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Tren Crucero Luxury Experience in Ecuador from Guayaquil to Quito

Take the most luxurious train experience - The Tren Crucero in South America from Guayaquil to Quito

SPECIAL OFFER! Book the Tren Crucero for two guests (in double occupancy) now and choose any one of the following FREE :

  • One Night at the Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil before your train trip.*


  • One Night at the Swiss Hotel, Quito after your train trip.*


A luxury experience from Guayaquil to Quito by train! Onboard the Tren Crucero you will climb 3,600 meters from the coast to the Andes, and experience one of the most dramatic changes in vegetation and scenery in the world. The train travels through the coastal plains into a dense cloud forest that slowly clears before the imposing walls of the Andes and the looming “Nariz del Diablo” pass. Here the train will slowly zigzag its way up the daunting tracks to arrive at the quaint village of Alausi in the Andean Highlands. From then onwards, imposing volcanoes preside over the landscape as the train cruises through colorful quinoa fields and lands dotted with grazing herds of sheep, llama, and alpaca. On the eastern flanks of the Chimborazo volcano you may meet the last “ice merchant" and sample ice cream made from fresh fruit and ice from the glacier!

You will then make a slow descent towards Quito across the Avenue of Volcanoes, where you may visit a mountain forest as the Cotopaxi Volcano looms in the distance.  After this you will pass through the Northern Andes, where you can spot the Cayambe Volcano while you cross rose plantations and livestock farms. In the impressive city of Otavalo, home to a large handcraft market, a steam engine will await you at the recently restored train station. There will be many wonders in store for you on this section of the tour: skilled Quiteña style woodcarvers, rich Ecuadorian Gastronomy, and local traditions used by weavers, musicians, and healers. Your journey ends back in Quito, with a visit to its World Heritage Colonial Quarter.*

Unique Experiences:

  • Let history come to life as an authentic steam locomotive carries you through some of the most exciting parts of the journey.
  • Climb the Devil's Nose, a masterpiece of engineering that is known as the most challenging railroad anywhere in the world.
  • Enjoy breathtaking landscapes visible only by train!
  • Enjoy accommodations in historical farm houses, called haciendas, where you will experience local customs and cuisine!
  • Avail yourself of the professional staff devoted to attending to your needs.

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Train departs at 8:30 am from the Eloy Alfaro Train Station in Duran.

Your tour will be starting at the Eloy Alfaro Station in Duran. Please arrive at the station promptly at 7:30 AM to ensure you have time to check in and board the train, which will depart at 8:30 AM. Upon arrival at the train station, you will see a check-in station for Tren Crucero: Please present your voucher, along with valid photo ID, to the representative. All necessary paperwork, as applicable, will be handed over to you at this time. 

**Remember to be in the train station at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure with your personal identification.


Embarkation and Disembarkation:

  • Prior to the train's departure, guests have a meet and greet in Duran
  • If a guest plans on joining Tren Crucero at a station besides Duran, train staff will be available to assist him or her.
Cities Covered Duran ,  Yaguachi ,  Bucay

Please Note: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

Tren Crucero departs from the Eloy Alfaro train station in Duran (located just 9 kilometers from Guayaquil International Airport) at 8:00am, so be sure to arrive by 7:30am to check in. The train is pulled by a magnificently restored steam locomotive that travels through typical coastal plantations laden with bananas, sugarcane, mango, pineapple and rice en-route to Yaguachi. There we switch to a diesel electric locomotive and head for Bucay train station. The train stops near a cacao plantation where we go for a live presentation of how Ecuadorian chocolates are sourced and produced. We will then enjoy dinner and an overnight stay on the outskirts of Bucay.

Cities Covered Bucay ,  Alausí ,  Colta ,  Riobamba

After breakfast, we return to Bucay train station which is the starting point for our ascent up into the mountains. On this journey, we will witness the climatic transition between the lowlands of the coast and the highlands of the Andes. We may make a short stop at Sibambe view point to observe The Devil’s Nose, a major engineering achievement that was considered by its constructors to be the most difficult railway project in the world. The train then zigzags in order to climb 200 meters of altitude while traversing 3 kilometers of rail. We continue our train journey to the beautiful town of Guamote, where we may take lunch at the train station. Afterwards, we make a possible stop at IntiSisa, a nonprofit foundation that provides education and tourism workshops for the local community. In the afternoon, we return to the train and travel across stunning Andean landscapes to Colta, switching to the steam locomotive that will pull us up to Riobamba. We visit Balbanera church, the first mark that Christianity made upon these lands almost 500 years ago, before continuing our journey to Riobamba where we enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Cities Covered Riobamba ,  Urbina ,  Quito

