$250m boost to rail travel in Ecuador

$250m boost to rail travel in Ecuador

Ecuador’s railway system will receive an investment of approximately $250 million by the year 2013 in a major boost to tourism transportation throughout the country.

Due for completion by the end of 2013, the country’s 446 kilometres of railway track will have been reconstructed - including the refurbishment of many of the major railway stations throughout the rail network.

To further boost tourism potential of the trains, Railways of Ecuador has launched a number of day trip and short-break excursions in conjunction with many of the country’s in-bound tour operators.

These excursions start from only $12 for a day trip return including refreshments and short-break options from Thursday-Sunday and range from $80-160 per day including meals and overnight accommodation.

“The potential for travelling throughout Ecuador has never been greater with vast improvements having been made to the network at very competitive prices,” said Mr Slav Ivanov, marketing manager, Ferrocarriles del Ecuador (Railways of Ecuador).

Ecuador’s railway system has a long history dating back to 1873 when the country’s first 91 kilometres of track opened before it eventually connected with the country’s capital Quito in 1908.

Luz Elena, director, Quito Visitor’s Bureau said: “The re-opening of Chimbacalle train station in Quito represents a significant investment in regenerating the area for both tourism and education following the re-introduction of train services to the Avenue of the Volcanoes south of the city and the recent opening of the new interaction Science Museum close to the station.”

For further information, please visit the Ferrocarriles del Ecuador website.

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