NORTHERN ANDES

Tren de la Libertad I
Ibarra – Salinas – Ibarra

From Ibarra, two hours north of Quito, after crossing seven tunnels dug with pick and shovel and two panoramic bridges across steep canyons we arrive in Salinas, home to a vibrant afro-Ecuadorian community.

Tren de la Libertad II
Otavalo – Salinas – Otavalo

From Otavalo we ride along a fertile valley where culture and traditions of Quichua and mestizo people coexists peacefully. Folklore, legends, textile weaving, woodcarving and Andean cuisine await us at every stop. In Ibarra, we join Tren de la Libertad I to Salinas.

Tren de los Volcanes
Quito – Boliche – Machachi – Quito

The adventure begins in Chimbacalle station, from where we depart to the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, the Viudita, Rumiñahui accompany the train on its route. The road descends through the “jungles of Panzaleo” who lent wood to the churches of Quito, through grasslands, crops and haciendas. In Tambillo and Machachi we’ll enjoy the cuisine and culture of the chagras. In el Boliche, at the foothills of Cotopaxi, we discover its flora and fauna and return to Machachi to visit la Granja Station and enjoy lunch.

Tren de los Volcanes to Boliche
Quito – Boliche – Quito

The perfect adventure for families and students! Departure from Chimbacalle train station, the train moves toward the intern – Andean valleys while volcanoes as Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, la Viudita and Rumiñahui watch our path. Beautiful eucapiltus forest gradually turns the city into a country-side landscape. Most of the vegetables and dairy products are produced by the haciendas located in this valleys. Arrival to El Boliche train station at 3,500 meters above sea level. Then, we explore the magical clouded mountain forest to discover its flora and fauna. Lunch or box lunch is served at Boliche train station. Back to Quito in the afternoon.

Tren del Hielo II
Ambato – Mocha – Urbina – Cevallos – Ambato

This train combines scenery, culture and shopping in a journey that takes us from the temperate valley of Ambato to the Paramo (a variety of alpine tundra ecosystems) of Urbina, more than 4000 meters in the foothills of Chimborazo. There, Baltazar Ushca, the last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo volcano and custodian of this ancient craft is waiting for us, as well as the comfortable facilities of our shelter, for those who want to stay overnight in this unique place.

Devil’s Nose
Alausí – Sibambe – Alausí­

The biggest obstacle faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was bulit that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents, and today remains an impressive piece of engineering. Also, we’ll discover the basin of the river Chanchán and the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.

Tren de la Dulzura
Duran – Bucay – Duran

Enjoy a day of adventure in Bucay, reliving the railway history of Ecuador. From the comfort of your seat in a renovated convoy with air conditioning and bar service, discover the changing landscapes of the Coast: from plantations to the cloud forest, through the historic town of Yaguachi. An unforgettable adventure to enjoy with the whole family or with your friends.

 

Costa – Sierra

Durán – Alausí­ or Alausí­ – Durán

The “impossible train” once joined the Coast and the Highlands, allowing the arrival of voices, colors and products from one extreme of the country to the other. Enjoy the excitement of discovering the hidden treasures along this journey: Bucay, Huigra, Sibambe and finish in Alausí, the city on the edge of the mythical Devil’s Nose. Crafts, folklore, gastronomy, nature and the most amazing landscapes of Ecuador await you!

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NORTHERN ANDES

Tren de la Libertad I
Ibarra – Salinas – Ibarra

From Ibarra, two hours north of Quito, after crossing seven tunnels dug with pick and shovel and two panoramic bridges across steep canyons we arrive in Salinas, home to a vibrant afro-Ecuadorian community.

Tren de la Libertad II
Otavalo – Salinas – Otavalo

From Otavalo we ride along a fertile valley where culture and traditions of Quichua and mestizo people coexists peacefully. Folklore, legends, textile weaving, woodcarving and Andean cuisine await us at every stop. In Ibarra, we join Tren de la Libertad I to Salinas.

Tren de los Volcanes
Quito – Boliche – Machachi – Quito

The adventure begins in Chimbacalle station, from where we depart to the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, the Viudita, Rumiñahui accompany the train on its route. The road descends through the “jungles of Panzaleo” who lent wood to the churches of Quito, through grasslands, crops and haciendas. In Tambillo and Machachi we’ll enjoy the cuisine and culture of the chagras. In el Boliche, at the foothills of Cotopaxi, we discover its flora and fauna and return to Machachi to visit la Granja Station and enjoy lunch.

Tren de los Volcanes to Boliche
Quito – Boliche – Quito

The perfect adventure for families and students! Departure from Chimbacalle train station, the train moves toward the intern – Andean valleys while volcanoes as Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, la Viudita and Rumiñahui watch our path. Beautiful eucapiltus forest gradually turns the city into a country-side landscape. Most of the vegetables and dairy products are produced by the haciendas located in this valleys. Arrival to El Boliche train station at 3,500 meters above sea level. Then, we explore the magical clouded mountain forest to discover its flora and fauna. Lunch or box lunch is served at Boliche train station. Back to Quito in the afternoon.

Tren del Hielo II
Ambato – Mocha – Urbina – Cevallos – Ambato

This train combines scenery, culture and shopping in a journey that takes us from the temperate valley of Ambato to the Paramo (a variety of alpine tundra ecosystems) of Urbina, more than 4000 meters in the foothills of Chimborazo. There, Baltazar Ushca, the last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo volcano and custodian of this ancient craft is waiting for us, as well as the comfortable facilities of our shelter, for those who want to stay overnight in this unique place.

Devil’s Nose
Alausí – Sibambe – Alausí­

The biggest obstacle faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was bulit that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents, and today remains an impressive piece of engineering. Also, we’ll discover the basin of the river Chanchán and the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.

Tren de la Dulzura
Duran – Bucay – Duran

Enjoy a day of adventure in Bucay, reliving the railway history of Ecuador. From the comfort of your seat in a renovated convoy with air conditioning and bar service, discover the changing landscapes of the Coast: from plantations to the cloud forest, through the historic town of Yaguachi. An unforgettable adventure to enjoy with the whole family or with your friends.

 

Costa – Sierra

Durán – Alausí­ or Alausí­ – Durán

The “impossible train” once joined the Coast and the Highlands, allowing the arrival of voices, colors and products from one extreme of the country to the other. Enjoy the excitement of discovering the hidden treasures along this journey: Bucay, Huigra, Sibambe and finish in Alausí, the city on the edge of the mythical Devil’s Nose. Crafts, folklore, gastronomy, nature and the most amazing landscapes of Ecuador await you!

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