Ecuador has unique cultural and natural attractions and the train offers a different way to discover the country’s natural wonders. You will find below a sample of the main routes offered by the National Rail Network, each with distinctive approaches and themes: Cultural, Historical and Natural.
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Transportation: In group
Activities: Cultural, recreative
This is without a doubt, the most impressive section of Ecuador’s railway. The Devil’s Nose train ride takes you from the town of Alausi on a forty-five-minute ride down to Sibambe – a journey through gorgeous mountain scenery in which time the train descends nearly a vertical kilometer in height.
This is pretty impressive given that it was built at the turn of the 20th century.
The train leaves every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Quito to the Boliche Recreational Area in the Cotopaxi National Park.

On the way, the train passes through the famous “Avenue of Volcanoes”, which provides such magnificent panoramic views of the Andes that it makes it difficult to decide which side to look. However, one cannot miss the snowcapped Cotopaxi Volcano, which dominates the scenery.

It also passes by traditional colonial haciendas and indigenous people who represent rural life in the Andes.

The train has seats on the roof which you can use, making the trip an unforgettable experience.

Once you arrive at “Boliche” there is a picnic area and walking paths that provide great viewpoints of Cotopaxi.

This impressive journey on the northern side of Ecuador crosses through a number of bridges and tunnels built through the mountains and hills.

Moreover, it is only 30 kilometers, passing through a variety of contrasting landscapes, which are home to different cultures.