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8 Day Spondylus Guided Motorcycle Tour in Ecuador

Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador

Guided Motorcycle Tour Ecuador

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. On this tour, you will be part of a beautiful merging between the Pacific Coast, the Andes Region, and the Amazonas Basin, and you can enjoy this merging. Following the water routes, you will transfer from the highlands from the Andes to the whole Coast line, baptized as Spondylus due to colorful shell that leaves all along the pacific Ecuadorean Coast. Enjoy this tour fully thanks to our motorcycles and your riding experience. Using the best hotels and eco-lodges to make this one wonderful life experience.

Key information

  • Terrain: 90% asphalt and 10% gravel
  • Bike: rented bike (Suzuki, Honda, KTM, or Royal Enfield models)
  • Mileage: 1486 kilometers / 923 miles
  • Daily rides: 97 - 414 kilometers / 55 - 257 miles
  • Riding gear: included: Joe Rocket textile water-resistant jacket, waterproof touring gloves, rain tops, touring trousers and helmets, and GPS tracking system
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

David “Gambito" & Steffen
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Highlights

  • Starts and end in Quito
  • Ride to Chimborazo with its 6310 meters (20702 feet) above sea level
  • Enjoy the south side of Mompiche, characterized by black sand beaches
  • Riding towards Guayaquil, el Astillero, a long day riding but with rewards in every city
  • Visit La "Chocolatera" where strong currents merge raising the sand from the bottom
  • Experience Isla de la Plata (Silver Islands), Puerto Lopez's main town
  • Visit Playa de Los Fraile, a beautiful spot to chill and relax
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

You will be accommodated at various first-class (four-star) hotels and top eco-lodges used along the route.

Program

Ecuador has many climate zones, from tropical along coast to cooler and dryer inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands. Ecuador is unusual in the sense that one can choose any climate one wishes by where in the country one travels to, which makes it even more fun on board of a motorcycle. Lying on the equator means there is no summer or winter; however, there are typically wetter and drier seasons. The 'wetter' season is usually between December - June, while the drier season runs from July - November.

Sleipnir Ecuador strongly recommends you to arrive at least 2 days earlier so you have some spare time to get used to the altitude if need be and also to visit around San Francisco de Quito. It has won 4 Tourism prizes so far and is a city filled with history. From way back when the colonials arrived and founded the city. Bringing their European culture and mixing it with the local natives.

Quito has continued to slowly grow and has evolved from a tranquil provincial capital to a modern metropolis. Perhaps because it spent so many centuries as a quiet provincial town, Quito's old colonial center is particularly well-preserved. It was one of UNESCO'S first World Heritage sites in 1978. Colonial churches stand side-by-side with elegant Republican homes on airy squares. Ecuador has invested a great deal recently to become a worldwide touristic attraction and the results are impressive. Restaurants and hotels are flourishing in the historic city center. Much worth so to be visited.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito - Guaranda - Guayaquil (414 kilometers / 257 miles)

You'll have a briefing in Sleipnir Ecuador's offices in Quito, where the last paperwork will be filled, gear will be given and tested and the bike of your choice will be delivered. Then, after a quick brief on roads, safety, and quick guide, you'll depart on your way. The departure will be by 9 after all the formalities.

On your first day, as soon as you leave Quito, you'll start riding towards Guayaquil, el Astillero. This is going to be a long day riding but with rewards in every city, you'll visit. As you ride south in the middle of the volcano avenue, you'll have the sight of these big colossuses. Starting with Cotopaxi as soon as you leave Quito and the Illinizas sisters (Illiniza North and South).

Riding down towards Guayaquil, the changes in biodiversity will be felt in every kilometer. From your last stop at a city in the highlands, Guaranda where you'll have lunch, towards the beginning of your Spondylus route. On your way to Guaranda, it’ll be hard to miss the furthest point on earth out in space. Chimborazo with its 6310 mts (20702 ft) above sea level, is also the highest point on earth if measured from the center of the planet. Said this, you'll go from 4000 meters (13000 ft) above sea level to sea level in less than 4 hours of riding which also means that you'll leave the Andes region.

The changes in contour, colors, people, and fauna, in general, can be appreciated. you'll make several stops for you to tell this story with memories in your cameras. This will give you enough time to pass over the Guayas river accompanied by a beautiful sunset bathing Guayaquil city, the biggest city in Ecuador. Also, the primary port in the country has a major financial movement and most of the wealth of the whole country seats in the city.

Day 2: Guayaquil - Montanita (172 kilometers / 107 miles)

You'll wake up with a good breakfast buffet style, recharging your batteries for the fabulous day that awaits you. You'll depart from Guayaquil towards the north, just beside the Pacific Coast. Your first stop will be a few hours later where you'll visit Salinas. Well known to be the furthest out point of South America in the Pacific Ocean. La "Chocolatera" (the chocolate maker) is the point where strong currents merge raising the sand from the bottom and giving the water that chocolate color.

