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Surf & Turf
A 3-day Self-Guided Motorcycle + Surf Adventure
On this tour you wil ride some of the funnest, curviest roads in Ecuador and then hop on a surf board to ride some of the best surf on the Pacific coast. In partnership with Betty Adventures, we provide you with everything you need for three great fun-filled days of adventure. It's a chance to swim in secluded lagoons, visit small fishing villages, ride through Ecuador's back country on remote country roads, and go surfing at one of the funnest towns in Ecuador. Don't worry if you have never surfed before, you will have an entire day to learn the sport from expereienced, patient instructors.
Quito - Intinan - Cascadas Verdes - Pedernales - Canoa
237 miles (381 km) on paved roads.
You'll start this tour at our offices located in Quito, the magnificent capital city of Ecuador nestled in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 9,000 feet (2980 meters). You will be outfitted with the dual-sport motorcycle of your choice equipped with a luggage or saddlebags, GPS navigation system with a pre-programmed route, a generous set of spare parts, tools, a map, and riding gear. You will be given a thoughtful presentation to orient you with the equipment and the riding customs and rules of the road (written and unwritten) of Ecuador.
Ther first stop you might want to take is right in the middle of the world. The Inti-ñan museum is situated directly on the Equator. Inti-ñan means "path of the sun" in Quechua, a native language of Ecuador. You can 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. The guides will let you play with gravity 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 counter-clockwise down a drain, depending on which side of the Equator we are on.
After the visit at the Inti-ñan museum, you will be officially out of the Quito metropolitan region and riding in the Northern Hemisphere. You may choose to stop to view the beautiful Pululahua Crater Geobotanical reserve. This crater was formed by a volcano that erupted 2500 years ago. After you pass the crater, you will be heading down 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.
We urge you to stop at the Cascadas Verde and take a hike through the rainforest to the magical blue lagoon and green waterfalls (cascadas verdes). The hike takes about 30 minutes and leads you across several habitats including pastures, coffee plantations, and tropical rainforest. You will be rewarded with one of Ecuador's most beautiful swimming spots and a refreshing swim surrounded by exotic birds and plants.
You will begin to see palm trees and more "junglesque" growth along the road. The leaves of the plants will grow in size. When you enter Manabi Province you will begin to see that horses are a more common mode of transport than cars and buses as you head into the tropical grasslands. La Concordia is a commercial city, a trading center for the area's biggest crop - palm oil. The palm groves that surround this city are almost magical.You 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 it has a festive atmosphere. This is also Ecuador's shrimp capital and we suggest you try 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.
Once you leave Pedernales you will be riding along the coastal road, passing by several natural, wild and undeveloped beaches and shrimp farms. You will pass through the quiet town of Jama - a throwback to a simpler time, where the tides and fishermen set the pace.
You will finish today's ride in the town of Canoa. Canoa is home to a mixed population of native fishemen, transient surfers and expatriate retirees who are seeking sun and relaxation. You will check in to your accomodations at the comfortable Canoa Beach Hotel for the next two nights and the staff at Betty Surf Camp will take over, making sure you feel welcomed in Canoa with a caipiriña or non alcoholic juice cocktail.
A Full Day of Surfing and Relaxation in Canoa
You wil start the day with an optional early morning yoga class to get you limber and balanced. Then a hearty breakfast at Canoa Beach Hotel will give you the energy you will need today for surfing. If you have never surfed before, this is your chance to learn what it feels like to catch a wave. The patient instuctors at Betty Surf Camp will guide you and show you everything you need to know to start surfing. If you are an experienced surfer, you will have use of surfboard of your choice all day plus rashguards to enjoy the great surf in Canoa and of course the local information and surf guide to keep you riding in the sweet spots including the in town break.
Canoa is a great place with lots of friendly bars, restaurants and cafés. The seafood is fresh from the boats that are rolled out into the ocean from the beach each day. Be sure to try the special cuisine from this region of Ecuador - especially the "encocado" - a creamy, buttery, savory seafod dish full of tropical flavor or the "ceviche" -a fresh seafood dish of lime, tomatoes, cilantro and onion - Ecuador is known for having the best ceviche in South America.
The 4 awesome things about surfing in canoa are: no rocks, no reef, no riptide, and an abandoned, uncrowded beach break.If you are not up for surfing, or when you are done surfing, there are plenty of other fun activities to do while in Canoa such as paragliding, sea kayaking, cave exploring, or just riding the bikes in the beautiful backroads that surround Canoa.
Betty Surf Camp also offers profesional massage and horseback riding.
Canoa - Flavio Alfaro - Chiriboga - Quito
Option 1: Fully Paved - 221 miles / 356 km
Option 2: 121 miles (195 km) paved + 100 miles (161 km) unimproved roads (221 miles / 356 km total)
This is a full day ride back to Quito today. If you take the offroad optional route, you will need to leave Canoa early in the morning. The following describes the offroad optional route.
You'll head back up the coast retracing your route a few miles until the town of Jama and take a right into the calm, peaceful farm lands and rolling hills. You will be surrounded by cattle farms, cacao plantations nestled into the countryside. The road is fun to ride, with crossings over small streams, swarms of bright butterflies and a wide variety of colorful birds that will cross your path. You will roll through the isolated village of Eloy Alfaro and then catch the main road in the town of Flavio Alfaro. You can get some kilometers behind you on this highway - with swooping hills and fun twisty turns.
You will pass through the commercial transportation city of Santo Domingo and then take a dirt road that is famous in the bird watching circles. The road will climb steeply, giving you fantastic views of the western slopes below. You will have many opportunities to grab photos of the changing climate and various bird species as you climb up to about 12,000 feet before arriving into Quito.
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