The village of Cajabamba, in a valley famous for the conflicts between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors that took place here, is now a peaceful market town between coastal plantations and the cloud forest. The town is also known as a trekker stop for travelers who are visiting the dramatically scenic "Devil's Nose" stretch of rail lines nearby. This narrow passage from Quito to Guayaquil was built over 100 years ago and traverses a steep rail track called "The Devil's Nose" and locally as "The Condor's Aerie." Here, the track drops about 50 meters in the space of twelve kilometers. The popular railway fell into decline in the 1990s but is being rejuvenated by the government, partly because of its reputation as a major tourist draw. Old school trekkers remember the days when you could cling to the roof of the train but cooler heads have prevailed and health and safety rules now require that you stay inside on the wild ride.
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