This, merged with the water hitting its cliff and being hit by the sunlight, bathes the area with rainbows and color filling snapshots. The city is also known to be a major gastronomical point as it has a big influence from Peru as well, mixing flavors in perfect balance.

In "La Chocolatera", there is a small colony of seals that are believed they migrate from the north of Peru. Continuing with today’s riding, you'll have lunch later on close to the shore. The variety of seafood here makes you feel that no matter what you get for food, you'll be stuffed and grateful. Most of the serving sizes in the area are quite generous, which will be enough for the hunger that characterizes you as motorcycle riders.

Your next stop will be Montañita, known as the party town. Located in Santa Elena, The city promotes the ideas of tolerance, acceptance, and maybe even a bit of rebellion, the perfect environment for a motorcycle rider. Peace signs adorn cars and t-shirts, as does the image of the famed Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. It could be said that Montanita, Ecuador, is a partying town with a surfing problem. Its streets and shores are dotted with bars, clubs, and cabanas serving up the local brews. A centrally-located cliff serves as a great barrier to separate the buzz of downtown nightlife from the more tranquil side of the village.

Your hotel is allocated in the middle of the town which is small enough to go in a walking distance to everywhere. Surf lessons are included with your motorcycle tour in the afternoon. The waves on this part are gentle enough to learn and depending on where you decide to surf, you can opt for a more challenging activity. Once you had a good story to tell, you can head to our single occupancy room to refresh ourselves, followed by dinner and then party.

Seafood as the main dish changes along the route, so it worth treating yourself with this gastronomic experience. Keep this in mind so you won’t miss any of it.

Day 3: Montanita - Puerto Lopez (97 kilometers / 55 miles)

After a fun night, you can chill at breakfast while you tell the stories of what happened a few hours ago. Your motorcycle rentals will be ready to take off to your next adventure, leading you to Puerto Lopez, where an Eco-Lodge that has been decorated by hand for the last 18 years and with exquisite taste will be waiting for you.

As you light up a bit after your check-in, you can get yourself ready to visit Playa de Los Frailes. Far away from the main roads, and thus not so visited, is a beautiful spot to chill and relax for the day. This beach, by being so close to the equator, enjoys the perfect weather all year long. Its also inside the Machalilla national park which makes it a protected area. All these factors make the beach a perfect spot for relaxation.

Surrounded by cliffs and white sands, its crystal waters are not known by many tourists. After this lovely afternoon, you can ride back to Puerto Lopez where your dinner will be waiting for you and a few drinks at the shacks on the beach. Tomorrow will be a resting day from the bikes.

Day 4: Puerto Lopez - Isla de la Plata - Puerto Lopez

You'll have an amazon day ahead of you. After a filling breakfast, you'll head towards Puerto Lopez's main town to take a boat towards Isla de la Plata (Silver Island). Some say, the island is called that way due to the number of treasures that you buried by pirates in the 1700’s. Others, that the island has that particular color due to the silverish tone the rock has due to the bird’s natural needs. Being 50 kilometers away from the coast, one thing is for sure, the island shares most of the fauna and flora that you could find in the Galapagos Islands.

Its 1200 hectares are housing a huge variety of birds, including the blue boobies, hundreds of species of reptiles and mammals. The tour will also include lunch, a walk around different paths in the islands with a local guide and snorkeling activities.

After 1 hour trip by boat, you'll encounter an island surrounded by sea turtles and all sorts of corals and fish schools. They will be approaching the boat for you to see them. You'll disembark on the island and next will be to have a walk towards the highest point, where several paths divert to south or west. Regardless of the way, many blue feet boobies are nesting near the walking paths. They are not afraid to show their colors nor their offspring to the visitors and is quite a colorful remark of the beauty in Ecuador.

While you walk, a local guide will explain the reason why its called the silver island, its history and ecological conservation of this place and its fauna. After lunch, you'll go on the boat towards the was a side of the island to be able to do snorkeling and delight yourself with the immense variety of fish and corals around the island.

Day 5: Puerto Lopez - Manta (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

Continuing with your ride going north in the Spondylus, your next stop will be Montecristi. A town was known by two things: the crib of Eloy Alfaro, one of the most important revolution figures in your history, and also for the paja toquilla hats, also known internationally as the "Panama Hats”. These last ones can be found in a wide range of prices, from 25 to 15000 USD. Sleipnir Ecuador wants you to take one of these as a souvenir of the Spondylus tour.

This small city is also recognized nationally and internationally by its handicrafts, made of mimbre, piquigua, plastic and wood. These pieces can reach prices over a few thousand dollars but are part of their community project to get founds for the town itself.

As you approach Manta, the second main maritime port in Ecuador, the view of the Pacific Coast becomes every time more impressive. The city’s most famous beach La playa del Murcielago (the bat’s beach) is a block away from your 4-star hotel. Here, you will be able to enjoy the afternoon, either by chilling at the swimming pool or having a walk around town.

