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Offroad Pacific Discovery Self-Guided Tour

7 days

From $2335
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70% DIrt

30% paved

Availability

Available All Year
100% Customizable

Accommodations

Premium and luxury
Fine dining

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

Highlights

About Our Offroad Tours

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

 

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Day 1
 
Quito - Inti'ñan - Nono - Mindo

Distance Covered:  114 km / 71 miles

You'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.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.

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.   For 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

Timeline Overview

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of 4/5 and offer a medium to demanding activity level, meaning that travelers should be in good health and comfortable riding for extended periods of time through adverse weather and at times unpredictable road conditions. The itinerary suits a wide range of interests and abilities, with options for light and moderate activities . Much of the trip takes place in remote areas where medical care can be a few hours away.

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 April and early May. There are no weather forecasts on Ecuador radio or TV stations; it is generally impossible to predict the weather in such a diverse number of climatic regions and elevations. On this tour, temperatures will be between 55° and 90° fahrenheit (13°-32° celsius).  The cold temperatures are only experienced at the high elevation points (refer to the elevation profiles on this page).  These low temperatures are brief bowever you should be prepared with extra layers including rain gear, wool sweater and winter gloves.

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we stay in ideally located, high and medium-end accommodations with many amenities. See this page for details and links to the accommodations provide.  Ecuador Freedom has the right to substitute accommodations of equal quality due to availability.  We will eat in the best restaurants available with two evenings that feature fine dining.

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list and tutorial videos.

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.




Accommodations

Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Priciing

Available All Year with Advanced Reservations.



OFFROAD Pacific Discovery Self-Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Rider + 1 Pilllion Sharing Room2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Price for 2nd Bike
 
Yamaha XT250$2,335$1,560
Suzuki DR650$2,625$3,520$1,840
SWM RS 650R$2,625$3,520$1,840
BMW G 650 GS$2,950$3,845$2,050
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$3,115$4,010$2,120
KTM 690 Enduro$3,130$4,025$2,190
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$3,130$4,025$2,190
BMW F700 GS$3,115$4,010$2,120
Triumph Tiger 800XC$3,200$4,095$2,260
BMW F800GS$3,200$4,095$2,260
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$3,270$4,165$2,330
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$3,410$4,305$2,470

4x4
Jeep Wrangler$3,410$4,305$2,470
Volkswagen Amarok $3,550$4,445$2,645
Ford Ranger Diesel
 
$3,750$4,645$2,645

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
  • NO TAX FOR TOURISTS TO ECUADOR!
  • 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 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), just go to www.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are travelling with us.  

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.

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 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), just go to www.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are travelling with us.  

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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