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Cloudforest, Coast & Craters Guided Tour

70% Paved

30% unpaved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Unique non-touristy
Hotels and Lodges

Tour Overview

This dual sport tour is a combination of our most popular tours and will take you on some of the best roads(paved and unpaved) and to the best sights in South America.  You will pass through several climatic zones, including the cloudforests, coastal savannah, beach, desert, and the cloud forests and rainforests on the eastern and western slopes.  You will ride through some of the most biodiverse parts of the world, seeing rural parts of Ecuador that few visitors get to see.  Experience warm sandy beaches and volcanic spring baths.  Plus a variety of foods and cuisines along the way!

At a glance

Distance:  1,237 kilometers / 769 miles  75% paved road / 25% unpaved road

Lowest Elevation: 0 meters | 0 feet

Highest Elevation: 4445 meters | 14,583 feet

Elevation Gain / Loss:  14,350 meters | 47,080 feet

Time Needed:  7 days / 6 nights (add a day before and after the tour for a total of 9 days)

Climates:  Cloudforest, Tropical Rainforest, Tropical Grasslands, Desert, Highlands Pampa, Dry Forest

Recommended Gear:  Raingear, camera, waterproof saddlebags, suntan lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses, summer and winter weight gloves.

Dual-Sport Adventure: 70% paved 30% unpaved

All-inclusive pricing includes all meals, gas and entrance fees.  You won't have to pull out your waller...

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About Our Dual-Sport Tours

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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 - Mindo

Distance: 103 km | 64 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Sitio Intiñan Equator Museum, Birdwatching at Bellavista, Chocolate Tour
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Lodge

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Canoa

Distance: 295 km |183 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Hike and swim in Laguna Azul, Wire Bridge Crossing, Shrimp farm
Accommodations: Canoa Beach Hotel

Day 3

Canoa -Quevedo

Distance:  183 km |114 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities:  Swimming, Fruite Farms, High Dives
Accommodations: Hotel Olimpico

Day 3

Day 4

Quevedo - Salinas

Distance: 138 km | 86 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Chocolate Factory, Cheese Maker, Wool Mill, Soccer Ball Maker, Ham Curing, Moonshine Distillery, Village and School Visits
Accommodations: El Refugio

Day 5

Salinas - Baños de Agua Santa

Distance:  157 km | 98 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Chimborazo Wildlifre Refuge, Indigenous village, Riobamba Market, Hot Springs
Accommodations: Posada del Arte

Day 5

Day 6

Baños - CHugchilan

Distance: 183 km | 114 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Yanayacu Mills, Pujilli Market, Tribal Mask Maker, Tigua Art Gallery, Quilotoa Crater Lake
Accommodations: Mama Hilda's

Day 7

Chugchilan - Quito

Distance:  165 km | 103 miles
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Activities: Wood Furniture Maker, Capulin Cherry Winery, Avenue ofthe Volcanoes, Cafe de la Vaca

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

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Day 1
Quito - Intiñan - Mindo
Distance Covered: 64 miles / 103 km

Intinan museum on equator on motorcycle adventure tour in ecuadorYou'll begin this 7-day /6-night “Cloudforest, Coast and Craters” dual sport tour 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 high elevation before beginning the tour.cloudforest on western slopes of andes in Ecuador dirt deluxe motorcycle adventure tour

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 will be ridden.   You will have the opportunity to safely become accustomed to asphalt, dry gravel, cobblestone, and dirt farm roads.  

guagrapampa waterfall nono biological reserve mindo dirt bike adventure tourInti-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, and our group will learn how ancient people came to understand that this was the center of the world centuries before the advent of modern geography or GPS devices. During our first stop directly on the “red line,” 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. This will enable you to understand better the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as we pass through the various regions.colibri_en_la_ecoruta_del_quinde

Departing the Inti-ñan Museum, we are now officially outside of the Quito metropolitan region, and have begun riding in the Northern Hemisphere. Our 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. The roads have been recently paved and riding these sharp curves is sure to be exhilarating fun.  

