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Tren De La Libertad - Other Activity Ibarra - Ecuador

It may no longer be possible to go to San Lorenzo by train from Ibarra, but, since 2011, there has been an alternative: the scenic tourist train to Salinas, an Afro-Ecuadorian community some 30 kilometers (18.6 mi) north. This gorgeous ride goes through sweeping valleys as it makes its way down to Salinas, passing through a series of tunnels and over bridges, one of which is 80 meters (262 ft) wide and sits at a staggering 100 meters (328 ft) high over the river Ambi. The train ride itself is about two hours long, which leaves tourists with a couple of hours to get to know Salinas; a tour of the town and a visit to Salinas' Museo Comunitario are included in the price of the ticket.

The train leaves at 10.30 a.m. Wednesdays to Sundays (and holidays), arriving back in Ibarra at 5 p.m. (it is also possible to travel one-way only and stay in Salinas). You can buy tickets over the phone or in person at the station; the beautiful new Estacion de Ferrocariles is open daily from 8 a.m.-4.30 p.m. As the trains tend to fill quickly, it is advisable to reserve your ticket at least a week in advance; there are also ticket offices in Quito (Venezuela and Espejo, in front of the Plaza Grande) and Guayaquil (Malec├│n and Calle Aguirre).


Estacion de Ferrocariles, Av. Eugenio Espejo and Crist├│bal Col├│n

Ibarra, Ecuador

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Price Description:

$15 round-trip, $10 one-way (includes $1 towards a drink onboard)

Relative price: Mid-Range

Contact Information:
Phone: 1800-873637/228-8696

Here are other activities in and around Ibarra that may be of interest: Guayabillas Animal Rescue Center ,

By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

26 Oct 2012

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