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Ecuador by river & rail: Amazon cruise & Tren Crucero

13 days from £5,620pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, with its cobbled streets, colonial architecture and pretty squares.

  • Cruise the Amazon in search of wildlife onboard the elegant MV Anakonda.

  • Take the iconic Tren Crucero rail journey from Andes to coast, stopping to admire a variety of sights along the way such as the Cotopaxi Volcano and famous Devil's Nose.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Quito
  • Coca
  • Quito
  • Cotopaxi
  • Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Bucay
  • Guayaquil

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Quito

International outbound flight , Quito

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 On-board ship (Coca)

Quito , On-board ship

This morning you will take the short flight to Coca followed by a speedboat transfer to board the MV Anakonda. Amazon activities begin this afternoon.


Day 3 On-board ship (Coca)

On-board ship

This morning, you'll likely disembark and go ashore for short guided walks through the rainforest to explore its flora and fauna. In the afternoon, as your vessel enters the blackwater systems of the Amazon Basin, you might take a canoe trip upstream. Look out for pink river dolphins as well as several species of monkey: black-mantled tamarins, red howlers and squirrel monkeys.


Day 4 On-board ship (Coca)

On-board ship

After breakfast, you'll disembark and visit a local school - it's a great opportunity to get a sense of daily life in this remote jungle community. In the afternoon your vessel will sail upstream to explore some of the larger river islands.


Day 5 On-board ship (Coca)

On-board ship

Today might see you visiting a local community and learning about their traditional handicrafts, observing the wildlife spectacle of a parrot clay lick, and spending time in Limoncocha Biological Reserve (a nature reserve with over 400 bird species). At dusk, keep an eye out for black cayman.


Day 6 Quito

Coca , Quito

After breakfast you will travel back to Coca to take a morning flight to Quito. Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel in private vehicle.

Day 7 Quito

Day 8 Cotopaxi

Quito , Cotopaxi

This morning you will be transferred to the station to begin your adventure by rail on the Tren Crucero. Travel through the famous Avenue of Volcanoes to Cotopaxi.

Day 9 Avenue of Volcanoes

Cotopaxi , Avenue of Volcanoes

Day 2 of your train journey as you travel through the highlands to Riobamba.

Day 10 Bucay

Avenue of Volcanoes , Bucay

Day 3 of the Tren Crucero, taking the exciting journey by steam locomotive past the famous Devil's Nose.


Day 11 Guayaquil

Bucay , Guayaquil

On the final day of your train journey you will pass through banana and sugarcane plantations before arriving in Guayaquil this afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 12 International return flight

Guayaquil , International return flight

Free morning in Guayaquil. This afternoon transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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