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A Lap of Luxury Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour

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Tour Overview

Ecuador has emerged as one of the most exciting and intriguing destinations for luxury motorcycle tourists with thousands of visitors each year experiencing its twisty roads, high Andes mountains, Pacific Coast and Amazon jungle on two wheels. 

We designed this 11-day, 1300-mile lap of the country for adventurous spirits, curious minds and worldly travelers who enjoy the most exceptional standards in hospitality while enjoying world-class motorcycling on some of the best roads in the Western Hemisphere. Riders are provided a map and GPS navigation system with pre-programmed routes for each day, a luxury, 5-star hotel to aim for each night and plenty of time to experience different cultural and gastronomical stops along the way. Ecuador Freedom provides a fully-equipped adventure motorcycle or 4x4, plus a "Road Book" with thorough, day-to-day information including descriptions of local highlights, history, and "hidden gems" that aren’t common knowledge. Participants will use this information to tailor their days' rides, including as much or as little as they like, all the while having the support of the country's most experienced and largest motorcycle and 4x4 tour operator through the provided local prepaid cell phone.

The tour has opportunities for several off-bike activities as well, including the hot springs at Papallacta, visiting the Panama Hat Makers, strolling the cobbled streets of Cuenca, surfing in the Pacific and a traditional cleansing ceremony by the Tsachilla Tribe of the Ecuadorian Rainforest.  You can ride it with any of our motorcycles or 4x4's.  Have a look and let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you riding a Lap of Luxury in Ecuador!



At a glance

Total Distance:  2,104 km | 1307 miles

Tour Length: 11 days.

Riding Days: 9 days

Rest Days: 2 days

Elevation gain/loss: 23,675 meters | 77,674 feet

Highest Elevation: 4,420 meters | 14,500 feet

Lowest Elevation: -2 meters | - 6 feet

Temperature Range:  4˚ - 35˚ C | 40˚ - 95˚ F

Available: All Year

Route Map

Elevation Profile


Click for Timeline Overview

Travel day to Quito

Arrival in Quto

Travel day to Quito

Accommodations in Quito: Not included.   We will provide you with a recommended list of hotels.  

Transfer from Airport to Hotel provided by the hotel.

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 in advance and spend some time exploring this high altitude capital city.  For those who want excitement, we can provide you with a self-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.  You can stop by our shop to get the paperwork and briefing out of the way, for an easier departure on day 1.

Day 1

Quito - Valle Hermosa

Distance: 178 km | 111 miles

Included Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Kashama Lodge

Day 1

Day 2

Valle Hermoso - San Clemente

Distance: 262 km | 163 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 3

San Clemente - Puerto Cayo

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Manta Wood Boat Builders, Panama Hat Weavers, Fish Market
Accommodations: Tanusas Retreat

Day 3

Day 4

Rest Day in Boca Cayo

Enjoy the beach, taking a cooking class, go for some riding in the surrounding jungle.  This is an amazing place to enjoy to the fullest!

Day 5

Puerto Cayo - Naranjito

Distance: 327 km | 206 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodations:  Hacienda La Danesa

Day 5

Day 6

Naranjita - Cuenca

Distance:  202 km |  126 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodations: Mansion Alcazar

Day 7

Cuenca - Baños de Agua Santa

Distance: 427 km | 265 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodations: Volcan Runtun

Day 7

Day 8

Rest Day in Baños

Distance:  ?

Inclued Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodations: Volcan Runtun Adventure Spa

Day 9

Baños - Hacienda San Augustin de Callo

Distance:  272 km | 169 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodations: Hacienda San Augustin de Callo

Day 9

Day 10

Hacienda San Augustin de Callo - Hacienda Zuleta

Distance: 164 km | 102 miles

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodations: Hacienda Zuleta

Day 11

Hacienda Zuleta - Quito

Distance: 150 km | 91 miles

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Not included

Day 11

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.
Day 1 - Valle Hermoso

Elevation Profile - Day 1

You'll begin and end your 11-day "Lap of Luxury" self-guided tour from our shop in the upscale neighborhood of La Carolina 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 Altiplano Plateau (the highest capital city 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 the high altitude before beginning the tour.  Our shop is located in the most luxurious and modern part of the city, so we suggest you get a hotel near our shop and take advantage of all that this city has to offer. 

