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Offroad Pacific Discovery

A 6-day adventure in a land of waterfalls, enchanted forests and sandy beaches

Overview:

Distance: 1,102 kilometers / 685 miles  70% unpaved road / 30% paved road

Time Needed: 6 days / 5 nights  (5 riding days and one rest day)

Climates:  Cloudforest, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Grasslands, Paramo,  Dry Forest

Highest Elevation: 3,364 meters | 11,037 feet

Lowest Elevation: sea level

Elevation Gain / Loss: 12,187 meters | 39,984 feet

Availability:  All year long!

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Description:

This off-road adventure tour will be the most memorable ride to the beach you will ever have.  The route brings you through several wildlife refuges and protected forests, to sparkling waterfalls and to the small fishing villages and sandy beaches of Ecuador's enamoring coastline.  This is an opportunity to experience several different cultures, varied ways of life and distinctive cuisines .  The tour goes through some of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and parts of rural Ecuador that few visitors get to see.  Lodging is in top-notch, exclusive lodges and hotels that are truly off the beaten path.

As with all of our tours, we believe Ecuador is best unlocked through its people.  We'll meet people from many walks of life from farmers to fishermen to archeologists.  Our resident guides will show you their secret places along this route and introduce you to friends we have along the way.  Off-bike activities include a visit to the Tulipe archeological site, a visit to a palm tree farm and processor,  the Inti-ñan Solar Museum, and a surfing lesson. The tour packs a lot into a very exciting week to create memories that will last for a lifetime.  

 

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Day 1
Quito - Inti'ñan - Nono - Tulipe - El Porvenir

Distance Covered:  120 km / 75 miles

You'll begin this 9-day / 8 night “Andes, Amazon and Pacific Coast” tour from our shop in Quito, Ecuador. In 1978, Quito became the first place on the planet to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having the best-preserved historic center in all of Latin America. Quito is high on the Antiplano Plateau (the second highest in the world) in the Andes at 9,350 feet.  We suggest that you arrive a day or two early to experience our magnificent capital city while getting acclimated to high altitude before beginning the tour.on_the_road_to_mindo

equator_lineDuring the first morning of the tour you’ll be outfitted with the motorcycle of your choice and given a thorough orientation answering all questions concerning local customs, rules of the road, riding signals, Ecuadorian driver courtesies, and more. The first day’s ride purposefully includes a sampling of the different types of roads that will be ridden.  You will be shown how to operate your pre-programmed GPS unit with daily routes and be given a "Road Book" with details and points of interest for each day.  You will also be provided an "emergency kit" containing a pre-paid cell phone, first aid kit, tools and other items to ensure your ride goes smoothly.  You will have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads.

mindo_1Inti-ñan means “path of the Sun” in the Quechua language and the Inti-ñan Museum is situated directly on the Equator. The indigenous peoples have revered this site for thousands of years and our group will learn how ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world centuries before the advent of modern geography or GPS devices. During your first stop directly on the “red line” you will experiment with gravity, including witnessing how water drains either clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side of the Equator you are standing. You will also have the opportunity to see how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live by visiting models of their homes. This will enable you to better understand the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as you pass through various regions.colibri_en_la_ecoruta_del_quinde

Departing the Inti-ñan Museum you are now officially outside of the Quito metropolitan region, and have begun riding in the Northern Hemisphere. Your second stop is to view the beautiful Pululahua Crater Geo-Botanical Reserve, a crater formed by a volcanic eruption 2,500 years ago. From there, head onto the western slopes of the Andes that are full of dense, green forests and steep mountains. These sharp curves are certain to be exhilarating fun.

We'll turn onto a dirt road that will take us to the small town of Nono and then into the Nono Biological Reserve - a wildlife refuge that is famous for being one of the world's most biodiverse regions.   It contains the smaill Andean Spectacled Bear and thousands of species of colorful birds and frogs. 

We'll stop at the Bellavista Bird Lodge and turn the engines off and sit silently for a couple of minutes and see hundreds of coorful birds surround us and put on a show.  We'll continue on a dirt road out of the magical area and to the town of Tulipe, in the ancestral land of the Yumbo people.tulipe_pool

 We will visit the Tulipe Archeological site, where stone pools have a symbolic structure (one supposedly is in the shape of a jaguar) which, when filled with water, apparently served as celestial observatories of the night sky.   This meant the Yumbo were not only able to interpret the stars but, as they entered the pools, they were metaphorically able to bathe among the stars reflected on the water's surface.  Here they predicted the future and revealed cosmic secrets to the initiated.

Yumbo_Spa.bmpThen we will have a stop to meet the folks at the Finca Figaro and have a look at their famous orchid garden and aromatic coffee plantation.  We'll learn a little about how coffee is grown and harvested. 

