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  • Address: Ecuador
  • Hours: Trains depart at 8am and 11am, Tuesday-Sunday, and the trip last 2.5 hours.
  • Admission: $30 for a roundtrip ticket

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The Devil's Nose Tours

Back in the early 20th century, in the heyday of trains and train travel, the railway connecting Guayaquil with Quito was one of the world’s best tracks. Aside from the fact it reduced the trip from nine days down to two, what made the line such global fame was the near vertical, harrowing ascent up the mountainous “Devil’s Nose.” Rising over 2,000 vertical feet in only 7 miles, the track was engineered in a way that the train goes forward—and then in reverse—as it climbs up the switchbacking track. The building process was laced with tragedy, from snakebites and floods to deaths, but finally the track in 1908 was complete between the two cities. By the late 1970s, however, road travel had made trains impractical and the tracks were in disrepair, until the government spruced up the Devil’s Nose and made it a high end draw. While it’s no longer possible to ride on the roof of the carriages like travelers of old, the views looking down in the valleys are just as spine-tingling and steep as before, and this marvel of modern engineering continues to thrive to this day.

Practical Info

June-December is the dry season and considered the best time to visit. The trip begins in the town of Alausí, about 2 hours from Riobamba, and be sure to bring along a jacket for the 7,700 ft. elevation.

Tours & Tickets

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Devils Nose Train Ride from Alausi, Ecuador, null
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Devils Nose Train Ride from Alausi

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Enjoy a unique train ride and experience throughout a mythical railroad. Devil´s Nose is a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this ...  Read more

Location: Alausi, Ecuador
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.00
Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca, Cuenca, Rail Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

One of the finest and most daring feats of engineering that the world had seen, The Devil Nose train switchbacks down rocky slopes connecting the Andes ...  Read more

Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99
Private Tour of the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins, Cuenca, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour of the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Embark on this private tour of the Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins with a bilingual guide. You will get to experience one of the finest and most daring ...  Read more

Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Duration: 9 to 11 hrs

From USD $79.99
2-Day Andes Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train Ride, Quito, Private Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

2-Day Andes Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the incredible landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes on this 2-day guided coach tour through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, south of Quito. The mountain ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $179.00
4-Day aboard 'Tren Crucero' from the Andes to the Pacific, Quito, Overnight Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Day aboard 'Tren Crucero' from the Andes to the Pacific

Train of Wonders, this is a 4 day / 4 night all inclusive luxury experience from Quito to Duran on board of Tren Crucero, the leading luxury Train in South ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,735.00
4-Day Magic Tour Quito, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños Devil's Nose Train and Cuenca, Quito, Multi-day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Day Magic Tour Quito, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños Devil's Nose Train and Cuenca

THIS TOUR IS POSSIBLE TO DO FROM QUITO TO CUENCA OR CUENCA TO QUITO On this spectacular four-day tour departing from Quito, you will have the opportunity ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $675.00
4-Day Baños Private Guided Tour from Cuenca, Cuenca, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Day Baños Private Guided Tour from Cuenca

We take you to some of the most important attractions in Ecuador, including Inca ruins, the Devil's Nose Train, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Baños, ...  Read more

Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $629.00
5 DAY TRAIN OF WONDERS, Quito, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

5 DAY TRAIN OF WONDERS

On this amazing journey with the Train of Wonders you will cross through Ecuador and see the beautiful landscapes and panoramas that the country has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,295.70
2-Day 'Devil's Nose Train' to Alausi from Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

2-Day 'Devil's Nose Train' to Alausi from Guayaquil

Alausí, is a canton with deep contrasts that enclose all climates and landscapes. Due to its color and beauty it was declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador ...  Read more

Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $293.00
4-Day aboard 'Tren Crucero' from the Pacific to the Andes, Guayaquil, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Day aboard 'Tren Crucero' from the Pacific to the Andes

Train to the Clouds, this is a 4 day / 4 night all inclusive luxury experience from Guayaquil to Quito on board of Tren Crucero, the leading luxury Train in ...  Read more

Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,735.00

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