In this blog I will tell you all about taking The Devils Nose train in Alausí, Ecuador. Alausí is located close to Riobamba, Ecuador.
We bought the tickets online at the website of Tren Ecuador. I have to be honest, this didn’t went flawless for me. The website didn’t want to accept my credit card. Apparently this had to do with Google Chrome and cookies 🍪. But when I tried in Microsoft Edge browser it did work! So if your first attempt doesn’t work out I would advise trying another browser. The website is quite easy and straightforward. When the payment was accepted it was easy at that point too. You will get the tickets per e-mail. Make sure to print the tickets in advance 💸. We paid 33 US$ per person for the train tickets (2019).
It is also possible to buy train tickets in person at the train station in Alausí. As we did not do this, I cannot share my experience about this. If anyone has done this, please comment on this post! Will be highly appreciated. Or send me an email and I will add the information (and your name of course).
I don’t know if they ever change the way of the train compartments, but let me just share our experience – hope it can help. When you buy your tickets, you can choose the seats yourself. For the best views – take the chairs that are – on your computer screen – at the bottom of the waggon. For example at coche 1586 this will be the row of 1A, 3A, 7A, 9A etc. It was this way at least in 2019 when we took the train. We were at the other side and had great views too, but if I can choose again I would do it that way.
When you buy your train tickets online you can choose your own seat in the different train compartments. Good to know: the train compartments differ from each other. Don’t know about the chairs, they seem about the same. But – and this is really important for taking pictures – the type of windows differ. We were in train compartment 1586 and the windows could only open up high and not that far, whether other train compartments have windows that open lower (just from your seat) and that is better. Taking pictures through a closed window is not the best thing to do so if you have a lower window it’s better to take picture from here. Train compartment 1566, 1586, 1560 have windows higher up. Train compartment 1539 has lower windows that will be better for taking pictures from your seat.
I always like to give you a little time table of our trip, so you know what you will be up to. To be honest, the ride with the train is not that long, but very enjoyable. We took the train of 8 o’clock in the morning.
The whole experience was very positive and we really loved the ride. The views along the way are stunning. The train employee will tell you more about the views along the way. This will be in Spanish and in English. I would advise you before you go to read more about the building of the train track around the late 1800 and early 1900’s. A lot of people died during the construction (a lot of Jamaican people) and the local people have a lot of stories about that they really have seen the devil here. From the stories you read that building this train track was surely not meant to be, but well, in the end they succeeded. But it is good to know the history and to know that you are not only ‘just’ taking a train.