Tren Ecuador rail vacation

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Responsible tourism: Tren Ecuador rail vacation

Environment

Tren Ecuador has, in fact, turned luxury train travel on its head, the usual model being to cocoon the rail travelers in a well oiled, well fed comfort zone as they make their way across dramatic landscapes giving no more than a wave to local communities, or sticking their heads out of the window from time to time to take a photo.

Taking the train is a comparatively low carbon and low impact way to explore a country, the slow way.

With Tren Ecuador, a state enterprise with an inspirational inclusive vision, you still have a beautiful cocoon, with elegant carriages and superb service but, in addition, you spend the night at high end haciendas, eat at superb local restaurants, snack at one of 23 locally run station cafes, visit one of 14 artisan squares and take part in myriad cultural and natural activities.

Get off the train and go hiking in the rainforest with a local guide? You got it. Take a few hours to explore a local Quichua community, Tren Ecuador has just the ticket.

Community

In fact, the decision to turn this cocoon inside out, and spill out the benefits to everyone means that Tren Ecuador's luxury trips now sustain 5,000 livelihoods for people living in remote rural communities along the tracks.

Together with the license-holders of our 23 station-cafes, 14 artisanal squares, 13 local museums, 2 lodges, 9 folklore and historical recreation groups and several community-based tourism operations, Tren Ecuador’s big family of workers and strategic allies allows tourists to experience first- hand the rich natural and cultural heritage of Ecuador while creating value for local communities.

You will get off the train each day to eat and sleep, and do some exploring meeting musicians and painters, and woodcarvers as you go as well as sampling fresh local produce from plantations producing rice, sugar cane, pineapples, bananas ... and chocolate
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As well as that, all the associated enterprises are fully licensed and receive technical support, training and contracts based on fair-trade principles as suppliers. Because there is no such thing as tunnel vision in Ecuador. They prefer to see the light at the end of the tunnel instead, a vision that is keeping all of us, visitors, train lovers and local people, very happy.

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