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Women's Tour: Andean Roads with Eglė Gerulaitytė

10 Days

From $4,150
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97% Paved Road

 3% Dirt or Cobblestone Roads

Group Size

1 - 10 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Premium and luxury
Fine dining

Tour Overview

Ever wanted to ride the Andes mountains and visit the jungles of Amazon with your gal pals? Start packing: we’re kicking off October 4, 2019 with a women’s motorcycle tour in the Ecuadorian Andes, guided and supported by all-female staff!

On this seriously awesome Andes to Amazon tour, you’ll be riding some of the best motorcycling roads in South America and getting a little taste of dirt riding on spectacular mountain passes. You'll tackle the twisties around active volcanoes, ride the high plains at 14,500 feet, carve through river canyons and go deep into the Amazon jungle – all in the company of other women riders! You’ll also get to hang out with the locals, visit national parks, remote Andean villages and colorful indigenous markets, and discover the Amazon.

We promise stunning scenery, immersion in local culture, great riding and camaraderie. Don’t worry about your riding skills or the dirt road sections: we’re not here to race, we’re here to have a great time, and we won’t ever try to ride above anyone’s ability – but we promise we’ll make it fun! You don’t need to be an expert rider for this tour: you just have to show up and enjoy.

Ecuador is an incredibly diverse and culturally rich country: most seasoned travelers claim that seeing Ecuador is like seeing a compact version of all of South America. Snow-capped volcanoes and Andean passes, vast green jungle, wild beaches along the Pacific coast, beautiful colonial towns and authentic indigenous villages and settlements – Ecuador offers so much that riding here is a truly unforgettable experience.

The Women’s Motorcycle Tour: Andes to Amazon is guided by Egle Gerulaityte, traveler, adventurer and editor of Women ADV Riders, and Hanna Klein, an expert Ecuador guide and rider.

Dream about a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on two wheels with a posse of like-minded women riders? Come ride the Andes and the Amazon with us!

About Egle

eglegerulaityte 2Egle is a motorcycle journalist, writer and adventure rider obsessed with remote off-road trails, obscure cultures and communities, and organic coffee. Egle edits Women ADV Riders, an online magazine and resource for female motorcycle travelers worldwide, and hopes to inspire more women to go out there and explore the world on two wheels.

Adventure travel is the biggest gift you can give to yourself as a rider and as a person. It’s an eye opener, a massive confidence boost, and an incredible way to get to know the world” - Egle

At a glance

  • Time: 10 Days / 9 nights (with one rest day)
  • Total Distance: approximately 1865 km / 1160 miles
  • Average distance per day : 207 km / 129 miles of twisty Andean roads
  • Altitude: from 1000 feet to 14,500 feet  (300 meters to 4.500 meters)
  • Paved Route: 97% asphalt road / 3% dirt or cobblestone roads
  • Quality Riding: The best roads in Ecuador- only the most scenic and safest routes are taken.
  • Premium Lodging: Unique luxury hacienda and boutique hotel accomodations for most nights
  • Single occupancy: Your own private hotel room)
  • Guides: Experienced, LOCAL RESIDENT multilingual tour guide (you will be shown an insider's view of the country).
  • Pricing: All 100% inclusive price including all meals, gasoline and entrance fees to parks and attractions.
  • Chase vehicle: For groups of 5+ riders.
  • Guaranteed Departure:  The tour runs no matter what - even if there is only one rider signed up!

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Elevation Profile

Tour Highlights

ITINERARY

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 

You’ll begin your tour 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 center in all of Latin America. We suggest you arrive a day or two early to experience this amazing town and to get used to the altitude before your ride.  We will provide you with tickets to ride the double-decker hop-on / hop-off bus to see the sights. Quito was the second capital of the Inca Empire after Cusco, Peru.Quito calle García Moreno 001

On the morning of the tour departure you’ll be outfitted with the motorcycle of your choice and given a thoughtful presentation that will answer all your questions concerning local customs, rules of the road, riding signals, etc.

indigenous woman at otavalo market ecuadorThe first day's ride is intended to give you a sampling of the different types of roads we will be riding. We will have a chance to ride on asphalt and just a few miles of ancient Incan cobblestone roads. This is not to challenge you or to push you - its so we may determine your riding level and so that you become accustomed to your motorcycle quickly.  

Our 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. We will take a tour of this magical site, a place that the indigenous peoples have revered for thousands of years. We will learn how the ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world, centuries before "modern" geography or GPS devices. We will play with gravity here and perform some experiments to learn about the Coriolis effect caused by the Earth's rotation. We will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical homes. This tour will give excellent background information on Ecuador so that you will better understand the cultures as we pass through various regions of Ecuador over the next ten days.

