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Backroads® of Ecuador Guided Tour

10 days

From $4200
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99% Paved

1% unpaved

Group Size

1 - 9 motorcycles
guaranteed departure

Accommodations

Premium and luxury
Fine dining

Tour Overview

This motorcycle adventure tour is designed to take you on Ecuador's best paved roads and to its most unique and comfortable lodging available in the country.   The ride explores the three distinct "worlds' of continental Ecuador - the Andes - the Amazon and the Pacific Coast.

The tour includes several off-bike activities as well including the hot springs at Papallacta, a motorized canoe expedition in the Amazon jungle with a native guide, zip lines across the Pastaza River, surfing in the Pacific and a traditional cleansing ceremony by the Tsachilla Tribe of the Ecuadorian Rainforest.

This is an all-inclusive guided motorcycle tour where single occupancy rooms are standard, all meals, fuel, and activities are included. There are no hidden or additional costs, as on all of our tours.  

Our tours generally start at 8:00 each riding day and finish at 6:00 pm with various off-bike activities, museums, and tours which fill up the time. 

At a glance

Total Distance:  2,089 km | 1,298 miles

Tour Length: 10 days.

Riding Days: 9 days

Rest Days: 1 - Beach day in San Clemente

Elevation gain/loss: 23,675 meters | 77,674 feet

Highest Elevation: 4,420 meters | 14,500 feet

Lowest Elevation: -2 meters | - 6 feet

Temperature Range:  4˚ - 35˚ C | 40˚ - 95˚ F

Minimum Participants:  1 motorcyclist  (guaranteed departure)

Maximum Participants: 9 motorcyclists




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Itinerary

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Travel day to Quito

Arrival in Quto

Travel day to Quito

Accommodations in Quito before the tour: Not included.  We will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in Quito near our shop in the safest and most modern part of the city.

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 self-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.

Day 1

Quito - Valle Hermosa

Included Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Intiñan Equator Museum, Bird Wastching, Pululahua Crater, Cascada Sucia
Accommodations: Kashama Lodge

Day 1

Day 2

Valle Hermoso - San Clemente

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Farm visit, Swimming
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 3

Rest Day in San Clemente

Included Meals: Breakfast
Available Activities: Surfing, Fishing, Paragliding, Kite Surfing, Whale Watching, 
Accommodations: Palmazul Hotel & Spa

Day 3

Day 4

San Clemente - Vinces

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Chocolate Farm, Panama Hat Weavers, Banana Plantation, Wood Boat Builder
Accommodations: Señor de los Caballos Lodge

Day 5

Vinces - Cuenca

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Cajas National Park, Pineapple Plantation
Accommodations: Hotel Victoria

Day 5

Day 6

Cuenca - Macas

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Guitar Maker, Jewelry Maker, Ceramics, Distillery
Accommodations: Arrayane & Piedra Lodge

Day 7

Macas - Baños

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Waterfalls, Observation Tower, Colta Lake, Atillo Lakes, Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge
Accommodations: Posada del Arte Bed & Breakfast Inn

Day 7

Day 8

Baños - Ahuano

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Zip Lines, Tibetan Bridge, Paillon del Diablo Waterfall, Monkeys
Accommodations: Casa del Suizo Amazon Lodge

Day 9

Ahuano - Papallacta

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included Activities: Guided Jungle Hike, Tubing, Indigenous VIllage Caves, Waterfalls, Canoe Expedition, Hot Springs
Accommodations: Termas de Papallacta Lodge

Day 9

Day 10

Papallacta - Quito

Included Meals: Breakfas & Lunch
Activities: Hot Springs, Jerusalem Dry Forest
Accommodations in Quito: 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 - Valle Hermoso

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Quito - Inti-ñan - Valle Hermoso

You'll begin this 10-day "Backroads of Ecuador" guided 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 highest capital city 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.  Our shop is located in the most luxurious and modern part of the city, so we suggest you get a hotel near our shop and take advantage of all that this city has to offer. 

