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Guided High Andes, Deep Amazon Motorcycle Tour

10 DAYS
FROM $4,200

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70% DIRT

<30% paved

SERVICE LEVEL

Casual, Upscale

Family style and à la carte dining

GROUP SIZE

1-8 Motorcycles

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Tour Overview

  • Tour Starts and Ends:  Quito, Ecuador. Airport Code: UIO
  • Time Needed: 11-12 days vacation
  • Tour Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
  • Riding Days: 8
  • Canoe Day: 1 day, 100-mile transportation of riders and bikes in a motorized canoe in the Amazon River basin
  • Rest Day: 1 in Baños
  • Total Distance Covered: approximately 1000 miles / 1613 km (900 riding miles) 
  • Average riding distance per day: 112.5 miles /181 km
  • Dual-Sport Tour: 30% asphalt road / 70% dirt, gravel, or cobblestone roads in miles / 85% dirt road in terms of time.
  • Accommodations unique, luxury hacienda and boutique hotel accommodations in single occupancy (your own room) 
  • Experienced Guide - a LOCAL RESIDENT multilingual tour guide (you will be shown an insider's view of the country).
  • 100% inclusive price including all meals, gasoline,  excursions, jungle guide, motorized canoe expedition, and entrance fees to parks and attractions., etc
  • Minimum participants: 1 - our guaranteed departure policy means the tour is a "go" even if you are the only one. We do not cancel tours for low participation.
  • Maximum participants: 8-12 (depends on room sharing - there are 8 rooms available

 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)

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)

MOTORCYCLE
PRICE FOR
1 RIDER
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Yamaha XT250
                      
$4,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS
$4,400

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS (LOWERED)
$4,400

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

SWM RS 650R
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$5,100

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F700 GS
$5,000

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F750 GS
$5,100

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$5,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F800GS
$5,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F850GS
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

If you will be traveling with another person and they will be riding a separate bike and sharing your room (one bed or two), then this is the price for this second bike -including the companion sharing your room - for the tour. You must have one bike at full price from the first price column. This column is the second bike's price as a travel companion to the first and includes lodging, GPS, and everything listed under "What's Included."

Single Room SupplementAll Ecuador Freedom Tours feature single occupancy standard. There is no extra charge to get your own private room each night.INCLUDEDAll Ecuador Freedom Tours feature single occupancy standard. There is no extra charge to get your own private room each night.
Price for Passenger in Double Room
If you will be riding with a passenger,  (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.
$2,000
If you will be riding with a passenger,  (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.
 2 Bikes / 1 Room
If you are traveling with a companion who will ride a separate motorcycle and share your double room, (1 or 2 beds) you take 10% off the price of both bikes.
10% OFF
BOTH BIKES
If you are traveling with a companion who will ride a separate motorcycle and share your double room, (1 or 2 beds) you take 10% off the price of both bikes.

* Bikes marked with an asterisk are not configured to take a passenger since they use saddlebags and not panniers for luggage.

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

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Route Map

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TIMELINE OVERVIEW

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!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Chugchilan

motorcyclists looking out over a mountain crest in Ecuador highlands

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

motorcycle riding with a church in the background on the Quilotoa Loop in EcuadorAfter 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 various 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 highway stretch 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

We'll then 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 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 the Spanish officially settled it 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

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What to Expect

This guided, mostly offroad motorcycle adventure tour will start and end in our offices located in Quito's Carolina neighborhood - 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 get the paperwork out of the way to 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 carry bottled water. The support truck can respond in an emergency and 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. You can expect the chance of passing showers in the highlands 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.  

Accommodations
We will stay in a mix of high-end and basic, unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges, and inns throughout the tour. 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

Pricing

MOTORCYCLE
PRICE FOR
1 RIDER
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Yamaha XT250
                      
$4,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS
$4,400

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS (LOWERED)
$4,400

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

SWM RS 650R
$4,600

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$5,100

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F700 GS
$5,000

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F750 GS
$5,100

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$5,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F800GS
$5,200

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F850GS
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$5,300

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

If you will be traveling with another person and they will be riding a separate bike and sharing your room (one bed or two), then this is the price for this second bike -including the companion sharing your room - for the tour. You must have one bike at full price from the first price column. This column is the second bike's price as a travel companion to the first and includes lodging, GPS, and everything listed under "What's Included."

Single Room SupplementAll Ecuador Freedom Tours feature single occupancy standard. There is no extra charge to get your own private room each night.INCLUDEDAll Ecuador Freedom Tours feature single occupancy standard. There is no extra charge to get your own private room each night.
Price for Passenger in Double Room
If you will be riding with a passenger,  (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.
$2,000
If you will be riding with a passenger,  (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.
 2 Bikes / 1 Room
If you are traveling with a companion who will ride a separate motorcycle and share your double room, (1 or 2 beds) you take 10% off the price of both bikes.
10% OFF
BOTH BIKES
If you are traveling with a companion who will ride a separate motorcycle and share your double room, (1 or 2 beds) you take 10% off the price of both bikes.

* Bikes marked with an asterisk are not configured to take a passenger since they use saddlebags and not panniers for luggage.

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

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

Our reservation system is automated and accessible through the "Book Now" or "Reserve Online" buttons. The system will take you through a few easy steps to book your tour and any desired extensions.  The system is secure and uses a third party, Ecuadorian payment system called Kushki, that meets all international regulations and security standards. Payment may be made using any major credit card.  Please note that we must collect a government-issued ID number from you when booking due to Ecuadorian banking regulations.  You may use your passport, driver's license, or any other government identification number.

Alternatively, you may request payment through PayPal in the system (click the PayPal logo on checkout). If you prefer to send a wire transfer, please let us know (using the "Ask a Question" button or "Contact" menu item, and we will provide our banking details.

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

What's Included
  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Local Resident Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Luggage storage and use of locker while riding
  • 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 - your own room at no additional charge
  • Breakfast every day
  • Lunch and dinner on all riding days
  • Tolls
  • Gasoline
  • Excursion with a native guide in the Amazon jungle
  • Intiñan Solar Museum at the Equator
  • Tour of Salinas de Guaranda
  • Zip Lines and/or Tibetan Bridge
  • Canoe transport with the rental motorcycle on Napo River to Rio Coca
  • Transfer to Ipiales, Colombia
  • Entrance to Tufiño Hot Springs
  • All other activities, visits, and tours listed in the itinerary (and even some that are not listed)
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on any high-quality riding gear from Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir Decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom After-Ride Lounge with a hot shower, gym, library jacuzzi, and honor bar.


You do NOT have to pull your wallet out on any of our guided tours!

What's Not Included
  • 100% Refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
  • Hotel accommodations before and after the tour in Quito
  • Gas or Diesel Fuel
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals not listed
  • Gratuities

Click on any of the dates above to begin the quick online reservation process. If you don't see a tour date that works for you, please request a new tour date.