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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.*

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

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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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Itinerary


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 Guayaquil ,  Duran ,  Yaguachi ,  Bucay

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

Our journey to the Andes begins in Duran train station where we will board a convoy pulled by a carefully restored steam locomotive. The roaring engine, steam whistles and steel wheels over the railways will take us back in time to the early XIX century and the adventurous experience that is the Tren Crucero.

Our first stop is Yaguachi, were we will switch engines to continue our trip across vast plantations of sugar cane, banana, rice and pineapple until we reach the Naranjito station.

A short bus transfer will take us to a local hacienda were we will learn about the cocoa bean and we will be part of the chocolate making process. Ecuadorian cocoa beans are considered to be the best of the world and you would have the opportunity to taste them while we visit the hacienda.

In the afternoon a “montubio” show will welcome us before we taste the delicious food of the coast of Ecuador.
A bus transfer will take us to Bucay were we will take a hike around the tropical forest, home of countless plants, birds and orchids that will marvel us with their different sizes and exuberant colours.

We will check in at our hotel and prepare for dinner.

Meals:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner



Cities Covered Bucay ,  Riobamba

Our next day adventure continues by bus when we climb the Andes on a pleasant 4 hours drive. During this ride we will look at the 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 destination is the town of Alausi were we will embark on a thrilling adventure on board the famous Devil´s Nose train.

Upon arrival at Alausi Train station we will join a restored XX century convoy and we will start our trip to the Devil´s Nose pass, a 450-meter descend in barely 12 kilometres on a zig-zagging railway that allows the locomotive to pull forwards and backwards the convoy to reach its destination, Sibambe train station. At Sibambe a colourful Andean community ballet will welcome us. Many are the histories that tell us why this pass was baptized as La Nariz del Diablo or The Devil´s Nose, from the shape of the mountain that awakens our imagination to the number of human lives that took to overcome this nearly impossible obstacle.

After our thrilling adventure of The Devil´s Nose, we will take a bus ride to Guamote. Lunch will be served on board and afterwards we will continue or journey north to Colta were an impressive steam engine locomotive known as “The Black Monster” will be waiting for us. This huge steam engine was carefully overhauled and is strong enough to pull convoys over the railways of the Andes where the altitude and lack of oxygen makes this a titanic task. Once we arrive to Riobamba a bus transfer will take us to our hotel for a delicious meal and a good night sleep.

Meals included.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner



Cities Covered Riobamba ,  Urbina ,  Quito

We depart for Urbina train station, the highest point in our itinerary at 3,600 metres above sea level. There, on the eastern flanks of the Chimborazo Volcano, we meet the fascinating last ice merchant, Baltazar Ushca, to tell the tale of his ancestral trade.

We continue north across the Avenue of Volcanoes a term coined by Alexander Von Humboldt due to the impressive number of volcanoes present in this part of the Andean mountain range. In between the two flanks of the Andes colourful valleys extend for many miles, offering you unique landscapes along the way.

While our train continues making its way up north 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.

Under the watchful eyes of the Cotopaxi our train will makes its way to of the local haciendas to take part on the daily farm activities. At the hacienda we will be greet by the “chagras” the cowboys of the Andes, who will share part of their culture with you.

We arrive to Quito train Station located in the traditional neighbourhood of Chimbacalle were a bus will be waiting for us to take us to our hotels for dinner and a peaceful night at this UNESCO Cultural Heritage City.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cities Covered Quito ,  Otavalo ,  Ibarra

Our journey continues in the morning with a 2 hours bus ride north across rose plantations and charming mountains that seem to be patched up in different colours by the many plantations along the way. Our destination will be the valley of Otavalo in the Imbabura Province. Otavalo is home of ancient cultures, skilled craftspeople and the world-renowned Otavalo market.

We arrive at San Roque Train station where we will embark a panoramic convoy on a journey full of hidden wonders, musicians, painters, weavers and the skilful woodcarvers who keep the complicated Quito School of Art style alive. Delve yourself into this amazing world of colours and textures while we explore the northern routes of the Ecuadorian railway.

After our train trip we will visit Hacienda la Compania, located close to the equatorial line, this XVIII century hacienda will amaze you with its export-class rose plantation and exquisite Andean cuisine. After lunch we will return to Quito.

Meals included.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch



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

Departures
Jun 20189, 23Jul 20187Aug 20184, 18
Sep 20181, 15Oct 201813, 27Nov 201810
Dec 20181, 15Jan 201912, 26Feb 20199, 23
Mar 20199, 23Apr 20196, 20Jun 201915
Jul 201913, 27Aug 201910, 24Sep 20197, 13, 21
Oct 20195, 19Nov 20192, 16, 30Dec 201914, 27, 28

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Gold
For departures June 9,2018 through December 28,2019 US$ 2,722 US$ 2,322 CALL US
Luxury - Full Tour
For departures June 9,2018 through December 27,2019 US$ 2,082 US$ 1,735 US$ 1,735
Luxury - Full Tour with twin bed
For departures June 9,2018 through December 28,2019 US$ 2,082 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

PAYMENT TERMS:

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.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 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.

 

ITINERARIES:

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

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.

 




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