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Nariz del Diablo Railroad

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Address: Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this scenic...

Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this scenic railroad travels over a series of switchbacks as it zigzags down the steep mountainside passing small villages and Andean lakes along the way.

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nice travel in a sunny day

took a 2:30 hours round trip from Alausi to Sibambe in the bottom of the "nariz del diablo" mountain. impressive enginnering to build the stepdown to the station. well deserve the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

took a 2:30 hours round trip from Alausi to Sibambe in the bottom of the "nariz del diablo" mountain. impressive enginnering to build the stepdown to the station. well deserve the trip and better in a sunny day. best time is the 11:00 train so you can have lunch at Sibambe cafeteria with the opportunity to taste typical dishes like... More 

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Lynmouth, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am glad that we didn't detour much to get here and we were lucky to stay in a lovely place which seem few and far between in Riobamba according to my research. You can see the same if not more spectacular views on your way in and out of Riobamba on the bus. Having said that, if trains are... More 

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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views are great and the train is nice and old, but the trip hardly has any charm left. With its bored guides, by the numbers dance routines and uninspiring museum. Sad to say, but it's been killed by its popularity. Another downpoint - it costs $30.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed the train from Alausi and were able to get some amazing photography and enjoy the views. There is a nice resteraunt to get some snacks and local style meals. We had a great time on the tour and look forward to trying out the new tour they are opening on Jan 12th to Riobamba. I... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

i went without a booking and i had to wait for 2 h... there are 3 trains per day and it cost 25 or 30usd.... i think its better to book... so u can get window seat... the tour is nice, the guide speaks eng and spanish but its kind of a tourist trap... to overpriced

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Words cannot describe the journey I took to get there. It was beyond my imagination and absolutely amazing trip and location! I saw this attraction via Tren Crucero and it's worth the money. The whole train cruise is once in a lifetime and a must do! I went from Guayaquil to Quito. My excursion made 13 stops on the railway... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

If you've got as far as here it is worth a trip on this train if only to see the stunning views as it goes down into the valley and back up via the numerous switchbacks. The only adive I would give is to make sure you pack some mozzie repellent (deet rather than any trendy citronella derived concoction which... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Shaking my head in disbelief at some of the critics -- of course this trip is not comparable to the Argentinean Tren a las Nubes. Hello? This is a 50-minute ride for $30 that gives you a chance to experience one of the world's most challenging railway solutions. And of course this train is a cog in the wheel of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

...you have plenty of time. While it is an engineering marvel, it is not something that can be appreciated riding it. The sights are alright and the train folks try to make it more than it is. The one hour stop in Sibambe is a drag between the mosquito's, the sad cafes and just made up nonsense. If you are... More 

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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The train takes you on a round trip from Alausi to the Sibambe. At Sibambe you get an hour to visit the museum, get a snack, and enjoy a folkloric dance performance. But take a look at the garden, along the stairway from the train platform to the museum, at the garden planted with food and medicinal plants. Here you... More 

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