“We expect the Amazing Ecuador tour will put us on the world map for adventure motorcyclists,”
Covering 764 miles, 25% of this dual-sport motorcycle tour is on unpaved roads while the remaining are paved surfaces ranging from ancient, but maintained, cobblestones to modern, first-class pavement. Riders will travel through cloud forests, rainforests, arid forests, pampas, and high-altitude desert on roads ranging from 1,500-feet to 14,500-feet in altitude and even on the slopes of the Chimborazo volcano, the highest landmass in the world and highest peak in Ecuador.
The roads in Ecuador are described by riders as “breathtaking”
These are just a sampling of the highlights to be experienced on the Amazing Ecuador tour:
Day 1: The first day’s itinerary includes stops at the Inti-fian Museum directly on the equator; the world-famous Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge; and a tour of the El Quetzal chocolate factory to learn about how organic chocolate is grown, harvested and processed.
Day 2: Riding into the Rio Intag Cloudforest with a stop at the Nangulvi volcanic baths before heading to the leather market in Cotacachi. After a stop at the sacred Peguche Falls it’s on to the textile market in Otavalo- one of South America's biggest outdoor markets.
Day 3: It begins on an ancient Incan cobblestone road that lead deep into the rainforest and the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve. The snow-capped Cayambe volcano is the only place where the Earth’s equator passes through snow. The day ends soaking in the luxurious hot springs at Papallacta.
Day 4: A spectacular 10,000-foot drop in altitude on the eastern slopes of the Andes brings the tour into the Upper Amazon. After a guided tour of the Jumandi Caves riders will cross the mighty Rio Napo River on a one-lane wire bridge to reach the Cotococha Amazon Lodge.
Day 5: A motorized canoe ride up the Napo River and a hike with a native guide into the Amazon rainforest is followed by leisurely floating back to the lodge through the Amazon on inner tubes. Then it’s tackling twisty, cliff-hanging roads, past gorgeous waterfalls as riders climb back into the Andes to reach the volcanic hot springs in Banos for another relaxing soak.
Day 6: This is a “rest” day in Banos where riders can tackle world-class whitewater rapids, rappel down canyon walls, bungee jump, ride down a volcano on a mountain bike, rock climb, hike in the jungle, or just hangout in the local bars, restaurants, and soak in the volcanic hot springs.
Day 7: The ride resumes by circling the active Tungarahua volcano on a dirt road and then climbing to 14,500 feet into the Chimborazo National Wildlife Refuge and around the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest landmass in the world.
Day 8: The Antiqua Ruta a Guaranda is one of the most incredible motorcycle roads in the world and “canyon carving” will never be the same afterwards. The tour goes through historic Spanish towns and indigenous villages with their local markets to arrive at Quilotoa Crater Lake.
Day 9: From the remote indigenous village of Sigchos riders will follow an ancient cobblestone road, then dizzying switchbacks to reach a section of the Pan-American Highway known as the Avenue of Volcanoes on their way back to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito and home base of Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental.
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