• Altitude: 2345 meters
  • Inhabitants: 5.563
  • Region: Central-Andes

Alausí is a picturesque town about 2 hours away from Riobamba. It is known for its architecture with its old houses and cobblestone streets. The famous Nariz del Dibalo train ride departs and returns here and the town has a busy Sunday market.

The most important sight within the town is the monument of Saint Peter (Monumento de San Pedro, address Loma de Luglli) and an interesting church to visit is the ´La Matriz´ church (Address Parque 13 de Noviembre).

The train station of Alausí is the place to board the train for the famous ´Nariz del Diablo´ train ride. This train ride takes you to the village of Sibambe through characteristic Andean landscape. The ´Nariz del Diablo´ (Devil´s Nose) is a steep rock wall along which the train zigzags its way up and down, making it an exciting train ride. In Sibambe you will visit the Puñuna Condor Interpretation Center. The train ride is a round trip starting and ending in Alausí. The trains have been modernized and since a few years it´s not possible anymore to sit on the roof of the train. More info:

Note: It´s important to pick up your train tickets at least 30 minutes before departure, showing your ´proof of payment´ at the counter of the train station.

Click on the following link for more train tours: Train Tours

Insiders´ tips

  • Around the train station of Alausí is a daily market with great souvenirs.

Restaurant tip

  • El Mesón del Tren. Delicious Ecuadorian food and good service. Address Ricaurte y Eloy Alfaro. More info: +593-3-3027-544.

Medical attention

There is no hospital in Alausí so in case of emergency, you´ll have to go to one of the hospitals in Riobamba:

  • Clinica Metropolitana. Address Junín 2528 y España. More info: +593-3-2941-930.

  • Hospital de Especialidades San Juan.  

    Address Veloz y Autachi. More info: +593-3-2945-871 or +593-3-2963-098.