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Get ready for an exciting adventure in a country of many natural wonders and countless treasures. Ecuador is a country with impressive contrasts where high summits merge towards the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Be part of selected riders that took place on riding Ecuador and know its true culture, story, and geography. Set aside from the standard tour packages with this 13 days motorcycle tour experience. On this tour, you will be part of this merging. Following the water routes, you will transfer from the highlands from the Andes to the whole Coastline, baptized as Spondylus due to a colorful shell that leaves all along the Pacific Ecuadorean Coast. Enjoy this tour, fully thanks to Sleipnir Ecuador's motorcycles and your riding experience using the best hotels and eco-lodges to make this one wonderful experience.
Your accommodation will be single occupancy base in four-star luxury hotels and first-class community eco-lodges.
Sleipnir Ecuador strongly recommends you to arrive at least two days earlier so you have some spare time to get used to the altitude if need be and also to explore around the capital, San Francisco de Quito. In the briefing, Sleipnir Ecuador will review your tour package and will get through your selected gear. Upon a quick talk on safety, country laws, get to meet your tour guide and goodies about the tour, you’ll enjoy a nice dinner admiring the view of the city lights.
You’ll have a briefing in Ecuador Bike Rental’s headquarters in Quito, located in the heart of the capital. Here’s where the last paperwork will be filled, gear will be given and tested for your better comfort and protection, and the bike of your choice will be delivered. You will have a quick brief on the roads, traffic signs, police guidelines, safety, and quick guide to your motorcycle. Sleipnir Ecuador will make sure you feel comfortable on your motorcycle and ready to enjoy your adventure with them.
Your first day will start pretty early. You will be picked up from your hotel at 07:30. The departure will be at 09:00 sharp after all the formalities and checks on the route. After a ride of approximately one hour, you’ll be getting to know the roads better and be familiar with the traffic. You’ll stop for refueling just outside of Quito and have a small chat of what will be coming next.
You’ll take a detour from the Pan-American highway towards a countryside road to show you the marvelous landscapes drawn as you get closer to Cotopaxi volcano, which with its 5897 meters (19347 feet) summit height, is the second highest volcano in Ecuador. Its surrounds are populated with haciendas that ends close to the Cotopaxi national park. Its flora and fauna include most of the species from the highlands in Ecuador such as deer, foxes, highland rabbits, wild horses, and a huge variety of birds.
As you refreshed your sight with all this green and away from traffic, you’ll merge towards Pan-American highway again to retake your route towards the highest point on the tour, the idea is to do it slowly to acclimatize yourself and make sure we enjoy the motorcycle ride.
About 45 minutes later, you’ll take another detour to Quilotoa lake. An iconic formation seating inside of the Quilotoa volcano crater. The road towards Quilotoa are one of the best asphalted twisty roads in Ecuador, where besides the change in landscapes, it represents quite a fun ride towards today’s destination. Your hotel has a front view to the emerald toned water of the lake, your lodge will be ready for you. Worth to mention that Sleipnir Ecuador has selected the best community lodge in the area to complement your motorcycle tour. Ecuador Bike Rental by Sleipner tries to support as much as possible community programs in the country as part of their sustainable tourism initiative.
Rise and shine deep in your warm blankets for another exciting day. A filling breakfast is waiting for you just in front of Quilotoa, and from there to get ready on your motorcycle rentals to go back to that exciting road from yesterday. This time to lower lands towards the coast.
The change in bioclimates is easy to spot in every kilometer. The twisties will take you towards Velasco Ibarra, a small town on the way to the coast where you’ll make a stop for lunch and where food variety is amazing, as is the transition from the Andes to the Coast. From here, the ride to the Coast has the colors from the trees embracing the road in the form of a tunnel.
Needless to say, there will be a change in temperature as you approach to the Pacific Coast to start your Spondylus route. Manta, your today’s destination is one of the three main ports in Ecuador. The four-star hotel of selection is right behind Playa Murcielago (Bat’s beach), where single room accommodation will be waiting for you. After your check-in, you can rest nearby the swimming pool before you walk to the main street in the city for dinner.
Going down south on the Spondylus route, you’ll hit several villages and towns, most of them with their own history, gastronomic variety, and stunning beaches. The ride goes few meters away from the coast, so there will be plenty of opportunities to delight your sight. The route is called Spondylus due to a shell. The Spondylus shell can be found primarily in Ecuadorian coasts and its pink color was pretty valued by the tribes living here hundreds of years ago as they used it as their own currency method.
You get to enjoy Los Frailes beach, a beach not known by tourists that conserves its charm along the years due to its access. You’ll ride an easy off-road for about two kilometers to enter into the beach.
You’ll make a stop in the beautiful beach of Puerto Lopez for lunch, its calm will be refreshing after the ride you had. Then, off to Montañita, the party town. Sleipnir Ecuador has selected a comfy lodge there near town but away enough from it so you can sleep at ease. As soon as you are done with the check-in and taking advantage of the afternoon waves, you will have your surfing class waiting for you. Local surfer instructors will teach you how to ride waves this time. At night, after dinner, Montañita party town will be waiting for you to have a good time.
