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Ride Ecuador’s rails from Quito to the coast
Ride along a regenerated railway line between two dramatically different climate zones, negotiating the famous Devil’s Nose along the way.
Please note: Ecuador's railways are currently not operating.
There remains across South America a skeletal network of old railroads, harking back to a former age. However not all lie abandoned: Ecuador has recently breathed life back into key stretches of its railway, and the revived line between the capital and the coast now offers the chance to step into an era of steam.
Travelling the full length of the track requires you to slow down and savour four days of dramatically changing scenery, local culture and an old-fashioned rail experience. There are overnight stays in some of Ecuador’s most enticing locations and plenty of stops where you can stroll in scenic landscapes or discover traditional industries including rose cultivation and the perilous glacial ice harvesting of Chimborazo’s ‘icemen’.
You can travel in either direction, either voyaging down from the high Andes, past the permanent snows of volcanoes and into lush lowlands dotted with plantations of banana and sugarcane, or up from tropical coast to temperate highlands. Along the way you’ll have the chance to descend a near-vertical Andean mountainside via an impressive set of switchbacks on Ecuador’s most iconic rail engineering showpiece, the Devil’s Nose.
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Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.