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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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Highly recommend. Great views all the way down and back up. Refreshments at the bottom and dance... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Smithfield, North Carolina
via mobile
49 years later it is still an amazing trip

I have been traveling to Ecuador since 1965 and lived there for three years (1968-1970) as a Peace... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chuck L
Patate, Ecuador
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
+593 1800 873 637
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend. Great views all the way down and back up. Refreshments at the bottom and dance team.

Thank xit95i95
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been traveling to Ecuador since 1965 and lived there for three years (1968-1970) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In 1968 I took the steam locomotive driven train from Guayaquil to Riobamba. At that time I sat on the coal car behind the engineer...More

2  Thank Chuck L
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

The train departs from a quaint little town in the Andes ans the ride on the train is pretty amazing. you get to see how the train does its switchbacks. This tour was part of a Gate 1 trip. They take you to see the...More

1  Thank jlfurness
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We did not really enjoy this attraction. It was far too touristy for our tastes, but might be better suited for families with smaller children.

Thank David D
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Took the Devils Nose train trip in April and was pretty disappointed. We had planned our 10 day trip around this and racing to get there. Definitely not value for money at $32 for under 2 hours. Maybe it would suit families with young children...More

2  Thank AlfieDub
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Why does everyone lie about attractions in foreign countries? All information on the Devil's Nose Train Ride states that this ride is 2.5 hours. IT IS NOT ! The actual train ride, which is not impressive at all, is actually 1 hour. That's because 1.5...More

4  Thank Bernie690
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We took a trip from Quito specifically to see the Devils Nose Train. It was a long trip considering that the train ride itself was no more than 1 hour and forty five minutes. Sure, the scenery was great and the rail construction interesting but...More

1  Thank joeyrm7
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Despite its somehow short ride (less than three hours) this train that departs from Alausí (90 minute car ride from Riobamba) is a must when visiting the central highlands. The cars are kept in pristine condition (although no bar service) and the guides couldn't be...More

1  Thank PJRibadeneira
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The train itself and the commentary in our carriage were great. The journey each way offered fantastic views. The mandatory 1 hour stop at the bottom was tedious. It would have been fine if the museum had been open and we could have learnt more...More

Thank Dwooda
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Loved the ride and the spectacular views. I've read too many reviews about this activity being more of a 'tourist- trap' so I didn't expected much from it. Turned out we loved it so much; comfortable and clean train, attentive and friendly tour guide on...More

1  Thank Emilyah R
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10 January 2017|
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Response from Jimmycab51 | Reviewed this property |
I was driving. . After Devil's Nose, took the road to Cuenca, and took approximately 3 hours to get to that beautiful town
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13 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.
18 June 2016|
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Response from TrenEcuadorOficial | Property representative |
Dear Klaudiamelia, Many thanks for choosing to travel with us, the train of Ecuador has been rehabilitated since 2008, and now it is just a tourist-based public enterprise. We do offer the Devil´s nose track as part of our... More
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