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Chaski Antawa, a new way to see northern Ecuador
April 24th, 2009


The Chaski Antawa Train (messenger train) is an exclusive train that uses modern technology to recreate the classic train of the old days.  It has been designed two traditional coaches using materials such as wood, bronze and natural leather for total comfort. The first coach (23 ft.), which has been totally remodeled, is a 9-passenger car. The second one (59 ft.), which was especially built for the Chaski Antawa route, has a capacity for 20 passengers. With panoramic windows, balcony and a sun roof, it guarantees many opportunities for taking photos on the Chaski Antawa train journey.

The route will take you from Ibarra in the northern highlands to the warm, dry valley of Ambuqui.  Watch the changing landscape as you travel through sugar cane plantations, magical landscapes of the Ecuadorian countryside, through tunnels and crossing bridges that span large canyons and gullies.  The 26-km ride to Salinas plunges from 2,200 down to 1,500 meters above sea level (7,216 to 4,920 feet) in only about 2 hours.

This wonderful adventure is available as a day trip, but we strongly recommend the two day program as it is not as rushed and you will also be able to see the Otavalo region.  Explore this beautiful area of northern Ecuador and meet its people.  The Chaski Antawa train is a new program we are offering our clients visiting Ecuador.  Call us today and plan to include the Chaski Antawa in your tour to Ecuador.

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