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Private Tour of the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins

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    What to Expect
    Experience two of the most interesting destinations in the country. You will be picked up from your hotel and be transported to Alausi, a little town considered a national heritage. In this charming town, you will ride the train known as "The Devil’s Nose". In its day, it was considered one of the greatest feats of engineering that the world had seen. This railway was built in 1899 with the intent of linking the coastal city of Guayaquil with the highlands capital of Quito. This amazing ride traverses and descends an almost perpendicular mountain face by using switchbacks. Many lives were lost in the construction of this extraordinary railway. Your trip continues on the Pan-American Highway to Ingapirca, which is the major Inca archeological site in Ecuador. You will have the chance to appreciate one of the most important Inca structures, an elliptical platform known as the Sun’s Temple. Courtyards, terraces and various other ruins are found here as well. After a full day of touring, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

    Some highlights of this tour includes: 
    • Take a ride on one of the greatest railroad engineering feats, the famous Devil’s Nose Train.
    • See amazing panoramic views of unforgettable Andean landscapes full of contrasts
    • Visit the Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador’s largest Pre-Columbian archeological site 



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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel pickup from Central Cuenca hotel
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Any location within Cuenca
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Lunch (if option selected)
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Transport by private vehicle or van
    • Driver/guide
    • Private tour
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
    • Infant meals not included
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • For 1 to 5 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 5 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    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 2 weeks ago

    Devils nose railway is interesting and the beautiful drive there from Cuenca is a nice way to see a lot of the area. Then continuing on the Ingapirca site continues the opportunity to see the countryside. Ingapirca is a nice site, well maintained and partially...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Jay S
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Having the personal attention and all things planned for the day with a great guide made this one of the best choices on our trip. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Carol L
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I was unsure about the cost of a private tour, but once Herman picked us up at our airbnb, we knew we made the right choice. Herman is beyond knowledgeable, had no problems answering questions from people who wanted to know everything - history, geography,...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Doreen D
    Reviewed 27 February 2019 via mobile

    Because my mom can walk only a short way and is mostly confined to a wheelchair, we were very limited in the sightseeing we could do in and around Cuenca, Ecuador, but Javier opened the world to us. His English is excellent. He was wonderful...More

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    Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

    We had Herman as our guide an Jose as our driver. On the three hour drive to the train, Herman filled us in on all the history and mythology of the region. The train ride was amazing. Ingapirca is a must see. It is beautiful.More

    Thank skygoddessDenver
    Wilson V, General Manager at Cuenca Bestours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

    Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins tour with Herman and Jose. Actually that is our best selling tour and in my personal opinion the most interesting one. If you are ever back in...More

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    Bill L
    3 August 2018|
    Response from Pat6667 |
    Do we need to book ahead- we will be in Cuenca- the middle of Oct.? What is the weather like?
    Keith P
    21 May 2018|
    Response from Zee P | Reviewed this property |
    Simply the private tour means that you have control of the itinerary - we were able to leave a bit later than a group because we did not need to go pick up others and we were able to decide on a local restaurant for a more... More
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