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Jan 31, 2017 - Devil's Nose Train

The ride through the Andes via the Nariz del Diablo or Devil's Nose Train is spectacular. Fred, Charlene Robinson, and I took the bus to the town of Alausi for less than three dollars one-way. After the four-hour bus ride, we checked into our hotel and bought train tickets for the 11 AM departure tomorrow. The town of Alausi is 7693 feet above sea level. After dinner, we walked around town and had a beer in a karaoke bar. There was a musical group rehearsing for the upcoming Carnaval parade so we were treated to some exotic music with...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Alausi Devil's Nose Train Ride

Described as a short journey through the Ecuadorian Andes, the Devil's Nose Train is one of the steepest rail trips in the world and also one of the most dramatic. In the space of 30 minutes, passengers travel from Alausi to Sibambe down the face of the infamous “Nariz del Diablo” or Devil’s Nose. There are precipitous switchbacks where the train goes into reverse three or four times, zigzagging down the mountainside. It works its way heroically down into a cleft in the rock, descending from 2,300 meters to 1,800 meters above sea level. The...

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Feb 20, 2013 - Devil's nose

Mike succumbed to traveller's trots and seemed to think closing the bathroom door at 2 am was unnecessary. Thanks. Oil of oregano has worked it's magic and he's feeling much better. Unfortunately several other hotel guests didn't get the memo that WE don't have to get up early and made quite a racket. Oh well. I got some scrabble games in :) We took a bus to Rhiobamba where we switched buses to Alausi. Alausi is a small village nestled in a valley. The views as we approached it were amazing but impossible to photograph from a bus. The...

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May 2, 2012 - Devil's Nose Train Ride in Alausi

We're off to Alausi to ride The Devil's Nose Train, a portion of the Transandean Railroad. The $5 bus ride of 3 hours from Cuenca to Alausi had incredible views of the Andes and cloud forests around every curve. We stayed at Hotel Europa in a triple room for $45. After checking in we walked around the little town of Alausi and ate a lunch of soup, entree, and juice for $2.50 a person. We visited the train station and bought tickets for the next day for $11.25 each with senior discount. The train departs daily except Mondays at 8 AM, 11AM,...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Alausi - Devil's Nose

Dec 10 Alausi We took a ride on the Nariz Del Diablo (Devil's nose), which is the world's most difficult rail system. The train criss-crosses its way down a very steep mountain, so steep that the train had to travel forward then switch tracks and go down in reverse switching all the way to the bottom. The reason they call it Devil's nose is the engineer who was in charge of building the railway said he would need the help of the Devil to build such a steep rail system. The tracks are only 12km long but over 2000 people died during the...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Nariz del Diabolo train ride

Today I went to ride with the famous Tren a la Nariz del diabolo - Devils nose train. Let me explain little bit on Ecuadorian railway history. Today there are not many railways left - for example the famous one between Ibarra and San Lorenzo was closed lately. Building them was done with the intention to connect the coast with the highland - a main driver was statesman Eloy Alfaro that was in charge around 1900 - you still can read his name today in many places. The original main railway went from Quito to Cuenca and to Guayaquil. Today...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Alausi, Nariz del Diablo Train Ride

After leaving Lasso, we change bus in Ambato, Olive finds a spot in front and all the way in the back on the right hand side there is still a window seat free I can slip into. Already at the first corner it becomes clear, this driver is something special, he negotiates the corner at such speed you can see the top of the bus leaning dangerously outwards. A few more corners and I put the armrest up halfway as not to slide op top of my neighbour every time we turn to the right and vice versa when we turn left. From the back where I sit it is...

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Sep 18, 2008 - Alausi - The Devil's Nose Train

Ok… so following Barbara’s itinerary of Lowly Planet must-do activities, we arrived in Alausi on a Friday night and got forty winks before an early rise to catch the last running train line in Ecuador. The famed Devil’s Nose Line allows passengers to ride up top above the train as it makes it way past some amazing mountain scenery crossing some rivers and making a descent consisting of zigzags and turn backs (where the train has to change direction to get down the steep inclined track) – well that’s the hype in the travel books and on the...

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Apr 7, 2007 - Ecuador, Alausi - 6 April

The train track down the Nariz del Diablo (Devil's Nose) is renowned as an engineering masterpiece. It solved the problem of how to get a train to run all the way from Quito through the Sierra to the Pacific ports near Guayaquil. The actual descent into the Nariz del Diablo is achieved by numerous switchbacks going backfords and forwards all the way to the bottom of the valley. In recent years El Niño floods have torn up the tracks and only the part between Riobamba and the descent into the Devil's Nose remains open. We had heard much about...

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Dec 6, 2005 - Cuenca & Banos, Ecuador

Cuenca We arrived late in Cuenca on Sunday the 3rd, after travelling from Mancora by buses. The most eventful bit was having to walk across the border from Peru to Ecuador. It was a bit chaotic, but I got the necessary stamps on my passport, filled out pieces of paper in duplicate and they let me in. And so it was goodbye to Peru..., ah well. It was strange, the scenery changed dramatically once we started travellling in Ecuador, the soil seemed more fertile and there were lush banana groves everywhere. In North Peru, where we had come...

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Sep 16, 2005 - Alausi - the "must-do" train ride

Into Alausi via Ingapirca - the "must-see" Ecuadorian Incan ruins. After Macchu Picchu and the ruins in Peru they were far less amazing. There was an interesting temple of the sun which was in an unusual oval shape and some baths on top of hill where the Incas did their usual playing with water in canals and pools, more as luxury than for any religious purpose. Alausi is a very small town where we headed to go on the "must-do" ecuadorian train ride, or what's left of it. Despite being a small town, we managed to find the best Chinese...

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Sep 7, 2005 - Riobamba - Alausi en train / Riobamba - Alausi per Zug

Aujourd'hui on s'est levés à 5h30 (quand même!) pour prendre le fameux train entre Riobamba et Alausi, qui part à 7h00! Dur dur! Mais bon, ça valait vraiment le coup! Je vous explique rapidement le principe: Faire le trajet en train, d'accord, mais sur le toit du train, c'est encore mieux! Imaginez à 7h00 du matin comme il fait froid dans les montagnes le nez au vent! Et à midi en plein soleil une fois que les nuages se sont levés, y intérêt à se tartiner de crème! Enfin, ce n'était que peu de désagréments par rapport aux magnifiques...

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