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Address: Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
Description: 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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GREAT EXPERIENCE

Its a little far away from Quito but the ride is very pretty and the train is cool. Make sure you are more than 30 minutes prior departure there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Its a little far away from Quito but the ride is very pretty and the train is cool. Make sure you are more than 30 minutes prior departure there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

We took the afternoon train and the weather was great. Lots of sun and no clouds. Train cars are nicely restored and comfortable. You don't often get to ride on a steam train so don't miss this. We stayed overnight at a hotel fairly close to the train station in the town of Alausi. Don't think I would drive all... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Beautiful journey from the train station. Which is In a very pretty little town lovely watching the local people many of them in traditional costume. Train then winds its way down the mountains. Our young guide was totally useless. He told us a little. Then spent the rest of the journey on his iPhone !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We arrived in the afternoon to Alausi by bus and had planned on taking the 3 o'clock train, but it was quite cloudy and starting to rain, and after asking around apparently every afternoon was like this. We were told to take the train in the morning and we're really happy we did! it was a nice clear sunny morning!... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Train ride is only 12 KM, but goes from 11,000ft above sea level to 6,000 by way of switchbacks along the mountain side. Beautifully restored train cars.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It was a pleasant ride and very nice countryside and well worth the price but it just doesn't stand out enough to make it the purpose of a trip. I was in Riobamba and had a free day so I went and don't regret it. The staff on the train were quite friendly and informative. The remote station at the... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wonderful experience travelling on the train zigzagging down the mountain. Just a pity it was raining most of the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Ride this engineering marvel through the Andes Mountains. Sit back and enjoy this thrilling train ride through beautiful mountains and valleys. The views are spectacular , the ride smooth and relaxing. Enjoy a meal and traditional folk dancers before returning to Alausi. The narration on the trip is in both Spanish and English. Don't miss this unique adventure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This route may have changed, but the only train leaving from Alausi is to Simambe and the Devil's Nose. We made the mistake of waiting to get to Alausi to buy our tickets. We arrived one day prior to the day we wanted the trip and planned to stay one night after the trip. They were all sold out for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Took this train at 08:00AM. Coming from Quito [more than 300kms driving = 5 hours aprox] for a 12.5 kms ride] I would say that there are better views nearer. The train departs from Alausí at 08:00AM and takes you to the nearby beautiful Andean mountains. Goes up in a very difficult terrain (they say is the most dangerous railway... More 

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