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Andes, Amazon & Pacific Guided Tour

9 days

99% Paved

1% unpaved

Group Size

1 - 10 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

This motorcycle adventure tour traverses three distinctive regions in Ecuador: the Pacific Coast, Andes Mountains, and the Amazon jungle basin. It will take you 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 well-paved 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.

It 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 trip packs a lot into an inspiring nine days to create memories that will last a lifetime.

At a glance

Distance:  1,455 kilometers / 904 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.

All-inclusive pricing:  includes meals, gas, tolls, single occupancy hotel rooms, entrance fees to parks, excursions and motorcycle use on rest days (if desired) and more

Minimum participants:  one. (guaranteed departures)

Maximum riders: 10 (keeps things fun and easy!)

Tour dates:  See below or check our Tour Calendar

Pricing:  All-inclusive (gas,  all meals, lodging included)  See pricing at the bottom of this page after reading the detailed itinerary.

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Travel day to Quito

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.

Day 1

Quito - Mindo

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

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Canoa

Distance: 296 km |183 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Hike and swim in Laguna Azul, Wire Bridge Crossing, Shrimp farm
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Day 3

Rest Day in Canoa

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

Day 3

Day 4

Canoa - Quevedo

Distance: 184 km | 114 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Swimming
Accommodations: Hotel Olimpico

Day 5

Quevedo - Mulalo

Distance:  237 km |  147 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa Crater Lake, Banana Plantation, Rose Farm
Accommodations:  Hacienda Hato Verde

Day 5

Day 6

Mulalo - Baños

Distance: 266 km | 165 miles
Meals: Breakfast,  Breakfst, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Wood Furniture Maker, Kunuyacu Hot Springs, Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge, Saquisilli Indigenous Market, Baños de Agua Santa Baths
Accommodations: Posada del Arte

Day 7

Rest Day in Baños

Distance: ? you are welcome to use your bike to explore on your own
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 - Puerto Misahualli

Distance: 150 kilometers | 95 miles on 100% paved roads
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Zip Lilne. Tibetan Bridge, Canoe to Misahualli
Accommodations: El Jardin Misahualli Lodge

Day 9

Puerto Misahualli - Quito

Distance:  222 km | 138 miles
Riding Time:
5 hours
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Activities: Hike in Amazon jungle with native guide, canoe expedition, tubing on the Napo River
Accommodations: None included.

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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Elevation Profile

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Riding down into the cloudforst on an Ecuador Motorcycle Adventure TOur

Day 1

Quito - Mitad del Mundo - Mindo

You'll begin this 9-day / 8 night “Andes, Amazon and Pacific Coast” 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 Altiplano 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 the high altitude before beginning the tour.

equator_lineDuring 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 we will be riding.   You will have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads.  Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Inti-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 our 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 visit will enable you to understand better the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as we pass through the various regions.mindo_1colibri_en_la_ecoruta_del_quinde

Departing the Inti-ñan Museum, we are now officially outside of the Quito metropolitan region, and have begun riding in the Northern Hemisphere. Our 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. The roads have been recently paved and riding these sharp curves is sure to be exhilarating fun.  

We will have lunch in the garden of a fantastic restaurant in the heart of the cloudforest.   We'll watch in amazement as hundreds of colorful birds surround us as we enjoy our first Ecuadorian meal together.

septimo_paraiso_cloudforest_reserveChanging the pace a little bit, we 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, we take a break on their amazing patio and watch hundreds of hummingbirds flitting around us.  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 - we can continue along the newly paved highway all the way to Mindo if you are not comfortable riding on unpaved roads.
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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. We will visit the Yumbo chocolate makers 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 some of the best chocolate in the world.

After our visit to Yumbo Chocolate, we will check into the carefully selected accommodations for the night - deep in the cloudforest setting at the charming Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Reserve Lodge, a beautiful lodge deep in the rainforest with individually decorated rooms, a heated pool, a spring-fed pool, jacuzzi, and billiards room.  You'll fall into a deep sleep to the beautiful cacophony of the cloudforest.

Day 2 - Canoa
Day 3 - Rest Day in Canoa
Day 4- Quevedo
Day 5 - Mulaló
Day 6 - Baños
Day 7 - Rest Day in Baños de Agua Santa
Day 8 - Puerto Misahualli
Day 9 - 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 - the modern, safe and easily accessible neighborhood of Quito. There are many embassies, hotels, restaurants, banks, parks, galleries and shopping centers within just a few blocks of our office.  We will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in Quito for your stay before and after the tour.  We suggest arriving in 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 our 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 however it is not intended to provide you with opportunities to take a break from riding (you are expected to ride a motorcycle).  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.  However, with our guaranteed departure policy, we will not cancel a tour due to lack of participants.

The route you will follow over the nine 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. The route is almost completely paved, with some unpaved driveways and construction areas.  The roads are chosen for their lack of traffic and outstanding scenery. The Guide will make many stops throughout the day to introduce you to the locals, explain the local history and show you "hidden gems" that are not common knowledge.

During the rest days, you are welcome to use the motorcycle on your own to explore the local areas. Our rest days are located in towns with many opportunities for outings, tours, activities, and relaxation.

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 in getting to 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 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (where temperatures are in the 30-40's Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, we will stay in carefully selected hotels, lodges, and inns. See the "accommodations" section on 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.
Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Pricing


Guided Andes, Amazon & Pacific 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
                      
$4,440$3,345
BMW G310GS
$4,620$2,490$3,525
BMW G310GS (LOWERED)
$4,620$2,490$3,525
SWM Gran Milano 440
$4,395$2,490$3,300
Suzuki DR650
$4,800$2,490$3,705
Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
$4,800$2,490$3,705
SWM RS 650R
$4,800$2,490$3,705
Suzuki V-Strom DL650 XT
$4,900$2,490$3,975
Suzuki V-Strom DL650 XT (LOW)
$4,900$2,490$3,975
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$5,180$2,490$4,155
BMW F700 GS
$5,090$2,490$4,065
BMW F750 GS
$5,180$2,490$4,155
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$5,280$2,490$4,245
BMW F800GS
$5,280$2,490$4,245
BMW F850GS
$5,370$2,490$4,335
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$5,280$2,490$4,245
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$5,370$2,490$4,335
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$5,370$2,490$4,335

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 )
  • 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 listed
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from 
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • 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
  • 100% 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 days

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 to www.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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