Banos and the Devil's Nose train

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Arrived in Banos for a late lunch - yummy brownies! Then familiarised ourself with the town before heading back to the hotel to make ourselves pretty for a night out on the town. Bridget made herself useful training the bar staff to make Long Island Iced Tea cocktails despite the shortage of most of the necessary ingredients. There was drinking, dancing and stuff. Enough said.

The next day was very, very slow. Low quality alcohol plus altitude is not a good combination.

Sunday morning was an early start for all (5.30am) to ensure we managed to catch the 'Devil's Nose' train. We had a good view of the scenery from the top of the train and fortunately our guide had organised for us to have cushions else our bums would have been very, very numb as we were aboard for about 5 hours.... 3 derailments caused a bit of a delay, it was impressive how they managed to keep putting the train back on though. It wasn't as awe inspiring as we'd imagined but the scenery was nice enough; to be honest the thing that most got our hearts racing that day was a near miss in our mini bus overtaking in the fog on route to Cuenca after the train.

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