2. El Nariz del Diablo, Ecuador
On the other end of the budget spectrum is this adventurous train ride and impressive engineering feat. High in the Andes of central Ecuador heading south from Riobama is a switchback track known as the Devil’s Nose, ascending 1600m up and down from Alausi to Sibambe. This zigzagging journey passes through Andean villages and offers awesome mountain vistas. Just pray to the Inca gods that the breaks don’t fail. Up until recently daredevils with a death wish could ride on the roof of the train for an added thrill.