Want adventure and drama? This tour is for you. When Owen & Eleanor Hardy, co-owners of The Society of International Railway Travelers, visited Ecuador the spring of 2017, they fell in love with the food, the people, the accommodations and the trains. The scenery -- mountains, volcanoes, rain forests and coastal areas -- is some of the most spectacular in the world. When you stand on the spacious outdoor deck of the Tren Crucero, prepare to be amazed at every turn. This tour features some amazing new offerings in Ecuador: chief among them is the Tren Crucero Gold, a 4-night adventure from the mountainous landscape of the Andes to the coastal plains, including a journey along the famed "Devil's Nose." In the Gold program, with availability for only 10 passengers, you stay at the finest haciendas along the route. It's no wonder this new train program, with its upgraded offerings, has earned The Society of IRT's prestigious World's Top 25 Trains status, announced in June 2017. The new Gold program includes the fabulous Plaza Grande in Quito, the Hosteria La Andaluza in Riobamba, the Hacienda La Danesa in Bucay and the Hotel del Pargue, Guayaquile. Availabilty is very limited - just for 10 guests. Also, the order of our tour may change, due to availability. Your tour begins in Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital. You then travel to the Andes rain forest for a three-day stay at the fabulous Mashpi Lodge, a must-do for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. Finally, watch the beautiful scenery unfold as you travel aboard the Tren Crucero to Guayaquil with overnights at the fabulous hotels that are part of the package. You will especially love the new Hotel del Parque, which blew us away! Also, you can extend your journey with a Galapagos cruise--a perfect add-on. Plus we have shorter Galapagos journeys on offer, as well as a luxury "eco-lodge" on the islands. Great new video shared by Tren Crucero.