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“Short journey through an interesting piece of engineering”

The Devil's Nose Train Ride
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2-Day Andes Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train Ride
Ranked #1 of 8 Tours in Riobamba
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Owner description: The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant outcrop that looks almost impossible to climb down. The train descents, in a breathtaking maneuver, 500 meters in just 12 kilometers across a zigzag craved in the rocks of the mountain, and continues deep into the Chanchan River gorge in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. The train operates from Tuesdays to Sundays departing from Alausi or Thursdays to Fridays departing from Riobamba.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Short journey through an interesting piece of engineering”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

A comfortable and guided journey down the mountain stopping at the old station for your lunch, to see the museum and see some traditional dancing. Good english-speaking guides, just a shame that you are no longer able to ride on top of the train! Lookout in september when longer pieces of track will be open with the possibility of going from quito to the coast in three days or so.

Visited April 2013
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“Worth the little exhausting trip to Alausí”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

It's great that Tren Ecuador is reactivating some of the railway tracks of the country. They do it with a really high quality standard, which is unusual for South America. But that doesn't mean, that it is only for Gringos. A lot of Ecuadorian people, who are very proud of "their" railway, are visiting it. The Alausí / Sibambe-Part is quite short, but impressive. Who wants to ride on the top of a train is wrong here and should try it in Africa or India. After a japanese guy has been killed sitting on the roof they started the service with closed panorama-trains, what surely is not the worst decision. If you have only a week in Ecuador it perhaps is a bit too exhausting to go to Alausí only for the train (the town is not really interesting).

Visited May 2013
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“An engineering attraction”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I am an engineer so I was in a position to really appreciate the challenges that the builders of that railway had to face in this specific area !
As a tourist , I really enjoyed the views on the way to the bottom part of the trip and the explanations provided at the museum when we stooped before coming back .
The ride is quite comfortable and it is quite easy to change the viewing location on the train .
It is better to reserve ahead of time preferably through a local hotel as we found that the train was full when we took the ride and some people (at least 20 ) were not able to do it without reservation . In fact this is true for all the train rides that were established in Riobamba and Quito .

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

This was a massive feat of engineering in it's time - and it's still an interesting excursion. However, I was disappointed by this ride which took planning and prior ticket purchasing. Perhaps because it was hyped? It is shorter than I imagined, less complicated drops than I pictured, and just not that exciting. (Perhaps it's because I've been through the Canadian Rockies by train? I'm not sure.) The seats are pre-assigned and are dining chairs which are not bolted to the floor. If you are sitting in the two-person side (rather than the 4-person side) you will not get the views on the trip. There is live commentary, but it's fast and accented English and I missed a good part of the content due to loud volume. My ticket included a drink and sandwich at the stop at the bottom... basic but welcome since it was lunchtime. There was also cultural dancing and a museum (free with ticket) if you care to wander up the steps. It is not possible to ride this train on the roof as was previously allowed.

By far, the cultural dancing and local music was my fave part of this excursion. Meeting the charming dancers and seeing my spouse dance with them made my afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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“A trip to remember”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

A fantastic experience! A well appointed comfortable ride down a unique engineering feat. A good English commentary added to the experience as we were able to understand the effort and skill that made this trip possible. The ticket included the cost of a snack and a drink at the cafe at the bottom of the descent. A display describing the construction with English legends was present which augmented the guides explanation. The locals at the bottom of the hill seem to take turns at running the usual 'touristy' traps but to be fair it a potential income in an isolated region. The train even runs along the streets of Alausi at the start and end of the journey.

Visited April 2013
Thank Brian R
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