TRAIN OF VOLCANOES III

Central Andes; (2 Days) Quito- Ambato; Ambato- Quito

The adventure begins at Quito’s Chimbacalle station, from where we make our way south, slowly leaving behind urban life towards the green valleys of the Andes, with breathtaking views of mountains such as Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, Illinizas, Antisana and Corazón.

¿What's Included?

  • Day 1: Snacks on board (Tambillo), consumption coupon redeemable only in Café del Tren at El Boliche, visit to the El Boliche Recreation Area, crafts talk and souvenirs, box lunch on board, artistic presentations: Latacunga Chola Dance and Diablada de Píllaro with folkloric band (Ambato).
  • Day 2: Snack on board (Ambato and Machachi), lunch at Café del Tren at Machachi, visit to the animal farm at Hosteria La Estación, souvenir.

Exclusions

  • Additional expenses at Cafés del Tren, onboard cafeteria and / or restaurants, accommodation in Ambato, breakfasts, personal expenses, visits and activities not detailed in the itinerary. For passengers traveling from Quito to Ambato or Ambato to Quito (one way) the way back from Ambato to Quito or viceversa by car/bus is not included.

Starting at: $100USD



Itinerary

The adventure begins at Quito’s Chimbacalle station, from where we make our way south, slowly leaving behind urban life towards the green valleys of the Andes, with breathtaking views of mountains such as Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, Illinizas, Antisana and Corazón.

After passing through the verdant valley of Machachi, we climb to 3,547 m to arrive at Cotopaxi station, where a trek through the forest of the National Recreation Area “El Boliche” is the reward. At the Café del Tren, women from the local community receive us with specialities from the region.

After our break, we will cross beautiful landscapes of Andean forests, arriving at the provincial capital of Latacunga, where an artistic show welcomes us and we can peruse handicrafts from the region. Lunch will be served as we travel on southwards to Ambato. Climbing towards the town of Cunchibamba, the lagoon of Yambo is a treat to admire on the north side of the tracks. Arriving at Ambato, dancing “devils” receive us to the beat of a local band representing the famous “Diablada Pillareña”.

After a night’s rest, the train leaves Ambato, heading north, passing over the impressive elevated bridge at the town’s entrance. As we travel out into the countryside, we will be able to appreciate the variety of crops grown along the Central Highlands of the country. We will arrive at the Cotopaxi station (at the “El Boliche” Recreational Area) where a traditional lunch is served at the Café del Tren, after which we will stop in Machachi, land of chagra cowboys, where we will visit La Hosteria Granja La Estación animal farm. At the end of the activities we will return to Quito.

Departures: apr 14 – 15 | may 26 – 27 | jun 24 – 25 | jul 15 – 16 / 29th – 30 | aug 11 – 12 / 26th – 27th | sep 2nd – 3rd / 23th – 24th | oct 7th – 8th | nov 2nd – 3rd | dec 16th – 17th

Schedule: Passengers should be 30 minutes prior departure

Day 1: Quito – Ambato
Registry: 06:30 | Departure: 07:15 | Arrival: 15:25

Day 2: Ambato – Quito
Registry: 08:15 | Departure: 09:00 | Arrival: 17:55

Rates: Round Trip $100,00 USD/ One Way $63,00 USD; Round Trip Child / People with Special Needs $85,00 USD/ One Way $55,00 USD

Important Notes

  • Day 1. Register at 06h30 at Eloy Alfaro station (Chimbacalle).
    Day 2. Register at 08h15 at Ambato Station.
  • This program has short walks in irregular terrain and at considerable altitude. In the rainy season of the Andes, there may be mud. The Eloy Alfaro station in Quito has a free and secure parking. Remember to have accommodation in Ambato. Due to the holiday, accommodation might be hard to find.
  • All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances.

"We did the four day Tren Crucero tour from Quito to Guayaquil. The train is beautifully appointed and comfortable, and the onboard staff just could not be better. The trip features beautiful landscapes, impressive volcanos, friendly locals, and colourful indigenous people working in the fields and waving to the passing train". Kitty Victoria- British, Columbia- Tripadvisor

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