Day 2 - Quito to Riobamba - Tren Crucero
Central Highlands, Ecuador
Today you will head towards Riobamba, passing through spectacularly dramatic scenery and visiting a rose plantation on the way to Ambato. Ecuador is one of the world's largest exporters of roses and this gives an insight into the importance of the trade.
You will then stop in Ambato for lunch and, if you are lucky, you may experience a volcanic eruption from nearby Tungurahua (at a safe distance of course!)
Board the train after lunch and head for Urbina in the shadow of Chimborazo volcano, the highest in Ecuador. Here you will encounter Baltazar Ushca, the last ice-harvester. Your final stop today is Riobamba where you will spend the night.