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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Riobamba
Type: Scenic Railroads
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... more » 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. « less
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Hokitika
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We did this trip while spending a couple of nights in the pleasant little town of Alausi. Not really a train journey at all. It lasted 2.5 hrs but only an hour of that is spent on the train. The gorge is scenic and the big switchbacks are impressive but after 30 mins you reach the end and you have... More

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Washington, DC
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65 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This 12 kilometer stretch of rail was, for its time, an engineering wonder based on a clever switchback design that took the train forward and backward to ascend the steep mountain that’s supposed to resemble the Devil’s nose (though that's got to be in the eye of a very imaginative beholder). Now refurbished, this is the only remaining portion of... More

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American Abroad
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86 reviews 86 reviews
10 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Family group of 10 - 3 generations - with several train buffs - so this was one of the highlights of tour in Ecuador! The scenery is fantastic! The cars are comfortable - and the staff are courteous, but the speaker system did not work that well -and our staff person was not that good in English- so felt we... More

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Denver
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very nice train, well-maintained. The cafe and sitting areas at the base of the mountain are very nice also the history of the train was interesting to read. The community dancers (free) were great, as was the museum. Having the chance to pose with the llama or on the horse were nice touches (kids loved that).

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Paris, France
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not as wild as some might expect. The views are great, though. And they offer interesting explanation as to how they managed to make a railroad in such difficult geological conditions.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm not sure where the fuss comes from for this attraction if you could even call it that. I can imagine it was fun back in the day when you could ride on the roof and actually see something. The experience on the downhill side of the train I imagine was ok but hardly worth $25. On the other side... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

First of all, surprisingly out 161 reviews, I wasn’t able to find any practical logistical information on Nariz del Diablo – so without further ado, here it is. The Devil’s Nose train (Nariz del Diablo) takes off from a little town of Alausi, located about 4 hours north from Cuenca (also 6 hours east of Guayaquil and 4 hours south... More

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Hong Kong, China
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I am not a railway enthusiast, but it is listed as one of the top three rides in South America and having already completed the top one deservedly is right up there. Tickets were booked through our travel agent, but does not appear that easy as Government run. If your budget runs to it try to book the first class... More

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Bonn, Germany
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3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I am not a mechanic geek but I can understand and admire how some engineering project is really a combination of genius and determination and the railway track here is definitely one of those. It is touristic but things are well organized, the museum atop is informative and the cafe outside provides a great view. It is indeed a relatively... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

beautiful itinerary but somehow i expected more of it, more u turns to start with, my mistake, no doubt, but don't doubt of doing it when you are in the neighbourhood!

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