Overview & Highlights
This unique escorted group trip was set up to celebrate the reopening of Ecuador's railway network. From the capital Quito and the cloudforest of Mindo continue by road and rail to finish in the Pacific lowlands at Guayaquil, Ecuador's main port.
- Quito: guided city tour and equator monument
- Mindo: excursions as described
- 4 days on board the Trans Andean Railway
This unique escorted group trip ran for the first time in 2014 to celebrate the reopening of Ecuador's railway network, and has been running ever since. For over 15 years much of the rail line that once traversed this small Andean country had been closed following destruction by torrential rains and landslides, but after considerable work and investment from the government portions of this spectacular railway are now up and running again. We start the tour in the capital Quito and the nearby temperate cloud forest of Mindo on the western slopes of the Andes. Then continue by road and rail, over high passes and amazing switchbacks to finish in the sweltering Pacific lowlands in Guayaquil, Ecuador's main deep water port, and largest city.
UK clients depart Thursday, arriving Quito, Ecuador, the same day.
Transfer to hotel in Quito, overnight in the capital.
Guided tour of the city and the Equatorial Monument.
Travel to Mindo.
Bird spotting and walks in Mindo Cloud Forest.
Back to Quito, stopping to spot hummingbirds on the way.
Board the Slow Train Sierra, passing magnificent volcanoes including Cotopaxi.
Continue your journey by train to Riobamba, passing Ecuador's highest station.
Travel by traditional steam train and tackle the famous Devil's Nose.
By train into the tropical lowlands, finishing in Guayaquil.
Day at leisure before flying home.
UK clients arrive home the following day, Sunday.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Hats off to the Ecuadoreans for reinstating this railway line! It really is one of the world's great train journeys, and all managed with such style and comfort."AD, Newcastle
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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.
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