⌵ 🏁 THEME: Spondylus
- Type: Self Guided Tour
- Distance: 1499 km (940 miles)
- Time: 6 days / 5 nights
- Road type: 100% Asphalt
- Vegetation: Highland forest, Rain forest, Coast line
- Weather: Mainly warm, Chill on highlands
- Guide rider: English, German, Spanish
- Rate: PG13, Long Ride.
On this tour, you will be part of 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 experience.
⌵ DAY-1: Quito - Riobamba -Guayaquil
DAY-1. Quito - Riobamba -Guayaquil
Distance: 434km (280 miles)
We’ll have a briefing in our 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, we’ll depart on our way. The departure will be by 9 after all the formalities.
The final destination for this day will be Guayaquil. We’ll descend through part of the Volcano avenue, enjoying the sightseeing of Cotopaxi, Illinizas and Chimborazo, the highest mountain in the world measured from the center of the earth. We’ll reach Riobamba where is a good spot for lunch, we know exactly where to take you to have the meal you need. Then continuing with the trajectory towards Guayaquil. We’ll pass by the mid country highlands, then to descend to the Coast line passing through varied colorful small towns.
After our first day of journey, your rooms at a pretty new hotel will be ready based on single occupancy (unless requested otherwise).
Dinner will be provided at a fancy restaurant near by the hotel where we’ll review the happenings of that day.
⌵ DAY-2: Guayaquil - Salinas - Montañita
DAY-2: Guayaquil - Salinas - MontañitaDistance: 226km (141 miles).
When you wake up, you already feel the breeze of the coast line while you are having breakfast. Having Salinas as the starting point for the Spondylus route, we’ll visit la Chocolatera and mommies that dates from 6000 years old which tells the story of this parts of the country. As we head north on your motorcycle rental, feeling the freedom of the wind in a warm coast. The idea is to reach Montañita early so you can enjoy fully such an iconic town visited by many and pretty rich in culture. Our hotel is in the middle of the town. Surf lessons are included in the afternoon, followed by dinner and then party.
Sea food as main dish changes along the route, so it worth to treat yourself with this gastronomic experience. Our hotel will be ready to welcome you as soon as we arrive.
⌵ DAY-3: Montañita - Puerto Lopez
DAY-3: Montañita - Puerto LopezDistance: 45km (45 miles).
An early start will begin with breakfast and then off to Puerto Lopez, where a full day tour will be waiting for us at La Isla De La Plata, where snorkeling and whale seeing will take place. Besides us, a local english speaking guide will be with you at all times throughout the day.
A very special place has been selected for you to stay over night. This Eco-Lodge has unconventional decorations all over and every room has a theme, that has been the hard labor of an Italian and Swiss artist in the country for the last 18 years. Also the best place to have dinner.
⌵ DAY-4: Puerto Lopez - Manta - Crucita
DAY-4: Puerto Lopez - Manta - CrucitaDistance: 140km (88 miles).
Leaving Puerto Lopez with a full stomach we’ll continue with the Spondylus route towards Manta , visiting first Los Frailes Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country in a protected area. The curvy roads to reach this place will make time to just fly. As soon as we reach Manta, Playa del Murcielago will be the spot to try the local cuisine, while enjoying the Pacific breeze. Also on the way, we’ll see the locals working on their Shrimp farms, which covers many acres of terrain.
As soon as you take off with a happy spirit, the next point is Crucita, where the hotel will be ready to receive us based on single occupancy. Depending the wind conditions, a paragliding flight will be ready for us as soon as we’re done with the check in. We’ll fly over a cliff with laminar winds admiring the sight of the coast all the way to Manta, where you had lunch.
This small town is also known by their covachas at the beach. Lovely cocktails are served passed sunset time with music and a very refreshing environment, just few meters away from your hotel.
⌵ DAY-5: Crucita - Bahía - Mompiche
DAY-5: Crucita - Bahía - MompicheDistance: 247km (154 miles)
Starting your day with a glorious breakfast, the ride will pass through several villages that lets you know the story of how these were formed; based on immigrants that traveled from other countries, including slaves from Africa in colonial times.
As soon as we reach Bahia de Caraquez, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the coast, a tour on kayaks will be waiting for us. Again, the cuisine changes in the Shrimp’s Capital. With a full stomach, we can take our motorcycles towards Pedernales. The village became famous after a 7.2 earth quake that hit Ecuador in 2016, being one of the strongest we ever had.
Riding north, on one of the most fun and twisty roads at sea level, we’ll reach today’s destination: Mompiche. This town belongs to the province of Esmeraldas. The coast on this province will delight your sight with their small islands all over the coast. Local fishermen are pretty friendly and happy to tell stories and explain their work, which besides tourism, is the second biggest income they have.
⌵ DAY-6: Mompiche - Quito
DAY-6:Mompiche - QuitoDistance: 407km (254 miles)
Returning to Quito, after your breakfast. The changes in weather starts up again as we start ascending to the Andes. Make sure you have inner layers and warm clothes handy. We’ll pass by Santo Domingo de los Colorados, which is the perfect stop for lunch. A diversity of food can be found on this city.
The ride up can be quite challenging as altitude is raised in a short period of time. The office will be waiting for you at our headquarters with a warm drink or a beer, whichever suits you best and to hear your stories and experiences.
⌵ WHAT TO EXPECT:
At your hotel from the airport, drop us a line to arrange the details for the meeting the night before your tour. If you wish to be picked up at the airport for us, we can arrange it to bring you to your hotel in Quito at a cost of USD 25.
In the briefing we will review your tour package and will got through your selected gear. Upon a quick talk on safety, country laws, get to meet your tour guide and goodies about the tour, we’ll enjoy a nice dinner admiring the view of the city lights.
Our first day will start pretty early. You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30.
Upon the end of your tour, we’ll have a quick talk to know how you liked it, and have a beer along.
⌵ WHAT’S INCLUDED:
- Ready to roll fully fueled unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental with all the toys installed.
- We do provide you with Helmets (2), however, we know how comfortable a trip can be with your own gear in hand, specially helmets and boots. Hence, if you prefer to bring your own helmet and boots, we can store them, until the end of your stay in Ecuador so it won’t be a hassle.
- GPS tracking system with a panic button on each bike for you to use, and with it, 24 hour assistance from our support center.
- Single occupancy base in 4 star luxury hotel and eco-lodges.
- Briefing the day before we start. (here is where your adventure begins).
- Specified Meals in the tour (breakfasts and recommendations about where to eat).
- Bullet proof Travel Insurance. Please visit our insurance page for details: www.ecuadorbikerental.com/insurance
- Activities specified in tour.
- Souvenir Buff.
- First aid kit
- Voucher for a security deposit using a major card is required.
- Ecuador IVA tax (if you’re Ecuadorian).
- Hotel accomodations before and after your tour.
- Alcholic beverages.