in Ave. Circunvalacion Sur y Ave. Felipe II, Next to Mall del Rio, Bolivar 5-05 y Mariano Cueva, , Av Ordonez Lasso S/N, , Presidente Borrero 8-44 y Mariscal Sucre, , Presidente Borrero 12-08 y Gaspar Sangurima esquina, , Calle Larga 6-93 y Presidente Borrero, , Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui, , Cuenca, Ecuador

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

Ave. Circunvalacion Sur y Ave. Felipe II, Next to Mall del Rio, Bolivar 5-05 y Mariano Cueva, , Av Ordonez Lasso S/N, , Presidente Borrero 8-44 y Mariscal Sucre, , Presidente Borrero 12-08 y Gaspar Sangurima esquina, , Calle Larga 6-93 y Presidente Borrero, , Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui, , Cuenca, Ecuador

75.99 USD

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11 hrs

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  • 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 mountains to the coast. In this tour not only will you get to ride The Devil Nose train, but also visit Ingapirca, the most important remains from the Incas in Ecuador.

  • Around:
    • Ave. Circunvalacion Sur y Ave. Felipe II, Next to Mall del Rio
    • Bolivar 5-05 y Mariano Cueva,
    • Av Ordonez Lasso S/N,
    • Presidente Borrero 8-44 y Mariscal Sucre,
    • Presidente Borrero 12-08 y Gaspar Sangurima esquina,
    • Calle Larga 6-93 y Presidente Borrero,
    • Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui,
    • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Pickup: Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator, 1-75, Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Tour departs at 7:20 AM from Cuenca Bestours office. We offer pick-ups at any centrally located hotels or address in Cuenca as well.

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Time of Tour
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  • Duration: 11 hrs

  • Price per person: $75.99
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Licensed tour Guide/Driver.
    Lunch in local restaurant (If option selected).
    All taxes, handling charges.
    Fuel surcharge.

  • Train Tickets $33 adult, $25 seniors and children.
    Entrance fee to Ingapirca $2 each.
    Entry/Admission - The Devil's Nose Train Ride.
    Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Ruins

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

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

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Stop At: The Devil's Nose Train Ride, Estacion de Alausi, Riobamba 060150 Ecuador

Experience two of the most interesting destinations in our country. After hotel pick up you will travel to Alausi, a little town considered a national heritage. In this charming town you will take the train known as "The Devil’s Nose". In its day it was considered one of the greatest feats of engineering that the world had seen. This railway was built in 1899 with the intent of linking the coastal city of Guayaquil with the highlands capital of Quito. This amazing ride traverses and descends an almost perpendicular mountain face by using switchbacks. Many lives were lost in the construction of this extraordinary railway.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ingapirca Ruins, Ingapirca 030356 Ecuador

Our trip continues on the Pan-American Highway to Ingapirca, which is the major Inca archeological site in Ecuador. You will have the chance to appreciate one of the most important Inca structures, an elliptical platform known as the “Sun’s Temple”. Courtyards, terraces and various other ruins are found here as well.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Infant seats available.
All bookings are subject to Ferrocarriles del Ecuador availability..
Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free/Lactose Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Infant meals not included.
Train tickets are not included due to different rates for locals, foreigners, adults and seniors. However, we can book them for you and you can pay in cash at the pick up..
For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 6 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided..
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival


4.8 stars, based on 16 reviews
Meera W
Meera W

We enjoyed a long day filled with spectacular scenery and excellent commentary from our very knowledgeable bi-lingual guide, Adrian. Also, Jose, our bus driver is a real pro! The Devil’s Nose train was fun and the sights of the Andes and the people were awesome. The sun shone brightly for Ingapirca site. Delicious lunch in a restaurant was provided. We would have never seen this part of Ecuador had we not taken this tour. It was so worth it.

Robert C
Robert C

Our guide, Christian, was a delight and so full of information that all of us kept close to him as we wandered along. The train ride was very interesting, especially knowing the time it took to complete and the number of lives lost to produce it. The small museum, the replica house and the traditional dancers all made for a lovely time at the train station. The hike around Ingapirca was fascinating as Christian methodically laid out the history of the place. I would highly recommend the trip except for the long van ride to get there. But without the van ride, I wouldn't have seen or learned a thing.

