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Intimate Ecuador

"An Epic 16-Day Motorcycle Exploration"

Overview:

  • Time Needed:  16 days / 15 nights
  • Total Distance: 1,463 miles / 2,355 kilometers
  • Average Distance per day: 181 km / 112 miles on 13 riding days (3 rest days)
  • 98% paved roads
  • Experienced, multilingual Ecuadorian full-time resident tour guide
  • Chase vehicle for 3+ riders
  • Accomodations:  Luxurious hotels, lodges & hostel accomodations (single occupancy)
  • Climactic Zones:  Tropical Rainforest / Tropical Grasslands / Highlands Pampa / Cloudforest / Desert / Beach / Dry Forest
  • Provinces: Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tschallas, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Los Rios, Napo, Loja, El Oro , Pastaza, Bolivar Guayas
  • Altitude: from 0 (sea level) to 14,500 feet
  • Included Activities: Intinan Equator Museum, Mindo Butterfly Sanctuary, Whale Watching Expedition, Zaruma Gold Mine Tour, Ingapirca Solar Temple Tour, Amazon Jungle Tour, Papallacta Hot Springs
  • 3 Rest Days in 3 distinct Ecuadorian Regions:  Coast - Sierra - Amazon
  • 16 days with the bikes - our tours are REALLY 16 days - we don't count days to travel to Quito or days with just a cocktail party!  

Description:  

This 16 day/15 night all-inclusive tour is meant for those who want to ride at an easy pace while taking the time to visit and become moved by Ecuador's incredible natural places.  You'll be rewarded with an intimate and deep understanding of Ecuador. It is suitable for riders of any level.  Led by fulltime residents of Ecuador.  Each day your insider guides will bring you to one of their favorite places. The roads are fun and not too challenging. With fun activities, beautiful places to stay and newly paved roads, this tour will give you joyful riding experiences that can only come on a tour led by a highly experienced, multi-lingual guide.  This tour is an ultimate Ecuador vacation.

We will visit the three distinct worlds or regions of Ecuador:  The Coast, the Andes and the Amazon.  We will experience dramatic daily changes in climates, cultures and terrain and we will stay in some of the most reknown hotels, lodges and hotels in the country. We will visit some very special places and enjoy peaceful activities such as a whale watching expedition in some of the best preserved areas of the Pacific Ocean, a visit deep into a gold mine, a visit to Incan temples and ruins, as well as visits to indigenous villages and markets.  We will also take a hike through the Amazon jungle with a native guide and swim in warm waters under a raging waterfall.

 

Day-1-Quito-to-Mindo

Day 1
Quito-Inti'ñan-Pululahua Crater-Bellavista-Mindo

Distance Covered: 62 miles (10 miles unpaved road) / 100 km (15 km unpaved road)

You’ll begin your "16 Day Intimate Ecuador" tour from our shop located in Quito, Ecuador - 2850 meters (almost 2 miles above sea level) high 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 magnificent capital city while getting accustomed to the high altitude before you begin 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.

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, dry gravel, cobblestone and dirt farm roads.  

Our first stop will be in the middle of the world. The Inti-ñan museum is situated directly 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. Directly on the red line of the equator we will see water go either clockwise or 2011-03-16-Mitad-del-Mundo17-Egg-balanced-630x472counter-clockwise down a drain, depending on which side of the equator we are on.  We will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical indigenous homes. This tour will give you excellent background information on Ecuador so that you will better understand the cultures we'll see as we pass through various regions of Ecuador during the epic trip ahead.

After the visit at the Inti-ñan museum, we will be officially out of the Quito metropolitan region and riding in the Northern Hemisphere.  We will stop to view the beautiful Pululahua Crater Geobotanical reserve. This  crater was formed by a volcano that  erupted 2500 years ago.   After the crater visit, we will be heading into the Western Slopes of Ecuador.   The Western slopes are full of dense, green forests and steep mountains.  The roads through this area have been recently paved and riding the sharp curves will be fun and exhilirating.  Then, we will change our pace a little bit -and take a left turn off the main highway and onto an unpaved, unmarked road that takes us deep into the cloudforest.  Here we will have a chance to visit the world-famous Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge.  This is a very special place where we will take a refreshment (or lunch depending on the time) on their amazing patio, as we watch hundreds of hummingbirds surround us.  There is no place like it on earth where so many species of birds can be seen. 

