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10 Best Days in Ecuador Guided Tour

10 Days

From $4,550
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70% Paved

30% Dirt, Gravel or Cobblestone roads

Group Size

1 - 8 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

mid-high end
non-touristy lodges and inns

Tour Overview

This tour is all about showing you the best parts of Ecuador in just 10 days. This dual-sport tour combines a wide variety of roads and is meant for intermediate to more advanced riders.

The tour will bring you through remote areas of Ecuador, allowing you to see unspoiled wildlife and to experience the culture of the rural indigenous Ecuadorians and to discover how subsistence farmers have lived here for centuries.  We will visit areas of Ecuador that most visitors do not get to see.

The goal of the tour is not only to provide an excellent ride but to also enjoy the incredible outdoor activities and things to see in Ecuador.  We will visit a coffee grower, swim in a crystal clear secluded waterfall lagoon, visit a chocolate and banana plantation, visit indigenous markets and art galleries, swim in the warm Pacific ocean, and have opportunites for kayaking, white water rafting,  whale watching, rock climbing, rappelling and numerous other first-class outdoor adventure activities.  We will also have some extra time to share some relaxing laughs, a cold beer, and local stories with Ecuadorians and other compatriot adventurers along the way.

At a glance

  • Time: 10 Days / 9 nights (with two rest days)
  • Total Distance Covered: approximately 1,121 miles / 1804 kilometers
  • Average distance per day : 140 miles / 225 km on eight riding days (2 rest/activity days)
  • Dual-Sport Adventure: 70% asphalt road / 30% dirt, gravel or cobblestone roads
  • Backroads: Avoids the major highways and throughways of Ecuador - only the most scenic and safest routes are taken.
  • Accommodations: mid-high range accomodations including unique luxury hacienda and boutique hotels
  • Single occupancy (your own private hotel room)
  • Experienced Guides: LOCAL RESIDENT multilingual tour guide (you will be shown an insider's view of the country).
  • This is the longest running motorcycle tour of Ecuador. 
  • All 100% inclusive price including all meals, gasoline and entrance fees to parks and attractions.
  • Chase vehicle (for groups of 5+ rider)s.
  • minimum particpants: 1 (guaranteed departure)
  • maximum participants: 8 (keeps things fun and easy)
  • All Inclusive Pricing - starting at $4550 (see full pricing below after the detailed itinerary)

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Route Map

Elevation Profile

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 - Otavalo

 

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Day 1
 
Quito-Inti'ñan-San José de Minas-Laguna de Mojanda-Peguche-Otavalo
Distance Covered: 95 miles  / 153 km

You’ll begin your "10 Best Days in 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. Quito was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970's for having the best preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America. We suggest you arrive a day or two early to experience this amazing town and to get used to the altitude before your ride.

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

The first day's ride is intended to give you a sampling of the different types of roads we will be riding. We will have a chance to ride on asphalt, ancient cobblestone and unimproved dirt farm roads.

Our first stop will be in the middle of the world. The Inti-ñan museum is situated right on the Equator. Inti-ñan means "center of the world" in Quechua, a native language of Ecuador. We will take a tour of this magical site, a place that the indigenous peoples have revered for thousands of years. We will learn how the ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world, centuries before "modern" geography or GPS devices. We will play with gravity here and perform some experiments to learn about the Coriolis effect caused by the Earth's rotation. We will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical homes. This tour will give you some excellent background information on Ecuador so that you will better understand the cultures as we pass through various regions of Ecuador.

After the visit at the Inti-ñan museum, we will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere. We will first pass through a dry desert canyon on a dusty dirt road that will bring us into a deep canyon. We will then ride out of the canyon into 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.

Mojanda_LakeFrom San José de Minas we will climb in altitude on spectacular dirt back roads giving us grand vistas of the serene farmlands and forests below. We will experience great aromas as we pass through eucalyptus and pine forests.

We will stop to add a layer of clothing as we ride up to a height of over 12,000 feet (3714 meters) to view the majestic Mojanda Lake surrounded by the Fuya-Fuya volcano which guards the lake. This will be the first time we will be in the high-altitude paramo climate.

