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// SEPTEMBER 2016
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Thessaloniki
Bogotá
Bogotá
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena
Quito
Otavalo
Sigchos
Laguna de Quilitoa
Alausi
Sibambe
Alausi
Cuenca
Guayaquil
Frankfurt
Zipaquirá
Zero point
Quito
Cotopaxi National Park
El Nariz del Diablo

Alausi


25th of September
The “Devil’s Train”

We woke up early in the morning and went to the train station.



 

We knew that from Alausi starts one of the most amazing and thrilling routes of the Andes with the legendary Devil’s Nose Train, which starts its breathtaking journey at an altitude of 1600m and reaches 2700m, in order to approach a unique steep rock/wall, known as “The Devil’s Nose- El Nariz del Diablo”. This particular route was an absolute must on our schedule.  

It is a very steep mountain crossing and in a heroic effort to make it passable, in the beginning of the 20nth century, the engineers had to install an extremely complicated functioning system on the rails, remarkable as far as its conception and construction till today.
 


We were awed and speechless during this so exceptional route, while traveling with the “devil’s train”, to an extremely inaccessible part of the country.
Only 800m separate the train station in Alausi from the one in Sibambe, but the route to the steep rock called “The Nose of the Devil” is absolutely breathtaking.  
 


We found also very interesting a folkloric performance given by the locals, who were dancing with their traditional clothes in the train station of Sibambe.



Christos, too, had an opportunity to excel in dancing there. At this particular train station, one can also visit the Condor Pununa Museum with its many exhibits of Folk Art and pharmaceutical plants.



Incas in Ecuador

We returned to the station of Alausi and, after having enjoyed a last walk in the town, we took the car and drove to Ingapirca (Wall of the Inca), which is the largest and most important site of Inca Ruins in Ecuador and dates back to the 15nth century.

We visited under heavy rain the magnificent ruins of the Inca Period and we saw the Temple of the Sun, a large oval construction once used for ritual and astronomical purposes. The Temple, with its gigantic and well preserved stones is a characteristic local sample of the Inca architecture. 
 


All our doubts as far as this civilization still holding its secrets well hidden were dissolved by the mystifying and awesome magic of the Inca Wall, just like the clouds were dissolved by the bright sun in the sky above the archeological site…

Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10
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Population: 49.473.456
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10 days
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Population: 49.473.456
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