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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

Address: Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Riobamba
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this scenic railroad travels over a...
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Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: 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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Edmonton, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

For best views catch the 8:00 am train. The area often clouds over in the afternoon. The website indicates the train is full when seats are still available. There is a 1-800 number you can call to buy your tickets from North America on the Tren Ecuador website. Also, tickets can be purchased from any "Tren Ecuador Estacion". We bought... More 

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Bremen, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This review has nothing to do with Riobamba. Instead of taking the train from Riobamba to Alausi you can, instead, go directly to Alausi, Ecuador by bus or car and ride the train from there. Doing so will shave off about 3 hours of train ride time had you originated in Riobamba. (Riobamba to Alausi takes 5 hours and then... More 

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Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The train to the Devil`s nose was amazing, a good experience to live in Ecuador. interesting museum, people very friendly. highly recommended. Please choose a good hotel, there are a city called Chunchi, where you can find a cheaper and better hotel. it is just 30 minutes to the train station..

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Albury, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

As per previous travellers, this is worth a stop, but not a detour. The train leaves from Alausí (NOT RIOBAMBA) and costs $25; there are 3 tours per day. The train is comfortable and they have knowledgeable guides (Spanish, English, or French-speaking). The reason this is famous is because the train climbs 600m in 10km with switchbacks up the steep... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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124 reviews 124 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Nariz del Diablo is worth a stop if you are driving from Cuenca to Quito. We took the early morning train. It's a beautiful but shor train ride through the dry Andean slopes. Overall worth a stop, but not a detour.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This was a great ride we had heard about from Trip Advisor. We decided to go to this train ride from Quito. We were told we could take the bus to Alausi, ride the train, and take the bus back to town. So we set out on a day trip to do just that. The bus trip to Alausi took... More 

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

While in the Riobamba area, be sure to take the thrilling ride on The Devil's Nose train. Beautiful landscape with water ways etched on the nearby hills. Frequent landslides on the switchback increase the heart rate, particularly if it's raining.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I've always heard about the marvelous ride that this train was. Never had the chance on getting on board until this past New Year's holiday weekend. I absolutely loved it! Great scenery, and a Great trip!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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194 reviews 194 reviews
8 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Both sides have good views and train does not turn around. So between 2 sides i would pick right side to get a seat.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Both adults and kids loved this little excursion. It's scenic, cultural, historical . . . and to my way of thinking, the mountains of Ecuador are the fascinating heart of the country.

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