The Cruise Train is a magnificent trip, taking you on a tour of Ecuadorian history and culture, from the Andean highlands to the Coastal plains. The four-coach train has been designed to provide comfort and ease. Our cordial crew will be attentive to your every need, guiding you along the journey with a service par excellence.

Accommodation is provided in carefully selected historic residences located along the route. During our daily excursions you will be able to enjoy breathtaking scenery, the whisper of volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, the cheerful and colorful Coastal mosaic, the brilliance of the equatorial sun and the warmth of the Ecuadorian people.

Join us and enjoy this magical journey!!

Quito – Guayaquil (Tue – Fri) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Tuesday
Chimbacalle – Cotopaxi – Lasso

The tour begins at 08:00, leaving Chimbacalle station aboard a traditional excursion train (coach). We travel towards Cotopaxi station close to the Cotopaxi National Park, where we will arrive on a bus. Taking a walk around Limpiopungo, a glacial lake located at in the folds of the volcano, we’re surrounded by typical Andean landscapes. The National Park is home to Andean flora and fauna: Andean gulls, caracaras, white-tailed deer, the moor wolf and the Andean condor. The páramo is the highlight of the day, together with the splendid Cotopaxi volcano, an almost perfect cone rising to 5,897 meters.

Our journey continues to the San Agustin de Callo hacienda where lunch is a specialty of the new Ecuadorian cuisine accompanied by a performance by the local community’s dancers. The ruins of this estate are an example of Inca architecture. Before the colonial period the building was an Inca palace.

After exploring the Hacienda, we return to Cotopaxi station to take the Cruise Train to Lasso from where we take a bus to the hotel.

Overnight stay La Ciénega, Hato Verde or Rumipamba de las Rosas (Depending on availability).
(- /Lunch / Dinner)

Day 2: Wednesday
Lasso – Latacunga – Cunchibamba – Ambato – Cevallos – Urbina – Riobamba

After breakfast, we depart for Latacunga station to board the Cruise Train and continue our journey south. The day’s itinerary includes a visit to a flower plantation to learn more about Ecuador’s world-renowned roses.

The train then takes us to Ambato where we enjoy lunch at the Roka Plaza hotel, a converted heritage-style house. If weather conditions permit, you may witnesses – at a safe distance – a volcanic eruption of the majestic Tungurahua.

After lunch, the train travels on towards Urbina station, located at 3,609 meters above sea level. Here you will meet a very special person, Baltazar Ushca, the last ice-collector of the Chimborazo volcano.
Weather permitting, Chimborazo may provide a spectacular sight from the station.

After this visit, the train takes us to Riobamba station from where a bus transfers us to our hotel and dinner, either at Abraspungo or La Andaluza hotel(Depending on availability).
(Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner)

Day 3: Thursday
Riobamba – Colta – Guamote – Alausí – Sibambe – Bucay

In the morning, we depart by bus to Riobamba station. The town is surrounded by five volcanoes and is known as the “Sultan of the Andes”. From there, we continue by train, this time driven by a steam locomotive through the Andean landscapes to Colta Station.

A stop provides time to visit the church of Balbanera whose walls, dating back almost 500 years, provide the first evidence of the arrival of Christianity in Ecuador.
Back on the train, we travel on to Guamote where the Indian market is waiting to be explored. Lunch is taken on board the train.

In the afternoon, the train continues its journey to the station of Alausí, following curious geological formations before beginning the descent down the emblematic “Devil’s Nose”. Zig-zagging its way down the mountainside, the trains drops 200 meters in just 3 kilometers. A short break at a viewpoint enables us to appreciate the magnitude of this engineering feat that has earned the Ecuadorian rail system the “world’s most difficult” tag

We continue by train to Bucay, the gateway to the Coastal plains. Dinner and accommodation are provided in the D’Franco lodge in this pleasant and temperate area.
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4: Friday
Bucay – Yaguachi – Duran

After breakfast, we depart by train from Bucay station en route for San Rafael station.
Our journey then continues by bus to the Shuar community that migrated to the Pacific Coast from the Amazon basin more than 70 years ago. The Shuar share their traditions with us with a demonstration of dances, crafts and cuisine.
We take a bus to the San Rafael hacienda where we have lunch and visit a cocoa plantation to learn about the history of this grain.

After this visit, we take the train to our final destination, Durán station, with a short stop at Yaguachi station to switch from a diesel electric locomotive a steam-driven engine.
The train weaves its way through plantations of banana, pineapple, mango, sugar cane as well as rice paddies, marking its trail with clouds of billowing steam.

