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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

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Address: Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this...

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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We had rented a car and had a week driving from Quito to Guayaquil. I knew the train was just off the main road so did my research and booked tickets. I enjoyed the ride, not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had rented a car and had a week driving from Quito to Guayaquil. I knew the train was just off the main road so did my research and booked tickets. I enjoyed the ride, not without reservations My advice, give the spread of reviews here, to anyone planning a trip on the train is. 1. Read the history yourself... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ride in the Devils Nose rail ride was a wonderful experience with stunning views and a lovely comfortable ride. The people were friendly and the safety and quality of the ride excellent.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I should have read more of these reviews instead of just Lonely Planet. This is not for anyone who has ever done any hiking in the mountains. I think that a lot of the older people liked it, and I think kids would too. The price is high although there is a senior discount. If you are hungry, I think... More 

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Everett, Washington
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here as part of a 10 day tour. It was not scary as internet accounts had indicated, but the views were great. The train does zig zag down the steep incline. Especially enjoyed the folk dancers at Simbambe station (at the bottom), had coffee and a snack at the restaurant, and photos taken on the burro. Very enjoyable with... More 

2 Thank Elaine C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drop from Alausi to Sibambe is spectacular, provided you are seated on the right hand side of the train in seats V & P, not M. The switchbacks are very cool too. The stay of almost an hour at Sibambe is too long. Well worthwhile if you can book the right seats! ps - on the road towards Cuenca... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

First of all this attraction is not in Riobamba, it is in Aluisi which is a 2 hour bus ride from Riobamba. You can buy the ticket at the bus station in Riobamaba but have get the bus from the main bus terminal. For $30 each this was massively overpriced. The scenery was fairly good but I've seen much better... More 

1 Thank Thilb15
Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is actually the Alausí-Nariz del Diablo line. Alausi, a quant little town located south of Riobamba and north of Cuenca, is the starting point to this wonderful adventure. Book your tickets ahead of time and let the fun begin. Ride a well refurbished train down a steep, narrow track all the way to Sibambe. The local population will perform... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

After reading about the journey, and having been recommended to do it by people we met, my boyfriend and I were really looking forward to riding the Nariz del Diablo. However, this was a massive disappointment, total ripoff and, to be honest, an ordeal to sit through. Within 30 seconds of the train rolling out of the picturesque platform, a... More 

3 Thank Soapywise
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I was skeptically at first to do that tour after the constant rise of the price for it in the last couple of days. For 30USD you get a 12km train-ride which takes 3 hrs in total ( including 1 hr break at the turnaround point). The landscape is stunning and worth doing this tour even tho you could also... More 

2 Thank Chris R
Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The half day trip with the nariz del diabolo was a big disappointment and a waste of a half day. Completely over prized for the value and a touristic site, this is what you get to see when the train ride stopped at its final destination. The is a restaurant (bad services and selection of choices) as well a a... More 

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