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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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Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
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.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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.
Millie Davies - Travel Expert
Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.