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ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Ferrocarriles Ecuatorianos.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS 2019

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS 2019: MAP WITH ROUTES

Map Ecuador Train System.

 

Different Ecuador Train Tours

Cruising the dramatic landscapes of the Andes, the fully restored "Crucero" train, has reconnected capital Quito with the City of Guayaquil. It was no mean deed, when  in 1897, President Eloy Alfaro commissioned the construction of the 453km narrow-gauge railway, through the Valley of the Volcanoes and down the steep Andes slopes, passing through the Devils Nose Pass; It took until 1908 to finish. Overtaken by much faster roads, the railway system had fallen in disarray by the 1990s. By 2008, only about 10% of the Ecuadorian train network was operational; A whole generation had never seen or heard a train.

 

Since then, the Ecuadorian government has spent some $280 million revamping the national railway, reviving the old tracks and restoring antique steam engines, diesel locomotives and wagons in their original state of repair, and better! Since a few years, the steam whistle of a bright red or a pitch black steam engine can be heard again through the central valley of the Andes and down the steep canyons of the Andes, as it pulls luxurious passenger wagons from Quito to Guayaquil and visa versa. As tourist trains go, there is nothing like it anywhere in the Americas! Yes there are some cute narrow-gauge tracks in the USA and Canada, but nothing as long as the track in Ecuador, and the luxurious train to Machu Picchu does not compare, neither in length nor in the fact that it is operated only by diesel engines. So, Train Buffs and Railway Buffs, this is your chance to experience something totally out of this world!

 

Ecuador Train Day Rides

A great variety of 1-day Ecuador Train Rides are offered at affordable prices in beautifully restored trains. For example:

  • Tren de la Libertad: Ibarra – Salinas – Ibarra 6 hours 10:30 Wednesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren de los Volcanes: Quito – Tambillo – Machachi – El Boliche 8 hours 08:00 / 09:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren del Hielo: Riobamba – Urbina – Riobamba 3 hours 40 min 08:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren del Hielo: Ambato – Urbina – Ambato 8 hours 08:15 Friday to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Sendero de los Ancestros: Riobamba – Colta – Riobamba 4 hours 12:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Nariz del Diablo: Alausí – Sibambe – Alausí 2 hours 30 min 08:00 / 11:00 / 15:00 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Baños del Inca: El Tambo – Coyoctor – El Tambo 1 hour 30 min 09:30 / 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:30 / 16:00 Wednesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Tren de la Dulzura: Durán – Bucay – Durán 10 hours 08:00 / 08:15 Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays.

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.

 

 

Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days

 

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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The Crucero Ecuador Train Tour

The flagship of the railway's renaissance is the "Tren Crucero", a 54 passengers luxury steam train service operates between Guayaquil and Riobamba.  The “Tren Crucero” has 4 deluxe air-conditioned luxury wagons pulled by a restored steam or diesel engine with 4 luxury carriages built in Spain. 2 coaches have tables and chairs for travelling and dining, while the third wagon has a fine bar serving snacks and drinks. The observation lounge wagon has sofas and a large balcony. On the train, the  guests are served delicious meals while at enjoying Ecuadorian cuisine at night.

 

The “Crucero” train of Ecuador combines comfort, fantastic scenery, adventure, culture, and romance all in one epic journey. Take the train and you will ride the rails through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, descend the famous switchbacks of the Devil’s Nose, and experience enriching excursions away from the tracks.

 

As the train rides in 4 days from Quito to Guayaquil it passes by the Avenue of the volcanoes, stopping near Cotopaxi National Park, Andes cities of Latacunga, Ambato, and Riobamba, from where it navigates down the Andes flanks via the  “The Devil’s Nose”, where it switchbacks back and forth to lose altitude. On the 4th day, the train completes its journey in the Harbor city Guayaquil. At night, guests are hosted in beautiful colonial haciendas such as La Cienega Hacienda, the Abraspungo Inn, and the Eterna Primavera Lodge.

 

While the Crucero train is rather costly,  there are also affordable day-trips  - varying anywhere from 1,5 - 8 hours - giving you the opportunity to ride a historical train with classical steam and diesel locomotives.

 

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Photos of the Crucero Train Tour

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The steam train is met by Ecuadorian cowboys along the track.

The grand old days of Steam trains train travel in Ecuador from Quito to Guayaquil have been restored to their old glory!

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Steam engine preparing for departure at Chambacalle Railroad station in Quito.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The Crucero Train passing through spectacular landscapes along the Andes slopes.

Perfectly restored locomotive blowing its whistle and throwing out its black smoke as it takes of on its way to Guayaquil, passing through deep canyons along the Andes flanks.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Crucero train departing from Quito Chambacalle Train Station.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Crucero train following a river bed along the Andes flancs.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The Crucero train switchbacks down the Andes slopes at the Nariz del Diablo or Devil's Nose passage.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The luxureous Crucero train reaching the Guayaquil lowlands after a breathtaking descent along the Andes slopes.

Starting in Quito or Riobamba, the Crucero train of Ecuador navigates passes through the fascinatingly beautiful landscapes of the valley of the Volcanoes and then navigates down the breathtakingly steep slopes of the Andes, after which it rolls down to its destination in Ecuador's lowlands, the harbor city of Guayaquil.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Dining room in the Crucero Train.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Landscape watching from the lounge in the Crucero train.

Dining room in the Crucero Train.

Landscape watching from the panoramic windows in the lounge in the Crucero train.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Watching from the balcony of the luxurious Crucero Train.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Relaxation at the lounge wagon of the Crucero train.

Watching from the balcony of the luxurious Crucero Train.

Relaxation at the lounge wagon of the Crucero train.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Steam engine at Chambacalle railway station in Quito.ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Crucero Train crossing a bridge. ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The fully restored red steam engine on display at the Chambacalle railroad station in Quito. ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: A Diesel locomotive pulling the Crucero train.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: All on board! Crucero train taking off from train station.ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM: Crucero Train crossing a bridge in the coastal lowlands.ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM: Crucero Train navigating along the rice fields of Ecuador's Pacific lowlands.ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM: Luxury bar at the Crucero Train.

Scenes of the Crucero Train.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Beautifully restored Chambacalle Railway station main entrance.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: The renovated Riobamba railway station with the Chimborazo in the background.

Beautifully restored Chambacalle Railway station main entrance.

The renovated Riobamba railway station with the Chimborazo in the background.

 

Photos of Day trip trains

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Passengers enjoying having their picture taken at the steam locomotive in Quito.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Restored oil wagons at display at the Chambacalle train station.

Passengers enjoying having their picture taken at the famous red steam locomotive in Quito.

 

Skillfully restored oil wagons at display at the Chambacalle train station.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Three restored historical locomotives at the Chambacalle train station.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: A day-trip train departing from Chambacalle train station in the early morning for an affordable ride.

Three restored historical locomotives at the Chambacalle train station.

A day-trip train departing from Chambacalle train station in the early morning for an affordable ride.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Restored coach at railroad station.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Boarding heritage train.

 Restored coach at railroad station.

 

Boarding heritage train.

 

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Interior historical train.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Enjoying the landscape rolling by.

Interior historical train.

Enjoying the landscape rolling by.

   

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Much of the train service until the late 70s were done in converted busses on train wheels. Several of such train-busses have been fully restored and converted to comfortable tourist trains.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS: Interior of a restored bus-train on train wheels.

Much of the train service until the late 70s was done in converted busses on train wheels. Several of such train-busses have been fully restored and converted to comfortable tourist trains.

ECUADOR TRAIN SYSTEM RIDES & TOURS

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Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.