Devil’s Nose Railway
It’s difficult not to sound hyperbolic when talking about riding the rails through Ecuador’s ‘avenue of the volcanoes’. A morning’s train ride surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain scenery, peaceful villages and, on clear days, smoking volcanoes, the centerpiece of the trip is a series of stunning zig-zagging switchbacks carved into a near-vertical cliff face – the ‘Nariz del Diablo’. Known at the time of its construction as the most difficult railway in the world to build, and to everyone who rides it now as a gravity-defying, once-in-a-lifetime, experience. Go on, you try not sounding hyperbolic on your return.