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Railway lines through the streets of Alausí, Ecuador 23 Jun 2017

Posted on 23 Jun 2017
Railway lines, Colonial streets, Alausi, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador
Railway lines, Colonial streets, Alausi, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador
Railway lines, Colonial streets, Alausi, Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador

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The attractive railway town of Alausí clings to a steep hillside above the infamous Nariz del Diablo (the Devil's Nose). A train line stretching between Alausí and Sibambe starts/ends here. This daredevil piece of engineering remains one of the most infamous feats, it plunges down steep mountain slopes and crosses heart-stoppingly deep ravines and rounding the Devil's Nose section, zig-zagging for 12 km to ascend 500 metres. Tourists come from all over the world to ride this train line, enjoying the views over mountain tops and down valleys as they go. Take the train journey for yourself on Insight Guides' Ecuador: History and Culture trip. 

This article was originally published on 20 October, 2015

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