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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 November 16, 2013

Just great and fun thing to do visiting ecuador. Though it is very touristic it is nice they included the entrance of the museum. The guy who did the explanation in the museum was still very enthausiast.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

I did this trip starting and ending in Alausi. I enjoyed it, though I feel no need to do it again. The cars are freshly renovated and clean, and the whole trip is incredibly well organized. A pleasant surprise for Ecuador.

Indigenous dancing in Sibambe is a bit cheesy, though fun. Scenery on the ride is beautiful. The 'lunch' in Sibambe was beyond awful.

If in Alausi, go. And while you are there, stay 2 nights in Alausi. It is probably the friendliest place I have ever been, and is worth more than an hour of wallking around. I made several new friends there.

1  Thank kevin_from_AKandCO
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Definitely not what we were expecting, but most definitely a tourist trap. The train ride takes you through two switchbacks with some nice scenery along the way for some good photos. The ride was much shorter than I had expected and stopped at the next station with snacks, (a roll with ham,/tomato,/cheese/lettuce , tamale, wheat sweet thing, or two oranges), local teenagers dancing and some crafts for sale which was before or after you visited the small railroad museum. You have an hour at the stop and many opportunities to take photos with the train during this time. After this you return back up to your starting point in Alausi.

Thank DayDreamer13
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Devil's Nose via the train from Alausi is a very enjoyable half day trip. Three trips a day are offered at least during the Ecuador school holidays. It is advised to get yout ticket when you arrive in Alausi as the train was full.

We went on the 11:00 trip. It takes about an hour to get to the end of the tour. Here a light lunch (sandwich and drink) was provided as part of the ticket. The small museum sits at the top of many steps at the station, but is very interesting and worth the climb. Folk dancers greet each train and put on a show. They are aparently paid by the train as they did not ask for tips.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyabale half day and worth a trip to Alausi. The only dampner was a derailment on the Devil's Nose which certainly had more adrenalin pumping than a ride on the "Big Dipper".

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We caught the tourist train up and down the Devil's Nose. To our surprize there were only two switchbacks. For some reason we had the impression that there would be many more.

Once you arrive at the bottom there are opportunities for photos, there are dancers, and an informative little museum describing the efforts to build the railroad. The snack provided at the restaurant was mass produced and not very tasty.

Thank CalgaryTravelgal
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