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Offroad Ecuador ADVenture Guided Tour

6 days

From $3,310
See all prices and dates bottom of page

85% Unpaved Route

15% paved

Group Size

1 - 8 Riders
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

If you are adventurous, this tour is for you -it is for those who love to ride off-road and way, way off the beaten track. The tour aims to avoid pavement as much as possible. It is full of spectacular off-road riding in areas of Ecuador that most people don't ever get the opportunity to see.  

The tour will immerse you into a part of this world that time has forgotten and into places where farming is still done with ancient techniques. It will take you to villages where people are surprised to see strangers.  We'll stop to meet people that are happy to show us their way of farming, cooking, and living.   It is a ride through incredible terrain, mountain passes, and around crater lakes.  

The Offroad Ecuador ADVenture Tour passes through several climatic zones in elevations from sea level to 13,500 feet.  It offers a chance to view native wildlife while gaining an intimate understanding of the incredible biodiversity found in Ecuador.

At a glance

  • Time Needed:  6 days / 5 nights
  • Total Distance: 770 miles / 1,234 kilometers
  • Elevation gain / loss : 16,633 meters / 54,570 feet
  • Climactic Zones:  Tropical Rainforest / Tropical Grasslands / Highlands Pampa / Cloudforest
  • Provinces: Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tschallas, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Los Rios
WARNING: This is not a normal motorcycle ride. This tour requires elements of endurance and stamina. Riders must be able to ride in adverse weather conditions and adverse road conditions and for long time periods of time  (up to 10 hours)
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Travel day to Quito

Arrival in Quito

Travel day to Quito

Accommodations: Not included.  We will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in Quito near our shop in the heart of the fashionable La Carolina neighborhood so that you can relax and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés.

Travel day to Quito

1 or 2 days prior to the tour start date

Pre-Tour Registration and Tour of Qutio

Arrive a day or two prior to departure to enjoy Quito and we'll provide you with tickets on the Hop-on / Hop - Off bus to enjoy a stress-free day in the capital.  For those who want a little more fun, we can provide you with a selfd-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.

Day 1

Quito - Otavalo

Distance: 151km | 94 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Museo Solar Intiñan, Plaza de Ponchos (Largest indigenous market in South America), Mojanda volcano lake, Perucho church.
Accommodations: Cabañas del Lago

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Mindo

Distance: 172 km |107 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Leather Workshop, Cuicocha volcano lake, Coffee selection and production tour, Chocolate production tour, Butterfly sanctuary.
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso

Day 3

Mindo - Chugchilan

Distance: 214km | 133 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa crater lake, Many Waterfalls, Woodworking school,
Accommodations: Mama Hilda's Hostel

Day 3

Day 4

Chugchilan - Salinas

Distance: 191 km |119 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa Lake, School Visit, Wood Carving, Moonshine Distillery, Guinea Pig Farm
Accommodations: El Refugio Hotel

Day 5

Salinas - Quevedo

Distance:  131 km | 82 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities:  Chocolate Maker, Soccer Ball Maker, Wool Mill, Cheese Makers, Palm Farmer, Chocolate Farmer
Accommodations:  Hotel Olimpico

Day 5

Day 6

Quevedo - Quito

Distance: 250 km | 155 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities:  Winery
Accommodations: Not included

Return to Quito

Return home

Many international flights leave around midnight from Quito.  If you are catching a flight the same evening as the last day of the tour, you may enjoy VIP access to our "After-Ride Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, and open bar.

Return to Quito

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Route Map

Elevation Profile

Highlights

About Our Offroad Tours

Itinerary

Day 1 - Otavalo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

 cobbled road to mojanda lake 1600

Day 1
Quito-Inti'ñan-San José de Minas-Laguna de Mojanda-Otavalo
Distance Covered: 94 miles / 151 km 

Intinan museum on equator on motorcycle adventure tour in ecuadorYou’ll begin your six-day “Offroad Ecuador ADVenture" from our shop located in the fashionable neighborhood of La Carolina in Quito, Ecuador - 2850 meters (almost 2 miles above sea level) in the Andes Mountains, on the Equator, in South America.   Quito was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best-preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America.  We recommend you arrive a day or two in advance of the tour to experience this majestic city and to acclimate yourself to the high altitude. looking over the fields after san jose de minas offroad dirt motorcycle adventure

On the morning of the tour departure, you’ll be outfitted with the offroad motorcycle of your choice, thoroughly equipped for the adventure ahead. We will provide a thoughtful presentation that will answer all of your questions concerning the route, local customs, rules of the road, and group riding techniques.

