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Explore Ecuador by train

August 04, 2020 Stephanie Frias
Travel by train in Ecuador

Train Journeys

Tren de la Dulzura

Guayaquil – Bucay –  Guayaquil (Duran Train station)

Enjoy a day of adventure in Bucay, reliving the railway history of Ecuador. From the comfort of your seat in a renovated convoy with air conditioning and bar service, you will discover the changing landscapes of the Coast: from plantations to the cloud forest, through the historic town of Yaguachi. An unforgettable adventure to enjoy with the whole family or with your friends.

Travel Ecuador in train

Cocoa fruit

Explore the Pacific Coast

The coastal plains are marked by mighty rivers like the Guayas, which advances from the Andes to the Gulf of Guayaquil, where its mouth creates the largest watershed of the Pacific coast of South America. The Guayas, among others, shapes life on these plains, since their floods create destruction or leave vital sediment for farmers over hundreds of kilometers. These lands are painted with endless banana, rice, and sugar cane plantations and imposing tropical forests that indicate the proximity of the formidable Andes.

Almost 3.800 years ago, these fertile plains were the cradle of the best cocoa on Earth. It traveled to Central America and later to Europe. Then, during the struggles for independence, it provided resources to local armies. Much later, thanks to the natural harbors, it would become the origin of the railway, because the parts, rails and machines came from US or Europe to the bustling port of Guayaquil.

Guayaquil – Yaguachi – San Rafael – Naranjito – Guayaquil

Discover the classic haciendas in the Pacific coast. Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the countryside while you learn about farm animals and the traditional sugar cane harvest by the hand of the local “zafreros”! 

In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious lunch* on board the train from the comfort of your seat in a renovated convoy with air conditioning and bar service.
An unforgettable adventure to enjoy with the whole family or with your friends.

Train San Rafael Naranjito Guayaquil

Cocoa Train Journey

Guayaquil – San Antonio (Hacienda La Danesa) – Guayaquil

Discover the historical route that resemble the construction of the Trans-Andean railway from the intense coastal plains to the majestic Andes while visiting the exclusive Hacienda La Danesa. The property was established in 1870 along with the first railway stations built in the Ecuadorian coast. Discover live in a classic “Montubia” hacienda while learning how to prepare artisans chocolate with cocoa harvested from the best plantations in the world and enjoy cuisine in a “farm to fork” style with local produced ingredients in a sustainable manner from the very same hacienda.