During 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.  road out of Quito to west for motorcycle adventureWe'll review the route with you in detail, providing you with your pre-programmed GPS navigation unit along with a "Road Book" containing daily maps including descriptions of local highlights, history, gas stations, suggested lunch stops and other "hidden gems" that aren’t common knowledge. You can use this information to tailor your days, including as much or as little as you like.  We'll show you how to call us using the pre-paid cell phone and what to do if you have any problems along the way.  You'll head out on the bike, taking the tunnel which is just a few blocks from our office, that takes you to the highway out of the city with very little traffic.

Inti-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 you 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 Equator “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 understand better the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as we pass through the various regions.

kashama lodge watefrall and motorcycle adventureDeparting the Inti-ñan Museum, you are now officially outside of the Quito metropolitan region, and have begun riding in the Northern Hemisphere. The second suggested 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. The roads have been recently paved and riding these sharp curves is sure to be exhilarating fun.  

You can have lunch in the garden of a fantastic restaurant in the heart of the cloudforest.   You'll watch in amazement as hundreds of colorful birds surround us as you enjoy the local cuisine.

From here, you'll continue descending the western slopes of the Andes, passing several dairy and fruit farms and small welcoming villages.  The air will be a bit thicker and warmer as you descend to the lowlands.  cloudforest western slopes ecuadsor motorcyle adventure tour

Check into a unique hotel and spa - built right into a waterfall.   The Kashama Lodge was designed based on the layout of the cliffside town of Manarola, Italy.  It resembles an artist’s palette; vibrant buildings jostle each other for space.  The first thing you'll probably want to do (after checking in to your luxurious suite) is jump in for a swim in its inviting, private waterfall.  You'll be dining here with its first class service. Dinner is included. A shamanic cleansing performed by the local rainforest Tsachilla tribe and other spa treatments are available with advanced reservations.  Contact us for details.

Day 2 -San Clemente
Day 3 - Boca de Cayo
Day 4 - Rest Day at the Beach
Day 5 - Naranjito
Day 6 - Cuenca
Day 7 - Baños de Agua Santa
Day 8 - Rest Day in Baños
Day 9 - San Augustin de Callo
Day 10 - Hacienda Zuleta
Day 11 - Return to Quito


What to Expect

This self-guided motorcycle (or 4x4) adventure tour will start and end in our offices located in the upscale "La Carolina" neighborhood of Quito - close to several hotels, parks, shopping malls, galleries, restaurants, and museums. 

Prior to your departure (on the day prior or the morning of departure), you will be provided a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs and courtesies. We will instruct you on how to operate your pre-programmed GPS unit and given a packet that includes your prepaid hotel vouchers and daily map sheets with points of interest, descriptions of local highlights information and "hidden gems" that aren't common knowledge.  You can use this information to tailor your day - including as much or as little as you like. The route will be reviewed with you in detail to provide you with additional useful information about the timing, suggestions for lunch stops and where to get gas along the way.  

On the morning of your departure, we will provide you with the adventure motorcycle (or 4x4 vehicle) of your choice, fitted with waterproof luggage system, a first aid kit, a tankbag if you want one, spare innertubes (or tire repair kit) and a set of tools. In addition, you will have a prepaid cell phone to call us for support at any time during your trip.  We will carefully review the bike (or 4x4) with you using our multi-point checklist to be sure that everything is in perfect working order before your departure and that you know what to do in case of an emergency or breakdown.

The route you will follow over the next ten days is based on several years' of developing, exploring, testing and riding these routes many times.  The route consists of paved roads with very little traffic.  There are several stops available which are marked on the GPS unit and the daily route sheets. It is up to you to decide if you want to check them out.

The hotel accommodations are top quality, 4-5 star haciendas, hotels and lodges with a unique character. You will have dinner and breakfast included at each overnight stop and will be provided upgraded or suite accommodations each night.

You will have many opportunities for amazing photos and stops in remote villages where visitors are very rare. Locals are friendly and the areas visited are very safe with very low crime rates. 

During your ride, Ecuador Freedom staff will monitor your daily progress using an onboard GPS satellite tracking system and can assist you by telephone if you need to change your route, need roadside assistance or help in any way.

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 of sea level (where temperatures can be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 (where temperatures can be in the 30's Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Throughout the tour, you will stay in higher end, carefully selected,  non-touristy, 4 and 5-star haciendas, hotels and nature lodges. See this page for details, photos, and links to the accommodations provided.  

