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Ecuador Trains: Ferrocarriles Ecuatorianos.

 

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ECUADOR TRAIN SCHEDULE: Ecuador train map

Ecuador train tracks

 

Different classes of Ecuador trains

Cruising the dramatic landscapes of the Andes, the fully restored "Crucero" train, has reconnected capital Quito with the Harbor city Guayaquil, facilitating once again train tickets in Ecuador. 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 Ecuadorean 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!

 

Day trips

A great variety of day trips 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.

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Devil's Nose

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 - givbing you the opportunity to ride a historical train with classical steam and diesel locomotives.

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The Crucero tours

The “Crucero” train of Ecuador ride combines comfort, fantastic scenery, adventure, culture, and romance. 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 sites away from the tracks.

 

the “Tren Crucero” has 4 air-conditioned luxury wagons pulled by a restored steam or diesel engine. 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.

As the program involves several days and nights, guests pass the night in beautiful colonial haciendas such as La Cienega Hacienda and the Abraspungo Inn, and the Eterna Primavera Lodge.

 

On the train, our guests get delicious meals while at enjoying Ecuadorian cuisine at night.

 

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.

 

Day trips

Alternatively, a great variety of day trips 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.

Photos of the Crucero Train

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Steam engine preparing for departure at Chambacalle Railroad station in Quito.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Crucero train departing from Quito Chambacalle Train Station.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: Crucero train following a river bed along the Andes flancs.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: The Crucero train switchbacks down the Andes slopes at the Nariz del Diablo or Devil's Nose passage.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Dining room in the Crucero Train.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Watching from the balcony of the luxurious Crucero Train.

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

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

Scenes of the Crucero Train.

 

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: Beautifully restored Chambacalle Railway station main entrance.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Passengers enjoying having their picture taken at the steam locomotive in Quito.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Three restored historical locomotives at the Chambacalle train station.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: Restored coach at railroad station.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: Boarding heritage train.

 Restored coach at railroad station.

 

Boarding heritage train.

 

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: Interior historical train.

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: Enjoying the landscape rolling by.

Interior historical train.

Enjoying the landscape rolling by.

   

ECUADOR DEVILS NOSE: 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 DEVILS NOSE: 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.

 

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