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Off-Road Motorcycle Tour in Ecuador

Ecuador, despite being small compared to its neighbors, has a great diversity in landscapes, climates, cultures, and animals. In this routes, Sleipnir Ecuador proposes a tour focused on roads little-traveled in the country where you can see in the front row hidden villages with amicable people in their daily tasks, taking care of their livestock, harvesting the fields, enjoying a football match with their friends and many other activities that will thoroughly demonstrate their culture.

Key information

  • Terrain: 80% off-road, 20% asphalt. Medium difficulty, two long off-road legs
  • Bike: Honda Africa Twin Adventure DCT, Honda XRE300, Royal Enfield Himalaya 400, Suzuki DR 650, Suzuki VSTORM 650 XT, KTM 790 adventure, KTM 1290 SuperAdventure R
  • Mileage: 1425 kilometers / 890 miles
  • Daily rides: 110 - 256 kilometers / 68 - 160 miles
  • Riding gear: included: Helmet, 25-liter waterproof saddlebags, Joe Rocket textile water-resistant jacket, waterproof touring gloves, upper and lower body rain tops, touring trousers
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Highlights

  • Start and ends in Quito
  • Discover hidden villages
  • Explore the banana capital of the world
  • Ride through the Ecuadorian Andes, cloud forest, and coast
  • Admire the butterflies at the butterfly farm
  • Ride across a floating bridge
  • 12 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$35 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

Sleipnir Ecuador has chosen various hotels along the route.

Program

Once you have decided to start the adventure, Sleipnir Ecuador will give you the tools to enjoy your riding skills and satisfy your adventurous soul with the best bikes out there and in a country that deploys all its beauty just for you. They will arrange the details for the meeting the night before your tour.

In the briefing, you will review your tour package and will go through your selected gear. Upon a quick talk on safety and country laws, you will get to meet your tour guide and get goodies for the tour. You will enjoy a nice dinner, admiring the view of the city lights. The first day will start pretty early. You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 a.m. Upon the end of your tour, you will have a quick talk to know how you liked it and have a beer along.

Day 1: Quito - Alluriquin (173 km / 125 miles, 85% dirt roads)

You begin the adventure with a short road but full of adrenaline, perfect to fit the motorcycle for the next few days. After crossing the city and being able to see a little of its contrasts, you say goodbye to the asphalt to start the first stretch of land of your adventure, this road leads you through small villages full of color, where you’ll see the city of Quito from above while little by little the city landscape becomes only nature.

After a few minutes, the weather begins to change, from a typical climate of the mountains you begin to feel a little warm, perfect time to take a break and wet your head under a refreshing waterfall next to a view of the mountains that surround Quito.

You return to the route, and it is time to enjoy the tour along the river that forms the waterfall in a path that encourages you to accelerate and experience the power that the companions of adventure offer you. This river will accompany you all day to the hotel, and you will have moments that you lose sight of it and then find it again.

After having traveled by dirt, you will take a break at the hotel that is located along the river that accompanies you all the way, you will have a delicious lunch, and you can enjoy a delightful dip in the pool or head towards the enigmatic Diablo de Tandapi and know a little about its history.

After a day full of surprises, you’ll prepare for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Alluriquin - Quilotoa Lake (201 km / 125 miles, 85% dirt roads)

You started early with breakfast by the river. Then, you are heading towards one of the most beautiful places in Ecuador, the Quilotoa Lagoon, a few minutes after leaving the hotel you find the detour in which you leave the asphalt and take a dirt road.

You begin an ascent again towards the mountains, a little technical road but full of adrenaline and culture. You start the road with a waterfall next to the road, with which you can verify that Ecuador is a rich country thanks to its water sources that cross the entire country.

You continue your way to meet friendly people who always greet you with a smile while they carry out their daily agricultural activities. Between cornfields, pastures full of life, green mountains lead you the way to reach a village San Francisco de las Pampas in the middle between the coast and the mountains.

In this place, you can take a break and wander around its market and see the happiness of the children who come to know a little more about who you are and what you do. And of course to satisfy their curiosity looking at the bikes all packed up.

You continue your way and to enter a cloud forest with lots of vegetation, animals, and water streams accompany you to cross it, with the Ecuadorian Andes mountain range as a sight to follow.

After a well-deserved rest and get dressed for what is coming, you resume your way to the highest part of the route, it starts a little cold and the landscape changes dramatically. In the middle of nowhere, between mountains and valleys, you’ll arrive in Sigchos, a town right in the middle of the Andes mainline.

