to experience Ecuador.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,864
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Machu Picchu by Train

    Journey in comfort by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”. The ruins found there are some of the most famous and most beautiful ancient sites in the world.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 961
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Panama Transcontinental Train

    The historic Panama Canal Railway offers an unforgettable experience with spectacular views of the landscape at the heart of the Panama Canal Watershed. Recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush and enjoy the spectacular landscape at the heart of the Panama Canal Watershed from the comfort of your train cabin. The huge panoramic train windows allow you to see breathtaking views as you weave in and out of lush tropical rainforest along the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Railway offers an unforgettable experience on the first railroad to join the two oceans. The train can be taken in the morning from Panama City or in the evening from Colon, EcoCircuitos highly recommends taking the train in the morning, as it offers incredible views of mystic morning fog lifting off the rainforest and the chance of combining this unique experience with other day tour options in the Colon Province, like the Fort San Lorenzo and the colonial town of Portobelo.
    Duration:
    1 Hour
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips, Rail Travel Ideas
    Panama See Trip Details
  • Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Andean Plains & Islands Train Journey

    Tour Peru’s most scenic regions, enjoying the opulence of the country’s first luxury sleeper train. Set out from the white city of Arequipa, taking in Lake Titicaca before disembarking in historic Cusco.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,592
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Peruvian Highlands Train Journey

    Tour Peru’s most scenic regions, enjoying the opulence of the country’s first luxury sleeper train. Set out from Cusco, taking in Lake Titicaca before disembarking in the white city of Arequipa.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,747
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Spirit of the Andes Train Journey

    From Lake Titicaca to the heart of Incan civilisation, the Belmond lets passengers arrive in style.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 650
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Peru Belmond Andean Explorer: Spirit of the Waters Train Journey

    From the heart of Incan civilisation to Lake Titicaca, the Belmond lets passengers arrive in style.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 733
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Ushuaia: End of the World Train Half Day Tour

    The End of the World Train ride is the world's southernmost train. Built on the backs of the convicts who were imprisoned in Ushuaia, it is a testament to the fortitude of the cities very first, though indentured, citizens.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips, Rail Travel Ideas
    Argentina See Trip Details
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