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Offroad Ecuador ADVenture Self-Guided Tour

6 days

From $1,795
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80% Unpaved

20% paved

Availability

All year except April 1- May 15

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

This tour is reserved for the truly adventurous -those who love to ride off-road -  way, way off the beaten track. The tour aims to avoid pavement as much as possible and will take the rider immediately out of Quito and onto some spectacular off-road riding and to parts of Ecuador that most people don't ever get the opportunity to see.  

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

The Offroad Ecuador Tour passes through several climactic zones and thus 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
  • Customizable:  Add addtional riding days or combine with our other tours.  Let us know your wishes!
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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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

Arrive a day or two prior to departure to enjoy Quito and to get the paperwork out of the way so you can have a faster departure on day 1. Consider our self-guided scooter tour of Quito - it is a great way to see the city at your own pace!

Quito - Otavalo

Distance: 151km | 94 miles
Included Meals: 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
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Leather Workshop, Cuicocha volcano lake, Coffee selection and production tour, Chocolate production tour, Butterfly sanctuary.
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso

Mindo - Chugchilan

Distance: 214km | 133 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast & 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
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Quilotoa Lake, School Visit, Wood Carving, Moonshine Distillery, Guinea Pig Farm
Accommodations: El Refugio Hotel

Salinas - Quevedo

Distance:  131 km | 82 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
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
Included Meals: Breakfast 
Activities:  Winery

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 "Freedom Riders' Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.

Return to Quito

Day 1 - Otavalo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

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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 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 1970's for having the best preserved and least-altered historic centre 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-capable motorcycle of your choice  and given a thoughtful presentation that will answer all your questions concerning the route, local customs, rules of the road, and other tips to make sure you enjoy the road and have the information you need to make this ride a success.  You will be provided a GPS that has been programmed with a route for each day.  A "Road Book" will provide you with information for each day's route including points of interest, interesting facts, suggested lunch stops and advice on travel and departure times. You will be provided a set of waterproof saddlebags (or hard luggage depending on your bike choice), plus a full emergency kit containing tire repair kits, inner tubes, a first aid kit, spare clutch and brake levers, other spare parts, a complete toolkit and a pre-paid cell phone to contact us at any time if you need help or have questions.

San_Jose_de_MinasThe first day's ride is intended to give you a sampling of the different types of roads you will be riding. You will ride on a combination of asphalt, dry gravel,  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.   Be sure to take a 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 adventure

You 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 in.  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 cultures as you pass through the various regions of Ecuador over the next six days.

Dirt roads around laguna mojanda offroad ecuador motorcycle adventure tourAfter the visit of the Inti-ñan museum, you will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere.  You will first pass through a dry desert canyon on a dusty dirt road that will bring you into a deep canyon. 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. 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 wonderful 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 volcano which stands guard over it. This will be the first time you will be in the high-altitude paramo climate on this ride.

market in OtavaloFrom 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 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

You 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.  Have a delicious dinner (included) alongside the lake and return to your 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 self-guided adventure will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  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. You'll be instructed 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.  The route will be reviewed with you in detail to provide you with useful information about timing, suggestions for meals and where to get gas along the way.  

On the morning of your departure, you will be provided the offroad-capable motorcycle of your choice which is fitted with waterproof luggage system, a first aid kit, a tankbag if you want one, spare innertubes or tire repair kit and a complete set of tools. In addition you will have a prepaid cell phone to call us for support at anytime during your trip.  We will review the bike with our mult-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.

Once you are all ready and packed up, you will roll out of the city using the tunnel just a few blocks from our shop.  You will take a route to the north of the city which involves very little traffic. Once out of the city, the route involves roads through very remote areas of the Ecuadorian Andes with little traffic.

The route you will follow over the next six days is based on several years' of experience and riding these routes many times on our guided version of the tour.  The route is not highly technical and is composed primarily of unimproved dirt roads (natural dirt roads without gravel,etc).  There are several stops available which are marked on the GPS unit and the daily route sheets.  You will have the freedom to stop and start as much as you like but will be responsible for getting to your hotel each night.  You should be aware that there are two long riding days and that you will be traveling in areas where access to medical care may be several hours away.

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 on-board 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.  Plese see this article for more nformation about the weather in Ecuador.

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, you will stay in ideally located, high and medium-end accommodations. See this page for details 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.  You should know how to make general motorcycle repairs and maintenance and to be able to change an innertube.  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 Self-Guided Tour
Standard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pillion or Passenger Sharing Room with Rider2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Yamaha XT250$1,795$1,345
Suzuki DR650$2,035$495$1,595
SWM RS 650R$2,035$495$1,595
BMW G 650 GS$2,155$495$1,765
 
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$2,275$495$1,825
KTM 690 Enduro$2,335$495$1,985
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$2,335$495$1,985
BMW F700 GS$2,275$495$1,825
Triumph Tiger 800XC$2,395$495$1,945
BMW F800GS$2,395$495$1,945
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$2,455$495$2,005
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$2,515$495$2,125

4x4
Jeep Wrangler$2,695$495$2,275
Volkswagen Amarok $2,515$495$2,125
Ford Ranger Diesel
 
$2,515$495$2,125

Available all year except April 1 - May 15.

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • GPS Navigation System with programmed routes for each day
  • Back-office tracking and monitoring
  • Road Book with daily maps and guide to points of interest
  • Detailed pre-ride briefing
  • Preparation lists, information and videos
  • Prepaid cell phone with 24 hour support
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Single occupancy hotel room or suite (best rooms available)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • 25% discount on high quality riding gear from 
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • Luggage storage and locker usage
  • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.

Not included

  • 100% 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!
  • Meals not listed
  • Gas

Booking and cancellation policy

To secure your booking you need to pay 50% at the time of booking your rental or tour. Please contact us and we will send you a payment request from our secure payments provider (currently we use BlueSnap and PayPal)..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 cancelled 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 anyreason 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), just go towww.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are travelling 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, 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 or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

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.

Septimo Paraiso, Mindo

Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Reserve Lodge

Add an extra rest day in Mindo. Flat Fee: $300

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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