We will have lunch in the garden of a fantastic restaurant in the heart of the cloudforest.   We'll watch in amazement as hundreds of colorful birds surround us as we enjoy our first Ecuadorian meal together.Pacari Chocolate Tour 34

septimo_paraiso_cloudforest_reserveChanging the pace a little bit, we take a left turn off the main highway and venture onto an unpaved, unmarked road that leads even deeper into the cloudforest. Here, at the world-famous Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge, we take a break on their fantastic patio and watch hundreds of hummingbirds flitting around us.  These are all of a completely different species than the birds seen at lunch.  There is no other place on earth where so many species of birds can be viewed.  Note that the unpaved section is optional - we can continue along the newly paved highway to Mindo if you are not comfortable riding on unpaved roads.

 septimo_paraiso_heated_garden_poolContinue through the lush cloudforest along clear streams with cascading waterfalls to the funky, eclectic town of Mindo. Mindo is situated in a warm microclimate cloudforest that’s known for its natural beauty and great restaurants. We will visit the Yumbos chocolate factory for a tour that entertains while educating about the farming and processing of organic cocoa and how it is turned into chocolate and formed into bars.   You will want to sample this chocolate, as Ecuador produces some of the best chocolate in the world.

After our visit to Yumbos Chocolate, we check into the carefully selected accommodations for the night deep in the cloudforest setting at the charming Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Reserve Lodge, winner of several awards from many travel publications.

Day 2 - Canoa

Day 3 - Quevedo

Day 4- Salinas de Guaranda

Day 5 - Baños de Agua Santa

Day 6- Chugchilan

Day 7 - Quito

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What to Expect

This guided dual-sport motorcycle adventure tour will start and end in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito - near many hotels, restaurants, galleries, shopping malls, and museums.  We suggest arriving in Quito a day or two early to enjoy the city and to get the paperwork out of the way so we can have a more relaxed 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.  We provide you with the offroad-capable motorcycle of your choice, fitted with 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 carry bottled water. The support truck 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 carry your gear in the large capacity saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike.

You may store your luggage and personal belongings in our storage room and lockers during your ride. 

The route you will follow over the next seven 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 a combination of paved backroads and unpaved, unimproved dirt roads through remote regions of the country.  The roads are chosen for their lack of traffic, engaging off-bike activities 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.

You will not need to pull out your wallet on this ride as this is an all-inclusive guided tour.  All meals, gasoline, entrance fees, etc. are included in the tour price.  Just relax and enjoy the experience!

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 between sea level (where temperatures can be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (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 carefully selected, biker-friendly hotels, lodges, and inns. See below 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

Dates and Pricing


Cloudforest Coast & Craters Guided Tour
MotorcycleStandard Pricing
1 Room 1 Rider
Single Occupancy
1 Pilllion Sharing Room with Rider
Double Occupancy
2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Double Occupancy
Yamaha XT250
                      
$ 3.670n/a$ 2.640
SWM Gran Milano 440
$ 3.635$1975
 
$ 2.605
BMW G310GS
$3,810$1975
 
$2,780
Suzuki DR650
$ 3.950n/a$ 2.920
SWM RS 650R
$ 3.950n/a$ 2.920
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT
$ 4.260$1975
 
$ 3.130
BMW G 650 GS
$ 4.260$1975
 
$ 3.130
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
$ 4.230$1975
 
$ 3.200
KTM 690 EnduroR
$ 4.370n/a$ 3.270
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$ 4.370n/a$ 3.270
BMW F700 GS
$ 4.370$1975
 
$ 3.200
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$ 4.510$1975
 
$ 3.340
BMW F800GS
$ 4.510$1975
 
$ 3.340
BMW F850GS
$ 4.580$1975
 
$ 3.410
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$ 4.510$1975
 
$ 3.340
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$ 4.580$1975
 
$ 3.410
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$ 4.620$1975
 
$ 3.550
KTM 1050 Adventure
$ 4.620$1975
 
$ 3.550

Tour Includes

  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Local Resident Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one partipant 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 in hotels is standard (your own private room each night)
  • All meals on riding days
  • Tolls
  • Gasoline & Oil
  • All activities and tours listed plus other surprise activities!
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on high quality riding gear from Klim
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, and honor bar.


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

Not included

  • Alchoholic beverages
  • 100% 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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