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list.  You should know how to make general motorcycle repairs and maintenance and to be able to change an innertube (click for a video tutorial).  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.

Available Support Truck and Guide Service

For an additional charge, Ecuador Freedom can provide you or your group a support vehicle and or guide.  Please see pricing this page.

Accommodations on this Tour

Accommodations on this tour

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and unique character. The accommodations featured on this tour are among the highest quality establishments in Ecuador.

Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Pricing

Lap of Luxury Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
Single Occupancy
1 Rider + 1 Pillion (or passenger) Sharing Room with Rider - Price for Passenger Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Double Occupancy
Yamaha XT250
SWM Gran Milano 440
Suzuki DR650
Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT (LOW)
BMW G 650 GS
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT


Jeep Wrangler
Volkswagen Amarok 
Ford Ranger Diesel

Supplemental Services

Multilingual, Local Resident Guide for Group up to 10 motorcycles
Support Truck with Driver for Groups up to 10 Motorcycles

Prices are in United States Dollars (USD) - the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador.

Tour Includes

      • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental  
      • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
      • Tank bag
      • GPS Navigation System with programmed routes for each day
      • Back-office tracking and monitoring
      • Road Book with daily maps and guide to gas and lunch stops, points of interest and local "hidden gems."
      • Detailed pre-ride briefing
      • Preparation lists, information and videos
      • Prepaid cell phone with 24-hour support
      • Tire Repair Kit, First Aid Kit and Tools
      • Single occupancy in high-end hotel rooms (see accommodations this page)
      • 10 Breakfasts
      • 10 Dinners
      • Souvenir T-Shirt
      • Souvenir decal
      • Luggage storage and locker usage while ridng
      • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.
      • 25% discount on high quality riding gear from Klim

Not included

    • 100% refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
    • Ecuador IVA (sales) tax ONLY if you are Ecuadorian
    • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito 
    • Fuel
    • Meals not listed

Available All Year with Advanced Reservations.

Before booking a self-guided tour with us, please carefully read our Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour Terms and Conditions

To secure your booking you will need to pay 50% at the time of booking your rental or tour. Please contact us using the "Reserve Now" button on this page and we will send you a payment request from our secure payments provider (currently we use "Kushki" - a secure payments provider.  Alternatively, we may request payment through PayPal. If you prefer to send a wire transfer, please let us know and we will provide our banking details.

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.

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC:  All reservations through 2021 are completely flexible.  If you have to change the dates for your trip for a Covid-19 related reason, you may do so for any date through December 31, 2021 at no additional charge. Please notify us as soon as possible for any change in your plans.  

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, civil unrest, acts of God, family tragedies or problems with flight departures, etc.  

We recommend Ripcord Travel Insurance.  They provide very extensive travel insurance plus have outstanding repatriation and assistance in an emergency.  To purchase, just 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, (United States Dollars) or with PayPal or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.  A 100% refundable security deposit using a credit card for the rental motorcycle or 4x4 is also required and is separate from the payment for the tour.  Security deposits are $500 - $2000, depending on the vehicle selected.

Available Extensions

Add additional rest days to your trip to relax and explore the area on your own.  Simple, flat fees include extra lodging, breakfast and vehicle rental fees.

Kashama Lodge

Kashama Lodge Extension

Add an additional day, staying at the Kashama Lodge and Spa Flat Fee: $400 single or with pillion ($550 for 2 bikes / 1 room)

Mansion Alcazar

Cuenca - Mansion Alcazar Extension

Add an additional day to explore Cuenca Flat Fee: $500 single or with pillion ($650 for 2 bikes / 1 room)

Shamanic Cleansing

Shamanic Cleansing Ceremony

Add a shamanic cleansing ceremony by the Tsachila Tribe at the Kashama Lodge to purify you and remove bad spirits Flat Fee: $35 per person

Termas de Papallacta

Termas de Papallacta

Add an additional day, staying in a private cabin with hot springs at the Termas de Papallacta Lodge. Flat Fee: $400

Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Add an extra rest day at the beach at the Palmazul Hotel & Spa Flat Fee: $300 1-2 people/ 1 bike | $450 2 bikes/1 room

Galapagos Cruise

Galapagos Cruise

We work with the the longest-running cruise operator in the Galapagos and offer our tour customers special reduced pricing on permium tours in the Galapagos of 4,5 and 8 day cruises.

Please let us know if you would like more info

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