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Tren del Hielo I

Tren del Hilo I. Train Ecuador Tours. Journey  alongside Ecuador’s highest volcano, you’ll experience the wilderness of the Urbina páramo, discover the tradition of the Chimborazo “Hieleros” and learn about the process of extracting glacial ice !

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Journey in alongside Ecuador’s highest volcano, you’ll experience the wilderness of the Urbina paramo, discover the tradition of the Chimborazo “Hieleras” and learn about the process of extracting glacial ice.

The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city located in the Ecuadorian Central Andes. A clear day view is breathtaking: Capac Urcu volcano rises above the horizon with its five-peak crowned summit; witnesses of a past eruption a thousand years ago. The Majestic Chimborazo – Ecuador´s highest peak and the closest point to the sun from the center of the Earth, – rises northbound. As we move north, if we are lucky, the shy Carihuairazo volcano might appear amidst the fog from time to time. Once at Urbina station we meet Baltazar Ushca, the man who braves low temperatures and high altitude to harvest ice from the bowels of Taita (father) Chimborazo. Tourists from every corner of the world come here to learn about this ancient trade while enjoying ice-creams prepared with this very same ice and blackberry juice.

Just before we depart to Riobamba, we pay a visit to La Moya. The descendants of the ancient Puruha people await for us to share their once secret daily live in the Andes and enjoy a typical lunch in the paramos of Chimborazo volcano.

Route Departure TimePriceCapacityDistance
 Riobamba- Urbina – La Moya -RiobambaSaturday, Sunday8am to 14: 30pm45USD Adults / Children 35USD34 Spaces25 Km. round trip

Included: train ticket, tour guide

Not included: additional food and beverages in Train, cafe, additional purchases, additional activities.

WHAT TO BRING:

Ticket, personal documents, sunscreen, warm clothing, rainwear (depending on the season), comfortable shoes, cash, camera, hat, sunglasses, gloves, snacks.

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