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Guided High Andes, Deep Amazon Motorcycle Tour

10 days

From $4300
See all prices and dates at bottom of page

70% Unpaved

30% Paved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure


Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Details and links provided below

Tour Overview

The goal of this tour is to bring you to places that are far-far off the beaten path. We'll be riding a combination of dirt and paved roads, but a majority of the tour is far away from paved roads.  The goal is not to challenge you with highly technical offroading skills, but rather to take you to places that few people ever see and experience. You will be able to lift your head and enjoy your surroundings.


You can only get to these special places by leaving the pavement and, sometimes, roads altogether.  At one point, we'll load the motorcycles into a long, motorized canoe and travel one hundred miles deep into the Amazon jungle. This adventure is also a ride high into the Andes; into small, isolated villages that time has forgotten - where farming is still done with the help of animals. The pace of life here is a very different rhythm from the rest of the world.  


We will not lack for comfort; however, staying in top-notch hotels, haciendas, and lodges with amazing meals, hot water, and comfortable beds.  This tour is for intermediate to advanced level riders.  Endurance and stamina are required for portions of this trip, particularly when we travel through the very remotest areas of Ecuador.


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 extended periods of time  (up to 10 hours)

At a glance

  • 10 Days / 9 nights (with one rest day in Banos and one day excursion in a motorized canoe)
  • 1 day, 100 mile transportation of riders and bikes in a motorized canoe in the Amazon River basin
  • Total Distance Covered: approximately 1000 miles / 1613 km (900 riding miles) 
  • Average  riding distance per day: 112.5 miles /181 km
  • 45% asphalt road / 55% dirt, gravel or cobblestone roads in miles / 85% dirt road in terms of time.
  • 3-5 star hotel accomodations including unique luxury hacienda and boutique hotel accomodations in single occupancy (your own room) except for Cotococha Lodge - double occupancy required.
  • Experienced, LOCAL RESIDENT multilingual tour guide (you will be shown an insider's view of the country).
  • All 100% inclusive price including all meals, gasoline,  excursions, jungle guide, motorized canoe expedition and entrance fees to parks and attractions.
  • minimum particpants: 2 
  • maximum participants: 9 (keeps things fun and easy)

Route Map

Elevation Profile

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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 - Chugchilan

Distance: 158 km | 98 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Wood working school, Volcanic Crater Lake
Accommodations: Hosteria Mama Hilda, The Black Sheep Inn

Day 1

Day 2

Chugchilan - Salinas de Guaranda

Distance: 217 km |135 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Andean town market, Sugar cane farms, Moonshine distillery 
Accommodations: Hotel El Refugio

Day 3

Salinas de Guaranda - Baños de Agua Santa

Distance:  150km / 93 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities: Tours of a Wool factory, Chocolate factory, Soccerball maker, Salt mines, womens knitting cooperative, Cheese factory. 14,400 ft Mountain pass around the base of Volcano Chimborazo that towers of 20,000 ft!
Accommodations: La posada del Arte

Day 3

Day 4

Rest Day in Baños de Agua Santa

Distance: Feel free to take your bike out for the day!
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Adventure tourism options Vary from, Bridge Jumping, horseback riding, trecking, as well as thermal baths, spa and massage studios.
Accommodations: La Posada del Arte

Day 5

Baños de Agua Santa - Puerto Misahualli

Distance:  141 km | 88 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Zipplining, Tebetan bridge crossing, waterfall hike, Wildlife interactions eg. Monkeys, Snakes, Big bugs!
Accommodations: ,Cotacocha lodge, Yachana lodge, La Casa del Suizo

Day 5

Day 6

Puerto Misahualli - Rio Coca

Distance: 160 km | 100 miles Via Motorized Canoe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: River cruise with bikes, Visit an indigenous village
Accommodations: Gran Hotel de Lago, Hotel El Auca

Day 7

Rio Coca - Tulcan

Distance: 331km / 206 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities: We spend the evening in the Colombian town of Ipiales, to visit the stunning church of Las Lajas and to enjoy some Colombian style cuisine!
Accommodations: Hotel Palacio Imperial

Day 7

Day 8

Tulcan - Hacienda Primavera

Distance: 160 kilometers | 100 miles on
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Thermal Baths, Brick manufacturing, Coffee production Tour.
Accommodations: Hacienda Primavera

Day 9

Hacienda Primavera - Otavalo

Distance:  137 km | 85 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities: Leather artisan market and workshop tour, Volcano and crater lake look-out, Artisianal icream.
Accommodations: Hotel Cabañas del Lago

Day 9

Day 10

Otavalo - Quito

Distance:  131 km | 94 miles
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Activities: Visit to the largest indigenous market in South America, La plaza de Ponchos aslo to visit a diverse Animal market, Museo Solar Intiñañ as well as Incan Ruins of Rumicucho!

Next Adventure!

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.

Next Adventure!

