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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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Hours:
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 tourist trip but fabulous views

Not as exciting as it used to be as you can no longer sit on the roof but it was fun. The carriages give you that old world feeling and the scenery is very impressive. The stop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kazzie1409
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not as exciting as it used to be as you can no longer sit on the roof but it was fun. The carriages give you that old world feeling and the scenery is very impressive. The stop at the end before you turn around is a lot of fun as there are a couple of local handicraft shops and a... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The train touted as exciting was Not. The train does not climb switchbacks. It passes the turn, then simply backs-up to go in the other direction. Poor scenery in my opinion. There's no longer any sitting on the roof as you'll see on You Tube.

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Thank WANDERERflorida
Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is located about 40 minutes by train from Alausi, all the trip you will enjoy the amazing views, at the place you have many activities to enjoy, like local dances, handicrafts, a museum and two cafeterias. nice place!! recommended

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We boarded the train out of the town Alausi. This town has great food and pastries! The train ride is actually short but makes stops so that you can enjoy the scenery. It really doesn't matter which side you sit on since everyone gets up to look outside the window. The views are amazing and steep! I recommend this if... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Marco M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

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 10 January 2017 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 9 January 2017 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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Thank Davancar
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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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