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Take a ride through the Andes on a train topin Alausi, Ecuador

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In Ecuador there is a functioning train with a viewing platform on the top.
How to take a ride through the Andes on a train top in Alausi
To get about long distances in Ecuador highlands the locals came up with idea to lay a rail track trough the Andes with the help of engineers from North America.

Andes Train, Alausi

Most of the workers died during the construction falling down from the height of 500 meters. The part of the road from Alausi to Sibambe is still considered to be the most dangerous on the railway system in Ecuador - 12 kilometers down the narrow serpentine corridor in the mountains in the excursion Devil's Nose train.

In some train carriages' roofs there are viewing platforms to get impressed more with the road and mountain view around.

The places on the rooftop are in favor while the train going straight, Alausi
Photo: The places on the rooftop are in favor while the train going straight, © Frank_am_Main | Flickr

How to do?

1. The train follows on Alausi - Sibambe - Alausi itinerary. Buy a ticket in advance - you can find the option on the web-site of Ecuador railway.

2. Riding on the rooftop is surely romantic, but still in 20-30 minutes you'll find sitting in a comfortable chair more fascinating, so occupy a seat inside in advance.

3. The ride takes 2,5 hours. At Sibambe station you can see Devil's Nose rock.

Sibambe Station is the last stop before the Devil's Nose, Alausi
Photo: Sibambe Station is the last stop before the Devil's Nose, © Tren Ecuador

Where to do?

#1Alausi Railway StationAlausi Railway Station

The starting point of the tourist railway route to the Devil's Nose which lies through the Andes.

When to do?

The train runs daily, except for Monday. Departure time - at 8.00 and 11.00.

How much?

Adult ticket costs $32, 2-11-year-old children and disabled people - $21.
Ticket includes transfer, guide and Puñuna Condor Museum visit.

Tips and hints

Take warm clothes with you, comfortable footwear, a bucket hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, cash and repellents.

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Guest22 October 2019