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Inca Royal Roads Guided Tour

10 DAYS
FROM $4,230

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99% PAVED

<1% unpaved

SERVICE LEVEL

Mostly Upscale (one night in standard hotel)

A la carte dining

GROUP SIZE

1-10 Motorcycles

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Motorcycle 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: 9
  • Rest Days: 1
  • Total Distance: approximately 1865 km / 1160 miles
  • Average distance per day: 207 km / 129 miles of twisty Andean roads
  • Lowest Elevation::1332 feet / 406 meters
  • Highest Elevation: 14,416 feet / 4,394 meters
  • Paved Route: 97% asphalt road / <3% dirt or cobblestone roads
  • Quality Riding: The best roads in Ecuador- only the most scenic and safest routes are taken.
  • Premium Lodging: Unique luxury hacienda and boutique hotel accommodations for most nights
  • Single occupancy: Your own private hotel room)
  • Guides: Experienced, LOCAL RESIDENT multilingual tour guide (you will be shown an insider's view of the country).
  • Pricing: All 100% inclusive price including all meals, gasoline, and entrance fees to parks and attractions.
  • Chase vehicle: For groups of 5+ riders.
  • Guaranteed Departure:  The tour runs no matter what - even if there is only one rider signed up!
The Inca reigned over South America before the arrival of the Spanish and were some of the best road builders in history. When their empire expanded from Peru into Ecuador in the early 1500s, they built impressive cities, fortresses, burial grounds, and temples connected by an extensive system of paved roads and suspension bridges known as the “Qhapaq Nan” or "Royal Roads." These roads were of such high quality that vast stretches of them are still intact to this day and were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2014. The Qhapaq Nan road system was a unique achievement of engineering skills as it passed through varied geographical terrains, including the snow-capped mountain ranges of the Andes, rainforests, fertile valleys, and stark deserts.

On this exhilarating tour, you'll follow in the footsteps of the Inca and explore many of Ecuador's national parks and wildlife areas. You'll experience Ecuador's mega-diversity of terrains, climates, and cultures as we ride through the Amazon Jungle and various altitudes of the Andes mountains. You will have the opportunity to visit rich cultural areas such as the famous markets in Otavalo, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cuenca and the traditional villages of Salinas de Guaranda and Alausi.

Above all, this tour includes some of the best motorcycle roads in South America. You'll tackle the twisties around active volcanoes, ride the altiplanos at 14,500 feet, carve through deep river canyons and go deep into the Amazon jungle.  

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*
                      
$4,430

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
$4,630

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)
$4,630

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 Gran Milano 440
$4,230

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*
$4,830

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)*
$4,830

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*
$4,830

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 V-Strom DL650XT
$5,130

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 V-Strom DL650XT (LOW)
$5,130

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*
$5,330

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
$5,230

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
$5,330

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
$5,430

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
$5,430

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
$5,530

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 V-Strom 1000 ABS
$5,430

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
$5,530

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
$5,530

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.

Single Room Supplement

Single occupancy is standard on all Ecuador Freedom tours.  Your own private room each night at no additional charge!

INCLUDED

Single occupancy is standard on all Ecuador Freedom tours.  Your own private room each night at no additional charge!

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.

$1,750

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 someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room, take 10% off the price of both bikes!

10% OFF
BOTH BIKES

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room, 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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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 and we'll provide you with tickets on the Hop-on / Hop - Off bus to enjoy a stress-free day in the capital.  For those who want a little more fun, we can provide you with a selfd-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.

