• Ecuador cruise train and valley
  • Yamba Lagoon from Tren Ecuador
  • Ecuador cruise train colonial coach
  • Ecuador cruise train at the Devils Nose
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Ecuador Cruise Train

A relaxing way to experience some of Ecuador's beautiful and dramatic scenery.

6 days from £1900pp plus international flights.

A stunning luxury train trip through the Andes and out to the Ecuadorian coast.

  • Watch the changing scenery from the comfort of the train
  • Descend the switchbacks of the 'Devil's Nose'
  • Meet the last ice merchant of Chimborazo
  • Visit local communities
  • Enjoy the gentle pace of the rail journey

Set to become a modern 'classic railway journey' this is a superb way to see Ecuador.

Tren Crucero is a new experience in Ecuador and makes an excellent addition on any holiday in this country. It's a really fantastic way to see some of the stunning and varied landscapes. The railway line that runs from Quito through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and then down to the coast at Guayaquil has been fully restored and a four coach stylish luxury train now runs along this route. This is Tren Crucero. The route also includes the famous section known as The Devil's Nose, an exhilarating series of dramatic switchbacks descending 450 metres. As a multi-day luxury train journey using both diesel and steam engines, it is a first in South America.

The scenery as you pass through the Andes and down to the coastal plains is absolutely spectacular, changing from vistas of snow-capped volcanic peaks and rugged mountain valleys through seven distinct climatic zones through to tropical forests and the lush agricultural lands around Guayaquil. But this journey is not just about sitting on a train and enjoying the scenery - far from it. The train stops along the way and you spend a lot of your time visiting some fascinating places, meeting local people and staying in traditional haciendas at night.

You'll see snow-capped volcanoes, watch skilled craftsmen and women at work, learn about the local culture, visit a traditional market, tour a rose plantation, meet the last ice merchant of Chimborazo and enjoy traditional cuisine. While on board the train you'll be thoroughly pampered, and can enjoy panoramic views from the observation cars and open terrace, socialise in the bar, graze on tasty snacks and buy souvenirs in the gift shop.

It's an amazing way to spend a few days travelling though the heart of Ecuador at a very leisurely pace, and can be linked to any Ecuador holiday including a Galapagos cruise as flights to the Galapagos leave from Guayaquil or Quito.

There are 2 classes of travel on this journey. Both use the same train but stay in different properties, or different room types, en-route. The hotels shown in this holiday are used in the luxury experience category. If you opt for gold class you stay at upgraded accommodation where possible.

NOTE: The journey from Quito to Guayaquil is called 'Train of Wonders'. This trip can be taken in reverse, i.e. Guayaquil to Quito, 'Train to the Clouds'. Please ask us about this.

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Experiences you could have on this amazing trip

As well as incredible meeting great people and seeing fabulous landscapes from the train, these are just some of the experiences you could enjoy on this holiday.

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Where you could be staying

Below are some of our recommended places to stay on this trip. Being a tailor-made trip, we can sometimes change to different properties you might prefer, but please note that this will affect the trip price.

Ask us about this holiday, or get in touch with us about planning a tailor-made trip which is just right for you.

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