Ecuador’s Guayaquil & Quito Railway was built between 1897 and 1905. It connected Quito (and other destinations in the Andes) with the port city of Guayaquil. The line travels 273 miles (440 km) from nearly sea level at the terminus in Duran (Guayaquil), through the line’s high point of 11,841 feet (3,609 meters) at Urbina, before ending in Quito at 9,111 feet (2,777 meters). There are many ups and downs in between, including an overall climb of more than 16,700 feet (5,090 meters) when traveling between Guayaquil and Quito. It was one of the most complicated railroad lines ever built and the most challenging part of all is a 7.5 mile (12 km) section called Nariz del Diablo or Devil’s Nose train which connects the Alausí and Simbambe stations. Here’s what that dramatic train journey looks like from onboard.
Watch the dramatic Devil’s Nose train journey in Ecuador in our time-lapse video, below, which was shot with our Brinno camera.
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