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On the train from Salinas

Northern Andes Train and Otavalo Market

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Day 1 : Tren de la Libertad and Otavalo Market

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On the train from Salinas

Day 1 Tren de la Libertad and Otavalo Market

The Tren de la Libertad rides on the northern circut of the railroad built at the beginning of the 20th century and connecting the northern highlands with the tropical coast.

Depart from Quito to Ibarra where you will embark on the train. The train descends down to the warm, dry valley of Ambuqui, going through sugar cane plantations, magical landscapes, and 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. Arrive in Salinas and enjoy lunch composed of delicious, local dishes before visiting the village of Otavalo with its famous indigenous craft market that is the largest in South America. Return to Quito in the late afternoon by car.

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