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Offroad Ecuador Excursion Guided Tour

4 days

From $1955
See all prices and dates at bottom of page

80% Unpaved Route

20% paved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

We designed this motorcycle adventure for the truly adventurous -those who love to ride off-road and way, way off the beaten track. The tour aims to avoid pavement as much as possible and will take the rider immediately out of Quito and onto some spectacular off-road riding and to parts of Ecuador that most people don't ever get the opportunity to see.  

The route passes through a part of this world that time has forgotten, where farming is still done with ancient techniques and where people are surprised to see strangers come through their village.  We'll stop to meet people that are happy to show us their way of farming, of cooking and living.   It is a ride through incredible terrain, mountain passes and around crater lakes.  

The Offroad Ecuador Excursion Tour passes through several climatic zones and thus offers a chance to view native wildlife while gaining an intimate understanding of the incredible biodiversity found in Ecuador.

At a glance

  • Time Needed:  4 days / 3 nights
  • Total Distance: 498 miles / 801 kilometers
  • Approximate Offroad Distance: 380 miles / 612 Kilometers
  • Elevation gain / loss : 16,633 meters / 54,570 feet
  • Climactic Zones:  Tropical Rainforest / Tropical Grasslands / Highlands Pampa / Cloudforest
  • Provinces: Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tschallas, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Los Rios

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 long time periods of time  (up to 10 hours)

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Route Map

Elevation Profile

What You WIll See

Itinerary

This 4-day tour will take you immediately out of the city of Quito onto dirt roads. First descending into the cloudforest and then rainforest on the western slopes of the Andes, the ride will gain and drop altitudes many times each day.  It is a ride through stunning landscapes, small villages and in areas of the country that few people visit.  There are several stops along the way to meet local  farmers and people of many trades. 

 

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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: 209 km | 130 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Swimming
Accommodations: Mama Hilda's Hostel

Day 1

Day 2

Chugchilan - Salinas

Distance: 191 km |119 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Quilotoa Lake, School Visit, Wood Carving, Moonshine Distillery, Guinea Pig Farm
Accommodations: El Refugio Hotel

Day 3

Salinas - Quevedo

Distance:  131 km | 82 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities:  Chocolate Maker, Soccer Ball Maker, Wool Mill, Cheese Makers, Palm Farmer, Chocolate Farmer
Accommodations:  Hotel Olimpico

Day 3

Day 4

Quevedo - Quito

Distance: 250 km | 155 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Activities:  Winery
Accommodations: Not included

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 "After-Ride Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, and open bar.

Return to Quito

Day 1 - Chugchilan

Elevation Profile - Day 1

motorcycle adventure riding up to sigchos ecuador

Day 1
Quito-Chiriboga-Alluriquin-Sigchos-Chugchilán

Distance Covered: 209 km / 130 miles

Quito Ecuador Motorcycle Adventure Tour Offroad Ecuador ExcursionYou’ll begin your four-day “Offroad Ecuador Tour" from our shop located in Quito, Ecuador - 2850 meters (almost 2 miles above sea level) in the Andes Mountains, on the Equator, in South America.    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 highest capital city in the world) in the Andes at 9,350 feet.  just outside of quito offroad ecuador excursion dirt bike tour

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.  We'll provide you with tickets to the double-decker "hop-on / hop off" bus that will show you the best sights in the city.

On the morning of the tour departure, you’ll be outfitted with the offroad 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.  

10154295_10152222739890829_767394537639855513_n We will ride out of Quito, avoiding any suburban sprawl and immediately begin riding on a dirt road that will take us first to a chilly highland pampa mountain pass and then through fertile farmlands, beginning our curvy descent into the lowlands of Santo Domingo Province.  We will be passing by several spectacular waterfalls as we ride through small villages such as Chiriboga and other settlements in the cloudforest on the western slopes of Ecuador.   View over mountains on dirt road on way to sigchos from las pampas offroad ecuador motorcycle dirt bike adventure tour 

Once down to about 3,000 feet in altitude, we will be in warm, humid air - quite a change in climate from where we started just a little while ago in Quito.  We will have a chance here to stop for a swim in natural basins formed by waterfalls.  We will get back on the bikes refreshed and regenerated by the mountain waters.  

