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THE CACAO TRAIN

DURÁN – HACIENDA LA DANESA – DURÁN

The Cacao Train

Discover the historical route that resemble the construction of the Trans-andean railway from the intense coastal plains to the majestic Andes while visiting the exclusive Hacienda La Danesa.

The property was established in 1870 along with the first railway stations built in the Ecuadorian coast. Discover live 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 local produced ingredients in a sustainable manner from the very same hacienda.

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Departures & Rates

Departures:
Friday, Saturday*, Sunday* and holidays
Schedule:
08:00 to 17:50 (check in 30 minutes prior departure)
Rates:
Standard $112,00
Plus Child / Senior Citizen / People with Special Needs $97,50**

* Operates on saturdays and sundays every 15 days.
** Rates for children apply from 2 years old to 11 years and 11 months old.
** Access to differentiated rates upon presentation of enabling documents.
2017 Rates and Departures are subject to change without prior notice.

Itinerary

08:00 Departure by train to San Antonio with a short stopover at Yaguachi. The landscape changes as we move forward from painteresque rural to endless sugar cane, banana, rice and cocoa plantations. Yearly floods from the rivers, while they run form the Andes to the Pacific coast, enriches the soil and restores its fertility.

10:50 Arrival to Hacienda La Danesa. Established in 1870, the 500 acres hacienda breeds Swiss-Brown cattle and grows cocoa at its own plantation. Our guests will learn how to prepare hand-made chocolate! Gourmet lunch at the hacienda.

14:45 Departure to Durán by train.

17:40 Arrival to Durán railway station.

What is included?

Train ticket, guidance during the itinerary, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on board, chocolate tasting, lunch and activities at Hacienda La Danesa.

What is extra?

Services not detailed in the itinerary.

Travel Tips

Clothing: Wear layers, clothes for warm-humid weather, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellent.

Altitude: From 80 to 320 meters above sea level. Temperature from 25 ° to 34°C.

Important: At Duran station free, guarded parking station is available for our clients.

Notice: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.

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