Tren Ecuador & Tren Crucero

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Ecuador’s rail network has recently been revitalised and restored to a high standard; the Tren Ecuador now offers infrequent day trips from Quito to Cotapaxi, Matchani and Latacunga. Another 30 kilometre, six hour ‘Libertad’ route from Ibarra to Salinas in the Otavalo region, and a ‘Devil’s Nose’ switchback route in the Avenue of Volcanoes. If you have an interest in rail travel the experience can be wonderful, but the service is primarily aimed at the tourist market rather than offering viable ways to get from A to B. The exception is the Tren Crucero, with three night journeys in luxury from Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil. Although appealing, it is worth noting that the route bypasses the colonial city of Cuenca, which is a real shame as it is one of the highlights of mainland Ecuador.

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