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Tren Crucero Gold:
An Odyssey in Ecuador

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cuador's daylight-only Tren
Crucero (Cruise Train) began service in 2014. It boasts
just four cars: two diners and
two lounge cars, accommodating
up to 54 passengers. Most exciting is the gigantic, rear, open-air
observation deck. It's perfect
for viewing Ecuador's spectacular mountains, volcanoes, rain
forests and coastal areas. Running
between Quito and Guayaquil
on 4-day, 4-night journeys, Tren
Crucero combines touring with
nights spent in hotels or haciendas. Best is Tren Crucero Gold. A
premium service limited to just
10 guests per departure, Gold
offers luxury, boutique accommodations. They range from the
Plaza Grande Hotel on Quito's
colonial, main square to the gorgeous, 19th-century Hotel del
Parque, set within Guayaquil's
Parque Histórico.
Dining & lounge CarS
Coach 1 is furnished with
tables and chairs for 30 guests;
it is decorated in the Baroque
style. Coach 2 seats 24 and is in
Neoclassical style. Coach 3 has a
lounge, coffee bar and handicraft
shop. The final coach has a lounge
area and the open-air terrace.
Guests enjoy a tasty lunch at their
seats, served in woven baskets
(feel free to take yours home.)
Another handy feature: storage
lockers for securing valuables
while guests are touring off train.
Steam engineS
Tren Ecuador has five working steam locomotives including
the bright red Guayaquil & Quito
Engine No. 11 and jet-black
steam consolidated No. 58. While
steam operation can vary, Tren
Crucero passengers usually can
enjoy at least several hours riding
behind an authentic steam loco.
Note: nothing beats the mournful
sound of a steam whistle riquocheting off a mountainside.

IRT Photo courtesy Owen Hardy

Eleanor Hardy

The Tour

Ecuador's scenery is some of
the most spectacular in the world.
And the lovely, bright-red Tren
Crucero is custom-built to show
it off. This tour takes you from
the mountainous landscape of
the Andes to the coastal plains,
including a journey along the
famed "Devil's Nose." (Note: Tour
includes three-day stay at deluxe
Andean rain forest lodge, which
we found magical. But if nature
means Lord of the Flies to you, let
us know. We're happy to give you
a "train-trip-only" quote.)

The ITInerary

Day 1 - Quito
Arrive Quito. Private transfer
to Casa Gangontena Hotel. (3
nights in luxury room)
Day 2 - Quito
Meet private guide for tour of
Old Town, the Americas' largest,
best-restored historic center. After lunch, visit Casa del Alabado
Archaeological Museum, with
pieces dating back 5,000 years.
Days 3, 4, 5 - Mashpi Lodge,
Quito
Drive to Mashpi Lodge, set in
one of world's most celebrated
bioregions. Over next 3 days,
luxuriate in earthly paradise of
flora and fauna (Mashpiu boasts

Eleanor Hardy

32 species of hummingbirds
alone). Pedal "Sky Bike" over
jungle canopy; climb 100-foot
observation tower; ride "Dragonfly," ingenious, four-person
gondola, over, under and
through rainforest canopy.
Enjoy massage, yoga, hot tub
in outdoor wellness center
and fresh, gourmet Ecuadoran
cuisine in dining room. Day 5
overnight at Casa Gangontena
Hotel, Quito.
Day 6 - Quito / Tren Crucero
Board Tren Crucero for El Boliche Recreational Area; bus to
Cotopaxi National Park (subject

to volcano activity). Lunch at
neareby Hacienda San Agustín
del Callo. Next, we travel by
train to Lasso to take part in a
traditional fiesta. Enjoy dinner
and overnight at La Ciénega, a
charming colonial hacienda.
Day 7 - Tren Crucero
Morning train ride, followed by
visit to hacienda and rose plantation (a trip highlight). Enjoy
lunch and owner-led tour. Then
train to Urbina station (at 11,840
feet, Ecuador's highest). Learn
story of "Ice Men," who hacked
ice blocks out of glacier; enjoy
stunning views of Chimborazo,

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