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Offroad Pacific Discovery Self-Guided Tour

 

 

7 DAYS
FROM $2,345

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70% DIRT

30% paved

SERVICE LEVEL

Casual and Upscale Lodging

à la carte dining

CUSTOMIZABLE

Extensions available

Self-Guided Tour Overview

  • Tour Starts and Ends: Quito, Ecuador. Airport Code: UIO
  • Time Needed: 8-9 days vacation
  • Tour Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Riding Days: 6
  • Rest Days: 1 - in San Clemente
  • Distance: 1,229 kilometers / 764 miles  60% unpaved road / 40% paved road
  • Climates:  Cloudforest, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Grasslands, Paramo,  Dry Forest
  • Highest Elevation: 3,364 meters | 11,037 feet
  • Lowest Elevation: 0 ft /m - sea level
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: 12,187 meters | 39,984 feet
  • Navigation Aids Provided: Pre-ride briefing, Daily Route Sheets and Maps
  • Support: 24 hours via prepaid local cell phone, back-office monitoring and tracking
  • Availability:  All year long!
  • Fully Customizable

This off-road adventure tour will be the most memorable ride to the beach you will ever have.  The route brings you through several wildlife refuges and protected forests, to sparkling waterfalls and the small fishing villages and sandy beaches of Ecuador's enamoring coastline.  This dual-sport offroad motorcycle tour is an opportunity to experience several different cultures, varied ways of life, and distinctive cuisines.  The tour goes through some of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and parts of rural Ecuador that few visitors get to see.  Lodging is in top-notch, exclusive lodges and hotels that are indeed off the beaten path.

As with all of our tours, we believe you can best unlock Ecuador through its people.  You'll have the opportunity to meet people from many walks of life from farmers to fishermen to archeologists. Our Road Book and programmed GPS make it easy to have a fantastic adventure.  Off-bike activities include a visit to the Tulipe archeological site, a visit to a palm tree farm and processor,  the Inti-ñan Solar Museum, and a surfing lesson. The tour packs a lot into an inspiring week to create memories that will last for a lifetime.  

MOTORCYCLE / 4x4
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*$2,345

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$2,485

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)
SEAT HEIGHT 30 INCHES
$2,485

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*$2,625

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)*
SEAT HEIGHT 31 INCHES
$2,625

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*$2,625

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*$2,975

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$2,905

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 F750GS$2,975

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$3,045

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$3,045

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$3,115

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$3,115

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$3,115

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.

Jeep Wrangler$3,185

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.

Volkswagen Amarok $3,255

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.

Ford Ranger Diesel$3,255

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.

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.

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.

$895

If you will be riding with a passenger, (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.

2 Vehicles / 1 Room

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the price of both bikes!

10% OFF BOTH

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the price of both bikes!

Children Under Age 12Children under age 12 can join you and share a room with you at this discounted price!$449Children under age 12 can join you and share a room with you at this discounted price!

* 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

Route Map

Elevation Profile

TIMELINE OVERVIEW

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. You may stop into our shop to finalize the paperwork in advance, for an easier start on Day 1. Consider taking one of our self-guided tours of Quito or to Mindo!

Day 1

Quito - Mindo

Distance:  119 km |74 miles
Included Meals: Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Bellavista Bird Lodge, Quetzal Organic Chocolte Maker
Accommodations:  Mindo Garden

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Cielo Verde

Distance:  106 km | 66 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included Activities:  Exotic Fruit Farm
Activities: Butterfly Sanctuary, Coffee Plantation, Tulipe Archeological Site, Hike and Waterfall Swim

Accommodations: Cielo Verde Lodge

Day 3

Cielo Verde - Samé

Distance: 273 km | 170 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Mashpi Chocolate Farm, Cabbage Palm Farm, Palm Oil Processing Plant, Ferry Crossing
Activities: Cabbage Palm Farm, Palm Oil Processing Plant, Ferry Crossing
Accommodations: El Acantillado Lodge

Day 3

Day 4

Samé - San Clemente

Distance: 354 km | 220 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Playa Escondida Marine Reserve, Cabuyal Beach, Shrimp Farm, Black Beach, Beach Ride
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 5

Rest Day in San Clemente

Distance: ? - motorcylce available if you want to ride on your own
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Available activities include parasailing, surf lessons, surfing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and nightlife
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 5

Day 6

San Clemente - Valle Hermoso

Distance: 264 km |164 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: La Perla Forest Reserve, Shamanic Cleansing, Waterfall Swimming
Accommodations: Kashama EcoResort & Spa

Day 7

Valle Hermoso - Quito

Distance: 191 km | 119 miles
Included Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Cascada La Sucia

Day 7

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 "Freedom Riders' Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.

