Ecuador's New Luxury Train Service

VIPs heading to Ecuador will now have the opportunity to explore the destination from a new perspective with the recent launch of the high-end tourism train, Tren Crucero.

The train, which launched on June 4, offers impressive views of landscapes throughout the Andes and coastal regions, journeying nearly 300 miles and ascending up to 3,600 meters in the Ecuadorian Highlands.

Tren Crucero itineraries also offer unprecedented access to indigenous communities and rich cultural experiences throughout the region.

The train, operated by Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, offers several routes ranging from two to four days, including Quito to Guayaquil (four days, three nights), Quito to Alausi (three days, two nights) and Alausi to Guayaquil (two days, one night).

Accommodations are provided at exclusive properties along the route, including beautiful colonial haciendas and historical estates featuring 600-year old Incan construction.

Visitors will enjoy the scenic routes through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, from beautiful snow-capped mountains to the exotic Cloud Forest. Excursions include visits to the Guamote indigenous market, one of the last authentic markets in the Andes; to a rose plantation with fair trade practices, learning about one of the country’s largest exports; and to Cotopaxi National Park, enjoying the scenic landscapes of the 6000-meter Cotopaxi Volcano.

Visit www.ecuadorbytrain.com/trainecuador/crucero.

Suggested Articles:

Beyond the cities and hill towns, Tuscany is home to top notch-spas, outdoor pursuits from trekking to mountain biking, and tucked away beaches.

Russia’s capital city focuses on Moscow Seasons Festivals to entice visitors. We were on hand to check it out—read our report here.

This will be the second hotel in Sicily for the family-run luxury hotel group. Find out what's in store.