Priscilla B
Priscilla B

This was a wonderful experience. Picked up at my hotel on time, plenty of ‘rest’ breaks on the long drive, and a terrific experience on the train! Our guide, Luis was the best- knowledgeable, thoughtful and accommodating. The history is very real to him and it is obvious that he loved his country, his history and people, and he is very good at his job.

courtlandt s
courtlandt s

We had an excellent tour as our guide picked us up promptly and gave out lots of interesting information on the drive to the Devil's Nose. The train trip was spectacular and the experience with the locals at the bottom educational. Although the trip to the ruins was marred by terrible weather, it was still fun to see and learn about. Highly recommended as a tour for these sites!

Charles B
Charles B

Pick not restricted to the hotels listed—an added bonus. Javier was very good. Only minus—tickets and ruins entry fee should be included in package price.

Sandy C
Sandy C

Was a good tour overall and loved our guide Adrian! Recommend this to anyone wanting a small tour geoup with and excelent guide.

don s
don s

Train ride and ruins were both great. Guide Javier was very informative and much fun. Comfortable ride in mini-van +tasty lunch. Highly recommend!

Carlos M
Carlos M

Great day tour. The sights are spectacular. Jaime was an excellent guide full of wonderful informationWe recommend this tour.

Lidija K
Lidija K

It was Sunday market day but didn’t have a time to visit it, so sugestions-plan 30-45 min for Alausi. The Devil Nose and Ingapirga were great. Hernan is a great guide and knows a lot, but sugestions - maybe not to share everything he knows with turist- it is difficult to follow even when you have Ph.D. In Latin American studies.


Amazing experience!

Angelica S
Angelica S

The Devil's Nose Train was amazing . The scenery was just awesome . The natives will give a show/dance . You'll ride back up and eat .Then about a 2hr ride to the ruins . Through the mountains and within the clouds. The temple was small but definitely awesome . Sebastian was our guy and very cool

Sandra B
Sandra B

Views were amazing, Guide was very knowledgeable. Lunch was very good.

Danielle R
Danielle R

Definitely recommend! The tour started with a van ride to the Devil's Nose Train, which was fun and was also great to have a bit of time to explore the super cute town, Alausi. Ingapirca was AMAZING and one of the highlights of our trip. Definitely worth the long day for these two sites, and our guide was knowledgeable. The trip was accommodating to us as vegetarians.

Joanna M
Joanna M

Fantastic! The tour was really entertaining and interesting.
A LOT of driving... but still worth it all in the end.

David P
David P

Our guide Javier was right on time picking us up and he was extremely knowledgable throughout the tour. We learn't so much about the Ecuadorean people, their customs and way of life. We drove three hours through beautiful country side and the scenery was amazing. The train journey down to the Devils Nose was fun and again, we saw some lovely vistas from the train. At the turn around point, we were entertained by folk dancing . On our return to the main station we had lunch then headed off to the Ingapirca ruins which were really interesting and again, Javier gave a full description of the history of the Incan civilization. In all, a great day out.

Alonso T
Alonso T

We started this tour from Cuenca and drove about 3 hours to Alausi where the trains departs from. Jaime was very engaging and shared his extensive knowledge on the history, culture, and current events of Ecuador. There was not one dull moment with so much to take in from the scenery to the amazing and exciting historical commentary from Jaime. The actual train ride is operated and guided by Ferrocarril de Ecuador where you board with tourists from other tours and solo travelers. We had an amazing time on the train and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of the Andes. At the bottom of the mountain you have plenty of time to enjoy the local dance team display some of the music and dancing of the Ecuadorian Andes and there is also a restaurant with a large menu of local food and drinks to enjoy. We were blessed with great weather from beginning to end rare for the unpredictable Andes! Ignore the negative commentary on other sites about the train ride, this is truly a great tour and not one to miss for lovers of history and nature.

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