Once back on the bikes, we'll be riding through the deep cloudforests alongside clear streams with cascading waterfalls, arriving shortly into the funky, eclectic town of Mindo.  Mindo is set in a microclimate of the Western Slopes of Ecuador, in a warm cloudforest known for its natural beauty and great restaurants.  Once in Mindo, we will head to the El Quetzal chocolate factory for a tour that will educate and entertain. We'll learn about organic cocoa farming and processing and how cacao is turned into chocolate from the moment it is picked from the tree to the completed chocolate bars.  We will of course sample some of their products before leaving!

After our visit to the The Quetzal we will check into our carefully selected accomodations for the night at the Hotel Caskafessu.  We will enjoy a fantastic gourmet dinner before settling in for the night.

Mindo-to-Selva-Virgen

Day 2
Mindo -Cascada Verde-Laguna Azul-Selva Virgen

89 km / 55 miles (5 miles / 8 km on unpaved roads)

After a full breakfast we will watch butterflies warm their wings and begin their day at the Mindo Mariposorio (butterfly garden).  We will have a guided tour of this sanctuary where we'll see several species of butterflies in their different stages of life - from larvae to caterpillar to butterfly and be able to get some great photos.  We will also see several species of orchids and hummingbirds.   Heading out of Mindo we'll  first begin to climb in elevation and then once back on Route 25, we'll resume our descent along Ecuador's western slope. It may be a bit foggy as we pass through the cloudforest and descend into the tropical rainforests. From San Miguel de Los Bancos we will continue the long, gradual descent towards the coast. You will feel the temperature of the air around you begin to rise as you roll down the curves, crossing some roaring rivers and experiencing spectacular views to the left and right all the way.

flores1You will begin to see palm trees and more "junglesque" growth along the roadway. The leaves of the plants will grow in size as the air becomes more humid and is scented with wild orchids, bananas and wildflowers.

We will head off the main road and travel through a dense rainforest jungle to a special place where we can enjoy a great swim like you have never experienced before in your life.  We'll hike about 45 minutes through this lush rainforest where we willblue_lagoon see all kinds of flowers, plant life and possibly monkeys.  Then we will swim in the blue green waters of the Laguna Azul or Blue Lagoon, a place you will always remember.

After our hike back to the bikes you will ride to the Hosteria Selva Virgen and check into your private cabin.  With one of their native guides you can go for a walk through the surrounding jungle and learn of the flora and fauna found in this region of Ecuador and the traditional indigenous uses for various plants. Or, you can relax by the pool and use the jacuzzi and sauna to unwind.  We will have a dinner of local specialties before heading to bed amongst the sounds of the jungle.

 

day-3-photos-intro-to-ecuador

Day 3
Selva Virgen-Pedernales-Jama-Canoa

232 km /  144 miles on 100% paved roads

We'll begin our day with  a healthy breakfast of local fruits and breads, then head out on the bikes and continue our ride first through the rainforests and then through the tropical grasslands. We will pass through Esmeraldas province and once in Manabi province, you will begin to see that horses are a more common mode of transport than cars and buses as we head into the tropical grasslands.

We will pass quickly through La Concordia, a commercial city and a trading center for the area's biggest crop - palm oil.  The shaded palm groves that surround this city are magical.

