Down the Devil´s nose on the roof of a train!

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How could we possibly pass up the opportunity to ride on the top of a train! Especially down 800 metres and around a landmark called Nariz del Diablo (The Devil's nose). We had visions of a roller coaster ride that would raise the hairs on the back of our necks. The train didn't end up going quite that fast, and although we seemed to be getting awfully close to the cliff edge (without a seatbelt), it wasn't quite as scary as our visions... We did get to ride through some spectacular scenery though, with the dust flying in our faces as we held on to the roofs edge, and the friendly waves of the locals paving the way (with the encouragement of lollies that we threw, with mean precision, at the lil niños).

As cool as the experience was, it was a bit more touristy than we expected. We always rate an experience as too touristy when we are joined by middle-aged tourist groups clad in beige.  We'd hoped that we might be joined on the roof by locals with their chickens, sheep, or whatever other farm animal they might be able to haul on board...unfortunately the only local on the train was the man selling the chips.

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photo by: Adrian_Liston