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Andes, Amazon & Pacific Self-Guided Tour

9 days

99% Paved

1% unpaved (Standard Route)
25% unpaved route options available

Availabilty

  • All Year
  • Customizable

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

This tour traverses three distinctive regions in Ecuador: the Pacific Coast, Andes Mountains, and Amazon jungle basin while passing through several climatic zones, including cloudforests, coastal savannah, beach, desert, rainforests on both the eastern and western slopes of the Andes, and the unique Amazon jungle.

The routes selected are backroads, avoiding as much as possible busy thoroughfares such as the Panamerican highway.  Accommodations are non-touristy, boutique hotels, lodges and inns. This is an all-inclusive tour designed to let you relax and experience Ecuador at its best.

This is an opportunity to experience several different cultures and varied ways of life from traditional coastal villages to those of indigenous people in the highlands and Amazon basin. 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. Activities include a special coffee and chocolate tour, the Inti-ñan Solar Museum, and an Amazon jungle hike and canoe excursion. The tour packs a lot into a very exciting nine days to create memories that will last a lifetime.

At a glance

Distance:  1,609 kilometers / 1,000 miles  - 99% paved route

Time Needed:  9 days / 8 nights (add an arrival and departure day and compare to an 11-day tour at most tour operators)

Climatic Zones:  Cloudforest, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Grasslands, Desert, Highlands Pampa, Dry Forest

Highest Elevation: 4,445 meters | 14,583 feet

Lowest Elevation: -1 meter | -3 feet

Elevation Gain / Loss:  25,658 meters | 84,179 feet

Riding experience needed: Intermediate

Recommended Gear:  Raingear, camera, waterproof saddlebags, suntan lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses, summer and winter weight gloves.

 

 

Route Map

Elevation Profile

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Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

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Day 1
Quito-Inti'ñan-Pululahua Crater-Bellavista-Mindo
Distance Covered: 64 miles / 103 km on paved road (unpaved 10 miles optional)

equator_lineYou'll begin this 9-day / 8 night “Andes, Amazon and Pacific Coast” self-guided tour 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.

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 themindo road, Ecuadorian driver courtesies, and more. 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.

The first day’s ride purposefully includes a sampling of the different types of roads that will be ridden.  You will have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads. 

Mindonti-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 we pass through the various regions.

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, huge waterfalls and steep mountains. Riding the sharp curves is certain to be exhilarating fun.  mindo_1

We recommend that you 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 you as you enjoy lunch.

septimo_paraiso_cloudforest_reserveChanging the pace a little bit, you'll take a left turn off the main highway and venture onto an unpaved, unmarked road that leads even deeper into the cloudforest. Here, at the world-famous Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge, take a break on their amazing patio and watch hundreds of hummingbirds flitting around you.  These are all of a completely different species than the birds seen at lunch.  There is no other place on earth where so many species of birds can be viewed. Note that the unpaved section is optional - you can continue along the newly paved highway all the way to Mindo if you are not comfortable riding on unpaved roads- just select the paved option in the programmed GPS.
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Continue through the lush cloudforest along clear streams with cascading waterfalls to the funky, eclectic town of Mindo. Mindo is situated in a warm microclimate cloudforest that’s known for its natural beauty and great restaurants. You can visit the El Quetzal chocolate factory for a tour that entertains while educating about the farming and processing of organic cocoa and how it is turned into chocolate and formed into bars.   You will want to sample this chocolate, as Ecuador produces the best chocolate in the world.

After your visit to the The Quetzal , check into the carefully-selected accommodations for the night deep in the cloudforest setting at the charmingly luxurious Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Reserve Lodge, winner of the 2018 "Best Cloudforest Lodge" by Luxury Travel Guide.

Day 2 - Canoa
Day 3 - Rest Day
Day 4- Vinces
Day 5 - Chugchilan
Day 6 - Baños
Day 7 - Rest Day in Baños de Agua Santa
Day 8 - Cotococha Amazon Lodge
Day 9 - Quito
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Arrival in Quito

Travel day to Quito

Airport:  Fly to Quito Airport code UIO.  Transfer to the city using the well-regulated taxi services.  There is never a wait at the airport for a taxi and it only costs about $25 to get to the city from the airport.