After a ride through the rolling coastal savannah grasslands, we will arrive at the coast in the city of Pedernales, sometimes referred to as the "Wild Wild West" because of its chaotic markets, plentiful restaurants, nightclubs, and fun-loving residents. This is the closest beach to Quito and has a festive atmosphere. Shrimp is one of Ecuado's principal exports and a large portion of the world's shrimp grows in this region.  Pedernales is Ecuador's shrimp trading capital and we we be sure to have a shrimp lunch here at one of the oceanside restaurants. It will be probably the freshest and most delicious shrimp you will ever have in your life. There are also other great Ecuadorian seafood specialties such as Ceviche and fish chowders that you can try that will also knock your socks off.

Once we leave Pedernales, we'll ride along the coastal road, passing by several miles of natural, uninhabited virgin beaches. We will have time to stop for a swim in some of the cleanest, untouched waters of the Pacific coast.  We will pass through the quiet town of Jama and to a simpler time, where the tides and fishermen set the pace. We will stop to watch the local brickmaker fire up natural clay bricks using ancient techniques.  It is a throwback to a simpler time.

We will finish today's ride in the town of Canoa. Canoa is a 400 year old fishing town that is now home to a mixed population of native fishermen, transient surfers and expatriate retirees who are seeking sun and relaxation. Our carefully selected accomodations are in private rooms at the luxurious Canoa Beach Hotel.   We'll eat dinner at an open-air restaurant known for its awesome local seafood dishes.

canoa-to-puerto-lopez

Day 4
Canoa-Montechristi-Manta-Santa Marianita-Puerto Lopez

217 km /  135 miles on 100% paved roads

We will head south today along the seacoast. You’ll cross the brand new Bahia de Caraquez bridge and pass through several small fishing villages and rice paddies. The seafood in this area is amazing and the cuisine in Manabi, especially, is considered among the best in Ecuador.

In the town of Montecristi you can visit a coffee factory or might also be tempted to buy a “Montecristi” – also known as the original "Panama" hat. In the late 1970’s President Nixon received a Montecristi hat folded neatly into a matchbox sized container.  You can get a similar hat that folds neatly into a balsa wood box here.

We'll stop for lunch in Santa Marianita watching kitesurfers practicing their sport before continuing along the coast.  Great vistas and salty air all the way along the coastline! 

We will end the day's ride in the fishing  and beach town of Puerto Lopez which is located within the Machalilla National Park, made up of tropical dry forest, fog forest, coastal scrub, beaches, islands and islets as well as ocean. The ocean contained within the park contains a coral reef. The park protects nearly a third of the coastal fisheries in the country. 

For the next two nights, we will be staying at the Hosteria Alandaluz which is located directly on the ocean. This magnificent and innovative “Hosteria” is built mainly of bamboo; it has a private and large beach and it is surrounded by magnificent flower and organic vegetable gardens as well as small bamboo forest.

Machallilas-National-Park-Rest-Day

Day 5

"Rest" Day

Machalilla National Park & Whalewatching Expedition

Break Day!  We will be waking up in one of the most undeveloped stretches of land along the Pacific ocean and in one of Ecuador's natural treasures, the Las_Frailes_BeachMachalilla National Park.   We will have a full day ahead of us.  We will head to the fishing town of Puerto Lopez and board a private boat and cruise out to the deep Pacific waters off the coast where we will enjoy a show of humpback whales.  We will have a lunch on the boat and return to Puerto Lopez in the afternoon and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on Las Frailes beach, one of the most beautiful natural stretches of beach in Ecuador.

Or, you could opt to stay back at the hotel and enjoy a full day relaxing at the beach or choose other activities. You can rent a sea-kayak and explore the coastal caves, paraglide off the cliffs, go deep-sea fishing, bicycling or horseback riding.  This is the perfect spot for a rewarding rest day no matter what you choose to do!

Puerto-Lopez-to-Guayaquil

Day 6

Puerto Lopez - Montanita - Guayaquil

125 miles  / 201 km on 100% paved road

 

 After our ocean front day of rest and relaxation we will head south along the coast, stopping to visit Montanita, which is a major surfer destination.   This small town has hosted several international surfing competitions and continues to be a mecca for those seeking great waves.  Then, you'll head inland, passing through rice paddies, cattle ranches and coffee plantations.   Lots of white fishing birds and flamingos here.

