17 February 2011
Due for completion by the end of 2012, Ecuador’s 446 kilometres of track will be reconstructed, along with the refurbishment of many of the major stations throughout the network.
Ecuador’s railway system has a long history dating back to 1873 when the country’s first 91 kilometres of track opened.
To increase the tourism potential of the railway network, Railways of Ecuador has launched a number of day-trip and short-break excursions, from Thursday to Sunday.
Mr Slav Ivanov, Marketing Manager, Ferrocarriles del Ecuador (Railways of Ecuador), said: "The potential for travelling throughout Ecuador has never been greater, with vast improvements having been made to the network at very competitive prices."
Sendero de Arrozales -
A journey through Ecuador’s coastal region, exploring the local agricultural industry, many varieties of birdlife, as well as architectural and religious history.
Route itinerary: Durán - Yaguachi - Duran
Nariz del Diablo -
Enjoy typical Andean landscapes, culture, handicrafts and the unique ‘zig-zag’ railroad.
Route itinerary: Alausí - Sibambe - Alausí
Machachi Festivo -
Machachi is a fertile valley featuring a number of hacienda estates and lodges.
Route itinerary: Quito - Machachi - Quito
Camino al Boliche
Enjoy mountain ranges and volcanoes, Boliche and the spectacular Cotopaxi Volcano.
Route itinerary: Quito - Boliche - Quito
Luz Elena, Director, Quito Visitor’s Bureau, said: "The re-opening of Chimbacalle train station in Quito represents a significant investment in regenerating the area for both tourism and education following the re-introduction of train services to the Avenue of the Volcanoes south of the city and the recent opening of the new interaction Science Museum close to the station."