Day 1 - Chugchilan

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Day 1
Quito - Avenue of the Volcanoes - Isinlivi - Chugchilan
(98 miles - 50% offroad)

IMG 8672After a detailed and thoughtful briefing to review the driving customs, group riding practices and review the route, we will start riding the first day on a variety of different types of roads and conditions to make sure we understand where everyone's abilities are.  We'll quickly and easily head out of Quito, turning south on the famous "Avenue of Volcanoes." This stretch of highway is where the two mountain chains of the Andes that run from North to South reach their most dramatic peaks as they come close together.  The Avenue of Volcanoes rides up the middle of these two cordilleras, giving us great views. Riding this beautiful road, we'll feel small as we move along at the feet of the snow-capped Cotopaxi and the Illiniza volcanoes.  Wood worker in Isinlivi

Then, we'll turn onto what is known as one of Ecuador's most scenic routes - the famous "Quilotoa Loop."  We'll climb in elevation as we pass by farmlands and through small farming communities.  The pine and eucalyptus trees and rose farms that line this road will bring great scents through our helmets. We'll stop for a quick tour of a rose plantation to learn how roses are grown, sorted, packed and shipped around the world.  We'll turn off a paved road, onto an ancient handmade cobblestone road that will bring us to an unpaved road that will climb to an unpaved mountain pass.  Reaching 13,500 feet, we'll get breathtaking views of the farmlands below and the volcanoes far off in the distance.   Here we will stop to add a layer of clothes and grab some dramatic photos.riding towards isinlivi

We'll pass through the small village of Isinlivi to visit with the local wood furniture makers and to get a view atop the pucará - the ruins of an ancient Incan battle fort - to get a 360-degree view of the landscapes.  Then we will ride a combination of ancient cobblestone and dirt roads, taking switchbacks to descend into a lush valley before we climb back into the town of day-1-riding-near-isiliviSigchos.  Sigchos was an indigenous trading post long before it was officially settled by the Spanish in the 1500s.  It has a rich history and very friendly and welcoming inhabitants.  The town is often bustling with a local farmers' market or other activities.  We'll continue to ride on this scenic road taking us along scenic cliffs.  We'll spend the night in the small village of Chugchilan at the internationally-acclaimed ecolodge, Black Sheep Inn.

Day 2 - Salinas de Guaranda
Day 3 - Baños de Agua Santa
Day 4- Rest Day in Baños
Day 5 - Puerto Misahualli
Day 6 - Rio Coca
Day 7 - Ipiales Colombia
Day 8 - Hacienda Primavera
Day 9 - Otavalo
Day 10 - Quito

What to Expect

This guided, mostly offroad motorcycle adventure tour will start and end in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito - close to several hotels, restaurants, galleries, shopping malls, parks, and museums.  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 easier 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 offroad capable adventure motorcycle of your choice, fitted with a waterproof luggage system and a tankbag if you want one. If there are more than seven riders on the tour, a support truck may 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. 

The route you will follow over the next ten 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 primarily of unimproved dirt roads (no gravel) that are not technical. There is no single track riding on this route, although some is available on the rest day.  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.  We will load the motorcycles into a motorized canoe to go deep into the Amazon jungle.  We will make stops to visit communities and natural areas along the way.

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 and immerse yourself in the land and culture 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 500 feet (where temperatures can be around 85 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (where temperatures can be around 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Throughout the tour, we will stay in a mix of high-end and basic, 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.

Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Pricing

High Andes,
Deep Amazon
Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
Single Occupancy
1 Pilllion Sharing Room with Rider
Double Occupancy
Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Double Occupancy

Yamaha XT250
$ 4.300N/A$ 3,600
Suzuki DR650
$ 4.600N/A$ 4.000
Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
$ 4.600N/A$ 4.000
$ 4.600N/A$ 4.000
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
$ 5.200$2,500$ 4.400
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$ 5.400N/A$ 4.500
$ 5.200$2,500$ 4.400
$ 5,300$2,500$4,500
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$ 5.700$2,500$ 4,600
$ 5.700$2,500$ 4,600
$ 5,800$2,500$ 4,700
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$ 5,800$3,250$ 4,700
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$ 5,800$3,250$ 4,700

All prices are in United States Dollars (USD), the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador.

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 do not cancel tours on you!)
  • 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 accommodations (best botel in town) - see accommodations on this page.
  • All meals on riding days
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • Hike with a native guide in Amazon jungle, entrance fees to Intinan Solar Museum, all entries to parks and museums listed
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high-quality riding gear from Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir Decal
  • 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
  • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito
  • Lunch and dinner on rest day

Before booking a tour with us, please carefully read our Motorcycle Tour Terms and Conditions

To secure your booking, you will need to pay 50% at the time of booking your rental or tour. Please contact us using the "Reserve Now" button on this page, and we will send you a payment request from our secure payments provider (currently we use "Kushki" - an Ecuadorian secure payments provider.  Alternatively, we may request payment through PayPal.

Deposits are refundable minus 10% of the total rental or tour price only if canceled at least 90 days prior to departure or pickup 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.

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC:  All reservations through 2021 are completely flexible.  If you have to change the dates for your trip for a Covid-19 related reason, you may do so for any date through December 31, 2021, at no additional charge. Please notify us as soon as possible for any change in your plans.  

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, civil unrest, acts of God, family tragedies or problems with flight departures, etc.  

We recommend Ripcord Travel Insurance.  They provide very comprehensive travel insurance plus have outstanding repatriation and assistance in an emergency.  To purchase, 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 (United States Dollars) or with PayPal or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.  A 100% refundable security deposit using a credit card for the rental motorcycle or 4x4 is also required and is separate from the payment for the tour.  Security deposits are $500 - $2000, depending on the vehicle selected.

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