100_0881You'll roll into Ecuador's biggest city, the port city of Guayaquil and park the bike at the luxurious Mansion del Rio Boutique Hotel.  You'll have some time to stroll along the city's beautiful waterfront park (Malecon 2000) and to climb to the top of the Santa Ana Hill, known for its colorful houses and quaint streets and for the cool breezes at the top of the hill.  Guayaquil has recently made strides in restoring its historic center and old cobblestone streets and we will quickly understand why Guayacos have become very proud of their city.

We will dine at one of our favorite restaurants in Guayaquil and settle in for the night.

 

Guayaquil-to-Zaruma

Day 7

Guayaquil - Machala - Pasaje - Zaruma

Distance Covered: 273 Km / 170 miles on 100% paved roads

More adventures ahead! You will head across the great river Guayas and roll across expansive coastal plains with plenty of fishing birds and rice paddies.  You'll see the agriculture and landscape change as you enter El Oro Province.  Here the smell of ripening bananas and cacao plantations will fill your senses.   We'll have a quick ride through the coastal city of Machala, known as the "Banana Capital of the World" - where a large portion of Ecuador's banana trade and market activities occur.

Next we'll then head back inland, through mangroves and farmlands and into the hills that were once one of the wealthiest regions of the Spanish Empire.

You'll end today's ride in the town of Zaruma.  Zaruma was founded in 1549 and still boasts some of the finest examples of early colonial Spanish architecture in all of South America. Zaruma is also known for having the most beautiful women in Ecuador.   Our accomodations tonight are at the Roland Hotel.

Zaruma-to-Vilcabamba

Day 8

Zaruma - Portovelo - Catamayo - Vilcabamba

 184 km / 114 miles on 95% asphalt paved / 5% unpaved roads

Heading out from Zaruma we will stop in Portovelo to visit the gold mines there, some of the world's biggest and most productive.  We will visit the mine by riding one of the carts used to transport the raw ore.  

After our visit to the gold mines, we will be riding on some of the most picturesque mountain roads in the world.  This part of Ecuador has brand new paved roads that are fun, safe and thrilling.  You'll climb in elevation once again, riding through the picturesque Spanish colonial towns of Catacocha and Catamayo.

You'll finish today's ride in the peaceful, hippy-mecca town of Vilcabamba in what is known as the "Valley of Longevity" because the population here is vilcabambaknown to live very long lives.  With lush green scenery, a mild year-round climate, and fresh mountain air, it is no wonder that Vilcabamba has been a popular vacation spot for hundreds of years.  Once a retreat for Inca royalty, foreigners discovered Vilcabamba in the 1970s after a series of articles were published including one in "National Geographic" that  highlighted the long lives of the locals.

Since then the area has been known as the Valley of Longevity and has turned into one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador. Because most people come to Vilcabamba to relax, the town has managed to keep its small town appeal with only a cluster of small restaurants and internet cafes surrounding the sleepy town square. The tranquil atmosphere, perfect weather, and an endless array of outdoor activities has combined to create a place where people often come for a weekend and end up staying a month.

We will check into the comfortable award-winning (Best Hotel and Spa in Ecuador) Madre Tierra Eco Resort- a very well-managed, American own and operated hotel and spa with beautiful grounds and spectacular pool.   The rooms are very comfortable and the swimming pool is beautiful.   They also offer great massages and spa treatments if you would like to un-do some of the effects of riding.

vilcabamba-to-Loja-to-Cuenca

 

Day 9

Vilcabamba- Loja - Saraguro - Tinajilla Pass - Cuenca

254 km / 158 miles on 100% paved road

We will want to add an additional layer of clothing today.  We will head north and ride through the colonial city of Loja.  Founded in 1548, Loja is one of the oldest cities in Ecuador and is full of cafés, restaurants and grand plazas filled with streetloja musicians.  Lojanos have managed to succeed financially without destroying their cultural heritage and natural resources. This is exemplified in the conscious construction of buildings designed to harmonize with older ones.  We will stop in the colonial center to have a cup of coffee at one of the cafes in the center of town. Many coffee connoisseurs believe that the coffee from this region of Ecuador is the best in the world.