The trip ends upon arrival at Durán station. Transport is provided to take you to Guayaquil’s main hotels (Hilton Colón, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Wyndham, Gran Hotel Guayaquil and Sonesta.
(Breakfast/Lunch/-)

Guayaquil – Quito (Sun – Wed) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Sunday
Durán – Yaguachi – Bucay

Leave Eloy Alfaro station in Duran at 08:30. A steam locomotive drives the train to the next station, Yaguachi, traveling through banana, sugar cane, mango, pineapple and plantations as well as rice paddies along Ecuador’s coastal plain.The journey continues with a diesel electric locomotive to Bucay station.

Then, by bus, we continue to the San Rafael hacienda where you will enjoy lunch and visit a cocoa plantation.

Our next stop is in the Río Limón sector to visit a Shuar community that migrated to the coast 70 years ago from the Amazon basin. Here, we enjoy a demonstration of ancient traditions and customs.
Dinner and overnight stay at the D’Franco lodge in Bucay. (-/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 2: Monday
Bucay – Huigra – Sibambe – Alausí – Guamote – Colta – Riobamba

After breakfast, we continue towards Bucay station where we begin our ascent into the mountains. Emerging from the coastal lowlands to the high Andean plateau, you will be witness to a fascinating climate change.

The next stop is the Sibambe viewpoint to observe “The Devil’s Nose”, an engineering feat dating back to the last century. As the train zig-zags its way up 200 meters in just 3 kilometers you will understand why the Ecuadorian railway is known as the most difficult in the world. The train arrives in Guamote where we take lunch in the station of the same name. Our trip continues with a visit to the Inti Sisa project that provides support to the local development of Guamote through training workshops for education and community tourism.

In the afternoon, we depart on board the train to Colta where the crew will switch locomotives and you’ll be able to enjoy the whistle of a steam locomotive as we move on to Riobamba. We pause at the Balbanera church, the first evidence of the arrival of Christianity in this land nearly 500 years ago. Dinner and accommodation in the Abraspungo or Andaluza lodges. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3: Tuesday
Riobamba – Urbina – Cevallos – Ambato – Cunchibamba – Latacunga – Lasso

After breakfast, we transfer by bus to Riobamba station to board the Cruise Train at Urbina Station, located 3,609 meters above sea level. Urbina is the country’s highest station and here you’ll meet Ecuador’s last “ice-gather”, Ushca Baltazar, who will share his experiences on extracting ice from the slopes of the Chimborazo volcano.

We then take the train to Ambato for lunch at the Roka Plaza hotel, an old colonial house.

Weather permitting, we may be able to enjoy – at a safe distance – a beautiful view of the still active Tungurahua volcano, which offers one of nature’s most impressive spectacles: a volcanic eruption.

After lunch, we reach Cunchibamba the starting point for exploring a rose plantation. This is your opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s world-famous roses and their cultivation.

We rejoin the train, continuing to Latacunga where a bus takes us to our hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at La Cienega, Hato Verde or Rumipamba de las Rosas hotel (depending on availability). (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4: Wednesday
Lasso – Cotopaxi – Chimbacalle

After breakfast, we transfer by bus to Riobamba station to board the Cruise Train at Urbina Station, located 3,609 meters above sea level. Urbina is the country’s highest station and here you’ll meet Ecuador’s last “ice-gather”, Ushca Baltazar, who will share his experiences on extracting ice from the slopes of the Chimborazo volcano.

We then take the train to Ambato for lunch at the Roka Plaza hotel, an old colonial house.

Weather permitting, we may be able to enjoy – at a safe distance – a beautiful view of the still active Tungurahua volcano, which offers one of nature’s most impressive spectacles: a volcanic eruption.

After lunch, we reach Cunchibamba the starting point for exploring a rose plantation. This is your opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s world-famous roses and their cultivation.

We rejoin the train, continuing to Latacunga where a bus takes us to our hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at La Cienega, Hato Verde or Rumipamba de las Rosas hotel (depending on availability). (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

RATES 2019 

 ROUTE  TOUR  DBL Accommodation  SGL Accommodation  Price For Children
Quito – Guayaquil / Guayaquil – Quito  4D / 3N  1.735 2.028 1.560
 ROUTE – GOLD   TOUR  DBL Accommodation  SGL Accommodation  Price For Children
Quito – Guayaquil / Guayaquil – Quito  4D / 3N 2.322 2.722 N/A