The Devil´s Nose



Devil’s Nose

Alausí – Sibambe – Alausí

The biggest complication faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was bulit that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents. It today remains an impressive piece of engineering.


While recovering from the mind-blowing descent you will enjoy the views of the narrow gorge of river Chanchán and will have the chance to learn a bit about the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.


Train ticket Additional expenses
Guidance through the journey Land transpotation to the train
Visit to a local Museum in Sibambe and Presentation of a folk dance in Sibambe


HOW TO REACH ALAUSI?: Alausi is 5 hours away from Quito and it is connected by the Pan-American Southern highway. You can also overnight at Riobamba, located 3 hours away from Quito, and continue the next morning to Alausi in a 2 hours drive.


CLOTHING: A jacket for cold weather, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellant.


ALTITUDE: From 2,340 to 1,400 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 15 ° to 25°C.


IMPORTANT: A public parking area is available in front of the station.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.

Terms & Conditions

If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

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