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The Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo Railroad)

Riobamba - Alausi, Riobamba, Ecuador
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Riobamba
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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, Landmarks
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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Ecuador
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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Huayacocotla
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We visited it on the way from Cuenca to Quito. It´s worth to see it, if its on your way, but not to dedicate more than 6 hours (both ways), if you take a tour from Quito. You take the train in the little and painteresque town of Alausi. The fare is US $ 25 which includes a small breakfast... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

You will really enjoy this if you like train journeys. It isn't a very long journey but is a very dramatic train ride through spectacular scenery. The train has to switchback its way down the valley and back up again as it is so steep. You spend about an hour at Sibambe station which is a bit touristy - a... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

First, the train doesn't departs from Riobamba anymore despite you can buy the ticket there. You have to go to Alausi to take the train. I didn't take the train because it's too expensive for that short ride, instead I hiked along the Andes, reached the station and walked along the railway for return, met some locals along the way... More 

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nottingham
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210 reviews 210 reviews
77 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you're into trains this will suit you, it's spectacular scenery and a really unusual bit of engineering. The train departs from the attractive town of Alausi, and rapidly drops down through spectacular scenery until it gets to the "Devil's Nose" which is so steep that the train cannot go down in the normal way, and has to "switch-back" it's... More 

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Winchester, England
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129 reviews 129 reviews
11 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The train departs Alausí station (NOT Riobamba), and travels to Sibambe where it stops for about an hour and a half before returning to Alausí. As you can imagine this is almost exclusively for the benefit of tourists, but the trip is enjoyable enough passing through some nice scenery. The actual time on the train is only about 30 minutes... More 

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England
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The train is comfortable, the views are spectacular, and it was a very pleasant trip. It was a bit 'touristy' at the bottom, but the 'free' refreshments were excellent

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