Day 6: Manta - Mompiche (282 kilometers / 175 miles)

As soon as you wake up, it’ll be your delight to have a buffet breakfast to fill your souls with energy again. One curious fact about every city, town, and village in the Spondylus route, is that seafood is not prepared the same way. Hence, as you go up north you will feel food differently. With your motorcycle, you'll arrive today to the last city in your Spondylus circuit, Mompiche, located in the province of Esmeraldas. But first, you'll pass by Pedernales. A city devastated by the 7.8 earthquakes that took place here in 2016. You'll have lunch here and you will be able to get to know first hand what happened here and how is possible to help this village.

Mompiche is one of the main beaches in Ecuador, where you get to find anything you might be looking for. Some go there to party, and some others to rest. You'll visit the south side of Mompiche, characterized by black sand beaches. The infrastructure in this place is minimal, and for that reason, you'll have to walk to reach this beach. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop from being a beautiful walk.

Day 7: Mompiche - Mindo (285 kilometers / 177 miles)

You'll say goodbye today to the Ecuadorian coast, not before taking a picture with the motorcycle that has been your best company throughout this epic ride. Make sure the ocean is in the back and you on your motorcycle as a farewell to the Ecuadorian coast.

Already on track, you'll start climbing the Andes region again and you will feel that heat won’t be on your side anymore, and the humidity will change to a tropical forest type. And to have a proper closing, Sleipnir Ecuador would like to show you a bit more about the geographical richness of the country by visiting Mindo. This comfy town will be our last stop on the tour. Its also considered the gateway between the Coast and the Andes. Having the effect of these two climates to enrich its fauna, is considered as the best spot for bird watching and humming birds gathering in South America.

There are over 650 species of birds. The Mindo valley is situated inside of the Nambillo protected area. Due to the number of rivers that crosses it, Mindo is also the spot for activities, being the most popular the zip lines over rivers.

After you check-in, your first-class Eco-Lodge will have ready your single bed accommodation, and from there you'll hit the town to visit one of the handcrafted quality chocolate stores, where they will explain to you the process to get this sweet delight. The second option in this afternoon is to visit the butterfly farm, a place with more than 200 species of butterflies opened to the public. Once you're done, you head back to your hotel where a delightful dinner will be prepared by a French chef to call the day.

Day 8: Mindo - Quito (98 kilometers / 61 miles)

Sleipnir Ecuador finalizes their tour entering in Quito from the North West, not before being able to see the Mitad del Mundo (middle of the world). A mystical place where the magnetic field plays naughty and some physical experiments can be done.

A welcome package will be waiting for you at the offices, where experiences will be shared over a cold drink.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

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

Guides

David “Gambito" Garces

Steffen Cebulla

Location

This tour will take place in Ecuador, exploring places like Quito, Mindo, Manta, Puerto Lopez, Montanita, and Guayaquil.

Food

Breakfast and dinners are provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

Things to do (optional)

  • A walk around El Malecón and Serro Santa Ana with their colorful streets and stairs
  • Explore Puerto Lopez
  • Ride along to the Frailes Beach

What's included

  • Ready to roll fully fueled unlimited mileage motorcycle rental with all the toys installed
  • 2 touring helmets
  • Multilingual local guide, connected with intercoms with all participants
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star luxury hotel and eco-lodges
  • Briefing the day before the tour starts (here is where your adventure begins)
  • Specified meals in the tour (breakfast and dinners)
  • Activities specified in your tour (surf lesson, Isla de la Plata tour, chocolate experience, canopying, and butterfly farm)
  • 35lt. GIVI last generation saddlebags and a 45 lt. duffel bag
  • Bulletproof travel insurance
  • Emergency kit, full tire repair kit, portable air compressor, and tool kit
  • GPS tracking system with a panic button on each bike for you to use, and with it, 24-hour assistance from the support center
  • Support truck for groups of 5+ riders
  • Tolls
  • Joe Rocket textile water-resistant jacket
  • Waterproof touring gloves
  • Rain tops (upper and lower body)
  • Touring trousers
  • Souvenir buff/t-shirt
  • Gasoline for your whole tour
  • Guaranteed departure on your date
  • Pick up / drop off from your hotel in Quito
  • Third-party liability and medical insurance mandatory in Ecuador (SPPAT)
  • Snacks during your ride
  • Storage for your luggage excess during your ride

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
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance to Mitad del Mundo Museum

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

If you wish to be picked up at the airport by Sleipnir Ecuador, you can arrange it to bring you to your hotel in Quito at a cost of 50 USD (back and forth). Taxi from the airport is set to a fixed rate to Quito central. From your hotel, taxis within the city to the shop won't cost more than 5 USD.

Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport Airport transfer available: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% 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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  • 1 pillion – 779 USD.

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