The hotel will be greeting you with a perfect view of the Base of Quilotoa, the active volcano with a lake inside its crater. You’ll go to visit Quilotoa riding to it, or leave it for the next day and relax by visiting an artisanal cheese factory nearby.

Day 3: Quilotoa Lake - Quevedo (140 km / 87 miles, 100% asphalt)

You start your day early with some dirt that will take you between the valleys seen from the top of your hotel.

A flat view crossing places that will leave you breathless with a flavor of Ecuador among pastures with cattle and crops in the area, potatoes, peas, among others while riding towards Quilotoa. The transition between off-road and asphalt in every leg allows you to have some rest while covering some distance to the next destination of interest. After approximately 30 minutes on the road, you will go out to the pavement.

A winding road between immense green mountains takes you to the coast, with a change in vegetation in every kilometer. Many contrasts of vegetation change, landscapes are taken from movies, you will think that you are in an Indiana Jones movie as you cross several towns, such as Zumbahua, Pilaló, La Maná.

You arrive at the Mana Valley, a magical place full of stories, myths, and legends. Like the Mining Goblin, history tells you that throughout the years the gold mines that formed this town were abandoned after its low production. It is here where these places became perfect places for the goblin to keep their gold.

One day a group of workers entered a mine and heard that there was movement inside, after a few meters and after taking a sample of the wall they appeared a dreadful elf with gleaming rubbers that looked like gold, he exclaimed to the visitors that the gold that was in the mine was his and if they wanted to keep their lives they should leave immediately.

One of the visitors asked him to share a little of his gold to which the elf reacted by hypnotizing him and making him jump for a well towards his death, the other people wanting to leave were trapped like their workers who, after finishing their work after several days, were released giving them their life as a reward.

With a great landscape charm, you will have the opportunity to meet a set of waterfalls with a unique beauty Las 7 cascadas del Zapanal, enjoy a moment of relaxation and enjoyment in its refreshing waters.

After lunch, you head to the city of Quevedo where you will get to know a little of its culture; it's very warm and cheerful people to prepare, sleep early and rest for the next day.

A delicious dinner is served based on cuisine from both Coast and Andes traditional flavors.

Day 4: Quevedo - Chone (220 km / 137 miles, 90% dirt roads)

The first step will be to cross a river part of the Daule Peripa dam over a barge, this is where you say goodbye to the asphalt again, and a great adventure begins.

The road with some loose stones and surrounded by water, green vegetation, banana and coffee plantations, leads you to the Daule Peripa dam. And to cross it you will have to drive over a floating bridge in which you can feel that you sail with your 2-wheel companions. You will have time to take pictures and enjoy them while you share with residents willing to have a good talk.

Continuing with your path and already accustomed to your motorcycles, you’ll go for the longest part of the route, an open road with ascents and descents that will make you feel like true conquerors having a prize to meet at the end of the journey.

Tiny farmhouses where its inhabitants are doing their daily work that will be interrupted by the roar of the engines, their smiles, and joy to see you, positive energy flow while you continue enjoying the landscapes full of red clay, green trees, and twisty roads. People around usually approach out of curiosity, which is the best hook for a conversation starter and to satisfy the mutual interest in each other’s affairs.

After your night meal, you’ll walk around the town.

Day 5: Chone - Mompiche (256 km / 160 miles, 70% dirt roads)

You’re heading north this time, and the road takes you to your first stop in the town of Eloy Alfaro. Here you will take a break after traveling for approximately one hour. Its inhabitants come to you with open arms and tell you a little about their traditions.

The Manabita has unique peculiarities, which are reflected in its festivities where the religious and the pagan are mixed, the inheritance of European peoples that are intertwined with the customs of the aborigines that inhabited this fertile land. Festivals such as San Pedro and San Pablo, and the famous montubios rodeos, which have their origin in the ironwork and dressage of cattle and foals in the haciendas, are examples of the typical Manabita culture.

Manabi is a privileged area for archeology, important discoveries have been made here that have determined the existence of the first cultures of Ecuador. It is a culture forged in the time and space of this territory, an identity that generates belonging and pride of the authentic Manabitas. It is here where you say goodbye to the paved road for a moment and start a wide dirt road that will take you to your next destination, along the way you can see how cattle are transported, banana trees, cacao, palm trees, and much more.

