Board a train at the Urbina train station, the highest point of your itinerary at 11,800 feet (3600 metres) above sea level.
Here, in the shadow of the Chimborazo Volcano, the closest point on the planet to the sun, you will meet Balthazar Ushca, the last ice-merchant in the Andes, and learn the story of his ancestral trade.
From there, the train rides north along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' whose name is owed to Alexander Von Humboldt who, while studying the volcanic region, was so impressed by the number of volcanoes in the area, he wished for the name to reflect how it impacted him.
The tracks run through colourful valleys stretching out for miles. This unique landscape hosts a treasure trove of biodiversity and a hive of agricultural activity.
Arriving at Ambato train station on your way north, some local devils will board the train. The 'Diablada Pillareña' parade, a picturesque and ancestral tradition will add a touch of playfulness and music to your memorable day.
Under the watchful stare of the Cotopaxi volcano your train will makes its way to one of the local haciendas to take part in the daily farm activities.
At the hacienda you will be greeted by 'chagras', the cowboys of the Andes, who will share their culture with you.
Your last stop of the day will be Quito train station, located in the traditional neighbourhood of Chimbacalle, where a bus will take you to your hotel for dinner and a peaceful evening in the first city in history to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight at your hotel in Quito.
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Lunch onboard
- Dinner at the hotel