Tren del Hielo I
Riobamba – Urbina – La Moya – Riobamba
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 (not included) in the paramos of Chimborazo volcano.
|Train ticket||Additional expenses|
|Guidance through the journey||Lunch at La Moya|
|Visit to the Ice Interpretation Center||Land transportation to the train|
|Activities according the itinerary|
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. A walk that will takes about 30 minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.
Terms & Conditions
If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.