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1. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Has anyone done the Devils nose train ride? Is it from Quito to Cuenca? How long does it take? Can you do it independantly or do you have to do it with a tour?
Thanks! :)

2. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi Kristo,

The train goes from Durán, right across the river from Guayaquil towards Alausí, in the mountains. It´s the best to do it this way around, more spectacular than downwards. It can be booked on the spot, at least 3 years ago when I did it (and 10 years ago). I think there might be a train from Alausi to Quito now as well, but if it rides, it will follow the central valley of Ecuador, not boring at all, but not comparable to the devils nose. You leave at 8 in the morning (if I remember well) and arrive at 4 in the afternoon.

Have fun!


3. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

I did this route (Devil Nose) but by train bus, because the real train was in maintenance (June 2004). I bought the ticket ($11) in Riobamba. The trip took 6 hours, it finished in Alausi. I did it in my own. Then i follow my trip to Cuenca by bus (5 hours)
I recomend you to visit Ingapirca is in the way and it's really nice...


4. Posted by chellay (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

nariz del diablo is excellent! the train is currently running from riobamba, ecuador to devils nose and ends in alausi. as of two weeks ago, it is running at 7am on wednesdays, fridays, and sundays. tickets can be bought in advance for $11, or at 6am on the day of departure. arrive early to get a seat on top of the train and bring a bag of candy to throw to the adorable children who run after the train as it passes by small farm houses and schools!