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Ride with Maximal Tours through Ecuador! You will travel through the Pacific coast, the Andes, and the Amazon region, three of the four major environments of Ecuador on a tour through one of the most diversified countries of the world. Some of the best motorcycling roads in the world are found in Ecuador. A ride through Ecuador will bring constantly changing temperatures and riding conditions. But you always will stay on paved roads on this trip. You should be ready for hot sun, heavy rain, and colder weather at higher elevations. Maximal Tours has been recommended by the original BMW Motorrad Facebook page.
Your accommodation will be three-star or higher according to the US hotel standard. Maximal Tours is proud to represent the fine hotels you will lodge in. The hotel rooms are non-smoking.
Today is your arrival in Quito.
Quito is the main capital of Ecuador with an elevation of 9,200 feet and, therefore, the highest capital city in the world. From Quito, you will have a great view to the Vulcan Cotopaxi. One of the attractions of Quito is the old city, dating back to the 16th century, and has been named a World Heritage Site since 1979.
23 kilometers north of Quito is the “center of the world.” Charles Marie de La Condamine, as the first European, during a French expedition in 1736, determined that Mitad del Mundo was the exact location of the equator. However, today you know that he was 240 meters off. You will continue your tour on a very curvy road towards Santo Domingo, your overnight stop on the way to the Pacific coast.
Your ride will continue toward and along the Pacific coast of Ecuador. Canoa is a beautiful spot on the Northern Pacific Coast. Located just north of Bahia de Caraquez you’ll find a small town full of fun. The sandy beach stretches north toward towering cliffs that can be explored at low tide. You will be riding on the “Panamerica Highway” and revisit this famous road many times during our tour.
Today you will follow the Pacific coast until you arrive in Puerto Cayo. The hotel is right by the Pacific Ocean so that you can enjoy the view of the surf in the evening. The hotel is the best in the area. The owner will treat you to fantastic Ecuadorian cuisine that you so desire.
You will be leaving the first of the four environments of Ecuador, the Pacific coast, and ride towards the east. You will stop for the night in Quevedo which is at the foot of the Andes. Quevedo is also called the Chinatown of Ecuador. Let’s see what surprises this city will present you.
Your ride to Banos is very diverse and has, like all sections on this tour, countless curves. After a few days of riding, you will have the feeling that there are no straight roads in Ecuador. As you leave Quevedo, you will notice that you will constantly ride uphill until you arrive at Quilotoa, where you will visit the crater lake at approximately 13,000 feet.
Banos, your evening destination, is at a lower elevation of 5,900 feet and a very culturally inviting city with a beautiful church. Banos is known for its many natural springs and baths.
You will have the choice of taking a day off or riding a day trip around the volcanoes. Maximal Tours's local friends are offering a typical Ecuadorian dinner at their house.
You will be leaving the idyllic Banos and ride to the Andes capital city of Cuenca. An amazing riding day is waiting for you with lots of curves and mountain roads. Cuenca is the most European-like city in Ecuador. You will feel as if you have stepped into Madrid or Milan. Cuenca is considered the most beautiful city in all of South America. You will find many fine restaurants and boutiques.
The third environment of Ecuador, the Amazon, is waiting for you. You will notice that not only the environment changes dramatically but also the people do. The natives are shorter in stature. They have adapted their lifestyle to the natural environment. The main highway the E45 of Ecuador will lead you to Macas. The word “highway” can be misleading. You will be riding innumerable curves for your biking pleasure.
Your ride today will lead you along banana and cacao plantations. In this region, people live with the bare minimum that is necessary to survive. Luxury items are not part of their lifestyle. A cow, a pig, a roof over your head, and cacao are all that are needed to keep the natives very happy and satisfied.
Puerto Misahualli is alongside the river Napo. In order to arrive at your hotel, you have to cross the Napo river using boats. At the harbor, monkeys, the local wildlife, will watch you board the boats. They are fun but be careful with your shiny things. Monkeys like to steal shiny things!
You will ride many more curves ascending through the mountains to Quito. Sadly, this will be your last day of riding. You will return the motorcycles to your BMW partners in Quito.
Today is your departure from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. At the end of the trip, Maximal Tours sees the word “end” with sad eyes. As always, they hope that they have become your friends during this journey and that they will meet you outside of their tours as well. That is the difference that you will find riding with Maximal Tours.
Some of the best motorcycling roads in South America are found in Ecuador. A dual-sport motorcycle (for both paved and unpaved roads) is a great way to get places that you would not want to take a car (especially a rental). A ride through Ecuador will bring constantly changing temperatures and riding conditions. You should be ready for hot sun, heavy rain, hail, and even the snow!
Please be aware of the elevation in the Andes region on Day 3 to 5 (up to 13,000 feet but only for a short period / no overnight stay) and in Quito (9,350 feet). Pacific region and Amazon are not highly elevated. Maximal Tours suggests an earlier arrival to climatize. You should ask your doctor for an advice.
This tour will be held in Ecuador. Maximal Tours' local friends will show you the hidden secrets of Ecuador. Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, with a Pacific Ocean coastline, lying on the equator between Colombia to the northeast and Peru to the south and east. Cotopaxi is the world's highest active volcano. Many cities and sites in Ecuador are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Such cities and best-known places are the Galapagos Islands and the city of Cuenca.
You will be served breakfasts during the tour. You will enjoy introducing your pallet to a variety of exciting food throughout the tour. Throughout Ecuador, there is a lot of variety as to what is typically eaten, depending on the location. In the Sierra, potatoes almost always accompany lunch and dinner, and in the coast, rice is popular. Soup is also a big part of lunch and dinner.
Breakfasts often consist of toast, eggs, and juice or fruit. Batidos, or fruit shakes, are popular breakfast items or snacks. Especially in the Coastline, Ecuadorians make a variety of breakfast meals based on green or sweet plantain and yuca, such as bolonoes, empanadas, patacones, corviches, muchines, pan de yuca, humitas, and others. They are cooked with either cheese, pork, or fish. They are very filling and inexpensive meals.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$30 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Please send Maximal Tours an inquiry for more information.
Quito's new airport is state of the art and will have a modern on-site hotel by the end of the year. It is, however, a long trek from Quito. The old airport in the city has been closed and is being transformed into a large park with a lake.
The amazing Galapagos Islands are one of the Ecuadorian provinces and have two airports, one of which is on Baltra and the other is on San Cristobal. Avianca is the name of the airline which flies to Galapagos. All the flights are through the mainland Ecuador.
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