Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Roses and More Roses

Our little train climbed to just about 12,000 feet before noon. The train is revered by this population that depends greatly on tourism. All along the roadside people congregate and stop what they are doing to smile and wave at the passing Tren Crucero.

It was a little chilly at our stop in Urbina, where we were treated to a presentation from the only remaining ice merchant in the region.

There are 26 people on our train, most are from the U.S., but a few other countries are represented. Well into day three, we have become a friendly group.

We had a lovely lunch in one of the only surviving structures from the earthquake of 1949 in Ambato. Then on to Navado Rose plantation for a fascinating presentation on the rose production process from seed to ship.

We returned to the train for the final push to Latacunga only to find a dozen roses at my seat. A sweet anniversary present from the Tren Crucero crew.

The tour guides also arranged for a spectacular upgrade on our room at Hacienda La Ciénega. A memorable anniversary indeed.

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