Luxury Train journey & Galapagos Islands cruise | Ecuador Tours
All aboard the Tren Crucero! This fabulous luxury train journey showcases the very best of Ecuador, running the full spectrum from the tundra of the Andean highlands to the tropical coastal plains. You will meet traditional Andean cultures, be awestruck by the breathtaking Avenue of Volcanoes, and hang tightly to your seat as you steam down the vertiginous zigzags of the Devil’s Nose.
And that’s only half the fun! You’ll continue your journey with a luxury cruise around the magical Galapagos Islands where you will encounter colonies of friendly sea lions, rare Galapagos penguins and vibrant blue-footed boobies, all in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world.
- Experience a spectacular luxury train journey aboard the Tren Crucero! Travel in utmost comfort across towering mountains and through tropical coastal plains.
- Travel through the world-famous Avenue of Volcanoes, where you can see up to twenty imposing peaks emerging from the forest.
- Barter for hand-crafted treasures at traditional Andean markets, some of which date back to pre-Inca times.
- Enjoy a fabulous luxury cruise around the magical Galapagos Islands, visiting the geological and zoological highlights of the unique archipelago.
- Swim with sea lions, hunt for elusive penguins and admire the vibrantly colourful boobies in one of the most unique natural environments in the world!
Luxury Train journey & Galapagos Islands cruise Itinerary Overview:
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Day 01- Arrival in Quito – Monday
Arrive into Quito and transfer to your luxury hotel, the historic Plaza Grande. Next, pull on a pair of comfortable shoes and explore Ecuador’s beautiful mountaintop capital! The elegant colonial old town is one of the best-preserved in the Americas. Get your cameras ready for the unique blend of Spanish, Moorish and indigenous architecture.
Day 02 – Start the Train Journey – Quito – Otavalo City – Quito – Tuesday
Today, you will begin your Quito to Guayaquil luxury train journey! The fabulous Tren Crucero is a steam engine fitted out with every luxury, and the rail journey is one of the most spectacular in the world. The first stop on your adventure will be the traditional mountain town of Otavalo. This small village is the commercial hub for the surrounding Andean communities and setting for Ecuador’s largest indigenous market!
Day 03 – Train Journey Quito – Urbina – Wednesday
Continue your luxury train journey in Ecuador into the famous Avenue of Volcanoes. In good weather you can spot twenty peaks emerging from the pine forest, including the perfectly conical Volcano Cotopaxi. You’ll be glued to the window as the landscape runs the full spectrum from subtropical forest to Andean highlands, finishing in the foothills of Mt Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador!
Day 04 – Riobamba – The Devil’s Nose – Bucay – Thursday
Board your luxury train and speed through a colourful patchwork of purple, yellow and red quinoa fields. Today, you’ll visit the traditional Guamote market, which even spills over onto the train tracks! In the afternoon, you will summit the spectacular Devil’s Nose. Zigzag down a vertiginous 450 metre descent into the Chanchán river gorge, running the full gamut of microclimates from highland tundra to tropical coastal plains.
Day 05- Bucay – Guayaquil – Friday
Today, your steam railway takes you through Ecuador’s coastal lowlands. Here, the tropical climate is perfect for the vast plantations of sugar cane, pineapples and, of course, the all-important bananas! Enjoy an organic lunch at a cocoa bean plantation, before continuing to the colourful coastal city of Guayaquil, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands!
Day 06 – Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil – Baltra- Bachas Beach – Saturday
Today, you’ll begin your adventure to one of the jewels in the crown of South America: the Galapagos Islands! Take a morning flight from Guayaquil to Baltra Island, and board your Galapagos luxury cruise. You’ll spend the afternoon on Santa Cruz Island, enjoying your first swim and your first encounter with the unique wildlife. Look out for the sea turtles that have been known to nest off the island!
Day 07 – Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay – Sunday
Explore the volcanic origins of the Galapagos archipelago with a visit to Bartolome Island, a long-extinct volcano splashed with red, orange, black and green volcanic minerals. Here, you can enjoy some of the best panoramic views and the best snorkelling in the Galapagos – don’t miss this opportunity to meet rare Galapagos penguins! Next, visit Sullivan Bay, and walk across the fantastic formations of the Pahoehoe lava flows.
Day 08- South Plazas Islands & Santa Fe Island –Monday
This morning, your Galapagos yacht trip will take you to South Plaza Island. Here, you can visit one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago! In the afternoon, you’ll visit Santa Fe Island, where the diverse range of animals and birdlife boasts two unique endemic species: the Barrington land iguana and the Santa Fe rice rat.
Day 09 – Witch Hill & Pitt Point – San Cristobal Island – Tuesday
Sail to San Cristobal Island to visit Witch Hill, where you will find an impossibly perfect beach of soft white sand and turquoise sea, and fabulous views of Kicker rock and the rugged coastline. Next, you’ll explore Pitt Point, the only place in the Islands where you can find nesting places for all three species of boobies: Nazca, blue-footed and the rare red-footed!
Day 10 – Lobos Island – San Cristobal Islands – Guayaquil
Finish your Galapagos luxury cruise with a visit to Lobos Island, so called for the many hundreds of sea lions that inhabit it. Afterwards, bid goodbye to the magical Islands and board your plane back to mainland Ecuador, full of wonderful memories of your luxury tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos!
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