 

Basket_with_hands_R_ALLIANCE_lista_0After our coffee break we will head north on the Panamerican highway and experience some of the beautiful high altitude paramos and vistas below a dark blue sky seen only when above 10,000 feet.

We will continue on some incredible curvy roads with outstanding vistas and arrive in the indigenous town of Saraguro.  Here the local indigenous people are known for their unique black and white traditional dress, artisan goods, and textiles.  We will stop and take a stroll through the famous indigenous market and to have lunch.

After a hearty lunch you are back on the bike, with breathtaking scenery fighting for your attention as you keep your eyes on the curves and swoops.   You will climb to over 11,500 feet at the Tinajilla Pass as you cross the high altitude pampa.  Keep a careful eye out for wild llama and try to capture them with your camera.

On today's ride you will roll into Ecuador's third largest city and arguably its most endearing  -the city of Cuenca.  You will be staying in the luxury colonial Santa Lucia Hotel   located in the heart of the city.  We will check into the hotel and then take a short stroll through the historic city center to give you a basic orientation.  We will be spending two nights here.

 

With lush green scenery, a mild year-round climate, and fresh mountain air, it is no wonder that Vilcabamba has been a popular vacation spot for hundreds of years.  Once a retreat for Inca royalty, foreigners discovered Vilcabamba in the 1970s after a series of articles was published highlighting the long lives of the locals.
Since then the area has been known as the Valley of Longevity and has turned into one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador. Because most people come to Vilcabamba to relax, the town has managed to keep its small town appeal with only a cluster of small restaurants and internet cafes surrounding the sleepy town square. The tranquil atmosphere, perfect weather, and endless array of outdoor activities create a place where people often come for a weekend and end up staying a month.

cuenca-and-ingapirca

Day 10

"Rest" Day

Cuenca and the Ingapirca Ruins

Cuenca has a long and fascinating history.  It was the second capital of the Incan Empire, after Macchupichu or Cuzco in Peru.  Today it is one of the most beautiful cities in South America and has been dedicated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the eztraordinary care taken in restoring its historic colonial center.  

You can spend a leisurely time walking through its cobblestone streets and admiring the wrought-iron balconies and plazas brimming with flowers, visit the impressive "New" Cathedral and the fascinating gold-drenched old Cathedral on the other side of the main plaza. There's a huge flower market and a colorful food market in the center of town.  There are many excellent restaurants, cafés and art galleries throughout Cuenca.

In the afternoon, we will go on a guided tour led by a local, native guide to the ancient Inca "Sun Temple" at Ingapirca. These are the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. The most significant building is the temple of the sun, an elliptically shaped building constructed around a large rock. The building is constructed in the Incan way without mortar. The stones were carefully chiseled and fashioned to fit together perfectly. The temple of the sun was positioned so that on the solstices, at exactly the right time of day, sunlight would fall through the center of the doorway of the small chamber at the top of the temple.

Cuenca-to-Salinas

 

Day 11
Cuenca - Alausi - Guaranda - Salinas

 207 miles  / 333 km on 100% paved road

After our day of rest and a great American breakfast, we will head out on the Panamerican highway towards the north, first passing through dense pine and eucalyptus forests.  The scent of these forests will be something that will stay with you long after the ride.  We will continue on these mountain roads, passing through high altitude paramo and crossing chilly high altitude mountain passes at 11,000 feet.

We will arrive in the Andean town of Alausi, which is known for its warm and welcoming indigenous population who wear brilliantly colored clothes.  The town is also known for its architecture.  The town has a very active market and some great restaurants serving fresh trout, locally grown produce and other regional specialties.  We will have lunch here.

