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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

Address: Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions 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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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
6 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This has been the best experience in Ecuador, the scenery and the train are just something you don't see anywhere else in the world and I have traveled all over Europe and South America. This is a must while traveling through Ecuador!

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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

the Nariz del Diablo is a definite go. Very interesting engineering. Great views - the Museum at the bottom of the valley is well worth visiting. The tour guide was fantastic.

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Ecuador
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Taking the train to the Devil's nose was such a neat experience. The train has comfy seats (though you'll find yourself standing and peering out the windows at the beautiful sites more than sitting). Each train car is also staffed with a tour guide that speaks English and Spanish. On the way to the Devil's nose, they'll explain the history... More 

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

How to get a train down a vertiginous slope of the Andes. Well it's 500 metres and they manage it in only 12 km. how? By using a switchback technique, the train going backwards and forwards with someone leaping out and changing the points at each turn. I think it's the only train I've ever been on where you can... More 

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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I am not sure why some people are complaining about the price being too expensive and you cannot ride on top of the carriages anymore. There is obviously a reason why you can't ride on the top however this does not compromise the outstanding views of the trip. As for the price of $25 you get lunch included , a... More 

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United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Recommended as one of THE things to do in Ecuador by one travel book, I had high expectations. The train has a lovely classic carriage feel, and the journey itself is pleasant enough, switch backing down the side of some steep drops before stopping at the base of the valley. You're then treated to a touristy affair of traditional dancing,... More 

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