Naziz Del Diablo (The Devil's Nose).
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
Firstly it is quite cold. Being on the equator one would expect steamy heat, but our travels are taking us through mountainous country, including snow capped volcanic peaks.
Secondly, Ecuador does not have a currency of their own, but instead all transactions are in $US. The $US goes a long way though, with a big bottle of water .40cents and a quite substantial meal around $3 to $4.
We travelled by bus to Cuenca and on buying our tickets for the bus at the huge modern station in Guayaquil, ran into the young Danish couple who were on our Galapagos Boat buying tickets for the same bus! We shared the 5 hour bus trip then went our separate ways to different hostels
But, that aside it was a good day out and the tour went without a hitch. We were driven in a comfortable car the 3 hours to Alausi by our driver/guide Genaro, secured our train tickets then had time for a bit of a look around the town.
The Devil's Nose Train (Nariz del Diablo) once an iconic backpackers train journey, it now appears to be the domain of the baby boomber. Travellers used to ride on the roof as the train made its way down the most amazing, world famous, switchbacks. Unfortunately a Japanese tourist fell off the roof in 2008 and now the experience is totally watered down, with no roof riding and a touristy commentary
In the afternoon we enjoyed the visit to the Inca site, then it was back to Cuenta.
Unbelievably, the next day we were at the bus station buying our next bus ticket and who should we bump into AGAIN but the Danes. They were heading somewhere else to us this time but a fluke we were again in a bus terminal at the same time.
Traveller Tip: We can recommend Sandy Bravo of Expediciones Apullacta, firstname.lastname@example.org for booking tours in and around Cuenta.
Footnote: Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca is UNESCO World Heritage listed.
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