Christ, a train at last
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Paul headed back to Quito as he was flying back home to Turks & Caicos (tough life), while Harald, Sylvie and I got the bus down to Riobamba (1.5 hours, $2), hoping to get ourselves sorted for the Devils Nose train journey. Its one of the only remaining trains in Ecuador and isn´t really used for getting from A to B as such, it is purely a tourist attraction due to scenery. We knew it ran Wed, Fri and Sun, and we were disappointed to find out when we got to the train station that tickets for the whole journey were sold out for the next week. Luckily with Sylvie´s Spanish we found out that it was possible top get tickets just for the Alausi-Sibambe part (which is the actual Devil´s Nose part) for $7.
We spent the afternoon walking round Riobamba, which is quite a nice city and has a great backdrop with Volcan Chimborazo lurking in the background - pretty spectacular! We took in some of the parks and squares and then had a decent chinese in the evening and got an early night as we needed to be in Alausi pretty early to get the train.
The following day, we got to Alausi (bus $1.50) and waited around for the train. Doesn´t seem to make any difference what form of transport you take in South America, they just don´t run on time! It was meant to leave at 11am, but it was 12.15pm before we pulled out of the station.
Harald and Sylvie were going onto Cuenca, and I to Guayaquil so we said our goodbyes - has been good travelling with those guys for the last week or so. Lucikly the last bus of the day to Guayaquil was running late, so just after 2pm I hopped on.