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The Devil's Nose Train Ride

Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
+593 1800 873 637
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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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  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
+593 1800 873 637
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the devil's nose train trip from Alausi. It costs $32 pp for a 1.5 hour train ride. In between there is a pause of about one hour. The view from the train is nice, but it is not really exciting and mostly very...More

Thank René H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I went with my Ecuadorian family and for them it was a big adventure. For me it was rather boring, just a long ride along a river gorge. The tour guide gave the information in Spanish, so I understood only a little. And the touristy...More

Thank Louisb333
Reviewed 5 days ago

One more thing to cross off my "bucket" list. The train ride was smooth, the scenery fantastic with many photo ops. We stopped for about an hour to eat at the restaurant, visit the museum and take pictures. It was fun, educational and part of...More

Thank BrittB611
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is my second trip to la Nariz del diablo. On the trip 12 years ago the track was not as good, dangerous and people were sitting on top of the cars. This time the trip was smoother and no people sitting on top. Is master...More

1  Thank chefrene_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure it's overhyped, yes it's "touristy", yes they want you to patronize the local people, but overall I'd say it's still worth while. The views are interesting, doing the switchbacks is fun. The young woman attempting to provide English narration was unintelligible, and the crew...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, I would say that it is an enjoyable trip. For us, it was a rest for a few hours that broke up a day-long car journey from Riobamba to Cuenca. The train is also very comfortable and the train staff are competent and kind....More

1  Thank gordy3000
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. Great views all the way down and back up. Refreshments at the bottom and dance team.

Thank xit95i95
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I have been traveling to Ecuador since 1965 and lived there for three years (1968-1970) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In 1968 I took the steam locomotive driven train from Guayaquil to Riobamba. At that time I sat on the coal car behind the engineer...More

2  Thank Chuck L
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The train departs from a quaint little town in the Andes ans the ride on the train is pretty amazing. you get to see how the train does its switchbacks. This tour was part of a Gate 1 trip. They take you to see the...More

1  Thank jlfurness
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We did not really enjoy this attraction. It was far too touristy for our tastes, but might be better suited for families with smaller children.

Thank David D
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7 August 2017|
Response from Chuck L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure where your one-way destination is. The train does not go to Cuenca (unfortunately) and the trip to the Nariz del Diablo one way from Alausi would leave you out in the middle of a deep gorge alone. The Indians will... More
10 January 2017|
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Response from Fernando I | Reviewed this property |
Driving, sorry by the delay, you can go there driving from Riobamba or staying the night at Alausi
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14 December 2016|
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Response from John4One | Reviewed this property |
I suggest the right side is slightly better going down, as better views of the valley, although both sides are good. Coming back (uphill) is much faster.