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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Ranked #3 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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Ecuador
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The train ride is fascinating and through some nice scenery, making for a good few hours. It does not matter which side of the train your seat is on, as on the return journey you swap seats to the other side, to allow everyone the photo opportunities. Well, in our carriage anyhow. There is a cafe and museum at the... More

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Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The train is very new and updated, with lots of shiny wood, etc., so a beautiful ride. It goes very slowly, so reports in past years that said that it was scary do not apply anymore, unless someone has a fear of heights. On the way down the train has a stopping place so that everyone can get off and... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Worht the Trip! -- A great little town to visit and have lunch at -- Great views and an unique experience --- Passports required for ID!

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Hokitika
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
65 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
11 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
6 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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