Departing from Riobamba's gorgeously restored railway station at 8am Saturday and Sunday, this round-trip train tour takes you along the eastern flank of Chimborazo to the village of Urbina, where you can visit the 'last iceman,' Balthazar, who continues the village tradition of harvesting blocks of ice from the heights, using only an ax and a burro.

The station has a spotless adjoining cafe with coal train–slow service, and also a photo-op quality museum dedicated to artifacts of Ecuador's ferrocarril life past.

The last stop is at La Moya, a traditional indigenous village where you'll tour the crops and eat lunch.

Local hoteliers are still upset that the train no longer runs to Nariz del Diablo (the Devil's Nose), a once-popular route which now departs from Alousi.