Day 1

Quito - Otavalo

Distance: 94 miles / 151 km
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Inti-ñan Equator Museum, Mojanda Lake, Otavalo Market, Evening Music performance
Accommodations: Hacienda Pinsaqui

Day 1

Day 2

Otavalo - Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Distance:  306 km | 190 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Plaza de los Pochos, Paramo de Papallacta, Puerto Misahualli, Saddlemaker, Embroiderers
Accommodations: Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Day 3

Cotococha Amazon Lodge - Baños

Distance: 141 km / 88 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner
Activities: Canoe Expedition, Tubing in the Napo River, Waterfall Swim, Ruta de las Cascadas, Paillon Del Diablo, Zip line, hot springs
Accommodations: Posada Del Arte Hotel

Day 3

Day 4

Baños - Alausi

Distance: 179 km / 111 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activities: Morning in Baños, Riobamba Market, Guamote Market, Palmira Desert
Accommodations: Hosteria La Quinta

Day 5

Alausi - Cuenca

Distance: 189 km / 117 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Train Ride, Nariz del Diablo, Condor Museum, Ingapirca Solar Temple Ruins, Walking Tour of Cuenca
Accommodations: Casa de Aguila Hotel

Day 5

Day 6

Rest Day in Cuenca

Distance: Motorcycle available to explore on your own
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Many activities are available such as museums, hot springs, horseback riding, city tours, archeological sites, shopping and nightlife
Accommodations: Hotel Victoria

Day 7

Cuenca - Macas

Distance: 247 km / 154 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Guitar Makers, Silversmith, Macas
Accommodations: Mansion de la Amazonia Resort

Day 7

Day 8

Macas - Salinas de Guaranda

Distance: 256 km | 159 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Sangay National Park, Lagunas Atillo, Wool Mill, Soccer Ball Maker, Cheese Maker, Chocolate Maker
Accommodations: El Refugio

Day 9

Salinas - Chugchilan

Distance:  238 km | 148 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities:  Kunuyacu Hot Springs, Ambato, Pujilli Market, Tribal Mask Maker, Tigua Art Gallery, Quilota Crater Lake
Accommodations: Mama Hilda

Day 9

Day 10

Chugchilan - Quito

Distance:  160 km | 100 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Activities: Furniture Maker, Capulin Cherry Winery

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 open bar.

Return to Quito

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Otavalo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

motorcycle riding on  a cobbled road to mojanda lake

 

Day 1
Quito- Inti'ñan - San José de Minas - Laguna de Mojanda - Otavalo
Distance Covered: 94 miles / 151 km 

Intinan museum on equator on motorcycle adventure tour in ecuadorYou’ll begin your tour from our shop in Quito, Ecuador - 2850 meters (almost 2 miles above sea level) in the Andes Mountains, on the Equator, in South America. Quito was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best-preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America. We suggest you arrive a day or two early to experience this amazing town and get used to the altitude before your ride.  We will provide you with tickets to ride the double-decker hop-on / hop-off bus to see the sights. Quito was the second capital of the Inca Empire after Cusco, Peru.Near Perucho Ecuador Motorcycle Adventure Tour

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 and just a few miles of ancient Incan cobblestone roads. The uneven roads are not to challenge you or to push you beyond your limits - it's so we may determine your riding level and so that you become accustomed to your motorcycle quickly.  

canyon carving on route out of quito motorcycleOur first stop will be in the middle of the world. The Inti-ñan museum is situated right on the Equator. Inti-ñan means "path of the sun" 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. We will also get to know how the indigenous populations of Ecuador live and visit some typical homes. This tour will give excellent background information on Ecuador so that you will better understand the cultures as we pass through various regions of Ecuador over the next ten days.guided motorcycle tour group at high elevation mojanda lake in ecuador

After the visit to the Inti-ñan museum, we will be riding in the Northern Hemisphere. We will first pass through a desert canyon that will bring us into a deep gorge. We will then ride out of the canyon into a lush green patchwork of fields of vegetables, roses, and dairy cattle. We'll stop in the charming little town of San José de Minas with its beautiful stone church and well-manicured central park.  This abrupt change will be your first taste of the remarkable diversity of terrains and climates that you will experience on this ride.

otavalo market spices ecuador motorcycle adventure tourFrom San José de Minas, we will climb in altitude on back roads giving us grand vistas of the serene farmlands and forests below. We will experience great aromas as we pass through eucalyptus and pine forests.

