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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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Train through the Andes

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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

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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Budapest, Hungary
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285 reviews 285 reviews
117 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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Japan
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

we booked a tour from Cuenca,left at 7am,arrived at 10.30 and took the 11 am train. We were allocated seats. English speaking guide,we found it very interesting and enjoyed the trip. A light lunch was included with the ticket and Interpretive Centre was enlightening,guide spoke excellent English

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King George, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Took the 8 AM ride. Views were outstanding. Interesting narrative about its history and construction. Worth the money in my opinion. They offer a discounted price for seniors. (Our bus ride from Quito to Alausi, about 4+ hours, was only $5)

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Dwyran, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We arrived just in time to get our passports stamped and board the train. Seats were allocated in a carriage with an English speaking guide. We were lucky with the weather and had spectacular views. Part way along the track we stopped to get out and view the Devils Nose. At the bottom of the descent we were given refreshments... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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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