We spent a couple days in Quito before boarding the train. The extra day or so gave us time to shop for clothes for the beach and warmer sweaters for the higher altitudes we knew we'd pass through on the Train Cruise.
We got a little sidetracked. This vendor was a lot of fun, trying to get us to buy alpaca slippers. We thought about it, but passed. They were nice and warm, but none of us wanted to carry them on the trip. Maybe next time.
On the day of departure, we left the hotel bright and early. The Quito train station is lovely.
It was built on an old Inca Palace. It later served as a monestery and a temporary home of the French Geodesic Mission.
In 1921, a former President of Ecuador, Gral. Leonidas Plaza Gutiérrez, bought the property and it remains in the family, now owned by a granddaughter, Mignon Plaza.
Our evening was spent in another beautiful old hacienda, Hacienda Hato Verde, which has been in the family for 4 decades.
A beautiful view of the south side of the Cotopaxi volcano can be seen from the property.
We had a wonderful dinner and slept soundly in the quiet and beauty.