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If you happen to be passing through ´The White City´of Ibarra in Ecuador´s Northern Highlands, then opting to take the local Autoferro – a colourful bus on rails – will offer you a refreshing, alternative perspective on this breath-graspingly beautiful area.

If you happen to be passing through ´The White City´of Ibarra in Ecuador´s Northern Highlands, then opting to take the local Autoferro – a colourful bus on rails – will offer you a refreshing, alternative perspective on this breath-graspingly beautiful area. The train traveling from Ibarra to the old salt mine town of Salinas via the stunning valley of the Rio Chota can at moments seem like a thrilling fairground ride with no safety certificate. Yet it is well worth riding across the precarious bridge to take in the jaw-dropping surroundings and to feel the seemingly boundless spirit of Ecuador.

As passengers sit atop the open double decker vehicle, ducking to avoid stray cables and bridges, they are struck dumb by the inviting mountainous backdrop and endless fields of sugar cane. Meanwhile, on arrival at the friendly Afro-Ecuadorian community of Salinas visitors are offered an insightful window into a reality of very little material wealth but which is bursting to the seams with energy and life.

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