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Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca

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US$ 79.98
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Combine the best parts of the Andes on this full-day tour from Cuenca, on which all transportation is taken care of. Not renting a car means you'll have ample time to enjoy the scenery and snap photos while a guide takes care of the driving. Ride the Devil's Nose Train, explore the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, and round out the day with an optional traditional Ecuadorian lunch on this stress-free experience that's ideal for first-time visitors.
  • Enjoy the scenery instead of focusing on the road, as all transportation is included
  • Traditional Ecuadorian lunch option provided, letting you travel light
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience
  • Guided commentary to complement the sights
What to Expect
Your relaxing day exploring the Andes begins with pickup at your hotel in Cuenca. Find a comfortable seat in the tour vehicle and enjoy the scenery on the ride to Alausi, where you'll board the Devil's Nose train, built in 1899. Get your camera ready to snap stunning photos during the descent down the near-perpendicular mountain face along dozens of switchbacks.  Continue down the Pan-American Highway, listening to in-depth commentary from your guide on the region's history and culture. Arrive in Ingapirca to explore one of Ecuador's most important archaeological sites. Follow your guide on a tour of the site's highlights, including the courtyards, terraces, and a elliptical platform known as the Sun's Temple. Learn much more through a guided tour than you would exploring on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator, 1-75, Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour departs at 7:20 AM from Cuenca Bestours office. We offer pick-ups at any centrally located hotels or address in Cuenca as well.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Licensed tour Guide/Driver
  • Transportation
  • Lunch in local restaurant (If option selected)
  • All taxes, handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Lunch
  • Train Tickets $33 adult, $25 seniors and children
  • Entrance fee to Ingapirca $2 each
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - The Devil's Nose Train Ride
  • Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Ruins
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • All bookings are subject to Ferrocarriles del Ecuador availability.
  • Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free/Lactose Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • Train tickets are not included due to different rates for locals, foreigners, adults and seniors. However, we can book them for you and you can pay in cash at the pick up. Please contact us to info@cuencabestours.com for more details.
  • For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 6 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Excellent guide. Went the extra effort in showing us a great traditional cafe for traditional food. Had a great trip. Thanks
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We left for the trip and arrived to board the train. This is when we learned of the country-wide transit strike. The train portion of the trip was delayed but went on as planned. After the train, we learned that the Pan American Highway was blocked due to numerous protests. Our
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Yesterday I did the tour to the Devil's nose train and Ingapirca with Luis as my tourguide. It was almost a private tour since the was only one couple more. We first visited the train, after that had lunch (more a dinner, with soup, rice/chicken and a cake) and after that
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Response from Cuenca B, General Manager at Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Dear LauraRi, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Luis. Ecuador is a beautiful country and there is so much to see, the Devil's Nose Train Tour is one of the biggest attractions in the area and even though its a full day tour, is really worth! We have designed the tour with several stops on the way, so, you can enjoy it and make the drive smooth. All our tour guides are safe drivers and are trained permanently to provide you with the most interesting information of the highlights of Ecuador. We are glad you appreciate that. We hope to have you again in Ecuador and one of our tours! Cuenca Bestours Team
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Wonderful trip. Wilson was an awesome and knowledgeable guide. We ran into an unexpected festival in a small town a few miles from the train station. The road was shut down and Wilson took creative steps to arrange impromptu alternative transportation. We got to the train just
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This trip has many components. The drive to and from the sites was very scenic and the changes in the landscapes was beautiful. The van used for the tour was not very comfortable. There were 9 of us on the tour and my seat had nowhere for my feet. It was very cramped and not
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Response from Cuenca B, General Manager at Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca
Responded 25 Aug 2019
Thank you for your feedback, we are very disappointed with your rating but we are glad that you enjoyed most of the tour. Here below our comments related to your review. We have been using the same vans all the time for the tour and never had a bad comment about the vehicles we use. We understand that you are a very tall person and the vans we have here in Ecuador are not designed for your size, unfortunately. However, we appreciate very much your comment. In the future, we will try to accommodate and assign seats based on the traveler's sizes. We are glad you enjoyed the Ingapirca Ruins with Pedro. Unfortunately, we can not control the weather and its a pity that it was rainy and windy. Normally the weather in Ingapirca is very good all-year-round and especially at this time of the year. About the train ride. We are not the company that operates the train, it's Ferrocarriles del Ecuador. We arrange the tour to get there and book the tickets but have no influence on the operation of the train. Also, the timing you describe is not correct, the train goes from Alausi to Sibamabe and this ride takes 45 - 50 minutes, then stops at the station that is managed by the indigenous people of Nizag, which is the social impact part of the tour. The idea is to involve the local people in tourism. They have some local crafts they make, they show you the traditional dances, they have a museum where they show you how local people live, they also prepare the best bread you can find in the area and its a very good opportunity for a coffee. After a one hour stop, the train goes back to Alausi which is another 45 minutes. So, in total around 1:30 hours on the train and not 35 minutes as you suggest. This part of the train is so famous because is considered one of the most difficult railway engineering projects ever built. About 3.000 people died there to finally connect the Coast to the Andes. The views are a highlight but also to be able to ride this very important and historical train is. You get to see these amazing views from the van all the way to Alausi and back to Cuenca as well. Thank you again for your comments and we hope this helps other guests to have a more accurate idea of the tour and plan their trips. Sincerely, Cuenca Bestours Team
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Key Details
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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