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10 Incredible Train Trips


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Ecuador's Chiva Express
Start your Ecuadoran excursion in Quito, where you can board one of the most unusual trains on our list.
Start your Ecuadoran excursion in Quito, where you can board one of the most unusual trains on our list.
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With cars modeled after the traditional, festive South American bus, the Chiva Express is an exciting ride through the Andes and down to Ecuador's coast. The train takes a number of routes, but the four-day Quito-Cuenca route combines a train trip with bus excursions so you can experience Ecuador's landscape, food and culture up close.

This train trip includes a full day in Cuenca, where you can shop, visit museums and enjoy the architecture. All meals are provided, and instead of sleeping on the train, the trip includes hotel accommodations for each of the three nights.

The most exciting part of the trip has to be the train itself. Not only does it resemble a bus, but as the train twists through the majestic "Avenue of the Volcanoes," the Andes mountains and the Santa Anna Valley, you can take in the sights while riding on the roof.


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