A resting day is just ahead of you. After a late breakfast, you’ll have the whole day to stay at the beach. Rent surfboards to practice what you learned the day before and if you’re keen, ride light to nearby beaches to see more. An interesting fact about Montañita, its origins go way back to the 1960s when the beach was “founded” under a hippie culture and surfing hotspot. Filled with colors all around the center of the village, this place will keep you awake and alive at all times. Montañita, meaning “Little Hill” is an outgrowing town in the coast and over the past decade has become the top destination for locals and tourists. As an international convention center to all tourists and sports, it is a village on the peninsula of Santa Elena province. It is commonly known for its strong surf beaches and bohemian lifestyle. Its top attractions are the nightclubs and the nightlife. This will be your little escape to have fun and disconnect from the world.
You will carefully ride on sandy roads until you get to your hotel. It is surrounded by colors and nature. Your lunch will be ready at the hotel, following a surfing lesson which allows you to blend with the locals in their venue. Surfing will test you completely, it is a difficult sport to master, but once you get it down, you won’t be wanting to get out of the water any time soon.
In every kilometer of the way, your sight will be satisfied by beauty and joy. After a filling breakfast in the "city of sin”, you will take your ride to the further out point in South America in the Pacific Ocean, Salinas. La chocolatera in Salinas is a point where converging currents, lifts the sandy bottom, and give the chocolate brown of the sea, hence arises the name. It offers a unique, colorful, and here, combine two ocean currents that cause a crash of waves against the rocks and waters are passed by the intense sunlight, creating multiple rainbows.
From there, to Guayaquil. El Astillero is the main port in Ecuador and hence, due to the economic movement the city has, is one of the prettiest cities in Ecuador. As you enter into the continent again, the shrimp farms and other plantations give you the chance to see and interact with the locals and their ways of living. Ecuadorians are known for being pretty friendly with their visitors and won’t hesitate to go the extra mile to make sure you will have a good time. Your four-star hotel is in the middle of the metropolitan area in Guayaquil and has all the commodities to keep you satisfied and rested. Nearby, there is a shopping mall where you can purchase any other thing you might need during the rest of the trip.
Good morning from Guayaquil, the city of the Astillero. The first thing you notice when you wake up is the warmth of the Ecuadorian coast. You will have breakfast at the hotel, enjoying once again the great seafood Ecuador has to offer. After filing your tank with this great local gastronomy, you will take direction towards the south of the country. A town well known by the beautiful women and hardworking farmers, this is Machala.
Still on the Spondylus route, you pay a visit the banana capital of the world. There is a high probability that those delicious fruits you get back home, comes from here. Another well attraction of the place is the petrified forest of Puyango in the border between Machala and Loja. The route as colorful as it gets, changes thanks to the influence of several valleys you have to get to the capital of the province. When you approach to the province, you’ll notice endless banana plantations and as you enter the city, the sight of several churches all around to welcome you.
Meals will be served as you finish your check in and have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy a city tour.
After your breakfast in this lovely city, you will pack your bag and set your steel horses to continue with the tour on our motorcycle rentals. At the same time as you farewell the banana capital, you are also saying bye to the coast. Don’t you worry though, as the Andean region will be waiting for you with its wonderful people and cuisine. You will ride it from south to north, starting with the closest city to the Peruvian border: Loja.
The music capital of Ecuador is so rich in culture because of its architecture, its art contribution to the world, and for being the crib of many illustrious people. The nearby towns to Loja are also known for being selected by retired foreigners to be their place to live.
Loja is also known as one of the cleanest cities in Ecuador. Many traditional parades take place here, the most remarkable is La Virgen del Cisne parade (the Cisne Virgin’s Parade). The whole city dresses to party and everyone is out in the streets requesting its blessing and protection. Prior to arrive to your hotel, you will ride around the city being part from its history.
Today’s ride will start early with your motorcycle ready. Cuenca, the city filled with more history than any other in Ecuador is waiting for you. As you head north, the route of the Guayacan will be a constant for the next kilometers, and Sleipnir Ecuador hopes you notice the difference in accent proper of this city. Their Spanish is colored by a sweet singing, however, free of slangs and short words, as the rest of the country. Hence, it is well known that Ecuador is one of the best countries to learn Spanish due to its neutrality.
Cuenca is a city with its historical contrast. Just a bit lowered in altitude than Quito, the temperature oscillates from 14 to 18 deg. It is Celsius all year long. This is because of the valley where it seats. Its mountain walls around allows the entry of four main rivers: Tomebamba, Yanuncay, Machangara y Tarqui that crosses from west to east.
Its architecture gave Cuenca the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1999. Its 200 hectares in the historical center present the visitors the richest density in churches than anywhere else in Ecuador. Besides the religious buildings, the edification of colonial and republican houses presents the contrast that appears on photos in every international magazine.
Well, enjoy one full day in Cuenca to get to know this city a bit more. If you like, you can get to see the town of Chordeleg in your motorcycle, it’s known as the "golden stream” thanks to the amount of gold workshops and other precious metals in the rivers around the area. Besides their handcraft, their ceramic shops go all the way to Ingapirca. The most famous ruins in Ecuador and land of the Cañari. Now, the area is one of the most visited.