We will continue up the Panamericano, passing through the city of Guaranda, which was settled in 1571 and now populated primarily by the Quechua Indians.  Then we will continue riding up some beautiful curvy farm roads arriving in the small village of Salinas de Guaranda. This town is unique in Ecuador as it has a Swiss heritage.   Here they make chocolate and cheese in the Swiss tradition.  We will eat well here and stock up on chocolates for the remainder of the ride.  At the Hotel El Refugio you can warm yourself at the big fireplace and get a good night sleep in your room overlooking the village.

salinas-to-Banos

 

                                                                                       Day 12

             Salinas de Guaranda - Chimborazo National Wildlife Reserve - Riobamba - Banos

118 km / 73 miles on 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved road

Today's ride will entail many altitude, temperature, and climatic changes.  You’ll  climb to 4,500 meters (14,500 feet) and then back down to 1900 meters and into the bustling adventure tourism town of Banos. The route will go around the Chimborazo Mountain (6268 meters – nearly 4 miles high - the highest peak in Ecuador) and through the Palmira Desert, the largest and fastest growing desert in Ecuador. We will pass through the Chimborazo National Wildlife refuge where we will see will many wild guinea pigs, hunting birds such as the condor and wild llamas.  This area will make you feel like you are on another planet.

chimborazoWe will descend again, through fertile valleys and quaint Andean villages.  We will ride through the colonial city of Riobamba and its historic architecture.

We will end today's ride in the beautiful city of "Banos de Agua Santa", famous for its health-giving thermal springs. The town is set in the shadow of the mighty Tungarahua Volcano, which is a very active volcano that occasionally erupts with pyroclastic emissions and thick ash.  Banos is located in what is known as "magnetic vortex," a unique place where the planet's 4 essential life elements - Air, Earth, Water, and Fire - are found.   We will check into the Luna Runtun Hotel and enjoy access to their private volcanic springs and baths there.   We will head down into town to enjoy one of the great restaurants and nightlife in Banos.

banos-to-Cotococha

Day 13

Banos - Puyo - Cotococha Amazon Lodge

82 miles / 132 km on 100% paved road

We will linger a little longer than normal this morning, taking another volcanic bath and enjoying a full breakfast at the Luna Runtun hotel before we head back on the road.   We will leave Banos and head eastward - riding down what is known as the "Route of the Waterfalls" through the eastern slopes which will eventually descend into the Amazon River Basin.

Again, we will see the vegetation change dramatically.  The air will become warm as we arrive in Puyo - we are now officially in Amazona.  We will take highway 45 north, and with a great view of the Sierra to our left, we will ride on a comfortable road with rolling hills and enough curves to keep it fun.

We will take a right, turning onto a road that follows the Napo River, and go deeper into the Amazon jungle.  We will pull into the Cotococha Amazon Lodge and check into our riverside bungalows for the night.  Each bungalow is built according to traditional architecture in harmony with the surrounding rainforest. All bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom, a private veranda with reclining chairs or hammocks in which to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ecuador's Amazon.

Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing ourselves around the elegant fireplace, to coordinate and discuss our next day’s activities with the local crew. This is a very special place set in a peaceful setting filled with the sounds of the Amazon jungle. You'll sleep well tonight as the Napo River surges in the background.

cotococha-lodge-rest-day

Day 14

"Rest Day" in the Amazon Jungle

After breakfast we depart by motorized canoe upstream on the Napo River for about ten minutes, arriving onshore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk amidst the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short hike, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking waterfall “La Cascada de Latas” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which, mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it an unforgettable experience. We return by floating down the river in rubber innertubes.

