The Tren Nariz del Diablo crosses the magnificent Devil’s Nose, a mountain with very difficult railways that result in an amazing journey. A great zigzag railroad was built to overcome the difficult mountain. As to today, it remains a magnificent piece of engineering. This train trip leaves you with a memorable experience of beautiful landscapes.
After the tour goes to the Ingapirca ruins. Ingapirca means “Incas stone wall”. It is a full and fascinating trip day from Cuenca to the massive fortifications of Ingapirca. We find them above the dramatically beautiful valleys. We drive from Cuenca at 8 am taking the Pan-American Highway which will lead us to the province of Cañar where Ingapirca is located. It is about 2:00 hours driving time from Cuenca to Ingapirca.
This tour goes on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Depart from Cuenca at 7h00 and after 4 hours drive north on the Pan American Highway you get to the train station. There you board for the train-top trip towards Alausi through fantastic Andes Mountain scenery. In Alausi you get on the train to start the spectacular descent through the famous “Devil´s Nose”, a railroad section classified as one of the major engineering achievements of the early 20th century. The train will stop at Sibambe station and after some time to relax it goes back to Alausi. 2.30hs total circuit. After finishing this amazing train journey you will head to Cañar, enjoy a box lunch on the way and finally visit the biggest Inca ruins archeological complex in Ecuador.
The complex was a ceremonial center or observatory for the Cañari and Inca cultures. There is a museum which is administered by Banco Central del Ecuador, it is open now at this place, containing both archeological and ethnographic displays, as well as this castle we have already mentioned.
The vast archeological complex of the ruins includes a roofless fortification, courtyards, terraces, temples, houses, and a “castle” possibly the “Temple of the Sun”.
In the middle of the Plaza of Pilaloma (the Kancha), there is a tomb of an important woman, who is still accompanied by ten people of both sexes, it has been excavated. The grave wealth seems to be related to the pre – Cashaloma area before the tenth century. They are identified by their use of negative decoration, and on their pottery we can see the Inca influence which is often lentil-shaped. The fact that it is a pit burial, also supposes that the theory that the woman was buried prior to the growth the Hatun-Cañari. A group of rooms were excavated on the east of the warehouses. Archeological remains mean that this was a specialized area of workshops. This area was used for the production of objects required by the politico-religious elites who lived in Ingapirca. and then return to Cuenca at 7 pm approx.