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.  road out of Quito to west for motorcycle adventure

Inti-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. These models will enable you to understand better the cultures and ways of life that you will experience as we pass through the various regions.

kashamaDeparting 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 paved recently 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 cloud forest.   We'll watch in amazement as hundreds of colorful birds surround us as we enjoy the local cuisine.

From here, we'll continue descending the western slopes of the Andes, passing several dairy and fruit farms and small welcoming villages.  The air will be a bit thicker and warmer as we descend to the lowlands.  cloudforest western slopes ecuadsor motorcyle adventure tour

We'll check into a unique hotel and spa - built right into a waterfall.   The Kashama Lodge was designed based on the layout of the cliffside town of Manarola, Italy.  It resembles an artist’s palette; vibrant buildings jostle each other for space. The first thing you'll probably want to do is jump in for a swim in its beautiful, private waterfall.  We'll be dining right next to it with first class service. 

Day 2 -San Clemente
Day 3 - Rest Day
Day 4- Vinces
Day 5 - Cuenca
Day 6 - Macas
Day 7 - Baños de Agua Santa
Day 8 - Ahuano
Day 9 - Papallacta
Day 10 - Quito

Highlights

What to Expect

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in the Carolina neighborhood of Quito, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  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 smooth 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 will provide the adventure 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 bring bottled water. The support truck can respond in an emergency and 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.

We created this route thanks to several years' of experience and riding these routes many times. Your guide knows the route thoroughly, having ridden it several times before. The journey is almost entirely paved, with some unpaved driveways and construction areas.  We chose these roads 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 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. Prospects 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 high end, unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges and inns. 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

Dates and Pricing

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Backroads of Ecuador
Guided Tour
MotorcycleSingle Occupancy
1 Room 1 Rider
1 Pillion Sharing Room with Rider2 People 2 Bikes Sharing Room - Discounted Price for 2nd Bike
Yamaha XT250
                      
$ 4,300n/a$ 3.550
BMW G310GS
$4,700$2,400$3,750
SWM Gran Milano 440
$4,200$2,400$ 3.400
Suzuki DR650
$ 4,900n/a$ 3.950
SWM RS 650R
$ 4,900n/a$ 3.950
Suzuki V-Strom DL650XT
$ 5,300$2,400$ 4.250
Yamaha Ténéré XT660
$ 5,400$2,400$ 4.350
KTM 690 EnduroR
$ 5,500n/a$ 4.450
Husqvarna 701 Enduro
$ 5,500n/a$ 4.450
BMW F700 GS
$ 5,400$2,400$ 4.350
BMW F750 GS
$5,500$2,400$4,450
KTM 790 Adventure R
$5,600$2,400$4,550
Triumph Tiger 800XCx
$ 5,600$2,400$ 4.550
BMW F800GS
$ 5,600$2,400$ 4.550
BMW F850GS
$5,690$2,400$ 4.650
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
$ 5.600$2,400$ 4.550
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000
$ 5,690$2,400$ 4.650
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT
$ 5,900$2,400$4,850

Prices are in United States Dollars, the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador.

REMEMBER:  This is an all-inclusive, guided, luxury motorcycle tour where single occupancy rooms are standard and all meals, fuel and activities are included  (see "included" tab - this section). There are no hidden or addtional costs, as on all of our tours.  And, this is a tour with no fuss, you start riding on Day 1!  We don't count travel days as part of this 10 day tour (compare to a 13 or 14 day tour elsewhere).

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 luxury hacienda, boutique hotel, 3-5 star hotel accomodations (best botel in town) - see accommodations on this page.
  • All meals on riding days
  • Tolls
  • All Gasoline & Oil
  • Hike with native guide in Amazon jungle, entrance fees to Intinan Solar Museum
  • All entries to parks and museums listed
  • Chocolate and banana 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 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
  • 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
  • Lunch and dinner on rest day

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 (currently we use BlueSnap and PayPal)..Using our payments providers, you may pay with any major credit card or with your checking account.

Deposits are refundable minus 10% of the total rental or tour price only if cancelled 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 case you must cancel your trip (plus provide medical and repatriation coverage in case of an accident), just go to www.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter agency code F203715 which will indicate to them that you are travelling with us.  

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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