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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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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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Interesting and scenic train trip in characterful train

Interesting and scenic train trip in characterful train. You have to be lucky to get a seat on the right side (looking forwards) which gives the best view

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting and scenic train trip in characterful train. You have to be lucky to get a seat on the right side (looking forwards) which gives the best view

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

More technical info , at least on handouts, would have been interesting to hsve. Folk dsncers were fail good. Crafts are priced here at lower prices than in other places in Ecuador, and if you like st buy it here because some things are only found here or in Alausi where the train starts.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A real fun trip!! The views are spectacular and the train ride is a blast. The village is fun to see and the station at the other end is great also. Not cheap trip but worth the cost. Plan on a day in which you can also visit the Inca ruins nearby. Don't miss it. It's part of the Ecuador... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The train from Alausi station is one of my favourite memories from Ecuador bc of the beautiful mountains :-). I look lots of pics and I enjoyed the zig zag train so much that I didn't notice that the train took 1 hr one way. After taking the train there will be one break at museum, where there will be... More 

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A great few hours - they give you a bi-lingual guide in every carriage - interesting scenery along the way - the double switch-back to get down the mountain is really interesting and the locals dancing near the platform once you arrive at your destination is entertaining. Alausi, where you start the train ride is an interesting little town to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ir was a very nice and scenic train ride up the mountains to see the Devil's Nose. I strongly recommend it with a prior advance purchase particularly during holidays.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took a 3pm train. The views are good. Not spectacular or amazing, just good. Maybe because of the weather, some other reviews here said the ride was better in the morning than in the afternoon. On our way back it was begginjng to fog up. The guide spoke Spanish and English at the beggining, and then (since we were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My husband and I took the 8AM train from Alausi and it was crowded on a weekday in early June. The earlier train departures are preferable as it clouds up in the afternoon. The train travels from Alausi to Sibambe down the Devil's Nose - a 765 meter rock face. To accomplish this, the train zig-zags from track to track... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Some friends gave me a trip on the Devil's Nose Train and it was one of the best gifts ever! The train is small and comfortable, the train station is efficient and charming and the town of Alausí was so lovely. Having a population of 4000, the little pueblo was friendly and accommodating. We chose the 11 am departure for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Nowadays Ecuador had various train rides to offer, all catered for (international) tourists and not for local transport. Prices are quite high, but the scenery from the antique train wagons is breath taking. Especially the Devil's Nose (that now leaves from Alausi station, not from Riobamba) is a beautiful scenic (although short) ride from Alausi to Sibambe and back. It... More 

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