After breakfast, we go by coach to Riobamba train station where we re-board Tren Crucero and head for Urbina, the highest train station in the country at 3,609 meters above sea level. It is here that we may meet the last ice merchant who shares with us his daily journey to the slopes of the Chimborazo Volcano to collect glacier ice (if it is a clear day, we will also be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Chimborazo volcano). While we continue our journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, we see changing landscapes along the way and experience a typical lunch. After a brief stop in El Boliche we will continue on to Quito where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

The "Last Ice Merchant" - a Humbling Story

Cities Covered Quito

This morning we will journey to Otavalo by bus. We will travel by steam locomotive across the northern valleys on the old rail line of Otavalo to Ibarra. Our trip may include a visit to the woodcarving workshops, discovery of local gastronomy in, show of local music and textile weaving, and a visit to a rose plantation.

We will have lunch at a local hacienda / hotel and bid farewell to four days of fun and activities. Later we will return to Quito

You can spend the evening at leisure enjoying Quito and having dinner at a local restaurant (on your own). Spend the night at Swissotel. 


Cities Covered Quito

Check out of your hotel after breakfast.

While your tour ends today, we would love to offer you a number of the optional activities in and around Quito including:

Day at the Mindo Cloud Forest
City Tour of Quito and visit to the Middle of the World
Tour to Papallacta for a spa day at the hot springs.

You can also choose a trip to the Galapagos Islands with us where you can enjoy a cruise or an island hopping tour - We got the best deals and experts that will make it happen for you.

Need more? Contact us and we will be happy to assist with more extensions.

Departure Dates and Rates

Feb 20183, 17Mar 201817Apr 201814, 28
May 201812Jun 20189, 23Jul 20187
Aug 20184, 18Sep 20181, 15Oct 201813, 27
Nov 201810Dec 20181, 15Jan 201912, 26
Feb 20199, 23Mar 20199, 23Apr 20196, 20
Jun 201915Jul 201927Aug 201910, 24
Sep 20197, 13, 21Oct 20195, 19Nov 20192, 16, 30
Dec 201914, 27

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
For departures February 3,2018 through November 30,2019 US$ 2,722 US$ 2,322 US$ 2,322
For departures December 14,2019 through December 27,2019 US$ 2,697 US$ 2,322 US$ 2,322
Luxury - Full Tour
For departures February 3,2018 through November 30,2019 US$ 2,082 US$ 1,735 US$ 1,735
For departures December 14,2019 through December 27,2019 US$ 1,910 US$ 1,735 US$ 1,735
Luxury - Full Tour with twin bed
For departures February 3,2018 through November 30,2019 US$ 2,082 US$ 1,735 US$ 1,735
For departures December 14,2019 through December 27,2019 US$ 1,910 US$ 1,735 US$ 1,735

Prices are subject to change without notice in case of extreme circumstances.
Children Under 12 are allowed child fare but they have to pay along side with 2 Adults (triple room).

What your journey prices includes:

  • Accommodations in haciendas/hotels for the four nights you tour Ecuador with Tren Crucero; all meals (except dinner on day 4) for the duration of your tour; complimentary water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks, and fruits on board the train; transportation to and from, and participation in, off-train excursions as described in the tour itinerary as well as the services of bilingual (Spanish and English) guides.

What your journey price DOES NOT include:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international); visa fees; travel insurance fees; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; additional toiletries; laundry service fees; any items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs; any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any pre- or post-tour accommodations, transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the tour, or tour extensions are not included in the price of your journey.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating in this excursion must pay an additional tax equivalent to 14% of their total tour price. 
  • Special Promotions (Online Coupons) cannot be combined with free hotel offer. Guests have choice of choosing any one promotion.
Terms and Conditions


10% of total tour cost is due at the time of booking, with the remaining balance of 90% is due no later than 45 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is more than 45 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 45 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.

Children between the ages of two and up to 12 years of age at time of travel are priced at 75% of the adult cost.


  • Palace Tours will issue a refund but charge a cancellation fee equal to 10% of the total tour cost if service is cancelled more than 45 days prior to departure.
  • Palace Tours will not issue a refund if the tour is cancelled less than 45 days prior to departure
  • If any customer is a "no-show," than they will not be issued a refund and they will still be responsible for paying 100% of the total tour cost.
  • When applicable, Palace Tours will charge an administrative fee equal to 15% of the total tour cost for any refunds conducted by wire transfer or credit card.



All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.



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