TO DO Award 2018 Tren Ecuador, Ecuador
The public enterprise Tren Ecuador is an unique tourism project and national cultural heritage. Since 2010, it has been offering four day rail cruises between Guayaquil on the coast and Quito in the Andes, with the objective of involving and strengthening local communities along the travel route. The concept includes encounters with local cultures at various cafés, handicraft workshops, museums, etc. A total of more than 5.000 jobs have been created. 180 micro-enterprises are under contract. They are getting paid in line with fair trade conditions and receive comprehensive consultancy and training. The innovative and sustainable project has created new tourism products along the travel route and provides a high quality travel experience of the natural and cultural wealth of Ecuador.