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Motorcycle Ramble : Ecuador

Ecuador: A Journey Across Worlds

Raphael

Raphael, motorbike trip designer

Originally from Normandy, Raphaël is an adventurer who has fallen under the spell of Latin America. "In 2011, I set off on a long journey on my own. I started with Central America, then I arrived in Ecuador and I was immediately hooked." He has been a motorbike guide for 9 years now and loves creating new motorbike trips to help you discover destinations off the beaten track.

4 490  / rider
3 390  / pillion
3 departures
Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to November
Duration 12 days incl.
9 days'riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
Guide English-speaking
tour leader
Accommodation Standard/comfort
Price 4 490 € / rider
3 390 € / pillion
Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to November
Duration 12 days incl.
9 days'riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
English-speaking
tour leader
Accommodation Standard/comfort
From 4 490 € / rider
3 390 € / pillion
Welcome to Ecuador, a country on the west coast of South America, crossed by the equator line, which gives it its name. With its majestic volcanoes, lush tropical forests, white sandy beaches and picturesque colonial cities, Ecuador offers a range of landscapes and fascinating cultures. The best way to explore these landscapes is on a motorbike trip in Ecuador. Nature lovers will be delighted by the rich biodiversity of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands, while history and culture buffs will appreciate the pre-Columbian archaeological sites and the ever-present indigenous traditions. Come and explore Ecuador on a real motorbike adventure with Vintage Rides!

12 stages - 1780 km


D1 / 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.

D2 / 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.

D3 / 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.

D4 / 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.

D5 / 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.

D6 / Cuenca – Ballenita - 206 miles

We leave the colonial centre of Cuenca at dawn to prepare for a long, easy day in terms of terrain. We take advantage of this early start to benefit from the best possible climate in the Cajas National Park. A fantastic climb across the high altitude lakes to get above 4150m. We stop off at the edge of the Torrreadora lagoon, the largest in the national park, to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region. You won't want to miss out on the descent to the coast and the passage through the clouds on endless curves. Once we reach sea level, we cross the Guayas region, specialising in the production of bananas, cocoa and other exotic fruits (pineapple, maracuya). We pass along the Churubute mangrove ecological reserve before finally crossing the metropolis of Guayaquil, the country's largest city and an industrial and commercial centre. After this obligatory passage, we get back on the main roads to reach our long-awaited destination as quickly as possible: the Pacific. What a pleasure to taste a fresh coconut or an ice cream. We arrive in the Santa Elena region, with its lush coastline. An unusual place awaits us in Ballenita, lulled by the breeze and the waves below. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D7 / Ballenita- Puerto Lopez - 63 miles

Relaxing day after the long day of bonding yesterday. What's better to enjoy the seaside and start the day with a dip in the ocean or the hotel's infinity pool? Enough to recharge the batteries to continue on a half-day drive along the coast. Beaches, fishing villages and surf spots line our landscape with stops to taste the delicious Costena gastronomy, rich in freshly caught fish and seafood. So much variety of ingredients and flavor combinations, always accompanied by its famous fresh coconut. We stop in Valdivia to learn more about this ancient, pre-Inca culture, which gives its roots and heritage to the region, before continuing our exploration of the Ruta del Spondylus, a typical shell of the Ecuadorian coast which served as currency exchange previously. Along the way, we pass the famous Montanita beach, a festive village known internationally for its nightlife and art, to finally arrive at our destination: Puerto Lopez. Small fishing town but also rich in its tourist interest. It is in fact the starting point for discovering the Isla de la Plata (Little Galapagos), visiting the neighboring Machalilla Maritime National Park, but also seeing humpback whales up close, depending on the migration season. A relaxing day awaits us in this place mixing nightlife and the tranquility of the authenticity of the place. Night in a comfortable hotel.

D8 / 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.

D9 / 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.

D10 / Canoa -Mindo - 173miles

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 hotel.

D11 / Mindo - Quito - 62  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.

D12 / 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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Extension: Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador. Because of their ecological importance, the Galapagos Islands have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and are protected by a national park. A 4-day trip to the Galapagos Islands offers a unique opportunity to discover the beauty and natural diversity of this emblematic archipelago. You can explore different islands and see endemic species such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas and Galapagos albatrosses up close. It's an unforgettable experience that will immerse you in the unspoilt nature of the Galapagos Islands.

Extension: Extra night in Quito

Book an extra night in Quito, before or after your motorbike road trip, in the starting hotel of the itinerary. Includes: one night with breakfast.

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