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The Devil's Nose Train Ride

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Address: Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
Phone Number:
1800 873637
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08:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 13:30
Thu - Fri 06:30 - 13:30
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The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant...

The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant outcrop that looks almost impossible to climb down. The train descents, in a breathtaking maneuver, 500 meters in just 12 kilometers across a zigzag craved in the rocks of the mountain, and continues deep into the Chanchan River gorge in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. The train operates from Tuesdays to Sundays departing from Alausi or Thursdays to Fridays departing from Riobamba.

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A nose that is hard to climb

It's a custom-make for tourists train ride as you would expected. The rails build alone a very challenged terrains with significant costs at that time. Deep gorges, creeks, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As they say, "If you like it, do it again". Can't get over it, not only the spectacular views, but also the history how they built this trail, practically "by hand". While riding it, look for the narrow passages cut through the terrain, although not advised, you can reach through the windows and touch the rocks and vegetation around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a custom-make for tourists train ride as you would expected. The rails build alone a very challenged terrains with significant costs at that time. Deep gorges, creeks, and steep hills are main attractions of the ride. However, I also spent some time in observing the operation of the train itself. It's also interesting. The interesting sights are in both... More 

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Preston, Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is important to take your passport or a copy with you as this is checked against the booking before boarding the train. We booked the train tickets online in the UK and one of the concerns we had was understanding the difference between all the coaches which are merely identified by numbers. We booked on U01, but on the... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our way to cuenca from the valley of volcanos we had two stops in between Nariz del Diablo and ingapirca. The last one including the Hostal El Castillo was very nice. But the train Nariz del Diablo was a big deception. It was very touristic with almost an hour stop for a local cafetaria. The dance group was okay.... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Ok the line was pretty steep and it was interesting to see the switchbacks in operation which allowed us to drop 1500 ft. But most of it was pretty tame. It was very well organised and very professional. Problem is you cannot see how difficult it was to build as you need a helicopter. The flies were biting at the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I love going on train rides but this one really wasn't worth the money. It was very touristy, the ride itself takes about 45 minutes one way. The scenery is ok, but typical for the region (no need to go on the train). Down at Simbane, there are dancers waiting and the whole train ride is only for tourists really.... More 

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Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I found it odd to see my fellow passengers excitedly jockeying for position at the windows to photograph the view, knowing that most of them had taken roads to the train station that were more vertiginous and offered far more exciting views, than this very tame ride. On the way back up, they all remained seated, so maybe they didn't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a day trip train that runs between Alausi and the craft village of Sibambe, where there is folk dancing, handicrafts, and snacks. You ride down a cliff where, at two points, the engineers throw a switch, and the train reverses direction -- there is no room for a turnaround otherwise. This will be one of the highlights of... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

As a former railroad executive many customers are seeking an adventure, of some type. The Devils Nose is certainly an adventure. The scenery is spectacular, perhaps for some even scary. The views from the cars opens up vast mountain valleys with some animals but that's not the main purpose of this ride. The cars and the seats are very well... More 

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Timbuktu, Tombouctou, Mali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I took the train from Alausi. I had booked on line (although off season it was not necessary). I took the 8 am train that I thoroughly recommend as I had both sides of the carriage to myself. The cabin attendant/guide was great (Spanish/English). Half way stop for cafe break and cultural goodies (bought a string bag). Great experience.

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