We'll continue along dirt farm roads and then drop a bit in elevation to arrive at the Yumbo Spa & Resort which is surrounded by pristine cloudforest.  We'll have a walk to their private waterfall where we can have a natural shower after our ride in the dirt.  We'll dine in their beautiful dining room that will give us fantastic views of the cloudforest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 2
El Porvenir - Mashpi Cloudforest Reserve - Esmeraldas - Same

Distance Covered:  283 km / 176 miles

After a hearty breakfast including fresh exotic fruit juices, we'll head out on the road, descending deeper into the mysterious, mist-shrouded forest with giant anthuriums, mosses and towering trees.  We'll pass a few muddy spots that will demand all of your attention, so we will stop a few times so that you can fully appreciate and take in this beautiful part of the world.  Its an area that National Geographic has made famous thanks to their "expeditions"  in this area.   We'll get a more immersive experience in this majical forest.Mashpi_forest

We'll pass through the sleepy little village of Pachijal, where we stop to snack on the locally grown mandarine oranges, ptahayo, mangos and pineapples. 

From there, we'll continue dropping in altitude on the western slopes of the Andes and we'll see the rivers start to grow in width and intensity.  The waters are fast and fresh here.  We'll cross right over a waterfall and get some unique photos.  We'll stop at another waterfall - the Tiger's Leap - to have a refreshing swim in its crystal waters.

palm_grove_near_golondrinaWe will drop down even lower in altitude and start to see some exotic crops such as pitahaya fruit and palm hearts growing.   We'll pass through acres and acres of majestic palm groves.  We'll meet some of the farmers here and visit a palm processing operation - that turns these giant palm nuts into the vegetable oil you use everyday in your soap, french fries and thousands of other products. 

Then we'll continue through these beautiful farmlands on dirt roads and cross the Guayllabamba River using a small ferry.  ferry_over_guayllabamba_river

At the town of Quininde, known for its exotic fruit markets, we'll join a rolling, paved toad that will take us to the coast and give us fun, wide sweeping turns and spectacular views of the residents who live along the rivers here.  Its a different culture and people here and their attitude is always warm, friendly and festive.

We'll get to the coast and skirt around the city of Esmeraldas and head down the coastline, passing the beach towns of Tonsupa and Atacames.  We'llclaw over a few dramatic cliffs giving spectacular views of the ocean and arrive at the charming El Acantillado hotel, near the town of Same.  Here we will have access to a private beach, and we'll check into our private cabins high on a cliff overlooking the beach and ocean below.  The seafood dinner will leave you with tastes that you will crave long after this tour is over.

 

 

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Day 3
Same - Playa Escondida - Muisne -  Coaque - Cabuyal - Canoa

389 km / 242 miles

Hotel: Canoa Beach Hotel

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Day 4 
Rest Day at Canoa Beach

Hotel: Canoa Beach Hotel

 

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Day 5
Canoa - San Isidro - Flavio Alfaro - Bua - Plan Piloto - Valle Hermoso

228 km / 142 miles

Hotel:  Kashama Eco Resort & Spa

 

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Day 6

Valle Hermoso -  Rio Blanco - Chiriboga - Quito

170 km / 106 miles

 

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Dates:

Scheduled Departures:

  • 05 March 2018
  • 11 November 2018
  • Please see our Tour Calendar for tour dates.   Custom departures can be arranged.  Please contact us for more information.

Prices:

  • On a Yamaha XT250: $3,800
  • On a Suzuki DR650:  $4,100
  • On a SWM RS 650R: $4,100
  • On a BMW G 650 GS: $4,300
  • On a Yamaha Ténéré XT660:  $4,380
  • On a KTM 690 Enduro R: $4,440
  • On a Husqvarna 701 Enduro: $4,440
  • On a BMW F700 GS: $4,380
  • On a Triumph Tiger 800XC: $4,490
  • On a BMW F800GS: $4,490
  • On a Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L: $4,550
  • On a Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 with DCT: $4,670
  • Passenger Pillion Charge: $2395

Prices Include:

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental (as described on our Rentals page)
  • Saddlebags
  • Tank Bag
  • Experienced, multilingual local resident "insider" tour guide
  • Single occupancy in accommodations listed above.
  • ALL Meals and drinks (except lunch and dinner on rest day)
  • Tolls
  • Gasoline
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus (arrive a day early!)
  • All entry fees to parks and attractions and tours
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • Guaranteed departure policy (no minimum partipants - we do not cancel tours on you!)
  • Support Truck for 5+ riders
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from  
  • You do NOT have to pull your wallet out on any of our tours!
  • Prices do not include:

  • 100% refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
  • Ecuador IVA tax (12%) (ONLY IF YOU ARE ECUADORIAN)
  • TOURISTS TO ECUADOR PAY NO TAX ON TOUR PACKAGES!
  • Alcholic drinks.
  • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
  • Medical or Travelers' Insurance with repatriation coverage (required to enter Ecuador)

How to Book Your Adventure:

Have a look at our tour calendar to see what dates work for you.  Then, just contact us and let us know which tour and which bike you are interested in.  Or - even easier - just click the button below, select your dates and bike and we'll respond as quick as we can.

We'll get back to you usually within a day (sometimes we are out guiding tours and may take 2 days to respond at most).  If you don't see a date that fits your schedule, just ask and we'll see what we can do.