Tren Crucero, Ecuador

One of the world’s most thrilling railway journeys is now possible once again, thanks to a four-year, $280 million renovation project in Ecuador. Constructed in the late nineteenth century, many sections of the 450 kilometre line between capital Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil had previously been closed, following years of neglect and landslides during the 1990s.

With a new service starting in June 2013, the “Tren Crucero” now transports travellers in high style through some of Ecuador’s most awe-inspiring scenery, past volcanic giants such as Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. It also tackles the legendary stretch of track known as the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose), a dramatic series of switch-backs that allow the train to negotiate the steep gradient.