After lunch we put on our rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle’s primary forest ready to explore the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties which will be explained in detail by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how cascada-latasthe jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects, small groups of monkeys weaving around the giant trees; although we will need some luck to observe them.  Dozens of curious colorful birds will tag along with us during our walk whistling and delighting our senses. We’ll head back to our Lodge, making a short stop in one of the many local indigenous communities by the Napo River. One of the native Quichua families will show us their ancestral customs like panning for gold, pottery techniques,  making their typical drink “chicha” made of yucca, and we will be shown how to hunt using a blowpipe. After this fascinating cultural exchange with the Quichuas, we’ll continue our way to the Cotococha Amazon Lodge by a path along secondary forest. Upon arrival, a delicious snack will be waiting. After dinner there will be some free time to gather around the cozy fireplace or enjoy an exotic multicolored cocktail at the bar. 

Note:  The above activity can be substituted for a white water rafting expedition for additional cost if desired (please let us know if you are interested and we can provide information).

cotococha-to-papallacta

Day 15
Cotococha - Puerto Misahualli - Tena - Baeza - Papallacta

142 km / 88 miles on 98% paved road  / 2% unpaved road

After another healthy breakfast at Cotococha, we will pack up the bikes and continue our ride along the Napo River, and cross a narrow bridge into the town of Misahualli.  This is a port city - the beginning of the navigable parts of the Amazon basin.   From here you could take a boat to the Atlantic.   The town is a lot of fun because of their mischievous monkey population which loves the attention of visitors and teasing the local dogs.  Bring your camera.

We will head back westward on the other side of the Napo river, and through the kayaking capital of the Americas, Tena.  From Tena, we will continue our ride along the edge of the Amazon jungle with dense vegetation all around us.

We will begin our ascent into the eastern slopes once again as we pass through the rainforest town of Baeza.  Here we will add some additional layers of clothing for the chilly air that we will face as we will be climbing to the end of our day's ride.

We will end the day's ride at Termas de Papallacta, Ecuador’s most beautiful thermal hot springs resort and spa, located between spectacular mountain forests of the Eastern Andes slopes. Here we will enjoy dinner and stay for the night.

Pappallacta-to-Quito

Day 16
Papallacta - Quito

42 miles / 68 km on 100% paved road

Today we will have a relaxing last morning together and enjoy the amazing hot springs or optionally, take some of the varied health and beauty treatments in Termas de Papallacta’s SPA and hydrotherapy area with different sensations from streams of water, water hydro massage or hydro massage with air bubbles. It has been certified that the thermal waters of Termas de Papallacta have medicinal properties that guarantee healthy benefits! For the active hikers, there is also the opportunity to hike through the surrounding mountain forests and grassy paramo near the resort. This ecological reserve is managed by a local foundation and is the home to many peculiar species of flora and fauna (more than 160 bird species, mountain tapirs, spectacled bears as well as many other species). Enjoy lunch and then we will head back to Quito to finish our tour together.  We hope you'll agree that we have succeeded in creating an epic 16 day tour with great memories to last you a lifetime!

 

Tour Dates:

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ALL INCLUSIVE Prices:

On a Suzuki DR200 or Honda XL200: $5990

On a Suzuki DR650: $6820 (4 available)

On a Kawasaki KLR650: $6820 (1 available)

On a Husqvarna TE 630: $6820 (1 available)

On a Husqvarna Terra TR650: $6980

On a Suzuki V-Strom DL650 $7300   (2 available)

On a BMW G 650 GS: $7460

On a Triumph Tiger 800XC: $7620

On a BMW F800GS: $7620

On a BMW R1150GS Adventure: $7620 (1 available)

Passenger Pillion Charge: $3150 

Prices Include:

Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental (includes SOAT insurance, helmet, gloves)

Saddlebags or hard luggage system

Experienced, multilingual tour guide

Single occupancy in luxury hacienda, boutique hotel, 3-5 star hotel accomodations

All Meals 

ALL LISTED ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED!

Tolls

Gasoline

Entry Fees

You do not have to pull out your wallet when riding on our guided tours!

Prices do not include:

Alchoholic beverages

Ecuador IVA (sales) tax (12%) FOR ECUADORIAN RESIDENTS ONLY -NO TAX FOR TOURISTS TO ECUADOR!

Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito

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