Accommodations in Quito: 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 and stop into our shop to finalize the paperwork.  This will make your first day on the road much easier. We'll help you with recommendations of things to see and do in Quito.

Quito - Mindo

Distance: 103 km | 64 miles
Included Meals:  Dinner
Activities: Sitio Intiñan Equator Museum, Birdwatching at Bellavista, Chocolate Tour
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Lodge

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Canoa

Distance: 295 km |183 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Hike and swim in Laguna Azul, Wire Bridge Crossing, Shrimp farm, swimming
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Rest Day in Canoa

Distance:  ? - you are welcome to use the bike to expore on your own.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities:  Swimming, surfing, optional mangrove tour, fishing, snokeling
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Day 3

Day 4

Canoa - Vinces

Distance: 250 km | 155 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Visit to Chocolate and Banana Plantation, Eiffel Tower
Accommodations: Señor de los Caballos Lodge

Vinces - Chugchilan

Distance:  266 km | 165 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa Crater Lake
Accommodations: Black Sheep Inn

Day 5

Day 6

Chugchilan - Baños

Distance: 323 km | 201 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Wood Furniture Maker, Kunuyacu Hot Springs, Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge, Saquisilli Indigenous Market, Baños de Agua Santa Baths
Accommodations: Posada del Arte

Rest Day in Baños

Distance: ? you are welcome to use your bike to explore on your own
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available in Baños: horseback riding, mountain biking, swing jump, casa del arbol swing, atv rentals, rafting, hiking, canyoning and many more.
Accommodations: Posada del Arte Bed & Breakfast Inn

Day 7

Day 8

Baños - Sindy

Distance: 141 kilometers | 88 miles on 100% paved roads
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Zip Lilne. Tibetan Bridge, Waterfalls, Zoo
Accommodations: Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Sindy - Quito

Distance:  224 km | 139 miles
Riding Time:
5 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast 
Included Activities: Hike in Amazon jungle with native guide, canoe expedition, tubing on the Napo River

Day 9

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.

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of 3/5 and has a moderate amount of physical activity; travelers should be in good health and comfortable riding for extended periods of time through adverse weather and at times unpredictable road conditions. The route is almost completely paved, however there are some short unpaved sections to reach desitinations and points of interests off the main roads. The itinerary suits a wide range of interests and abilities, with options for light and moderate activities . Please note there are two long riding days, each followed by a rest day to recuperate.

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 and in the Amazon basin in June and early July. 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 40 and 95 degrees fahrenheit (4-35 celsius).  The extreme cold temperatures are only experienced at the high elevation points (refer to the elevation profile on this page).  These low temperatures are brief.

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, you will 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 but we will notify you in advance of any such changes.

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.

Video - How We Select Accommodations
Prices


Self-Guided Andes, Amazon & Pacific Tour
This is the price for a second rider when accompanying a rider paying the standard price. 
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pillion Sharing Room with Rider2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room -  Discounted Price as 2nd Bike
Yamaha XT250
                      
$2,180$1,850
SWM Gran Milano 440
$2,135$995$1,805
Suzuki DR650
$2,540$995$2,210
SWM RS 650R
$2,540$995$2,210
BMW G 650 GS
$2,970$995$2,480
Suzuki V-Strom DL650
$2,970$995$2,480
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
$3,090$995$2,570
KTM 690 EnduroR
$3,180$995$2,660
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$3,180$995$2,660
BMW F700 GS
$3,090$995$2,570
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$3,180$995$2,750
BMW F800GS
$3,180$995$2,750
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$3,160$995$2,570
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$3,270$995$2,840
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$3,450$995$3,020
KTM 1050 Adventure
                      
$3,450$995$3,020
Jeep Wrangler
                      
$3,450$995$3,020
Volkswagen Amarok 
                      
$3,630$995$3,245
Ford Ranger Diesel
 
                      
$3,630$995$3,245

Pricing"

Here is how to determine the price of the tour:

If you are going by yourself - use column 1

If you are going with someone riding on the back of your bike (pillion) Add column 1 + column 2

If you are going with someone and that person is also riding a bike or driving a car.  Choose a bike from column 1 and a vehicle from column 2 and add them togethert. This is the total cost.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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