Ecuador destinations are blessed with a unique mixture of history, natural beauty, and art, best visited on the Tren Crucero train. Tours on this train can also be extended to cover the exotic Galapagos Islands, or the elusive Amazon rain forest. Below we have outlined some of the best destinations you can visit in this beautiful country.
Cotopaxi and Chimborazo are unparalleled Ecuador destinations
Prime attractions on Tren Crucero tours are the snow capped Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes. During these tours you will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the active Cotopaxi volcano which is also one of the highest in the world.
On board the Tren Crucero train you will pass through the forests surrounding the Cotopaxi volcano and see the flora and fauna. Then you will head past the inactive Chimborazo volcano to see how the people have adapted to living in its shadow, such as the “last ice merchant” who gathers ice from its slopes. As you leave after touring these volcanoes you will be able to claim that you have visited part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and come away unscathed.
Quito is the jewel among Ecuador destinations
Starting or ending your tours on the Tren Crucero in Quito gives you a chance to experience the many charms of the city that is a mix of historic locations and modernity. In this city you will also discover many unique landmarks making it a must see for tourists among Ecuador destinations. One of these is the La Mitad del Mundo monument which marks the area where the Equator passes through the country; here you can straddle the two halves of the world. As you discover the many facets of Quito, you will understand how the city has coped well after the earthquake and has remained damage free. This makes it a perfect starting or ending point of your tour on the Tren Crucero.
Quito is also a great place to sample the country’s cuisine. In the city you can head to small restaurants like Dios No Muere, where Cajun cuisine is a specialty, or visit the Casa Gangotena which has an extensive wine list and traditional dishes blended with western elements. A luxury tour on the Tren Crucero gives you about a day to explore Quito and you can even opt to go on add on tours to the areas and villages surrounding the city.
Explore Galapagos tours and see rare endemic species
The Galapagos Islands are always mentioned among prime Ecuador destinations and it is often the first area that comes to people’s mind when they think of the country. Once you head to the islands on Galapagos tours you will quickly understand why their pristine environment, unique wildlife, and lava tubes formed by volcanoes give the area a unique appeal. If you are touring Ecuador on the Tren Crucero you can easily go on Galapagos tours.
The infrastructure of Guayaquil, which acts as a gateway to the Galapagos Islands, remained relatively intact during the recent earthquake. The hotels, railway lines, and airports that are included in the Galapagos tours have remained operational.
As you travel Tren Crucero you will find that you are on a “railway in the clouds” and you will easily understand why Ecuador destinations occupy a special place in the hearts of tourists. Call us at Palace Tours or Click Here if you need help booking and personalizing tours that take you to the best Ecuador destinations.