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The Devil's Nose Train Ride
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Devils Nose Train Ride from Alausi
Ranked #2 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.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went to Riobamba specifically to take the Devil's nose train. FOund out when we got there that they no longer allow passengers on top of the cars.

4  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

The trains are really new and the descriptions that its the most dangerous train ride are totally not founded in reality. It was the hardest to build and many people died in construction, but the ride itself which will set you back $25 is really quite dull unless you're really interested in train tracks

4  Thank hologram_uk
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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.

1  Thank neil l
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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).

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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 .

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