Riding the Andes has been a bucket list for many and this part of the road will take you through the Ecuadorian Andes highlights. As you leave Cuenca, there will be many small villages on the way. One in particular is famous for its train stations. This is Alausi, a picturesque village from where the train to Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s nose) departs. The curious thing about the path this train takes, is that to reach its destiny, it needs to go downhill in a back and forth motion.
This is going to be the longest day of riding in your tour, as you keep going north, you’ll encounter the colossal Chimborazo. It is an inactive volcano known to be the closest point to the sun if measured from the center of the earth, and besides it, Carihuairazo. As the Quichua myth tells, this last was beheaded by Chimborazo in war to conquer the love of mama Tungurahua, and that’s why it doesn’t have any cone at the top.
Tungurahua volcano’s base is the seating of Baños. A town known by its thermal waters, hundreds of impressive waterfalls, and by being crossed by far too many water streams, all merging towards the main rivers: Napo and Pastaza towards the Amazon river. This geography makes it excellent for any extreme sports: rock climbing and mountaineering, and water sports like: river rafting, kayaking and canyoning. Hence, Sleipnir Ecuador has selected this town as one of the venues for your motorcycle ride.
At night, after dinner, you’ll have the chance to go partying if you wish as tomorrow will be a rest day. Your four-star hotel will be waiting for you in the middle of town. It’s close enough to everything and far enough to get some good rest.
As mentioned before, the day will start with an amazing buffet breakfast and telling the stories from last night and from there, there is a diversity of things you can do. Depending on your preferences, you can go extreme and go for river rafting, canyoning, or rock climbing; or we can take it a bit chill and do the waterfall routes, sightseeing of Tungurahua and its constant eruptions and visit the historical part of town. What you would like to do to enjoy yourself.
Baños is an inexpensive town and all these activities are leaded by local experienced guides. Another touristic spot is Pailon del Diablo, a nice hike towards one of the highest waterfalls in Ecuador. On the way, you’ll appreciate the number of orchids and flora. By being the gateway from the Andes to the Amazon basin, the biodiversity in Baños has it for all likes.
On your second last day, after filling your soul with a well-deserved breakfast and feeling rested, you can prepare your motorcycle rentals towards the North. Passing besides Ambato, the fourth largest city in Ecuador, you can continue learning from different indigenous cultures along the way. You find Salasacas, then later on Salcedos, each town and village with their own way of life, however unified by Quichua, their common language.
As you arrive to the North, Cotopaxi and Illinizas (north and south) will be there to greet us. Otavalo has the concentration of the major lakes in Ecuador, and your hotel is just in front of Lago San Pablo. Otavalo market is the favorite spot for everyone to buy a souvenir. The whole center of Otavalo has been taken by its indigenous descendants and provides color to the end of today’s adventure.
The hotel with a fireplace in every room has the habit of insert warm water bags in your bed while you are having dinner in order to have that comfy feeling that your grandparents enjoyed long ago.
Once you’re done with a succulent breakfast, you’ll visit Peguche waterfall, a mystic place venerated and used as a healing sanctuary by the shamans in the north of the country due to its energetic properties.
If looking forward to an adrenaline rush, there is no better place in the world for motorcycling than Ecuador. You will have lots of adrenaline flowing, when will make your way to the “Yahuarcocha endurance track”.
It was first built as a tourist road but with the long-term idea for it to become a racing circuit (you might think of Mount Panorama). It was built around a volcanic lake, around the 1960s, the name of the track comes from a local indigenous language called Kichwa, spoken by the largest indigenous nationality of Ecuador and it means “blood lake”. According to the indigenous ancestry, this place existed back in the days when the Incas, the largest South American civilization around the 15th century, and a local indigenous resistance, fought each other for the right to these lands. Legend says the bodies of the ones dying were thrown into the lake, turning the water red lake for a while, thus it was named Yahuarcocha given after this famous battle.
Lunch will be served and it will be based on local cuisine, a unique experience different from anything you could try elsewhere in Ecuador. After you had enjoyed the beauties of the Northern part of Ecuador, its culture, and food, you’ll head back to Quito’s headquarters to finalize your tour. This doesn’t mean the end of the fun, as you will have 120 kilometers of pure twisties to ride with good asphalt. Upon the end of your tour, you and the team have a quick talk to know how you liked it and have a beer along.
David is an Ecuadorean globetrotter that lived mainly in Ecuador, all over Europe, and US. Speaks fluently three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese. His motorcycle career started at age 14, and since then he hasn’t been able to get off bikes and has been riding in all sorts of terrains as every good biker should. He has an amazing short run on superbike races, being on the 3rd place in the Nationals in 2013 and 2014 in the 1000 cc. category racing for Ducati, and 1st place in the 1000cc. Panamerican Championship in Peru in 2015 also racing with Ducati. Pretty friendly and approachable.
This motorcycle tour will take place in Ecuador. The locatons will include Quito, Manta, Montanita, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Machala, Banos, and Otavalo.
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