Tren Crucero, Tren Crucero Itinerary

Guayaquil to Quito 4 days / 4 nights

4 days/4 nights (last night in Quito is complimentary).

Check-in 07:00. Duran Station. Departure 08:30hrs. Confirmed times on tickets.

Day 1-Saturday. Durán - Yaguachi - Naranjito – Alausi. Depart on board the Tren Crucero. A restored steam locomotive pulls the train through coastal plantations of bananas, sugar cane, coffee and rice, before switching engines in Yaguachi, continuing to Naranjito. There the bus will take us along a road that climbs to the Andes on a pleasant 4 hour drive. During this ride there are amazing changes in landscape, from the peaceful green plains of the coast to the colossal Andean mountains that cast their shadows on the road. Our first day ends in the comfort of the hotel in Alausi, a small town nestled in the sharp mountains, allowing one to wander the timeless streets. Accommodation, L/D.

Day 2–Sunday. Alausí – Devil´s Nose – Riobamba. The second day begins with the impressive trip aboard a twentieth century train that descends through the fearsome pass of La Nariz del Diablo (the Devil’s Nose); an intricate switch-back that allows the train to descend 511 meters in just 12 kilometers of railway. The Sibambe station below, is full of people and different activities from the surroundings, a small community depending on the touristic activity from the train. Returning to Alausí, visit the lively, colourful local market. Back on the train lunch is served as we travel to Colta. There we can visit the first church in the country known as the Balvanera before travelling to Riobamba. Take the time to stroll the cobbled streets of this enchanting city, steeped in history. Accommodation, B,L,D.

Day 3–Monday. Riobamba – La Moya – Urbina – Latacunga. In the morning, the inhabitants of the community of La Moya demonstrate life in the Andes, with the chance to see one of the best examples of community organisation working in ways their ancestors have taught the different generations. The tour continues towards Urbina station, located just over 3,600 meters above sea level, allowing us to see the “paramo” ecosystems of the skirts of Chimborazo. Baltazar Ushca, the last ice merchant of Chimborazo, relates his dedication to ice gathering from the glaciers. The train travels through the valley near Cotopaxi but on the way, a group of devils will take the train by surprise when the Diablada de Pillaro (devils from Pillaro) is celebrated on board, full of colour, music and joy that reminds us of the spirit of the Andean communities. The final stop of the day will be the Latacunga station for transfers to the hotels. Accommodation, B,L,D.

Day 4–Tuesday. Latacunga – Cotopaxi National Park – Quito. We travel to the Cotopaxi National Park, where we take a moderate walk around the Limpiopungo lagoon. Natural photography will be part of this morning. Boarding the train, we continue near the slopes of Cotopaxi towards our next stop, a typical Andean hacienda where we will be part of the daily activities of it and its dwellers. Upon our arrival we are welcomed by Andean cowboys, the “Chagras”, who demonstrate their skills as riders and teach us a little of their culture and traditions. Our last day of expedition ends at the Eloy Alfaro station with a tour of this property. The capital of Ecuador, the beautiful city of Quito, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, will welcome us at night. Accommodation, B,L

Hotels: Luxury/Gold

Day 1: Alausí: El Molino

Day 2: Riobamba: Andaluza / Andaluza Suite

Day 3: Lasso: Ciénega

Day 4: Quito: Swissotel/Plaza Grande

***Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed upon reservation. Tren Ecuador reserves the right to provide hotels of the same category. 


Please follow the link above to the Luxury Train Club for all further information. 

Quito to Guayaquil  4 days / 4 nights

4 days/4 nights (last night in Guayaquil is complimentary).

Check-in 07:00 at Chimbacalle station. Departure 08:00hrs. Confirmed times on tickets.

Day 1- Tuesday.  Quito – Cotopaxi National Park – Lasso – Latacunga. Meet at the historic 1908 Chimbacalle station, south of Quito. From there the trains travels across the impressive "Avenue of the Volcanoes". If the weather permits, you can spot up to twenty volcanoes from the train – most extinct or dormant for centuries. Here, the Andes splits into two ranges that run in parallel. The fertile valley in-between these stone, volcanic walls hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity and a hive of agricultural activity. We arrive at the second highest station of the Ecuadorian railway system and disembark to take a tour of a farm of Roses, learning about some of the best roses in the world. After lunch we will go up to the Cotopaxi National Park, taking a moderate altitude walk at 12,631 feet around the Limpiopungo lagoon, where we find different varieties of plants and birds adapted to this altitude environment. Natural photography will be part of this afternoon before arriving at the historical hacienda. Accommodation, L/D.

Day 2–Wednesday. Latacunga – Urbina – Riobamba. In the morning we depart to cross the inter-Andean valley. Beware, the devils will take over the train! A picturesque and ancestral tradition, the “Diablada Pillareña” parade will add a touch of joy and music to this beautiful day Arriving at Urbina station, the highest point of our visit at 3609 meters above sea level (11 000 feet), and in the shadow of the Chimborazo Volcano, the closest point on the planet to the sun, we meet Balthazar Ushca who is the last ice-merchant in the Andes. He will tell the story of his ancestral trade. Following this we go to Jatari to see the Community of La Moya where we will learn about the Quichua - Puruha culture and their ancestral work systems. Returning to the train we travel to Riobamba, a unique historical town, where we can walk through the handcraft plaza and the city will be part of the end of the day before the sun sets. Accommodation, B,L,D.

Day 3–Thursday. Riobamba – Devil´s Nose – Alausí. Early in the morning we go to the historic Riobamba station, where a huge steam locomotive known as "The Black Monster" is waiting to take us through colourful quinoa fields, picturesque villages and unique landscapes. Upon arrival in Colta we can visit the first church in Ecuador known as the Balvanera. Once in Guamote, we visit an authentic Andean market, where people from several communities come together to trade a myriad of products. This market has maintained its traditional essence and observe how the barter works among the merchants that meet there coming from many other indigenous communities of the country. A short trip by bus takes us to Alausí, to take a train that to the mythical Nariz del Diablo (the Devi´ls Nose) - an impressive system of switch-backs on a steep mountain that allows the locomotive to descend into the Sibambe valley. Returning to Alausi for the night, one has time to wander this historical town. Accommodation, B,L,D.

Day 4-Friday. Alausi – Naranjito – Yaguachi – Duran. As the sun rises, we take the bus for a four hour mesmerizing trip from the imposing Andes to the peaceful coastal plains. A dramatic change in weather and vegetation will mark the transition between these regions. Arriving at a traditional hacienda on the Coast of Ecuador, we take a tour inside one of the plantations and learn about the sowing and harvesting of Ecuadorian cacao, which is considered the best cocoa bean in the world. Lunch is served at the hacienda before we travel to Naranjito where we board the train to Yaguachi, the first station built for the Ecuadorian railway system. There, a Baldwin steam locomotive awaits us to lead the train to its final destination on this trip, a journey full of wonderful landscapes and cultural experiences. Arrival to Duran before sunset. Accommodation, B,L.

Hotels: Luxury/Gold

Day 1: Lasso: Ciénega

Day 2: Riobamba: Abraspungo/Abraspungo Suite

Day 3: Alausí: El Molino

Day 4: Guayaquil: Oro Verde/Hotel del Parque

***Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed upon reservation. Tren Ecuador reserves the right to provide hotels of the same category


Please follow the link above to the Luxury Train Club for all further information.