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Introduction to Ecuador Guided Tour

12 days

From $5195
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99% Paved

1% unpaved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Middle to High-End
See Accommodations for details

Tour Overview

Ecuador is one of the most geographically, culturally, and biologically diverse countries in the world.  Amazing landscapes encompassing rainforests, Andean mountain ranges, coastal ranges, deserts, and tropical grasslands make this South American country a haven for astonishing motorcycling. 

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will take you to all of the best that continental Ecuador has to offer on this unforgettable motorcycle adventure.

ecuadorian coastal cuisine on a motorcycle tourWe will visit all of the major regions of continental Ecuador - the Andes, the Coast, and the Amazon Basin.   We will have time to explore the major cities of Quito, Loja, Manta, Esmeraldas, and Cuenca, including many places, declared "World Heritage Sites" by the United Nations. We'll visit the famous "gringo" hangouts such as Canoa, Vilcabamba, Otavalo, and Baños.  We will experience the various cuisines of Ecuador such as the Criolla cuisine in Esmeraldas, fresh coffee from plantations in Loja, pure fresh chocolate from a cacao plantation in Guayas, hearty potato soups of the Andean highlands, and steamed fish wrapped in Amazonian jungle leaves.
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One of the things that sets a motorcycle trip apart from other types of tourism are the scents, fragrances, and aromas that you can experience while riding a motorcycle. You can't experience these the same way while traveling in a bus or car.  Ecuador provides you with a feast for all your senses. You will pass through brilliant fields of multi-colored roses, see wild orchids in the rainforests, smell the eucalyptus and pine forests, ripening bananas, and ride through the salty mist along the shore.  You'll smell the fresh, wood-oven baked bread in colonial cities.

taking a break from the motorcycle tour swimming in a waterfall in ecuadorThe motorcycle tour will also take you off the beaten track to explore some of the wild areas of Ecuador.  It is one of the most adventurous motorcycle tours that you can do. It will give you access to untouched wildlife and unforgettable insight into how native Ecuadorians have lived for centuries.

At a glance

  • 12 Days / 11 nights (10 riding days with two rest days)
  • Total Distance Covered:  2,811 kilometers / 1,747 miles
  • Average distance per riding day : 280 kilometers / 174 miles (10 riding days)
  • 99% asphalt road / 1% dirt, gravel or cobblestone roads 
  • Elevation gain/loss: 16,385 meters / 55,232 feet
  • Luxurious hotel accomodations including unique hacienda, wilderness lodge and boutique hotel accomodations
  • Single occupancy (your own private hotel room at no extra charge)
  • Experienced, multilingual, local resident tour guide
  • Chase vehicle for groups of 4+ riders
  • All inclusive pricing includes meals, gas, entrance fees, etc.  No pulling out your wallet!
  • minimum particpants: 1 (guaranteed departure)
  • maximum riders: 9 (keeps things fun and easy!)
  • Pricing:    Starting at $5255-  please see the bottom of this page for pricing (which depends on the bike chosen).

 

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Travel day to Quito

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.

Day 1

Quito - Otavalo

Distance:
Elevation gain/ loss:  4198 m / -4446 m  13,773 ft/ -14,587 ft
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Mojanda Lake, Otavalo Market, Evening Music performance
Accommodations: Hacienda Pinsaqui

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Galera

Distance:  388 km | 241 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +2344 m / -4999 m  | +7690ft/-16,400 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Otavalo Animal Market, Cotacachi Leather Maker, Exotic Fruit Markets
Accommodations: Cumilinche Club Cabins

Day 3

Galera - Manta

Distance: 339 km / 211 miles
Elevation gain/ loss:  +977 m/-940m | +3205 ft/-3084 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner
Activities: Shrimp farm, Black Beach, Mompiche Beach
Accommodations: Balandra Hotel

Day 3

Day 4

Rest Day in Manta

Distance: ? - motorcycle available for you to explore on your own if you wish.
Elevation gain/ loss: ?
Meals: Breakfast
Available Activities: Parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surf lessons, surfing, kite surfing, deep-sea / tuna fishing, kayaking, shopping, museums, swimming, whale watching (seasonal) and nightlife
Accommodations: Balandra Hotel

Day 5

Manta - Hacienda La Danesa

Distance: 375 km / 233 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +350 m / -330 m | +1148 ft / -1083 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: "Panama" Hat Maker, Cacao and dairy farm
Accommodations: Hacienda La Danesa

Day 5

Day 6

Hacienda La Danesa - Zaruma

Distance: 276 km / 171 miles
Elevation gain/ loss:  +2659 m / -1608 m | +8724 ft / -5276 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Pineapple Plantation,  Dairy Farm, Tour of Zaruma
Accommodations: Roland Hotel

Day 7

Zaruma - VIlcabamba

Distance: 263 km / 163 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +6517 m./ -6124 m | +21,383 ft / -20,092 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Gold Mine Tour
Accommodations: Madre Tierra Ecologocal Resort

Day 7

Day 8

Vilcabamba - Cuenca

Distance: 251 km | 156 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +5131 m / -3130m | +16,834 ft / -10,259 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Saraguro Market, Colonial Cuenca
Accommodations: Hotel Victoria

Day 9

Cuenca - Baños

Distance:
Riding Time:
420 km | 261 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +7176 m / -7926 m | +23,543 ft / -26,004 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Ingapirca Ruins, Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge, Hot Springs
Accommodations: Posada del Arte

Day 9

Day 10

Rest Day in Baños

Distance:  You may use the motorcycle to explore on your own
Riding Time: ?