We will begin a climb that will last until the end of the day.   We'll tackle some steep switchbacks that will take us up for tremendous vistas over the valley below.  Then passing after passing through dense jungles and green pastures, we arrive in the small town of San Francisco de las Pampas to have a great lunch of simple, but delicious, local cuisine and to chat with the townspeople.  IMG_8743 

We will continue (sometimes) challenging dirt roads, climbing in elevation to over 11,400 feet, passing picturesque farmlands, cloudforest,  and high moorlands before arriving in the town of Sigchos, a town settled in the 1500s by the colonial Spanish.

offroad ecuador excursion motorcycle adventure tour climbing up abovd the clouds In Sigchos we will now officially be on the famous "Quilotoa Loop" and will continue past some astonishing scenery and farmlands before arriving at Mama Hilda's in Chugchilan.  Here you find a private cozy room with a wood stove and a family-style dinner of pots and pots of  Ecuadorian food that will replenish you after a full day of riding.   You will surely fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Day 2 - Salinas de Guaranda

Day 3 - Quevedo

Day 4- Quito

About Our Offroad Tours

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What to Expect

This guided adventure tour will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  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 guidelines. 

On the morning of departure, we will provide you with the offroad-capable motorcycle of your choice which is fitted with a waterproof luggage system and 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 and will bring bottled water. The support truck is not intended to be a rest vehicle if you do not feel like riding - it is able to respond in an emergency and to make your ride more comfortable.  If there are fewer than five riders on the tour, we may not provide a support truck, and you will need to carry your gear in the saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike.

The route you will follow over the next four 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 not highly technical and is composed primarily of unimproved dirt roads (natural dirt roads without gravel, etc.). 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 do not want you to "push your limits"; instead, we want you to be able to lift your head, look around, and enjoy the amazing scenery 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. 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 13,500 where temperatures are 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, we will stay in ideally-located, comfortable and clean accommodations. See this page for details 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 uniaue character. Below are the accommodations featured on this tour.
Video - How We Select Accommodations

Dates and Pricing



OFFROAD Ecuador Excursion Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
Single Occupancy
1 Pilllion or Passenger Sharing Room
Double Occupancy

 
2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Double Occupancy

 
Yamaha XT250$1955
 
n/a$1575
BMW G310GS$2035$995$1655
Suzuki DR650$2115n/a$1735
SWM RS 650R$2115n/a$1735
BMW G 650 GS$2235$995$1855
Yamaha Ténéré XT660$2310$995$1895
KTM 690 Enduro$2390n/a$1935
Husqvarna 701 Enduro$2390n/a$1935
BMW F700 GS$2310$995$1895
Triumph Tiger 800XC$2470$995$1975
BMW F800GS$2470$995$1975
BMW F850GS$2510$995$2015
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$2510$995$2015
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$2590$995$2095

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Local Resident, Multilingual Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one participant signs up - we never cancel tours!)
  • 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 hotel rooms are standard (best botel in town) - your own private room each night!
  • All meals
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • Activities, visits and tours
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from our partner, Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir Decal
  • Luggage Storage and locker usage
  • VIP access to the Freedom After-Ride Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and wet bar.


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

Not included

  • Alchoholic beverages
  • Refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
  • Ecuador IVA (sales) tax ONLY if you are Ecuadorian
  • NO TAX FOR TOURISTS TO ECUADOR!
  • Hotel accomodations before and after the tour in Quito

Booking and cancellation policy

To secure your booking, you need to pay 50% at the time of booking your rental or tour. Please contact us, and we will send you a payment request from our secure payments provider. Using our payments provider, you may pay with any major credit card.

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.

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, family tragedies or problems with flight departures, etc.  

To get a free quote for travel insurance that will reimburse you in the event you must cancel your trip (plus provide medical and repatriation coverage in case of an accident), go towww.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are traveling with us.  

We highly recommend Ripcord Travel Insurance, a partner of ours.  They provide very extensive travel insurance plus 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 or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.


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