Ecu S 34After the visit at the Inti-ñan museum, we will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere. We will first pass through a dry desert canyon that will bring us into a deep canyon. We will then ride out of the canyon into lush green patchwork of fields of vegetables, roses and dairy cattle. We'll stop in the charming little town of San José de Minas with its beautiful stone church and well-manicured central park.  This will be your first taste of the remarkable diversity of terrains and climates that you will experience on this ride.

From San José de Minas we will climb in altitude on back roads giving us grand vistas of the serene farmlands and forests below. We will experience great aromas as we pass through eucalyptus and pine forests.laguna mojanda

We will stop to add a layer of clothing as we 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 guards the lake. This will be the first time we will be in the high-altitude paramo climate.

From there, we will ride down through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market. 

We will finish today's ride enjoying the local music and delicious local fare at the 300 year old Haciienda Pinsaqui - one of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador and famous as the site of the Pinsaqui Treaty which brought lasting peace with neighboring Colombia.

Day 2 - Cotococha Amazon Lodge
Day 3 - Baños
Day 4 - Alausi
Day 5 - Cuenca
Day 6 - Rest Day in Cuenca
Day 7 - Macas
Day 8 - Salinas de Guaranda
Day 9 - Chugchilan
Day 10 - Quito
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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 and we'll provide you with tickets on the Hop-on / Hop - Off bus to enjoy a stress-free day in the capital.  For those who want a little more fun, we can provide you with a selfd-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.

Quito - Otavalo

Distance: 94 miles / 151 km
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Mojanda Lake, Otavalo Market, Evening Music performance
Accommodations: Hacienda Pinsaqui

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Distance:  306 km | 190 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Plaza de los Pochos, Paramo de Papallacta, Puerto Misahualli, Saddlemaker, Embroiderers
Accommodations: Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Cotococha Amazon Lodge - Baños

Distance: 141 km / 88 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner
Activities: Canoe Expedition, Tubing in the Napo River, Waterfall Swim, Ruta de las Cascadas, Paillon Del Diablo, Zip line, hot springs
Accommodations: Posada Del Arte Hotel

Day 3

Day 4

Baños - Alausi

Distance: 179 km / 111 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities: Morning in Baños, Riobamba Market, Guamote Market, Palmira Desert
Accommodations: Hosteria La Quinta

Alausi - Cuenca

Distance: 189 km / 117 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Train Ride, Nariz del Diablo, Condor Museum, Ingapirca Solar Temple Ruins, Walking Tour of Cuenca
Accommodations: Hotel Victoria

Day 5

Day 6

Rest Day in Cuenca

Distance: Motorcycle available to explore on your own
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Many activities are available such as museums, hot springs, horseback riding, city tours, archeological sites, shopping and nightlife
Accommodations: Hotel Victoria

Cuenca - Macas

Distance: 247 km / 154 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Guitar Makers, Silversmith, Macas
Accommodations: Arrayanes y Piedra Lodge

Day 7

Day 8

Macas - Salinas de Guaranda

Distance: 256 km | 159 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Sangay National Park, Lagunas Atillo, Wool Mill, Soccer Ball Maker, Cheese Maker, Chocolate Maker
Accommodations: El Refugio

Salinas - Chugchilan

Distance:  238 km | 148 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities:  Kunuyacu Hot Springs, Ambato, Pujilli Market, Tribal Mask Maker, Tigua Art Gallery, Quilota Crater Lake
Accommodations: Mama Hilda

Day 9

Day 10

Chugchilan - Quito

Distance:  160 km | 100 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Activities: Furniture Maker, Capulin Cherry 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 open bar.

Return to Quito

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light/moderate; travelers should be in good health and comfortable riding for extended periods of time and in in rapidly changing weather conditions. The itinerary suits a wide range of interests and abilities, with options for light and moderate activities or more challenging hikes. Excursions include boarding boats, climbing stairs without handrails, longer hikes on uneven terrain with some steep ascents/descents, and optional adventure sports activities such as zip lines. 

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 profiles on this page).  These low temperatures are brief. However it is best to be prepared with extra layers, winter gloves and a wool sweater.

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we stay in ideally located, high and medium-end accommodations with many amenities.  Laundry service is available on day 7. See this page for details and links to the accommodations provided.  Note that Ecuador Freedom reserves the right to substitute accommodations or change the route slightly to accommodate due to availability or road conditions.

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

Dates, Pricing and Booking Information

Dates

Unique Departure for this Women's Only Tour:

October 4-13, 2019

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