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Devil´s Nose Train (Sibambe) to Guayquil

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Hi, we are newly in South America and to the Forum. The advice given looks great and we had a question of our own: We are hoping to take the Devil´s Nose train. We were looking for advice on best way to get from Sibambe to Guayquil. Any suggestions appreciated!
12 years ago, October 1st 2008 No: 1 Msg: #50525  
Hi, we are newly in South America and to the Forum. The advice given looks great and we had a question of our own:

We are hoping to take the Devil´s Nose train. We were looking for advice on best way to get from Sibambe to Guayquil.
Any suggestions appreciated!
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12 years ago, October 9th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #51230  
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sorry i do not have an answer to the sibambe guayaquil question

but as for the devils nose, make some sandwiches the night before and dont forget sunblock.

when i was on it, it broke down about 5 times (de-railing carriages, which isnt much fun on a steep hill) , ended up being a 10 hour journey. i wasnt too impressed with the scenery either , though maybe the breakdowns just put me in bad humour. Reply to this

12 years ago, October 9th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #51319  
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oh, and make sure you are facing to the right. because facing the other way you will see a lot of close up cliffsides while the others will enjoy the valleys.

i know this sounds obvious but - (to help you find which way is right) the front of the train is facing away from the station. Reply to this

12 years ago, October 11th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #51439  
Thanks Matt,

Will definitely get organised for a long trip and get onto the right side.

Cheers! Reply to this

10 years ago, May 3rd 2010 No: 5 Msg: #110103  
It's now 2010 and I'm thinking of riding the Devil's Nose train. The LP said the track was planned to be restored and extended to Cuenca. Does anyone have up-to-date information please? Reply to this

10 years ago, May 5th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #110225  
The section from Alausi to Sibambe (which is the Nariz del Diablo section) was closed in March 2010 for maintenance and was expected to be closed for 6 months. We did this route last July and I have to saw were very unimpressed, the train isn't anything of the sort - it's an American schoolbus converted to run on rails, there is no riding on the roof anymore, and whilst the scenery is pretty good it's no more spectacular than the bus journey from Alausi to Riobamba. If it's open when you head that way and it's on your way it's just about worth it, but we wouldn't go far out of our way do it. Reply to this

10 years ago, May 5th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #110228  
Thanks for that Hkwoody, ... I HAD read somewhere that they were hoping to extend the line all the way to Cuenca .... Then, immediately after I posted my question here, I read that the line is closed for repairs until Oct 3rd (the very day I arrive back in Sydney). Hearing what you say I feel less disappointed; maybe Columbia will be a better choice! Thank you. Reply to this

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