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Ecuador Railway Tours
Hielo Train I (Day Trip)
Riobamba - Urbina - Riobamba

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Mural on side of building - Southern Andes, Ecuador

Southern Andes - (Day Trip)

Hielo Train I (Tren del Hielo I)
Riobamba - Urbina - Riobamba

The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city located in the Ecuadorian Central Andes. The view is breathtaking: Altar Volcano or Capac Urku on the horizon with its five-peak crowned summit; and Chimborazo - Ecuador´s highest peak and the point closest to the sun from the center of Earth - rises northbound.  As we move north, shy Carihuairazo, another volcano, peeks amidst the fog from time to time. 

In Urbina station we meet Baltazar Ushca, the man who braves low temperatures and high altitude to harvest ice from the very sides of Taita (father) Chimborazo.  Tourists from every corner of the world come here to learn about his ancient trade while enjoying the ice-creams prepared with that very same ice and fresh juice squeezed from wild berries.  For the adventurers, you can also enjoy a magic night in the Urbina Shelter, just in the slopes of the Chimborazo volcano. 

Train Hielo I - Southern Andes, EcuadorChiborazo Volcano - Ecuador

Departures:
Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Holidays

Schedule:
08:00 a 11:30 - PASSENGERS MUST ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME

What is Included?
Train ticket, guidance through the journey, snack at Café del Tren in Urbina, museum tickets and visit to the Ice Interpretation Center. 

What is Extra?
Additional expenses not detailed in the itinerary.

Andean hillside - EcuadorLlama

Travel Tips

CLOTHING: A jacket for cold weather, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, and cash and insect repellent. 

ALTITUDE: It ranges from 2,300 to 3,609 meters above sea level.  The temperature ranges from 5º to 28ºC. 

IMPORTANT: The Riobamba station offers free and safe parking. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances.  Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations.  We are committed to providing the best possible travel experience. 

Map of Route - Train Hielo I - Ecuador
 

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