Calle Padre Aguirre 11-84 and Calle Gaspar Sangurima, Honorato Vasquez 5-25 y Mariano Cueva, , Gran Colombia 10-65, (between General Torres and Padre Aguirre), Manuel Vega y Sangurima, Gaspar Sangurima 1-17 y Huayna Capac, , Presidente Cordova 11-49 y Tarqui, , Huayna-Capac Ave 4-57, Presidente Borrero 8-44 y Mariscal Sucre, , Avenida Espana, Corner with Avenida Huayna Capac, Padre Aguirre 8-15, Simon Bolivar 11-19 y General Torres, , Cuenca, Ecuador
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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 the country. You will be picked up from your hotel and be transported to Alausi, a little town considered a national heritage. In this charming town, you will ride 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
Your 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. After a full day of touring, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Some highlights of this tour includes:
• Take a ride on one of the greatest railroad engineering feats, the famous Devil’s Nose Train.
• See amazing panoramic views of unforgettable Andean landscapes full of contrasts
• Visit the Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador’s largest Pre-Columbian archeological site
Duration: 3 hours
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Infant seats available.
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required.
A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required.
Infant meals not included.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
For 1 to 5 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 5 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided..
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
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
Diego is most professional and knowledgeable. He was punctual and considerate. Definitely a memorable day
Our guide Clever picked us up on time in a clean vehicle. He was very polite and organized and above all a safe driver. From the minute he picked us up everything was in his hands. We were taken right to the train departure car and picked us up from it and he preordered our lunch meals so we didn’t waste time waiting. He was very knowledgeable about Ingapirca. Some great attractions were made better by his organization and attention to detail.
We had a private tour with my wife in April. The trip was very successful. Our guide Javier gave us a lot of information about the country and places. Thanks to him, the trip had great educational values. The journey by train from Alausi is quite short and it is very commercial. The ruins of Ingapirca are very interesting, but if you were in Peru and you expect a similar class of monument, you may be disappointed. They are not so impressive and well-preserved. The views that you have on the way are wonderful. We can certainly recommend the guide Javier.
Although this tour involves a good bit of driving, we found it to be really worthwhile. The drive to Alausí, where the train begins and ends, allowed us to go through amazing country and small pueblos. It gave us a sense of the beauty of Ecuador, as well as the difficulties in farming the mountainsides. The views as we climbed higher in the Andes were incredible -- Often we were looking down a valley enveloped in clouds. Javier was again our guide and was able to answer questions and give information beyond a simple guide book. The arrangements tickets, substantial bag lunch, water were made by CBT we just had to get on the train to Sibambe, a Cañari town that is the terminus of the train trip. The train's original goal was to create a link between the capital, Quito, and the coast, as a means of transporting food from the sierras. While that goal of food transportation was ultimately not achieved, the creating of that rail link is an incredible engineering feat. The stretch between Alausí and Sibambe, towards the Devil's Nose, lives up to its reputation as one of the most difficult stretches to build, as it climbs the face of Condor Mountain, with sheer drops by the edge of the tracks. The landslide closing the visitor's center higher up -- at Sibambe -- may representative of the inherent dangers in building such a railroad in such steep terrain. Right now part of the old center is hanging over the tracks! Riders on the train are welcomed at the station by Cañaris dancing. The Sibambe interpretation center provides historical background, as well as information about the various activities of the Cañaris who lived and continue to live in the area. The train trip was followed by a visit to Ingapirca, the site of Inca and Cañari ruins. Definitely worth a visit, even in the rain! The park provides guided tours, with the guides providing historical information about the site. When heading back to Cuenca, it was interesting to learn from Javier where many of the original stones of the ruins went!