Elevation gain/ loss: ?
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

Day 11

Baños - Puerto Misahuallí

Distance:  You may use the motorcycle to explore on your own
Elevation gain/ loss: +2910 m /-4442 m | +9547 ft / -14,574 ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and DInner
Activities: Tibetan Bridge, Zip Line, Waterfalls
Accommodations: El Jardin Misahuallí Lodge

Day 11

Day 12

Puerto Misahuallí - Quito

Distance:  234 km / 145 miles
Elevation gain/ loss: +7339 m / -4933 m | +24,078 ft / -16,184 ft
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities: Motorized Canoe Expedition, Hike with Native Guide, Swim in Waterfall, Tubing on Napo River, Guapulo Church

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.

Return to Quito

Route Map

Elevation Profile

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Highlights

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

Detailed Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Otavalo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

 

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Day 1
Quito - San José de Minas - Laguna Mojanda - Otavalo 
Distance covered: 157 kms / 98 miles -- on 97% paved roads 

quito_la_ronda_alleyYou’ll begin your twelve-day “Introduction to Ecuador Tour" from our shop located in Quito, Ecuador - 2850 meters (almost 2 miles above sea level) in the Andes Mountains. Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, with about 1.5 million residents and has some of the best examples of Spanish colonial architecture in Latin America.  Quito was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best-preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America.mitad_del_mundo

On the morning of the tour departure, we will outfit you with the motorcycle of your choice. We will provide a thoughtful presentation that will answer all your questions concerning local customs, rules of the road, etc. 

riding a dual sport motorcycle to laguna mojanda near otavalo ecuadorOur first stop is in the middle of the world. 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. We 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. Standing on a red line that shows the exact Equator, we will experiment with gravity. We will witness how water drains either clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side we are standing. We also have the opportunity to see how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live when visiting their homes. These models will enable us to understand better the cultures seen as we pass through various regions over the next few days.  Departing the Inti-ñan Museum, we officially leave the Quito metropolitan region and begin riding in the Northern Hemisphere.mojanda 450

We carefully selected a route to acquaint you with a taste of the wide variety of different kinds of roads in Ecuador and to allow you the time to get acquainted with your bike.  The fun starts with a newly paved road that dives deep into a dry river canyon.  This road is "canyon carving" at its finest, and you'll quickly see why Ecuador is a motorcycling paradise!

pinsaqui music 450From the colonial town of San José de Minas with its manicured central plaza and towering church, we will climb in altitude, taking back roads. Here we will be rewarded with 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 high road will be the first time we will be in the high-elevation paramo climate.introduction to ecuador otavalo market motorcycle adventure tour

From there, we will ride down through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market. We will finish today's ride enjoying the local music and delicious local fare at the 300-year-old Hacienda Pinsaqui. This historic inn is one of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador. It is where Simon Bolivar stayed on several occasions and is famous as the site of the Pinsaqui Treaty which brought lasting peace with neighboring Colombia.

Day 2 - Galera
Day 3 - Manta
Day 4- Rest Day in Manta
Day 5 - Hacienda La Danesa
Day 6 - Zaruma
Day 7 - Vilcabamba
Day 8 - Cuenca
Day 9 - Baños
Day 10 - Rest Day in Baños
Day 11 - Puerto Misahuallí
Day 12 - Quito

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Full Tour Video

What to Expect

This guided twelve-day motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  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 a smooth 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.  We will provide 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 bring bottled water. The support truck is able to respond in an emergency and to make your ride more comfortable by carrying your luggage.  If there are fewer than five riders on the tour, we may not provide a support truck. We will provide ample saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike to carry your personal items.

The route you will follow over the next twelve 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 entirely paved, with some unpaved driveways and construction areas.  We chose these roads 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 the "hidden gems" that are not common knowledge.

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. Prospects 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 14,500 feet (where temperatures are in the 30'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 mid to high end, unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges, and inns. See this page for details, photos, and links to the accommodations provided.  We provide single occupancy accommodations as standard, so you have the privacy and comfort at the end of the day without having to pay an extra charge.  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.  

Dates and Pricing


Introduction to Ecuador 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
                      
$ 5.250n/a$ 4.640
BMW G310GS
$5,520$ 3,500$4,880
BMW G310GS (LOWERED)
$5,520$ 3,500$4,880
SWM Gran Milano 440
$ 5.195$ 3,500$ 4.400
Suzuki DR650
$ 5.760n/a$ 5.120
Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
$ 5.760n/a$ 5.120
SWM RS 650R
$ 5.760n/a$ 5.120
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT
$ 6.335$ 3,500$ 5.480
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT (LOW)
$ 6.335$ 3,500$ 5.480
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$ 6.600n/a$ 5.720
BMW F700 GS
$ 6.480$ 3,500$ 5.600
BMW F750 GS
$6,600$ 3,500$ 5.720
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$ 6.625$ 3,500$ 5.840
BMW F800GS
$ 6.625$ 3,500$ 5.840
BMW F850GS
$ 6.725$ 3,500$ 5.960
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$ 6.480$ 3,500$ 5.600
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$ 6.725$ 3,500$ 5.960
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$ 6.725$ 3,500$ 5.960

All prices are in US Dollars (USD) - the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador.

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Mulitlingual, 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 accommodations (your own private cabins and rooms each night) in listed accommodations at no extra charge.
  • All meals on riding days (including lunch)
  • Tolls
  • Gasoline 
  • Canoe Excusion with native guide in Amazon jungle 
  • Entrance fees to Intiñan Solar Museum
  • Chocolate and banana tour
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary 
  • Use of motorcycle during rest days
  • 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. 
  • Luggage storage and locker use while riding


  • 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. Using our payments provider, you may pay with any major credit card.

Deposits are refundable minus 10% of the total rental or tour price only if canceled 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 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.

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 the event you must cancel your trip (plus provide medical and repatriation coverage in case of an accident), go towww.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are traveling 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, 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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