Ecuador is an incredible country of contrasts. During a two week trip to Ecuador, you can experience the majestic rainforests of the Amazon basin, stroll the quaint colonial streets of Cuenca, hike near a glacier in the high Andes, and snorkel with sea turtles and Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands.
With more time, you could also browse the native markets of Otavalo, see a stunning hummingbird display in the cloud forests of Mindo, and relax on a quiet beach. Folks who happen to be train buffs are also in luck because Ecuador has a beautiful, comfortable train and the ride is unforgettable. Passengers on a train tour in Ecuadorare treated to stunning high Andean mountain scenery in luxurious cars with big picture windows.
As the train travels through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, it passes by picturesque mountain villages and haciendas with craggy mountains in the background (some topped with snow).
Passengers also enjoy activities off the train. At one of the stops, they can go for a hike in the high elevation habitats of Cotopaxi Volcano. At another, guests accompany a traditional “ice seller” who acquires his wares directly from the glacier at Chimborazo! A big, indigenous market is also visited and train passengers experience the feat of railroad engineering known as the Devil’s Nose, an amazing descent down a very steep incline. Add cozy lodging in quaint hotels and delicious Ecuadorian meals to the mix and the train tour becomes one of the most memorable experiences on any trip to Ecuador.