Things You Will See

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Day 1
Quito - Inti'ñan - Nono - Mindo

Distance Covered:  114 km / 71 miles

museo intinan ecuador offroad 4x4 motorcycle adventure tourYou'll begin this 7-day/6-night adventure from our shop in Quito, Ecuador. In 1978, Quito became the first place on the planet to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having the best-preserved historic center in all of Latin America. Quito is high on the Altiplano Plateau (the second highest in the world) in the Andes at 9,350 feet.  We suggest that you arrive a day or two early to experience our magnificent capital city while getting acclimated to the high altitude before beginning the tour.mindo

During the first morning of the tour, you’ll be outfitted with the motorcycle of your choice and given a thorough orientation answering all questions concerning local customs, rules of the road, riding signals, Ecuadorian driver courtesies, and more. The first day’s ride purposefully includes a sampling of the different types of roads that you will ride.  We will show you how to operate your pre-programmed GPS unit with daily routes and be given a "Road Book" with details and points of interest for each day.  We will provide you with an "emergency kit" containing a pre-paid cell phone, first aid kit, tools, and other items to ensure your ride goes smoothly.  You will have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads.

pululahua crater motorcycle advrenture tour ecuador 4x4Inti-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. You will learn how the ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world, centuries before the advent of modern geography or GPS devices. On the “red line” marking the equator, you will experiment with gravity, including witnessing how water drains either clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side of the Equator you are standing. You will also have the opportunity to see how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live by visiting models of their homes. These models will enable you to understand better the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as you pass through various regions.

waterfall on hummingbird road mindo quito suzuki dr650 motorcycle adenture tourDeparting the Inti-ñan Museum, you are now officially outside of the Quito metropolitan region, and have begun riding in the Northern Hemisphere. Your second stop is to view the beautiful Pululahua Crater Geo-Botanical Reserve, a crater formed by a volcanic eruption 2,500 years ago. From there, head onto the western slopes of the Andes that are full of dense, green forests and steep mountains.bird on offroad pacific discovery route ecuador motorcycle dirt bike advrenture tour

You'll turn onto a dirt road that will take you to the small town of Nono. From here, you enter into the Nono Biological Reserve - a wildlife refuge that is famous for being one of the world's most biodiverse regions.   It contains the small Andean Spectacled Bear and thousands of species of colorful birds and frogs. 

Stop at the Bellavista Bird Lodge and turn the engines off and sit silently for a couple of minutes and see hundreds of colorful birds surround us and put on a show. 

cacao beans ecuador motorcycle adventure From there we'll drop down into the microclimate of the town of Mindo - a funky cloudforest town with lots of adventure sports and activities available. We'll visit an organic chocolate maker to see how raw cacao is grown and transformed into a premium, gourmet chocolate.   Then You'll ride deeper into the cloudforest and check into a private cabin alongside the Mindo river at the Mindo Garden Lodge.  

Day 2 -Cielo Verde

Day 3 -Samé

Day 4- San Clemente

Day 5 - Rest Day in San Clemente

Day 6 - Valle Hermoso

Day 7 - Quito

Photo Gallery

What to Expect

This self-guided adventure will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  Prior to your departure (on the day prior or the morning of departure), we will fill your mind with a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs and courtesies. We will instruct you on how to operate your pre-programmed GPS unit and give you a packet containing your prepaid hotel vouchers and daily map sheets with points of interest. In it are detailed descriptions of local highlights and information on "hidden gems" that aren't common knowledge.  You can use this information to tailor your day - including as much or as little as you like. The route will be reviewed with you in detail to provide you with additional useful information about the timing, suggestions for lunch stops and where to get gas along the way.  

