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The Devil's Nose Train Ride

Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
+593 1800 873 637
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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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Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family and I ordered tickets ahead of time and arrived to the station nearly an hour before departure. The town is nice to walk around. There are artisans selling blankets, backpacks, shawls, etc. The train ride itself was delightful. The train was comfy and...More

Thank melidot23
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I did this trip several years ago, when the train left from Riobamba, passed by Chimborazo, stopped in Alausi, then continued on to the end. The Devils Nose is not to be missed. The train descends down switchbacks to the bottom, then climbs back up....More

Thank Panamajoe2017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a train ride for tourists down and up a section of railway. The stops could be a bit shorter as there is not a lot to see or do at them.

Thank 56stevem68
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Had really been looking forward to th8s train ride, ever since friends had done it in the 1980s...well times have changed, Be warned that when the train halts at the bottom of the ravine (and yes, the scenery on the way down is spectacular),there is...More

Thank barbaramB6150JB
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The Devils Nose is a way out of the way for some itineraries. We spent 2 nights in the less than delightful Riobamba to include it in our trip as our 4 year old loves trains. There are plenty of mixed reviews on here already:...More

2  Thank S1AX
Reviewed 16 October 2017

You will experience gorgeous scenery on this leisurely train ride. I had expected something with more excitement, but maybe that was poor research on my end. The guide gave detailed information in Spanish, but his English version was limited (but that was OK as I...More

1  Thank carol h
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This may not be the best ride in the world but it is beautiful and worth it. The history, the construction, the challenges and the story around This Train Ride is appreciative. It Is Definitely on the expensive side for the budget travellers but there...More

Thank AlienTraveller1978
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing engineering and a gorgeous trip on tren crucero! One of the highlights of the trip from Guayaquil to quito!

1  Thank jmupamela
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We took the devil's nose train trip from Alausi. It costs $32 pp for a 1.5 hour train ride. In between there is a pause of about one hour. The view from the train is nice, but it is not really exciting and mostly very...More

1  Thank René H
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I went with my Ecuadorian family and for them it was a big adventure. For me it was rather boring, just a long ride along a river gorge. The tour guide gave the information in Spanish, so I understood only a little. And the touristy...More

1  Thank Louisb333
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6 August 2017|
Response from Chuck L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure where your one-way destination is. The train does not go to Cuenca (unfortunately) and the trip to the Nariz del Diablo one way from Alausi would leave you out in the middle of a deep gorge alone. The Indians will... More
10 January 2017|
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Response from Fernando I | Reviewed this property |
Driving, sorry by the delay, you can go there driving from Riobamba or staying the night at Alausi
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14 December 2016|
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Response from John4One | Reviewed this property |
I suggest the right side is slightly better going down, as better views of the valley, although both sides are good. Coming back (uphill) is much faster.