We will stop to add a layer of clothing as we ride up to a height of over 12,000 feet (3714 meters) to view the majestic Mojanda Lake surrounded by the Fuya-Fuya volcano, which guards the lake. This will be the first time we will be in the high-altitude paramo climate.

From there, we will ride down through the colonial city of Otavalo, famous for its expansive indigenous market. motorcycle tour group at hacienda pinsaqui in ecuador

We will finish today's ride enjoying the local music and delicious local fare at the 300-year-old Hacienda Pinsaqui - one of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador and famous as the site of the Pinsaqui Treaty, which brought lasting peace with neighboring Colombia.

Day 2 - Puerto Misahualli
Day 3 - Baños
Day 4 - Alausi
Day 5 - Cuenca
Day 6 - Rest Day in Cuenca
Day 7 - Macas
Day 8 - Salinas de Guaranda
Day 9 - Chugchilan
Day 10 - Quito

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What to Expect

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in the fashionable Carolina neighborhood of Quito.  Prior to our departure, we will give you a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs and group riding protocol. We'll review the route in detail with you.

On the morning of our departure, we will provide you with the adventure-ready motorcycle of your choice which is fitted with a waterproof luggage system including a tankbag if you want one.  If there are more than five riders on the tour, a support truck will be available to carry your luggage. If there are fewer than five riders on the trip, we may not provide a support truck, and you will need to take your gear in the saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike.

We developed this tour after years of research, exploration, and testing and your Guide knows the route thoroughly, having ridden it several times.  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.  All meals are included during riding days as well as all expenses such as gas, tolls, etc.  There is no need to pay for anything apart from personal spending (snacks, souvenirs, tips to hotel personnel, etc.)  on riding days.

The route is based on several years' of experience and of riding these routes.  The route consists of paved backroads that avoid traffic as much as possible.  

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

Upon returning, you will have access to our honor bar, jacuzzi, hot shower and staff that can assist you with getting to 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 between 1200 feet in the Amazon basin  (where temperatures can be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (where temperatures can be in the 30's Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador. 

Accommodations
Throughout the tour, you will stay in carefully selected, ideally-located, non-touristy, comfortable, accommodations. 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.  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and unique character. Below are the accommodations featured on this tour.

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*
                      
$4,430

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
$4,630

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)
$4,630

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 Gran Milano 440
$4,230

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*
$4,830

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)*
$4,830

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*
$4,830

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 V-Strom DL650XT
$5,130

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 V-Strom DL650XT (LOW)
$5,130

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*
$5,330

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
$5,230

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
$5,330

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
$5,430

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
$5,430

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
$5,530

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 V-Strom 1000 ABS
$5,430

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
$5,530

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
$5,530

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.

Single Room Supplement

Single occupancy is standard on all Ecuador Freedom tours.  Your own private room each night at no additional charge!

INCLUDED

Single occupancy is standard on all Ecuador Freedom tours.  Your own private room each night at no additional charge!

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.

$1,750

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 someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room, take 10% off the price of both bikes!

10% OFF
BOTH BIKES

If you are traveling with someone who will be riding a separate motorcycle and sharing your room, 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 locker use while riding
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one participant signs up - we do not cancel tours on you!)
  • Support Vehicle (5+ riders)
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus or self-guided scooter tour (arrive a day early or stay a day after )
  • Single occupancy (your own room at no extra charge)
  • Breakfast every day
  • Lunch and dinner on all riding days
  • Tolls
  • Gasoline
  • Amazon jungle excursion with a native guide
  • Zip LInes and /or Tibetan Bridge
  • Intiñan Solar Museum at the Equator
  • Ingapirca Ruins entrance fee and tour
  • All entries to parks and museums listed
  • Tour of Salinas de Guaranda
  • Rose Plantation Tour
  • All other activities and tours listed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on 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 (great for after ride if your flight leaves the same evening)


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
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals not listed
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • There are no taxes on tour packages (non-Ecuador residents only)

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.