Discover the historical route that resembles the construction of the Trans-Andean railway from the intense coastal plains to the majestic Andes while visiting the exclusive Hacienda La Danesa to learn about artisan chocolate and eat lunch. This small-group tour can accommodate up to 10 guests. Hotel pickup and drop-off are not included: you will meet your guide at the train station. Your tour will last approximately 9.5 hours and includes round-trip train tickets.
AVAILABLE ONLY SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
The Tour starts at 7:30 am. Depart by train to San Antonio with a short stopover at Yaguachi. The landscape changes as you move forward to picturesque rural endless sugar cane, banana, rice and cocoa plantations. Yearly floods from the rivers, as they run from the Andes to the Pacific coast, enriches the soil and restores its fertility.
10:50 Arrive at Hacienda La Danesa, which was established in 1870 and has 500 acres and breeds Swiss-Brown cattle and grows cocoa at its own plantation. Guests will discover life in a classic “Montubia” hacienda while learning how to prepare artisans chocolate with cocoa harvested from the best plantations in the world and enjoy cuisine in a “farm to fork” style with locally produced ingredients in a sustainable manner from the very same hacienda.
When your time here is complete, you will depart at 14:45 pm to Durán by train. Arrive at the Durán railway station at approximately 17:40 pm.
- Train ticket
- Local guide
- Non-alcoholic beverages on board
- Chocolate tasting
- La Danesa Hacienda visit
- Local taxes
- Extra expenses
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Gratuities (optional)
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring: Passport, clothes for the warm-humid weather, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellent.