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

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One of the finest and most daring feats of engineering that the world had seen, The Devil Nose train switchbacks down rocky slopes connecting the Andes mountains to the coast. In this tour not only will you get to ride The Devil Nose train, but also visit Ingapirca, the most important remains from the Incas in Ecuador.
  • 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank WorldTraveler9975
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank LauraRikhof
Cuenca B, General Manager at Cuenca Bestours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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...More

Reviewed 28 August 2019

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank K M
Reviewed 24 August 2019

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank lucky71153
Cuenca B, General Manager at Cuenca Bestours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 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...More

Reviewed 6 August 2019

Brilliant tour. Everything ran so smoothly from hotel pick up onwards. Our tour guide Javier (forgive me if I'm not spelling/pronouncing correctly) was absolutely superb. His knowledge, friendliness and personality made the day even better. His 10years as a tour guide certainly shows. The scenery...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank OhYesIndeedy
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Robert M
8 April 2018|
Response from Anuraga R | Reviewed this property |
around 7pm. depends on the traffic and weather though. the guide will drop you at either your hotel/pick up point or one of the major landmarks.
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