San_Jose_de_MinasThe first day's ride is designed to give you a sampling of the different types of roads you will be riding.   We will ride asphalt, cobblestone, and unimproved dirt roads.

The first stop will be in the middle of the world. The Inti-ñan museum is situated right on the Equator.  Inti-ñan means "path of the Sun" in Quechua, a native language of Ecuador.  We'll get a short tour of this magical site, a place that the indigenous peoples have revered for thousands of years.ride up to mojanda offroad ecuador adventure dirt bike motorcycle adventureYou will learn how the ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world, centuries before "modern" geography or GPS devices. You can play with gravity here and perform some experiments to learn about the Coriolis effect caused by the Earth's rotation. See the water spin different directions down a drain, depending on which hemisphere it is.  You will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical homes of a few different cultures you will find in Ecuador. This tour will give you excellent background information on Ecuador and its people so that you will better understand the people as we pass through the various regions of Ecuador.

Dirt roads around laguna mojanda offroad ecuador motorcycle adventure tourAfter the visit to the Inti-ñan museum, we will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere.  We will first pass through a desert canyon on a road that will bring you into a deep gorge. This area resembles the landscapes you would find in Arizona or the California desert. Then ride out of the canyon into a lush green patchwork of fields of vegetables, roses, and dairy cattle.  We'll stop in the charming little town of San José de Minas with its beautiful stone church and well-manicured central park.

From San José de Minas, climb in altitude on spectacular dirt back roads giving grand vistas of the serene farmlands and forests below. The beautiful aromas of eucalyptus and pine forests will waft into your helmet.Mojanda_Lake

Stop to add a layer of clothing as you ride up to a height of over 12,000 feet (3714 meters) to view the majestic Mojanda Lake surrounded by the Fuya-Fuya mountain which stands guard over it. This high road will be the first time you will be in the high-altitude paramo climate on this ride.

From there,  ride down, through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market. Otavalo is known to have one of the most highly concentrated 

otavalo market spices ecuador motorcycle adventure tour Native American populations in all of the Americas. You should stop here to view the various crafts, textiles, and other unique colorful items for sale at the Plaza de Los Ponchos.

cabana del lago

We will finish the day's ride along the calming shores of Lake San Pablo and settle in for the night in a private lakeside cabin at the Hosteria Cabanas del Lago.  We will have a delicious dinner alongside the lake and you will return to your private cabin, warmed by a wood fireplace.

Day 2 - Mindo
Day 3 - Chugchilan
Day 4 - Salinas de Guaranda
Day 5 - Quevedo
Day 6 - Quito

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What to Expect

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  We suggest arriving in Quito a day or two early to enjoy the city and to get the paperwork out of the way so we can have a relaxed start on Day 1. 

On the morning of our departure, we will provide a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs, courtesies, and group riding protocols.  We will supply you with the offroad capable adventure motorcycle of your choice, fitted with waterproof luggage system and a tankbag if you want one. If there are more than five riders on the tour, a support truck will be available to carry your luggage and will carry bottled water. The support truck is able to respond in an emergency and to make your ride more comfortable. However, it is not intended to be used for "taking a break from riding." You are expected to ride for the entire trip.  If there are fewer than five riders on tour, we may not provide a support truck, and you will need to carry your gear in the saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike.

The route you will follow over the next six days is based on several years' of experience and riding these routes many times. Your guide knows the route thoroughly, having ridden it several times before. The route is mostly unpaved, unimproved (not gravel) natural, primarily single-lane dirt roads.  The roads are chosen for their lack of traffic and outstanding scenery. The Guide will make many stops throughout the day to introduce you to the locals, explain the local history and show you "hidden gems" that are not common knowledge.

