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Motorcycle Ramble : Ecuador

Ecuador: A Journey Across Worlds


Raphael, travel designer

4 490  / pilot
3 390  / pillion
2 departures
Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to November
Duration 12 days incl.
9 days'riding
Level Intermediate
Guide English-speaking
tour leader
Accommodation Standard/comfort
Prix 4 490 € / pilot
3 390 € / pillion
Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to November
Duration 12 days incl.
9 days'riding
Level Intermediate
tour leader
Accommodation Standard/comfort
From 4 490 € / pilot
3 390 € / pillion

12 stages - 1780 km

J1 / Arrive in Quito

You’re greeted at the airport and taken straight to your hotel. Spend your first day strolling around the streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This city was built on the foundations of an ancient Inca site and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Spend some time visiting the colonial centre, known for its colourful streets, fantastic architecture and sculptures. Overnight stay at a central hotel.

J2 / Quito - Chugchilan - 93 miles

The adventure begins! We head towards Chugchilan at 3200m altitude. From the get-go, we can admire a spectacular view of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” and the imposing Cotopaxi volcano, offering superb landscapes. We take mountain roads through traditional villages and farms along mountain roads. We end up in the small indigenous village of Chugchilan surrounded by lush greenery, where we spend the night. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

J3 / Chugchilan - Banos - 105 miles

We start the day early to admire the best view of Quilotoa Lake from the edge of the 2.5-mile wide crater. We gain in altitude on windy Andes roads through tiny countryside villages. All the way, we enjoy the views of Tungurahua, an active volcano, before descending to 1820 m altitude in Baños. As its name in Spanish suggests, the city boasts wonderful hot springs, so you can enjoy a relaxing dip at the end of the day. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

J4 / Banos - Macas - 117 miles

We have a slow start in Baños, where the climate is spring-like year-round. We take the road towards the Amazon, known as the “waterfall route” – given the sheer number of falls – with Pastaza River below, which flows into the great Amazon River. The place is perfect for getting a good dose of adrenaline with a zip line over the waterfalls. We can also get up close and personal with the impressive waterfall, “Pailon del Diablo”, the devil’s pot. We continue our descent making the most of magnificent views over the Amazonian basin. With a little luck, we will be able to admire the active snow-capped volcano Sangay Volcano en route before arriving in the quiet town of Macas, with a rich heritage thanks to the traditions of the surrounding Shuar tribes. Take some time to relax next to the hotel’s swimming pool.

J5 / Macas – Cuenca - 138 miles

We leave Macas to cross the Amazon in the cool of the morning in search of the best beaches. Riding through the Amazon Rainforest, we enjoy the views of flowing rivers and small neighbouring communities before climbing in altitude towards the Andes. We spot waterfalls cascading through lush, green valleys. We take a short break in a village where we get the chance to meet some locals before heading back on the road towards Cuenca, a colonial city known as the gem of the Andes. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel in the town centre.

J6 / Cuenca – Guayaquil - 122 miles

On leaving Cuenca, we cross El Cajas National Park. It is home to wonderfully diverse landscapes, from crystal-clear lakes to Alpine grasslands and lush cloud forests. From there we start our descent from 4000 m altitude to sea level by riding through the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve to arrive at the heart of banana, cacao and pineapple plantations. Thanks to its thriving farming industry, this region has made Ecuador the world’s biggest banana exporter. We spend the evening in the port city of Guayaquil and stay at a modern, comfortable hotel.

J7 / Guayaquil - Puerto Lopez - 171 miles

Today, we experience a complete change of scenery! We ride to Puerto Lopez along the Ruta del Sol which takes the coastal roads. We pass through beautiful distinctive villages, then at the first opportunity we divert onto side roads with much better views of the beaches and some tracks. The Manabi region is renown for their fresh fish and seafood, especially their ceviche, so upon arriving in Puerto Lopez you will have the opportunity to sample some of their finest dishes.. You’ll also be able to enjoy a dip in the sea or the the hotel swimming pool! Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

J8 / Explore Puerto Lopez

This well-deserved rest day is perfect for exploring the village and its lively fishing port. There are also other options, like excursions, visits or just relaxing. For those who like boat trips, we recommend exploring Plata Island, similar to the Galapagos Islands and home to many animal species. For those who prefer, we can organise a turtle-spotting snorkelling session. You can also make the most of the protected idyllic beaches of Machalilla National Park, which will tempt you to relax or go for a stroll. Or why not visit Agua Blanca? It’s a pre-Inca community and museum full of archaeological remains with a sulphur lagoon and mud baths. And there’s nothing like ending the day with a platter of freshly caught seafood with the sun setting as your backdrop. We spend the evening in the town. Overnight stay at the hotel.

J9 / Puerto Lopez - Canoa - 132 miles

We follow the Pacific Ocean a little further north along the famous Ruta de Spondylus, which takes us through small fishing villages and past paradise beaches. We then take the road through rice paddies and exotic fruit plantations. Let the sweet smell of pineapple and dragon fruit captivate you. You may even be able to ride on the beach between San Clemente and Bahia de Caraquez, depending on the tide and the group’s preference. At the end of the day, we reach Canoa, a small fishing village turn popular surfing spot. An iced coconut or a cocktail watching the sunset will make you want to stay forever. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.

J10 / Canoa - Los Bancos - 162 miles

We start the day riding along the coast, weaving between exotic fruit plantations and panoramic views over the Manabi beaches. At a village crossroads, we venture onto trails that meander through prawn farms. We take a break en route at Pedernales beach, where we cross the equator’s invisible line for the first time. We sample some local sweets made of coconut, peanut and sugar cane. We leave the coast behind us and gradually find ourselves surrounded by more greenery, forests and humidity as we cross the Manabi “savannah” between hills and typical Montubio towns – the people from Ecuador's coastal countryside region. We continue our ascent and reach the cloud forest region at 1100 m altitude. Overnight stay in an atypical hotel.

J11 / Los bancos - Quito - 68 miles

The adventure is not over. The cloud forest and Mindo National Reserve are full of surprises and it’s a real treat to explore their long, winding roads. The region is rich in biodiversity with a huge variety of hummingbirds, but it is also the cradle of excellent artisan coffee and chocolate factories. On crossing the equator as we head to to the capital, we'll find a monument marking the location of the line and an interactive museum that we take the time to visit. The only thing left to do now is to get back Quito city centre.

J12 / Quito

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to spend a few hours in Quito. You’re transferred to the international airport.

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