Arriving at a small but moving town called Convento, you can enjoy a refreshing coffee ice cream, which will give you the necessary energy for the next section, a dirt road that will take you through farms, streams, hamlets that are rarely seen. You can make the most of your motorcycles in perfectly straight lines to enjoy the speed and its landscapes in the middle of tropical forests and their sounds and smells that remind you that you are a few kilometers from the expected coast and its spectacular beaches.

After approximately two hours you arrive again at a paved road but very little traveled that takes you to what will be for you the first look at the Ecuadorian beaches.

You will have a delicious lunch in Pedernales, the best delights of the sea, a warm climate, and the sound of the sea will accompany you for the next few days.

After making a final stretch to the hotel, you can enjoy the comforts that it offers in its swimming pools and exquisite dinner.

Day 6: Mompiche (relax and activities at the beach)

This day is dedicated to relaxation. You can enjoy one of the best beaches that Ecuador offers you, surfing, sand, a small hiding place to enjoy.

You have some places that you can visit this day, Playa Negra, a beach whose natural sand is black and bright. Also Portete beach, where you will enjoy a relaxing walk along its beach and its silence, or take surf lessons to complete the day.

Day 7: Mompiche - Mindo (325 km / 202 miles, 90% asphalt)

You say goodbye to the beach after breakfast. Today you will have mostly asphalt to one of the most iconic places in Ecuador, the population of Mindo is known for its immense variety of flora and fauna, birds of all colors, and its beautiful waterfalls. You can see an abrupt change of vegetation while enjoying a delicious freshly opened water coconut for you.

Upon arriving in Mindo and after leaving your belongings in a selected eco-lodge you could go to a restaurant where you will enjoy the fantastic cuisine of the place most of it based on palmito, other typical dishes, international dishes, everything is at your disposal.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in one of the waterfalls of the place, get to know in-depth the process of making chocolate and its history, and of course, try some varieties of this delicious product made entirely in the area.

For the night you will have a frog concert accompanied by crickets and animals that will keep you attentive to their sounds, the best company for dinner.

Day 8: Mindo - Quito (110 km / 68 miles, 50% dirt roads)

You prepare for a final with a flourish, a short day but full of fun. After breakfast, you leave for the most prominent place in Mindo, where you can learn about the evolution of butterflies, from eggs to become beautiful and colorful butterflies that will flutter around you.

You continue your journey overland to Quito, you can see crops of various types of fruits, cocoa, tree tomato, among others are the protagonists on the sides of the road until you reach a magical place where you can feed directly from your hands to the flagship bird from the city of Quito, the hummingbird.

You will enjoy a drink, a snack while hundreds of these small but beautiful birds fly around you, the perfect time to take a break and concentrate on your surroundings.

The dirt road takes you to Nono, just outside of Quito and the offices of Ecuador Bike Rental. You can enjoy an ice-cold beer or refreshing cold water to finish this adventure and start planning the next one where you will discover many more of this small but pretty varied country with many hidden wonders to show you.

Bike rental options:

  • Honda Africa Twin Adventure DCT
  • Honda XRE300
  • Royal Enfield Himalaya 400
  • Suzuki DR 650
  • Suzuki VSTORM 650 XT
  • KTM 790 adventure
  • KTM 1290 SuperAdventure R

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This motorcycle tour takes place in Ecuador. On the way, you will be amazed by the landscapes that will take your breath away, you will cross from 2800 meters to reach sea level, you will get to know the natural wonders that Ecuador has for you, waterfalls, lagoons, cliffs, lots of flora and their fauna.

Sleipnir Ecuador must warn you that after this unforgettable adventure between dirt roads and asphalt, you will not want to stop riding motorcycles in Ecuador!

Food

During this tour, 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners will be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Bilingual guide
  • Fully fueled and unlimited mileage motorcycle rental
  • Bikes with all the toys installed
  • 2 helmets
  • GPS tracking system with a panic button on each bike
  • 24-hour assistance from the support center
  • Trip to the butterfly farm
  • Support truck for groups of more than five riders
  • 25-liter waterproof saddlebags
  • Joe Rocket textile water-resistant jacket
  • Waterproof touring gloves
  • Upper and lower body rain tops
  • Touring trousers
  • Set of tire repair and maintenance tools
  • First aid kit
  • Guaranteed departure on date
  • Bulletproof travel insurance

What's not included

  • Voucher for a security deposit using a major card (required)
  • Ecuador IVA tax for locals
  • Hotel accommodations before and after the tour
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance to Mitad del Mundo Museum

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport Airport transfer available: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Pillions are welcomed to join at 550 USD (booked as rider + pillion). 

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