Devil´s nose my A$$
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Saturday I took a bus from Banos to Riobamba. The ¨casually¨ dressed bus attendants that gather the fair are relentless in their efforts to entice more passengers to voin the voyage. They hang out of the door shouting the buses destination at every person that is passed along the way. Riobamba! Riobamba! Riobamba! is a particularily enticing jingle.
I left Banos a day later than planed so that I could take the much hyped train ride from Riobamba to Alausi called Nazir del Diablo (Devil´s Nose). I met a couple of Germans by the names of Hans and Christoph of the bus.
The train ride was quite disapointing and I would not recomend changing plans just to take it. The rouch guide travel book had it listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Ecuador. My interpratation is that there are only 19 good things to do here. Sure the clifs were very steep and close to the tracks and the switchbacks were interesting but the bland brown and grey mountain sides were not much to look at having just come from Banos.
Sleepy Alausi does not really have much to offer other than the train. It was Sunday so there was a indiginous market going on which I found enjoyable. But I did not get a chance to go to the popular markets of Otavalo or Saquisli so I was a newbee. My advice would be to skip Alausi and the train altogether and head straight to Ceuca or Banos depending which way you are heading.