10 thoughts on “PHOTO: Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) Train Makes its Way Down the Ecuadorian Andes”

  1. Hi!  Thank you so much for the reply………..I think the reason it was all young people is that on top of the train, not many 60 year
    olds would do that.  It was also before they really started tours to do the train, south.  It was an exciting trip and my girlfriend
    and I still talk about it.  We had then gone by land over to Peru.  I had done the overland from Cuenca back in the 80s’ with my
    sister and that was really terrific and hadn’t changed that  much for when I went this last time.  Did you stay some time in Cuenca?
    It was our Sunday paper as the #1 place to retire.  It is one of my favorite cities in Latin America.  I am enjoying your trips and
    wish I could be doing the same…………….keep the notes coming and enjoy your travel experiences.  

    Have a question………..I am undecided where I want my next trip…….Maybe you can help…….I like areas where there are
    not too many tourists (really none).  Hard to find these places now.  Again, thank you for writing..Kathy

    • Hi Kathy: I stayed in Cuenca for 9 days, which is longer than I stay in most places when I’m doing my initial tour of a new country. However, I was lucky to hook up with the American and Canadian expat community there which is thousands strong, and so ended up sharing Thanksgiving with some of my fellow Americans. It was a welcome slice of home when I’d been on the road for two months and had some rough times with things like seasickness and altitude sickness. I loved Cuenca, with the exception that the nights were too cold for me and there was no heat in the hotels.

      Hard to give you advice about where to travel. I do find that there are places without tourists in almost every country I’ve visited – you just need to get off the beaten track and into the smaller villages. If you give me more of an idea about the kind ov environment you prefer – mountains, jungle, beaches? – and the area of the world that interests you most, perhaps I can make some concrete suggestions.

  2. Neat photo………..are they still riding on top of the train?  Did this a few years back and the train (a car) derailed but within
    1/2 hour they had the car back on the tracks.  Was a super fun trip.  Even though everyone around me was 30 years
    younger.  Plan to do it one more time.
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    • Hi Kathy: Unfortunately, no one is allowed to ride on the top of the train any longer because two Japanese tourists were decapitated during the ride a while back. My ride was filled with people of all ages so a bit surprised it was all kids for you. But then, since I’m in the hostel dorms all the time, I’m used to being the oldest person in the room much of the time 🙂

  3. This was one thing we didn’t have time to do – I was told that the trip was also quite long, I’d be interested to know if you enjoyed it and it lived up to the tourist hype

    • Hi Heather: It was lots of fun and I especially appreciated that they had us switch seats across the aisle on the way back so everyone got a chance to see the best scenery. The ride was about 3.5 hours long, which included an hour stop at the end of the line, Sibambe, to have lunch (which was included) and visit a small museum.


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