The introduction of the train as a method of transportation revolutionized the world. It allowed larger amounts of both cargo and passenger in less time than the options available at that moment; the settlements in the route were greatly benefited since these experienced a faster growth spam. The train was rapidly popularized throughout the continents and became one of the main means of transportation.
The Tourism Industry has taken great advantage of this method and many countries have adapted the convoys to become the main attraction instead of just a way to get to a destination. Nowadays there are great options to enjoy beautiful tours, which range on prices, length of travel and luxury.
Ecuador starting in 1873 adopted a series of train routes that connected the Andes with Ecuador´s Coast; boosting trade and transportation in areas that were hard to get access to, due to irregular landscape. The train was renovated into a first class Cruise Train that offers excellent service, beautiful accommodations and wonderful views; complemented with a wide choice of expeditions and tours that fit different schedules and budgets. The World Travel Awards has given Train Ecuador, the title of South America`s Leading Luxury Train for three years in a row.
Train of Wonders, is a 4 days - 4 nights voyage connecting Quito with Ecuador`s main port, Guayaquil. Once departed the capital, the 504km trip begins in Otavalo, where cultural exchange is ensured with kind natives, a popular millenary market that offers handcrafted goods, and beautiful plantation of worldwide recognized Ecuadorian flowers. Visit Chimborazo volcano, recently proclaimed the tallest point on Earth; meet the Last ice-merchant and his touching story which became a famous documentary. Witness the beauty of the Andes, as the landscape and vegetation slowly change with the 12.000ft descent to the sea.
A new route is soon to be launched in 2017. Train of the Volcanos III lasts 2 days- 1 night and departs from the Chimbacalle station in Quito. Be mesmerized by the amazing Avenue of Volcanoes; enjoy the gastronomic wonders of the Andes with a traditional lunch in Latacunga, followed by a walk in Boliche recreational area near Cotopaxi Volcano. The city of Ambato with La Diablada de Píllaro awaits, a recreation of the traditional fest celebrated in January, that represents the resistence of indigenous natives towards the Spanish conquers. Before returning to Quito a visit to an animal farm in Machachi station allows tourist to learn about Andean species and the special care they need at such high altitude.
Visit the Andes and coastline of Ecuador with a panoramic view on board convoys that enhance all your senses. All aboard!