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Offroad Pacific Discovery Guided Tour

7 days

From $3800
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70% DIrt

30% paved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

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.  We'll meet people from many walks of life from farmers to fishermen to archeologists.  Our resident guides will show you their secret places along this route and introduce you to friends we have along the way.  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!

Route Map

Elevation Profile

Things You Will See

About Our Offroad Tours

Itinerary

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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 - Mindo

Distance:  119 km |74 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Bellavista Bird Lodge, Quetzal Organic Chocolte Maker
Accommodations:  Mindo Garden

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Cielo Verde

Distance:  106 km | 66 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Butterfly Sanctuary, Coffee Plantation, Tulipe Archeological Site, Hike and Waterfall Swim, Exotic Fruit Farm
Accommodations: Cielo Verde Lodge

Cielo Verde - Samé

Distance: 273 km | 170 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner
Activities: Mashpi Chocolate Farm, Cabbage Palm Farm, Palm Oil Processing Plant, Ferry Crossing
Accommodations: El Acantillado Lodge

Day 3

Day 4

Samé - San Clemente

Distance: 354 km | 220 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Playa Escondida Marine Reserve, Cabuyal Beach, Shrimp Farm, Black Beach, Beach Ride
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Rest Day in San Clemente

Distance: ? - motorcylce available if you want to ride on your own
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available activities include parasailing, surf lessons, surfing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and nightlife
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 5

Day 6

San Clemente - Valle Hermoso

Distance: 264 km |164 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: La Perla Forest Reserve, Shamanic Cleansing, Waterfall Swimming
Accommodations: Kashama EcoResort & Spa

Valle Hermoso - Quito

Distance: 191 km | 119 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities: Cascada La Sucia

Day 7

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 "Freedom Riders' Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, and open bar.

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

 Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Day 1
Quito - Inti'ñan - Nono - Mindo
Distance Covered:  114 km / 71 miles

 

You'll begin this 7 day/ 6 night adventure museo intinan ecuador offroad 4x4 motorcycle adventure tourfrom 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.mindo

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 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 have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads.

pululahua crater motorcycle advrenture tour ecuador 4x4Inti-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.bird on offroad pacific discovery route ecuador motorcycle dirt bike advrenture tour

waterfall on hummingbird road mindo quito suzuki dr650 motorcycle adenture tourDeparting 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. 

We'll turn onto a dirt road that will take us 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. 

We'll 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. 

cacao beans ecuador motorcycle adventureFrom 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 we'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

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What to Expect

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, near many hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and shops.  We suggest arriving to Quito a day or two early to enjoy the city and to get the paperwork out of the way so we can have an easy start on Day 1. 

On the morning of our departure, you will receive a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs, courtesies and group riding protocols.  You will be provided the adventure motorcycle of your choice, fitted with waterproof luggage system and a tankbag if you want one. If there are more than five riders on the tour, a support truck will be available to carry your luggage and will carry bottled water. The support truck is able to respond in an emergency and to make your ride more comfortable.  If there are fewer than five riders on the tour, we may not provide a support truck and you will need to carry your gear in the saddlebags or luggage system provided with your bike.

The route you will follow over the next seven days is based on several years' of experience and riding these routes many times. Your guide knows the route thoroughly, having ridden it several times before and will show you our favorite, secret places and introduce you to the people, ways of life and villages along the way. The route is primarily on unpaved, unimproved dirt roads through remote areas of the country.  The riding is not very technical and is suitable for riders with some experience in riding on unpaved surfaces. 

We do not want you to "push your limits" rather, we want you to be able to lift your head, look around, and enjoy the amazing scenery during the ride.

Upon returning, you will have access to our honor bar, jacuzzi, hot shower and staff that can assist you with your next destination.

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 March, April and early May. This ride will be in elevations between sea level (where temperatures can be around 90 degrees fahrenheit) to 12,500 feet (where temperatures are in the 40's fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more nformation about the weather in Ecuador.  

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we will stay in high end, unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges and inns. See this page for details, photos and links to the accommodations provided.  Ecuador Freedom has the right to substitute accommodations of equal quality due to availability and will notify you of these changes.

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list. No knowledge of Spanish is required - your Guide can speak English and Spanish fluently.  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.  

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.

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