A train conductor leans out between two train cars, as the train moves slowly along a track on the side of a steep hill. A sign beside the track indicates a maximum speed of 15 km/hour.

Riding Down The Devil's Nose, Ecuador

In Ecuador we travelled to Alausí to take the famous "Devil's Nose" train ride down the hill side. Apparently this was something that — years ago — you could do while sitting on the top of the train. (I can't imagine there being any safety problems with that...)

The name is more exciting than the experience. The tracks are a series of switchbacks down a steep hill side, and for reasons of safety and sanity the train ride itself needs to be slow. Very slow.

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