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Offroad Ecuador ADVenture Guided Tour

6 days

From $3,310
See all prices and dates bottom of page

80% Unpaved Route

20% paved

Group Size

1 - 8 Riders
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:  6 days / 5 nights
  • Total Distance: 770 miles / 1,234 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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Itinerary

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Arrival in Quito

Travel day to Quito

Accommodations: 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 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: 151km | 94 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Museo Solar Intiñan, Plaza de Ponchos (Largest indigenous market in South America), Mojanda volcano lake, Perucho church.
Accommodations: Cabañas del Lago

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Mindo

Distance: 172 km |107 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Leather Workshop, Cuicocha volcano lake, Coffee selection and production tour, Chocolate production tour, Butterfly sanctuary.
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso

Mindo - Chugchilan

Distance: 214km | 133 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa crater lake, Many Waterfalls, Woodworking school,
Accommodations: Mama Hilda's Hostel

Day 3

Day 4

Chugchilan - Salinas

Distance: 191 km |119 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa Lake, School Visit, Wood Carving, Moonshine Distillery, Guinea Pig Farm
Accommodations: El Refugio Hotel

Salinas - Quevedo

Distance:  131 km | 82 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities:  Chocolate Maker, Soccer Ball Maker, Wool Mill, Cheese Makers, Palm Farmer, Chocolate Farmer
Accommodations:  Hotel Olimpico

Day 5

Day 6

Quevedo - Quito

Distance: 250 km | 155 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities:  Winery
Accommodations: Not included

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.

Return to Quito

Day 1 - Otavalo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

 cobbled road to mojanda lake 1600

Day 1
Quito-Inti'ñan-San José de Minas-Laguna de Mojanda-Otavalo
Distance Covered: 94 miles / 151 km 

Intinan museum on equator on motorcycle adventure tour in ecuadorYou’ll begin your six-day “Offroad Ecuador ADVenture" 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 centre in all of Latin America.  We recommend you arrive a day or two in advance of the tour to experience this majestic city and to acclimate yourself to the high altitude. looking over the fields after san jose de minas offroad dirt motorcycle adventure

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 the route, local customs, rules of the road, and other tips to make our ride together go smoothly.

San_Jose_de_MinasThe first day's ride is designed to give you a sampling of the different types of roads you will be riding.   You will ride on a variety of asphalt, cobblestone and natural, unimproved dirt roads.

The 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'll get a short tour of this magical site, a place that the indigenous peoples have revered for thousands of years.ride up to mojanda offroad ecuador adventure dirt bike motorcycle adventure  You will learn how the ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world, centuries before "modern" geography or GPS devices.  You can play with gravity here and perform some experiments to learn about the Coriolis effect caused by the Earth's rotation. See the water spin different directions down a drain, depending on which hemisphere it is in.  You will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical homes of a few different cultures you will find in Ecuador.   This tour will give you excellent background information on Ecuador and its people so that you will better understand the cultures as we pass through the various regions of Ecuador over the next six days.combination of asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone and unimproved dirt roads.

Dirt roads around laguna mojanda offroad ecuador motorcycle adventure tourAfter the visit of the Inti-ñan museum, we will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere.  We will first pass through a dry desert canyon on a road that will bring you into a deep canyon. This area resembles the landscapes you would find in Arizona or the California desert.   Then ride out of the canyon into a 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.

From San José de Minas, climb in altitude on spectacular dirt back roads giving grand vistas of the serene farmlands and forests below.  The wonderful aromas of eucalyptus and pine forests will waft into your helmet.Mojanda_Lake

Stop to add a layer of clothing as you ride up to a height of over 12,000 feet (3714 meters) to view the majestic Mojanda Lake surrounded by the Fuya-Fuya mountain which stands guard over it.   This will be the first time you will be in the high-altitude paramo climate on this ride.

From there,  ride down, through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market.  Otavalo is known to have one of the most highly concentrated Namarket in Otavalotive American populations in all of the Americas.   You should stop here to view the various crafts, textiles and other unique colorful items for sale at the Plaza de los Ponchos.cabana del lago

We will finish the day's ride along the calming shores of Lake San Pablo and settle in for the night in a private lakeside cabin  at the Hosteria Cabanas del Lago.  We will have a delicious dinner alongside the lake and return to your cabin, warmed by a wood fireplace.

Day 2 - Mindo
Day 3 - Chugchilan
Day 4 - Salinas de Guaranda
Day 5 - Quevedo
Day 6 - 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, 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.

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 and Pricing



OFFROAD Ecuador ADVenture Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pilllion Sharing Room with Rider

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

 
Yamaha XT250$ 3.310$ 2.465
Suzuki DR650$ 3.610$ 1,895$ 2.705
SWM RS 650R$ 3.610$ 1,895$ 2.705
BMW G 650 GS$ 3.790$ 1,895$ 2.885
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$ 3.880$ 1,895$ 2.885
KTM 690 Enduro$ 3.940$ 1,895$ 3.005
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$ 3.880$ 1,895$ 2.945
BMW F700 GS$ 3.880$ 1,895$ 2.945
Triumph Tiger 800XC$ 3.990$ 1,895$ 3.065
BMW F800GS$ 3.990$ 1,895$ 3.065
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$ 4.050$ 1,895$ 3.125
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$ 4.170$ 1,895$ 3.245

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 partipant signs up - we do not cancel tours on you!)
  • Support Vehicle (5+ riders)
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus or self-guided scooter tour (arrive a day early or stay a day after )
  • Single occupancy in luxury hacienda, boutique hotel, 3-5 star hotel accomodations (best hotel in town) - see accommodations on this page.
  • All meals
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from our partner, Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom After-Ride Lounge with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor 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

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 towww.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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