14 days from £3,290
The magnificent trans-Andean railway line conceived to connect the Pacific coast of Ecuador to the Andean uplands at over 3,000m above sea level was a triumph of engineering and hard work, cutting its way through oft inhospitable but always beautiful scenery. It fell into disuse towards the end of the last century owing to the destructive force of massive landslides. Happily, the Ecuadorian government recognised its value as national cultural patrimony and the full line from Quito to Guayaquil has been restored, with regular services destined initially for visitors recommencing in 2013.
We are immensely excited about this new service, the tren crucero. Several of us at Journey Latin America rode the railway in its former incarnation and were dismayed when it ceased to operate. This is a more luxurious service, designed to allow visitors to appreciate Ecuador’s rich culture and contrasting landscapes. You travel slowly, over four days, spending your nights at historic haciendas and countryside inns, savouring menus of local food and drink.
We have put together a holiday with this experience at its heart, but also including time at a first class hacienda close to the world famous Andean Otavalo market and a 4 day Amazonian cruise on a sleek, brand new, luxury expeditionary cruise ship, the Anakonda.
As an optional extension for nature lovers we've incuded a short cruise on one of the Galápagos Islands' best motor yachts, the Galápagos Odyssey.
Day 1: Arrive Quito, transfer to hotel in the capital.
Day 2: Drive to Otavalo market. Overnight at colonial hacienda.
Day 3: Visit condor rescue centre and cheese factory. Overnight Quito.
Day 4: Fly to Coca, Ecuadorian Amazon. Embark MV Anakonda, 4 nts.
Day 5: Excursions by canoe and walking to explore the rainforest.
Day 6: Excursions to indigenous river community.
Day 7: Visit parrot lick and biological reserve.
Day 8: By motorised canoe and air back to Quito, overnight.
Day 9: Day at leisure.
Day 10: Take the train to Cotopaxi. Overnight in hacienda.
Day 11: By train to Riobamba. Overnight in the market town.
Day 12: Ride the train down the Devil’s Nose to Bucay on the coastal plain.
Day 13: By rail through tropical plantations to Guayaquil on the coast.
Day 14: Transfer to airport.
Day 13: Guided city tour of Guayaquil.
Day 14: Fly to the Galápagos Islands embark MV Galápagos Oddyssey.
Day 15: Guided land excursions in the islands.
Day 16: Guided land excursions in the islands.
Day 17: Guided land excursions in the islands.
Day 18: Fly to Guayaquil and connect with homeward flight.
Owing to many clients' preference for flexibility, and the variation in flight price according to season and availability, the price quoted excludes the cost of international flights, which we will happily arrange for you. Flights to Latin America can be daytime or overnight, while the return flight is always overnight, so you will need to add at least one day to arrive at the total length of your holiday
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Large comfortable cabins on MV Anakonda
The countryside of the northern sierras
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