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Offroad Pacific Discovery Self-Guided Tour

7 days

From $2335
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70% DIrt

30% paved


Available All Year
100% Customizable


Premium and luxury
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Tour Overview

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.  You'll have the opportunity to meet people from many walks of life from farmers to fishermen to archeologists. Our Road Book and programmed GPS make it easy to have an amazing adventure.  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.  

At a glance

  • Distance: 1,229 kilometers / 764 miles  60% unpaved road / 40% paved road
  • Time Needed: 7  days / 6 nights  
  • Climates:  Cloudforest, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Grasslands, Paramo,  Dry Forest
  • Highest Elevation: 3,364 meters | 11,037 feet
  • Lowest Elevation: 0 ft /m - sea level
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: 12,187 meters | 39,984 feet
  • Availability:  All year long!
  • Fully Customizable

Route Map

Elevation Profile

Things You Will See

About Our Offroad Tours


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Arrival in Quto

Travel day to Quito

Fly to Quito's airport (code UIO) and transfer to one of the recommended hotels near our shop in tn the heart of the fashionable La Carolina neighborhood, and explore the nearby galleries, shopping, 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. You may stop into our shop to finalize the paperwork in advance, for an easier start on Day 1. Consider taking one of our self-guided tours of Quito or to Mindo!

Quito - Mindo

Distance:  119 km |74 miles
Included Meals: Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Bellavista Bird Lodge, Quetzal Organic Chocolte Maker
Accommodations:  Mindo Garden

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Cielo Verde

Distance:  106 km | 66 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included Activities:  Exotic Fruit Farm
Activities: Butterfly Sanctuary, Coffee Plantation, Tulipe Archeological Site, Hike and Waterfall Swim

Accommodations: Cielo Verde Lodge

Cielo Verde - Samé

Distance: 273 km | 170 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Mashpi Chocolate Farm, Cabbage Palm Farm, Palm Oil Processing Plant, Ferry Crossing
Activities: Cabbage Palm Farm, Palm Oil Processing Plant, Ferry Crossing
Accommodations: El Acantillado Lodge

Day 3

Day 4

Samé - San Clemente

Distance: 354 km | 220 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Playa Escondida Marine Reserve, Cabuyal Beach, Shrimp Farm, Black Beach, Beach Ride
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Rest Day in San Clemente

Distance: ? - motorcylce available if you want to ride on your own
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available activities include parasailing, surf lessons, surfing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and nightlife
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 5

Day 6

San Clemente - Valle Hermoso

Distance: 264 km |164 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: La Perla Forest Reserve, Shamanic Cleansing, Waterfall Swimming
Accommodations: Kashama EcoResort & Spa

Valle Hermoso - Quito

Distance: 191 km | 119 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Cascada La Sucia

Day 7

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

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Day 1
Quito - Inti'ñan - Nono - Mindo

Distance Covered:  114 km / 71 miles

museo intinan ecuador offroad 4x4 motorcycle adventure tourYou'll begin this 7 day/ 6 night adventure  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.mindo

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. 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.

pululahua crater motorcycle advrenture tour ecuador 4x4Inti-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.

waterfall on hummingbird road mindo quito suzuki dr650 motorcycle adenture tourDeparting 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.bird on offroad pacific discovery route ecuador motorcycle dirt bike advrenture tour

You'll turn onto a dirt road that will take you 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. 

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. 

cacao beans ecuador motorcycle adventure From there we'll drip down into the microclimate of the town of Mindo - a funky cloudforest town with lots of adventure sports and activities available. We'll visit an organic chocolate maker to see how raw cacao is grown and transformed into premium, gourmet chocolate.   Then You'll ride deeper into the cloudforest and check into a private cabin alongside the Mindo river at the Mindo Garden Lodge.  

Day 2 -Cielo Verde

Day 3 -Samé

Day 4- San Clemente

Day 5 - Rest Day in San Clemente

Day 6 - Valle Hermoso

Day 7 - 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, descriptions of local highlights information and "hidden gems" that aren't common knowlege.  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 timing, suggestions for lunch stops 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 set of tools. In addition you will have a prepaid cell phone to call us for support at anytime during your trip.  We will carefully review the bike with you using 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.

The route you will follow over the next seven 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).  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.  This ride will be in elevations of sea level  where temperatures can be around 90 degrees fahrenheit to 11,500 where temperatures are in the 40's fahrenheit. Dressing in layers is recommended. Please see this article for more nformation about the weather in Ecuador.  

Throughout the tour, you will stay in ideally-located, high-end accommodations. See this page for details and links to the specific 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.  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 Priciing

OFFROAD Pacific Discovery Self-Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pilllion Sharing Room with Rider2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Yamaha XT250$2,335$1,560
Suzuki DR650$2,625$895$1,840
SWM RS 650R$2,625$895$1,840
BMW G 650 GS$2,950$895$2,050
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$3,115$895$2,120
KTM 690 Enduro$3,130$895$2,190
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$3,130$895$2,190
BMW F700 GS$3,115$895$2,120
Triumph Tiger 800XC$3,200$895$2,260
BMW F800GS$3,200$895$2,260
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$3,270$895$2,330
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$3,410$895$2,470

Jeep Wrangler$3,410$895$2,470
Volkswagen Amarok $3,550$895$2,645
Ford Ranger Diesel

Pricing instructions.

  • If you are traveling by yourself on a motorcycle in a 4x4, your price is the first column according to your vehicle choice.
  • If you are traveling with a passenger on a motorcycle, take the first column plus the second column.
  • If you are traveling wtih more than one passenger in a 4x4, take the price of the 4x4 in the first column plus the price in the second column X the number of passengers.  
  • If you are two people traveling together and sharing a room but riding two motorcycles or a motorcycle and a 4x4, select your bike from the first column and add the price for the price of the third column.

We know this may be confusing so please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking the "ask a question" button on this page and we will gladly provide you a quote.

Available All Year with Advanced Reservations.

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
  • Comprehensive 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 rooms standard
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • 25% discount on high quality riding gear from 
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • Luggage storage and locker usage
  • Mashpi Chocolate Tour
  • Exotic Fruit Tour
  • 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
  • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito
  • Meals not listed
  • Activities not listed
  • Fuel

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 to www.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.

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