From there, we will ride down through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market. We can stop here to view the various crafts, textiles and other unique colorful items for sale here.

We will finish today'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.

Day 2 -Mindo
Day 3 - Canoa
Day 4 - Rest Day in Canoa
Day 5 - Puerto Cayo
Day 6 - Vinces
Day 7 - Baños de Agua Santa
Day 8 - Rest Day in Baños
Day 9 - Chugchilan
Day 10 - Quito
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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 - Otavalo

Distance:   153 km | 95 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Mojanda Lake, Otavalo Market
Accommodations: Cabañas del Lago

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Mindo

Distance:  180 km | 112 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Otavalo Animal Market, Traditional Leather Tannery, Exotic Rio Intag Coffee Growers, Bellavista Bird Lodge
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Lodge

Mindo - Canoa

Distance: 296 km | 194 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner
Activities: Shrimp farm, Hike in Rainforest, Swim in Laguna Azul, Sugar Cane Press, Wire Suspension Bridge, Water Crossing (optional)
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Day 3

Day 4

Rest Day in Canoa

Distance: ? - motorcycle available for you to explore on your own if you wish.
Elevation gain/ loss: ?
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available activities include parasailing, surf lessons, surfing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and nightlife
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Canoa - Puerto Cayo

Distance: 175 km / 109 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities:  Beach Ride, Wood Boat Builders, Fish Market
Accommodations: Sanctuary Puerto Cayo Lodge

Day 5

Day 6

Puerto Cayo - VInces

Distance: 220 km / 137 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities:  Banana Plantation, Chocolate Plantation, Eiffel Tower
Accommodations: Señor de los Caballos Lodge

Vinces - Baños de Agua Santa

Distance: 370 km / 230 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Moonshine Distillery, Cheese Maker, Soccer Ball Maker, Wool Mill, Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge, Riobamba Ice Market, Hot Springs
Accommodations: Posada del Arte

Day 7

Day 8

Rest Day in Baños

Distance:  You may use the motorcycle to explore on your own
Riding Time:
? - motorcycle available to explore on your own
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available activities include rafting, canyoning, rapelling, swing jump, canopy zip lines, horseback riding, ATV rentals,
Accommodations: Posada del Arte Bed & Breakfast Inn

Baños - Chugchilan

Distance:   183 km | 114 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Tribal Mask Maker, Tigua Art Galler, Quilotoa Crater Lake
Accommodations: Mama Hilda's

Day 9

Day 10

Chugchilan - Quito

Distance:  153 km | 95 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities: Wood furniture maker, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cafe de la Vaca

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

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of 4/5 and is designed for experienced riders.  You must be prepared to ride 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, followed by two rest 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 where most of this tour takes place. 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

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 10 Best Days in Ecuador 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
                      
$ 4.600$ 4.300
SWM Gran Milano 440
$ 4.550$3,350$ 4.250
Suzuki DR650
$ 4.990$3,350$ 4.700
SWM RS 650R
$ 4.990$3,350$ 4.700
Suzuki V-Strom DL65
$ 5.400$3,350$ 5.000
BMW G 650 GS
$ 5.400$3,350$ 5.000
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
$ 5.500$3,350$ 5.100
KTM 690 EnduroR
$ 5.600$3,350$ 5.200
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$ 5.600$3,350$ 5.200
BMW F700 GS
$ 5.500$3,350$ 5.100
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$ 5.690$3,350$ 5.300
BMW F800GS
$ 5.690$3,350$ 5.300
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$ 5.500$3,350$ 5.100
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$ 5.790$3,350$ 5.400
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$ 5.990$3,350$ 5.600
KTM 1050 Adventure
$ 5.990$3,350$ 5.600

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 botel in town) - see accommodations on this page.
  • All meals on riding days
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • All entries to parks and museums listed
  • Chocolate and banana tour
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary
  • 25% discount on high quality riding gear from 
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir Decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' 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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