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Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca provided by Cuenca Bestours

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Full-Day Devil's Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins Tour from Cuenca

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 04/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Combine the best parts of the Andes on this full-day tour from Cuenca, on which all transportation is taken care of. Not renting a car means you'll have ample time to enjoy the scenery and snap photos while a guide takes care of the driving. Ride the Devil's Nose Train, explore the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, and round out the day with an optional traditional Ecuadorian lunch on this stress-free experience that's ideal for first-time visitors.
You'll start at
Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator
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  • 1
    The Devil's Nose Train Ride
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Ingapirca Ruins
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
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You'll end at
Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator
1-75, Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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  • Enjoy the scenery instead of focusing on the road, as all transportation is included
  • Traditional Ecuadorian lunch option provided, letting you travel light
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience
  • Guided commentary to complement the sights
What to Expect
Your relaxing day exploring the Andes begins with pickup at your hotel in Cuenca. Find a comfortable seat in the tour vehicle and enjoy the scenery on the ride to Alausi, where you'll board the Devil's Nose train, built in 1899. Get your camera ready to snap stunning photos during the descent down the near-perpendicular mountain face along dozens of switchbacks.  Continue down the Pan-American Highway, listening to in-depth commentary from your guide on the region's history and culture. Arrive in Ingapirca to explore one of Ecuador's most important archaeological sites. Follow your guide on a tour of the site's highlights, including the courtyards, terraces, and a elliptical platform known as the Sun's Temple. Learn much more through a guided tour than you would exploring on your own.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator, 1-75, Alfonso Moreno Mora, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
10–11 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Licensed tour Guide/Driver
  • Transportation
  • Lunch in local restaurant (If option selected)
  • All taxes, handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Lunch
  • Train Tickets $33 adult, $25 seniors and children
  • Entrance fee to Ingapirca $2 each
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - The Devil's Nose Train Ride
  • Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Ruins
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • All bookings are subject to Ferrocarriles del Ecuador availability.
  • Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free/Lactose Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • Train tickets are not included due to different rates for locals, foreigners, adults and seniors. However, we can book them for you and you can pay in cash at the pick up.
  • For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver. For more than 6 passengers, a driver and a bilingual guide will be provided.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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DSR wrote a review Mar 2020
Winter Park, Colorado21 contributions5 helpful votes
The Devil's Nose train was fun and the views were fantastic. Make sure your seats are on the right side (as you face the engine) of the old wooden train car. The village at the bottom was interesting, with a wood burning oven and fresh hot bread, a demonstration showing how
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Date of experience: March 2020
David V wrote a review Feb 2020
Virginia, usa4 contributions
Adrian was a Nice and professional guide. However, i thought the tour in general was not worth the money. The train ride was ok but it stopped at a small place for about an hour where there was nothing to do but watch some kids dance and eat so e snacks. We had a good lunch
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Date of experience: February 2020
Peter M wrote a review Feb 2020
Cuenca, Ecuador11 contributions2 helpful votes
The ride on the train was fantastic. The scenery was amazing. Ingapirca was also great. The tour guide spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. It was also nice meeting the other travelers on the tour. It was a long day with a lot of driving, and it is recommended
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Date of experience: February 2020
Ruben N wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
The tour was a long tour for my Family cause i was with my Wife, infant and Grandpa but it was well worth it, the Tour adapt pretty well with my Family needs, we had such a great time with lots of landscape that i would recomend everybody to try it
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Elias_Rovielo wrote a review Feb 2020
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP1,132 contribution258 helpful votes
The two tours that look so uneven, but both are history, engineering, cultures, landscapes and extreme beauty. The tour will take all day. Distances are considered difficult, the up and down of the Andes with stunning landscapes. One of my priorities is photographic tourism. I
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Date of experience: December 2019
About the operator

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By: Cuenca Bestours
Iris B
Great Day Tour from Cuenca
My husband and I had a great day with Sebastian our guide. Very professional with unique knowledge of Cuenca and a
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Fantastic Scenery- The guide you get is hit or miss
The actual tour and scenery is great- my guide not so much. All the tour companies all rotate thru the same guides
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Excellent Service and Drivers
We took two trips with Bestours. WE did a last minute Ingapirca tour and Sebastián was our guide/driver. It was b
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Great tour, great guide
Adrian our guide adapted the tour, on the fly, to suit our preferences. He was knowledgeable of the city, the cultu
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Wonderful Guide, great experience
We organised to have a private driver to go to Guayaquil from Cuenca, calling at Cajas National Park for a guided h
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Unique view of Cuenca Food and Culture
This was an amazing experience and the highlight of our trip to Cuenca! So much to learn about the fruits and vegg
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Experience Cuenca from the hearth
Javier and Alexandra provided us with an unrivaled experience. It wasn't just the market visit or even the cooking
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Peter M
great tour
The guide spoke English well and was very knowledgeable. The scenery was definitely comparable to that of all of A
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Terry Z
Great Guide & Driver, Breathtaking Beauty
We just had the best day! Our guide was Cristian and our driver was Manuel. Cristian spoke better English than me
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Experience of a life time
We booked a 6 days private tour with Cuenca Bestours from Guayaquil to Quito. Everything was perfectly organized fr
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I did the trip on my own
Didn't use a tour package but took the bus like a big boy and had a great time. Sigsig and the weavers museum is th
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Half-Day Tour of Cuenca
Klever, my guide, was great; informative and knowledgeable. I appreciated the chance to go to the Panama Hat Facto
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Awesome Tour!
My husband and I made a last minute decision to do this tour, and it ended up being one of the highlights of our we
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Outstanding Short Introduction to Cajas
Our guide Jaime knew a great deal about the geology, flora, and fauna of the park. He led us on a 2.5 km circumnav
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Nice natural trip
The trip is excellent, the national park is really full of landscape and magical plants, and this one-day trip woul
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Key Details
  • Duration: 10–11 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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