Take a train trip on Ecuador’s 'railway in the sky.' Winds your way from Quito high in the Andes to Guayaquil down on the Pacific coast on a luxury train. Ecuador's Tren Crucero is an upmarket train offering an upmarket experience. If you simply want to travel from Quito to Guayaquil (or vice versa), there are faster and cheaper alternatives. But if you want an itinerary complete with meals and sightseeing, it’s a great, varied way to make the trip. You can also join the train for a day trip or book a shorter itinerary. Every seat ‒ 54 upright armchairs ‒ is a window seat and together they occupy just two carriages.
There’s also a lounge and bar car serving snacks, drinks and beverages, and, best of all, an observation car with sofas and an open end-of-train ‘veranda’. You can move between them at will and some passengers literally hang out on the latter for much of the journey. Only when navigating the famous Devil’s Nose might the crew need to ration time out on the train’s veranda.