It was Sunday market day but didn’t have a time to visit it, so sugestions-plan 30-45 min for Alausi. The Devil Nose and Ingapirga were great. Hernan is a great guide and knows a lot, but sugestions - maybe not to share everything he knows with turist- it is difficult to follow even when you have Ph.D. In Latin American studies.
The Devil's Nose Train was amazing . The scenery was just awesome . The natives will give a show/dance . You'll ride back up and eat .Then about a 2hr ride to the ruins . Through the mountains and within the clouds. The temple was small but definitely awesome . Sebastian was our guy and very cool
Definitely recommend! The tour started with a van ride to the Devil's Nose Train, which was fun and was also great to have a bit of time to explore the super cute town, Alausi. Ingapirca was AMAZING and one of the highlights of our trip. Definitely worth the long day for these two sites, and our guide was knowledgeable. The trip was accommodating to us as vegetarians.
Our guide Javier was right on time picking us up and he was extremely knowledgable throughout the tour. We learn't so much about the Ecuadorean people, their customs and way of life. We drove three hours through beautiful country side and the scenery was amazing. The train journey down to the Devils Nose was fun and again, we saw some lovely vistas from the train. At the turn around point, we were entertained by folk dancing . On our return to the main station we had lunch then headed off to the Ingapirca ruins which were really interesting and again, Javier gave a full description of the history of the Incan civilization. In all, a great day out.
We started this tour from Cuenca and drove about 3 hours to Alausi where the trains departs from. Jaime was very engaging and shared his extensive knowledge on the history, culture, and current events of Ecuador. There was not one dull moment with so much to take in from the scenery to the amazing and exciting historical commentary from Jaime. The actual train ride is operated and guided by Ferrocarril de Ecuador where you board with tourists from other tours and solo travelers. We had an amazing time on the train and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of the Andes. At the bottom of the mountain you have plenty of time to enjoy the local dance team display some of the music and dancing of the Ecuadorian Andes and there is also a restaurant with a large menu of local food and drinks to enjoy. We were blessed with great weather from beginning to end rare for the unpredictable Andes! Ignore the negative commentary on other sites about the train ride, this is truly a great tour and not one to miss for lovers of history and nature.