Explore the Southern Andes
The southern highlands are a land of legends between volcanoes and people, ancient markets, gastronomy, and magical legends that relate directly to the train. After the Tungurahua volcano, raging since more than 12 years ago, volcanoes begin to “fall asleep” while the Andes continue towards the South of America. The last volcano is the Capac Urku or Altar with its impressive summit of 9 peaks destroyed by the fury of Chimborazo -as legend tells- or by his own fury. Then lakes appear, and later markets dating back millennia, when the first civilizations that settled in the area began to trade all kinds of products from the mountains, the coast and the Amazon. Avoiding going further South we turn toward the Pacific in the indigenous market of Guamote and enter an old extinct crater: Shucos, with its sulfur mines at first sight, ravines covered in eucalyptus forests and the beginning of the River Chanchán which accompanies the railway to the coast through the picturesque town of Alausi. We then descend the legendary Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) where hundreds of stories are told about the construction of the railway and its climb to the towering Andes.
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Tren del Hielo I
The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city located in the Ecuadorian Central Andes. A clear day view is breathtaking: Capac Urcu volcano rises above the horizon with its five-peak crowned summit; witnesses of a past eruption a thousand years ago.
The Devil’s Nose
The biggest obstacle faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was bulit that climbs more than 500 meters…