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Offroad Ecuador Excursion Guided Tour

4 days

From $1955
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80% Unpaved Route

20% paved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

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:  4 days / 3 nights
  • Total Distance: 498 miles / 801 kilometers
  • Approximate Offroad Distance: 380 miles / 612 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

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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Elevation Profile

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About Our Offroad Tours

Itinerary

This 4-day tour will take you immediately out of the city of Quito onto dirt roads. First descending into the cloudforest and then rainforest on the western slopes of the Andes, the ride will gain and drop altitudes many times each day.  It is a ride through stunning landscapes, small villages and in areas of the country that few people visit.  There are several stops along the way to meet local  farmers andpeople of many trades. 

Day 1 - Chugchilan

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Quito - Alluriquin - Sigchos - Chugchilan

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Day 1
Quito-Chiriboga-Alluriquin-Sigchos-Chugchilán

Distance Covered: 209 km / 130 miles

You’ll begin your four day “Offroad Ecuador 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.    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 highest capital city in the world) in the Andes at 9,350 feet.  

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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.  We'll provide you wtih tickets to the double-decker "hop-on / hop off" bus that will show you the best sights in the city.

On the morning of the tour departure, you’ll be outfitted with the offroad 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.  

We will ride out of Quito, avoiding any suburban sprawl and immediately begin riding on a dirt road that will take us first to a chilly highland pampa mountain pass and then through fertile farmlands, beginning our curvy descent into the lowlands of Santo Domingo Province.  We will be passing by several spectacular waterfalls as we ride through small villages such as Chiriboga and other settlements in the cloudforest on the western slopes of Ecuador.   

IMG_8743Once down to about 3,000 feet in altitude, we will be in warm, humid air - quite a change in climate from where we started just a little while ago in Quito.  We will have a chance here to stop for a swim in natural basins formed by waterfalls.  We will get back on the bikes refreshed and regenerated by the mountain waters.  

We will begin a climb that will last until the end of the day.   We'll tackle some steep switchbacks that will take us up for tremendous vistas over the valley below.  Then passing after passing through dense jungles and green pastures, we arrive in the small town of San Francisco de las Pampas to have a great lunch of simple, but delicious, local cuisine and to chat with the townspeople.  

We will continue on (sometimes) challenging dirt roads, climbing in altitude  to over 11,400 feet, passing picturesque farmlands, cloudforest,  and high moorlands before arriving in the town of Sigchos, a town settled in the 1500's by the colonial Spanish.

In Sigchos we will now officially be on the famous "Quilotoa Loop" and will continue past some astonishing scenery and farmlands before arriving at Mama Hilda's Hostel in Chugchilan.  Here you find a private cozy room with a wood stove and a family-style dinner of pots and pots of  Ecuadorian food that will replenish you after a full day of riding.   You will surely fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Day 2 - Salinas de Guaranda

Day 3 - Quevedo

Day 4- Quito

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of 5/5 and is one of the most demanding tours we offer, meaning this tour will put you to the test physically; 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 several hours away. Please note there are two long riding days.

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.

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we stay in ideally located, 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.

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

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Accommodations on this Tour

Accommodations on this tour
Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and uniaue character. Below are the accommodations featured on this tour.
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Dates and Pricing



OFFROAD Ecuador Excursion Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pilllion or Passenger Sharing Room

 
2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike

 
Yamaha XT250$1955
 
n/a$1575
Suzuki DR650$2115$995$1735
SWM RS 650R$2115$995$1735
BMW G 650 GS$2235$995$1855
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$2310$995$1895
KTM 690 Enduro$2390$995$1935
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$2390$995$1935
BMW F700 GS$2310$995$1895
Triumph Tiger 800XC$2470$995$1975
BMW F800GS$2470$995$1975
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$2510$995$2015
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$2590$995$2095

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Local Resident Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one participant signs up - we never cancel tours!)
  • Support Vehicle (5+ riders)
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus or self-guided scooter tour (arrive a day early or stay a day after )
  • Experienced, local Ecuadorian resident, multilingual tour guide
  • Single occupancy hotel rooms are standard (best botel in town) - your own private room each night!
  • All meals
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • Activities, visits and tours
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from KLIM
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Luggage Storage and locker usage
  • VIP access to the Freedom After-Ride Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and wet bar.

You do NOT have to pull your wallet out on any of our guided tours!

Not included

  • Alchoholic beverages
  • 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
  • Lunch and dinner on rest day
  • Tips and gratuties 
  • Travel or medical insurance

Booking and cancellation policy

To secure your booking you will 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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