We do not want you to "push your limits." Instead, we want you to be able to lift your head, look around, and enjoy the amazing scenery during the ride.

Upon returning, you will have access to our honor bar, jacuzzi, hot shower and staff that can assist you with your next destination.

Weather and Temperatures

Weather and temperature ranges in Ecuador are generally the same year round. In the highlands, you can expect the chance of passing showers but rarely a full day of rain.  Chances for a full day of rain are more likely on the western slopes of the Andes in March, April and early May. This ride will be in elevations between sea level (where temperatures can be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (where temperatures are in the 30's Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we will stay in unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges and inns. See this page for details, photos, and links to the accommodations provided.  Ecuador Freedom has the right to substitute accommodations of equal quality due to availability and will notify you of these changes.

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list. No knowledge of Spanish is required - your Guide can speak English and Spanish fluently.  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.  

Accommodations on this Tour

Accommodations on this tour

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and unique character. Below are the accommodations featured on this tour.

Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Pricing



OFFROAD Ecuador ADVenture Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pilllion Sharing Room with Rider

 
Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Double Occupancy


 
Yamaha XT250$ 3.310n/a$ 2.465
BMW G310GS$3,490$ 1,895$2,585
BMW G310GS (LOWERED)$3,490$ 1,895$2,585
Suzuki DR650$ 3.610n/a$ 2.705
Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)$ 3.610n/a$ 2.705
SWM RS 650R$ 3.610n/a$ 2.705
BMW G 650 GS$ 3.790$ 1,895$ 2.885
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$ 3.880n/a$ 2.945
BMW F700 GS$ 3.880$ 1,895$ 2.945
BMW F750 GS$3,950$ 1,895$3,015
Triumph Tiger 800XCx$ 3.990$ 1,895$ 3.065
BMW F800GS$ 3.990$ 1,895$ 3.065
BMW F850GS$ 4.050$ 1,895$ 3.125
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$ 4.050$ 1,895$ 3.125
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$ 4.050$ 1,895$ 3.125

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Local Resident Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one partipant signs up - we do not cancel tours on you!)
  • Support Vehicle (5+ riders)
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus or self-guided scooter tour (arrive a day early or stay a day after )
  • Single occupancy in luxury hacienda, boutique hotel, 3-5 star hotel accomodations (best hotel in town) - see accommodations on this page.
  • All meals
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from our partner, Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom After-Ride Lounge with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.


You do NOT have to pull your wallet out on any of our guided tours!

Not included

  • Alchoholic beverages
  • Refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
  • Ecuador IVA (sales) tax ONLY if you are Ecuadorian
  • NO TAX FOR TOURISTS TO ECUADOR!
  • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito

Booking and cancellation policy

To secure your booking, you just pay 50% at the time of booking your rental or tour. Please contact us, and we will send you a payment request from one of our secure payments provider. Using our payments providers, you may pay with any major credit card or with your checking account.

Deposits are refundable minus 10% of the total rental or tour price only if canceled at least 90 days prior to departure or pick-up date. Cancellations are very costly to us as they impede our planning and ability to sell rentals and tours to other customers. Therefore, cancellations for any reason made less than 90 days before the pickup or departure date are not refundable nor may they be applied to a future rental or tour.

To protect yourself from this loss of your deposit, it is up to you to secure travel insurance that covers cancellations due to health problems, family tragedies or problems with flight departures, etc.  

To get a free quote for travel insurance that will reimburse you in case you must cancel your trip (plus provide medical and repatriation coverage in case of an accident), go towww.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are traveling with us.  

We highly recommend Ripcord Travel Insurance, a partner of ours.  They provide very extensive travel insurance plus outstanding repatriation and assistance in an emergency.  To purchase, go to this page.

The balance (second 50%) of your rental or tour is due when you pick up the bike in our office in Quito.   The second 50% can be paid in cash or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.


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