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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features four different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and the site entrance fee.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$346.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$346.00

The End of the World Train Admission Ticket

Travel to Tierra del Fuego National Park aboard the heritage End of the World train for a scenic and historical trip to Argentina’s only coastal national park. The rail line follows the route of the original convict train that ran in Ushuaia from 1910 to 1947. Learn about the history of the region as you take in a remote landscape dotted with rivers, waterfalls, forest and mountains. Have the option to remain for the day or longer when you reach the National Park station, or return on the same day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$32.50
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Train to the Clouds Experience

Experience the Argentine Andes with this all-day railway adventure. Select your preference for a combination bus and train or train-only tour and embark on your journey. Learn about the region from a informative guide, stop for a complimentary breakfast in the mountain village of Alfarcito, and admire landmarks like Termas de Pompeya and the elegant trestle bridge, La Polvorilla Viaduct.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$79.00
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$79.00

Devils Nose Train Ride from Alausi

Make sure you check this must-do off your list while visiting Ecuador by booking ahead for a ride on the Devil's Nose train. With a guide providing commentary, enjoy the ride on the marvel of engineering, which tackles near-perpendicular walls and gives views of the Chanchan River. Learn about the traditions and history of the Puruhuas native community in Sibambe and get a chance to take photos and explore on your own during free time.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$33.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$33.00

Panamá Canal Railway Tour

Ride the Panamá Canal Railway, the first transcontinental railroad, during this excursion from Panamá City. On board the train, chug down the tracks that were first laid in 1501 on the isthmus of Panamá. Pass the Panamá Canal Locks, the lush rainforest and the peaceful Gatun Lake. Make sure to bring your camera for great photo ops. When you reach Colón, make the 1-hour journey back to Panamá City by road. Round-trip transportation from Panamá City hotels is included.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Free Cancellation
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US$140.00
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  • Duration: Flexible
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US$140.00

Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

Escape the ordinary on this immersive bike-riding day trip to the charming town of Cartago. Experience the Costa Rican rail system with a short train ride, and then hop on your bike for a two-wheeled tour around Cartago’s historic streets. Learn about the town’s colonial history with your expert guide, and visit a local market to sample delicious produce and traditional treats before heading back to San Jose by bus. A small group limit of 12 people provides a personalized experience on this half-day tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Round-trip Independent Rail Tour to Zipaquirá from Bogotá on Scenic Train

Hop aboard a vintage steam (or oil) train to admire the beautiful Colombian landscape on this 9-hour journey to the scenic town of Zipaquirá, with round-trip locomotive journey from Bogotá. Start with a relaxing train ride, taking in majestic views of the Colombian landscape along the way. Then spend a few hours on your own exploring the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its salt cathedral, and nearby Cajicá, an idyllic Colombian village, before returning by train to Bogotá. Your excursion includes a train ticket and round-trip transportation from hotels in Bogotá.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.34
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antoninna from Curitiba

Ride the Serra do Mar train through the preserved Atlantic Forest on this excursion from Curitiba. Learn about the history of the Brazilian railroad during this scenic ride and visit the villages of Antonina and Morretes. This 8-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Curitiba hotels.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$120.00

Portobelo by Rail and Gatun Locks Full-Day Tour from Panama City

Discover Panama’s rich history by rail on a full-day tour to Portobelo and Gatun Locks from Panama City. Board the iconic Trans-Isthmian Railway that links Panama’s two coasts and explore the 17th-century fortifications at Portobelo. Hear stories of pirates and Spanish gold, learn the legend of Sir Francis Drake’s final battle, then light a candle beside the revered Christ figure in a nearby church. Finish your day with a trip to the canal’s most famous locks, where engineers held back the jungle with a towering earthen dam.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$279.99
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  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$279.99

'Tren del Hielo I' Experience: Riobamba - Urbina - La Moya - Riobamba

If you want a day of non-stop adventure, this is the tour for you.  Private pickup from Guayaquil takes you to Riobamba, where you’ll hop on the Ice Train with your guide and discover some of Ecuador’s best natural wonders and meet the famous Baltazar Ushca.  You’ll also visit La Maya, where you’ll learn from the descendants of the Puruha people. After an included meal, head back to Guayaquil.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$206.00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$206.00

Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba

Travel via train to Morretes City during this 9-hour journey from Curitiba. Board the train in the early morning and chug down tracks built in the 19th century through Serro do Mar, a large swath of preserved Atlantic rainforest. Pass canyons, waterfalls, gorges and get a glimpse of the landscape's amazing biodiversity. Explore Morretes City's churches, craft markets and colonial homes before settling down on the banks of the Nhundiaquara River for a lunch of traditional regional dishes. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Curitiba hotels are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$161.00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$161.00

'Tren del Hielo II' Experience: Ambato - Mocha - Urbina - Cevallos - Ambato

This train combines scenery, culture and shopping in a journey that takes us from the temperate valley of Ambato to the Andean high plateau – known as paramo- of Urbina, more than 4,000 meters above sea level in the foothills of Chimborazo. There, the last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo and custodian of this ancient trade awaits us. Those willing to stay overnight in this unique place can book a comfortable room at the Train Mountain Lodge.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$174.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$174.00


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