On the morning of your departure, you will be provided the off-road-capable motorcycle of your choice. The bike or is prepared with a waterproof luggage system, a first aid kit, a tankbag if you want one, spare innertubes (or tire repair kit) and a set of tools. In addition, you will have a prepaid cell phone to call us for support at any time during your trip.  We will carefully review the bike with you using our multi-point checklist to be sure that everything is in perfect working order. We will make sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency or breakdown.

We developed the route you will be following based on years of research, riding and exploring on our own and with guided groups.  The route is not highly technical and is composed primarily of unimproved dirt roads (natural dirt roads without gravel, etc.).  There are two relatively long riding days that require stamina and the ability to adapt to possible adverse weather and road conditions. You will be traveling in areas where access to medical care may be hours away.

You will have many opportunities for amazing photos and stops in remote villages where visitors are scarce. Locals are friendly, and the areas visited are very safe with very low crime rates. 

During your ride, Ecuador Freedom staff will monitor your daily progress using your bike's onboard GPS satellite tracking system. We can assist you by telephone if you need to change your route, need roadside assistance, or help in any way.

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.  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 of sea level where temperatures can be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit to 11,500 where temperatures are in the 40's Fahrenheit. Dressing in layers is recommended. Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, you will stay in ideally-located, high-end accommodations. See this page for details and links to the specific accommodations provided.  Ecuador Freedom has the right to substitute accommodations of equal quality due to availability and will notify you of these changes.  Please see this article about food on the coast of Ecuador.

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list.  You should know how to make general motorcycle repairs and maintenance and to be able to change an inner tube.  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.

About Our Offroad Tours

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 / 4x4
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*$2,345

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$2,485

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)
SEAT HEIGHT 30 INCHES
$2,485

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*$2,625

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)*
SEAT HEIGHT 31 INCHES
$2,625

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*$2,625

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*$2,975

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$2,905

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 F750GS$2,975

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$3,045

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$3,045

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$3,115

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$3,115

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$3,115

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.

Jeep Wrangler$3,185

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.

Volkswagen Amarok $3,255

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.

Ford Ranger Diesel$3,255

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.

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.

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.

$895

If you will be riding with a passenger, (pillion) who will share your double room (1 or 2 beds), add this price.

2 Vehicles / 1 Room

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the price of both bikes!

10% OFF BOTH

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the price of both bikes!

Children Under Age 12Children under age 12 can join you and share a room with you at this discounted price!$449Children under age 12 can join you and share a room with you at this discounted price!

* 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 self-guided tour with us, please carefully read our Self-Guided 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 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.

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 for 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 extensive travel insurance plus have 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, (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 
  • GPS Navigation System with programmed routes for each day
  • Back-office tracking and monitoring
  • Road Book with daily maps and guide to points of interest
  • Comprehensive pre-ride briefing
  • Preparation lists, information, and videos
  • Prepaid cell phone with 24-hour support
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Single occupancy hotel rooms standard
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • 25% discount on high-quality riding gear from Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • Luggage storage and locker usage
  • Mashpi Chocolate Tour
  • Exotic Fruit Tour
  • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.
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

Available Extensions

Add additional rest days to your trip to relax and explore the area on your own.  Simple, flat fees include extra lodging, breakfast and vehicle rental fees.

Shamanic Cleansing

Shamanic Cleansing Ceremony

Add a shamanic cleansing ceremony by the Tsachila Tribe at the Kashama Lodge to purify you and remove bad spirits Flat Fee: $35 per person

Rest Day - Kashama Lodge

Kashama Lodge Extension

Add an additional day, staying at the Kashama Lodge and Spa Flat Fee: $400 single or with pillion ($550 for 2 bikes / 1 room)

Rest Day - Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Add an extra rest day at the beach at the Palmazul Hotel & Spa Flat Fee: $350 for single or with pillion | $550 for 2 bikes/ 1 room

Galapagos Cruise

Galapagos Cruise

We work with the the longest-running cruise operator in the Galapagos and offer our tour customers special reduced pricing on permium tours in the Galapagos of 4,5 and 8 day cruises.

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