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The Devil's Nose Train Ride

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Address: Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
Phone Number:
1800 873637
08:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 13:30
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 13:30
Thu - Fri 06:30 - 13:30

The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant...

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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A tourist trip but fabulous views

Not as exciting as it used to be as you can no longer sit on the roof but it was fun. The carriages give you that old world feeling and the scenery is very impressive. The stop... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the ride and the spectacular views. I've read too many reviews about this activity being more of a 'tourist- trap' so I didn't expected much from it. Turned out we loved it so much; comfortable and clean train, attentive and friendly tour guide on each wagon (she spoke both Spanish and English). *if you book the ticket online, dont... More 

Thank Emilyah R
Pacifica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

If you're in the neighborhood it's worth doing but it wasn't worth making a day trip out of it as my wife and I did. I was expecting a hair raising trip. And though the views on the 45 minute descent from Alausi were very pretty, it was all offset by the obligatory 60-minute stop where you have your choice... More 

1 Thank Gary E
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We felt this was a tourist trap. The ride itself is ok and the train staff who give commentary along the way were good. We prefer our own unexpected experiences, not those pre-arranged for tourists. We did not appreciate the hour long stop to watch "traditional dancing" and the opportunity to join the dancers. We were recommended to do the... More 

Thank Englishtravelfanatic
Murten, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The short train trip to Condor Puñuna or Devil's Nose is worth the $32.-. It is a trip of about 1 hour train ride, the construction of the route is impressive. The Tren Ecuador-Wagons are very comfortable, the attention by the tourist guide in our wagon was very good.

Thank sibylle k
Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Not as exciting as it used to be as you can no longer sit on the roof but it was fun. The carriages give you that old world feeling and the scenery is very impressive. The stop at the end before you turn around is a lot of fun as there are a couple of local handicraft shops and a... More 

1 Thank Kazzie1409
Clearwater, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The train touted as exciting was Not. The train does not climb switchbacks. It passes the turn, then simply backs-up to go in the other direction. Poor scenery in my opinion. There's no longer any sitting on the roof as you'll see on You Tube.

Thank WANDERERflorida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This place is located about 40 minutes by train from Alausi, all the trip you will enjoy the amazing views, at the place you have many activities to enjoy, like local dances, handicrafts, a museum and two cafeterias. nice place!! recommended

Thank Christopher R
New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

We boarded the train out of the town Alausi. This town has great food and pastries! The train ride is actually short but makes stops so that you can enjoy the scenery. It really doesn't matter which side you sit on since everyone gets up to look outside the window. The views are amazing and steep! I recommend this if... More 

Thank jerseyxguy
Brampton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

As they say, "If you like it, do it again". Can't get over it, not only the spectacular views, but also the history how they built this trail, practically "by hand". While riding it, look for the narrow passages cut through the terrain, although not advised, you can reach through the windows and touch the rocks and vegetation around.

Thank Marco M
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

It's a custom-make for tourists train ride as you would expected. The rails build alone a very challenged terrains with significant costs at that time. Deep gorges, creeks, and steep hills are main attractions of the ride. However, I also spent some time in observing the operation of the train itself. It's also interesting. The interesting sights are in both... More 

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