⌵ 🏁 THEME: Spondylus

⌵ 🏁 THEME: Spondylus
  • Type: Guided Tour
  • Distance: 1464 km (909 miles)
  • Time: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Road type: 90% Asphalt, 10% Gravel
  • Vegetation: Highland forest, Rain forest, Coast line
  • Weather: Mainly warm, Chill on highlands
  • Guide rider: English, German, Spanish
  • Rate: PG13, Long Ride.

⌵ INFO:

⌵ INFO:
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 merges towards the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

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.

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.


We strongly recommend you to arrive at least 2 days earlier so you have some spare time to get use 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. The first settlers were the Quitu people: they were eventually subjugated by the Caras culture. Sometime in the fifteenth century, the city and region were conquered by the mighty Inca Empire, based out of Cuzco to the south. Quito prospered under the Inca and soon became the second most important city in the Empire. Quito was plunged into civil war sometime around 1526. Inca ruler Huayna Capac died and two of his many sons, Atahualpa and Huáscar, began to fight over his empire. Atahualpa had the support of Quito, whereas Huáscar's power base was in Cuzco. Atahualpa prevailed in 1532 after his forces routed Huáscar's at the gates of Cuzco. Huáscar was captured and would later be executed on Atahualpa's orders.

In 1532 Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro arrived and took Atahualpa captive. Atahualpa was executed in 1533, which turned as-yet unconquered Quito against the Spanish invaders, as Atahualpa was still much beloved there. Two different expeditions of conquest converged on Quito in 1534, led by Pedro de Alvarado and Sebastián de Benalcázar respectively. The people of Quito were tough warriors and fought the Spanish every step of the way, most notably at the Battle of Teocajas. Benalcázar arrived first only to find that Quito had been razed by general Rumiñahui to spite the Spanish. Benalcázar was one of 204 Spaniards to formally establish Quito as a Spanish city on December 6, 1534, a date which is still celebrated in Quito.

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. Quito has invested a great deal recently in restoring what locals call "el centro historico" and the results are impressive. Elegant theatres such as the Teatro Sucre and Teatro México are open and show concerts, plays and even the occasional opera. A special squad of tourism police is detailed to the old town and tours of old Quito are becoming very popular. Restaurants and hotels are flourishing in the historic city center. Much worth so to be visited.

⌵ DAY-1: Quito - Nono - Mindo

⌵ DAY-1: Quito - Nono - Mindo

DAY-1. Quito - Nono - Mindo


Distance: 80km (52 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.

On our first day, as soon as we leave Quito, we’ll start ascending on the first 18km of the route towards a lovely town called Nono. A small town hidden just at the base of Pichincha volcano with its silent streets, houses with thick walls made of adobe and elderly people will make you feel as a rupture in time just happened, and where our off-road will start. As soon as we get to its plaza, we’ll check our bikes and make sure everyone feels safe with the riding style of the whole group.

As soon as we are ready, we’ll start our riding through an easy off-road on the humming bird route. At the Yanacocha protected forest, with a huge array of bird species, such us: Blue-back conebill, Golden crown tanager, Scarlet-belliet tanager, black chested tanager, among others, this route presents the perfect fusion of a barely touched transition between the Highlands and Mindo’s rain forest. Its flora is one of a kind given the differences in altitude presented along the route, and the natural water stream descending from the Volcano Pichincha, to which we’ll be riding near by most of the time until we get to Tandayapa Valley and San Tadeo.

As soon as we get to E28 route towards West, we’ll take a detour to Mindo’s rain forest. A place like no other, it serves as the gateway from the Andes to the Pacific Coast line. And due to these changes in climate that are very depending on the altitude change, the fauna found here is so dense and varied. The immense amount of bird species (counted as 450 so far) and more than 300 species of orchids, makes it one of the best spots in the world for bird watching. Its walking paths deep in the forest makes it perfect to relax and get lost in the wild for a bit.

Mindo is part of the Chocolate Eco-Route that starts from Puerto Quito all the way to Tena in the north west part of the country. A tour is provided for you to delight yourself with the different varieties and flavors that are produced in the area mixed with he two kinds of chocolate beans Ecuador produces.

Since, we will be arriving early to Mindo, it will give us the chance to take our motorcycle rentals and ride around town and its back roads. As part of the guided tour, we’ll take the chance to enjoy the chocolate tour, also the butterfly farm, the biggest in Ecuador, and fly over the rain forest towards the Nambillo waterfall using a 900 meter zip line.

Once we have delight our senses, having a first amazing day in Mindo, we can go back to our hotel where a french-Ecuadorean gastronomy will be the responsible of our dinner.

⌵ DAY-2: Mindo - Crucita - Manta

⌵ DAY-2: Mindo - Crucita - Manta

DAY-2: Guayaquil - Salinas - Montañita

Distance: 312 km (194 miles)

One of our longest riding day is about to start. We’ll wake up fresh in the morning accompanied by the singing of the humming birds at the window of our Eco-Lodge. A pretty well sorted breakfast will be served so we can start up with our trip towards the Coast line.

On our way descending from the Andes, we’ll have to cross some highlands to reach the Pacific line. This fluctuation in altitude is the main promotor for the diversity in flora and fauna of these surroundings. It will take us few hours to reach Santo Domingo de los Colorados, a city previously owned by the province of Pichincha and now independent. This city is one of the gateways between the Pacific coast and the Andes and the last largest city we will be at before reaching our destination for the day, Manta.

Our way down, is a well maintained asphalt route that has it all: from curvy roads and twisties, to long straights tunneled by trees of different species: Caoba, cacao, tamarindo, guayacan Moringa, among others. One of the coolest places to take photos riding along on your motorcycles.

Once afternoon, we are arriving to Crucita, a small town known by its food, air sports and the beginning of our Spondylus route. From the cliff, you would be able to appreciate the whole town and the lovely Coast line. Here, the wind flies up with a laminar flow, and sports like paragliding are very suited. After having lunch, enjoying the Pacific breeze, a paragliding flight will be waiting for us to be able to see from above the view all along the coast to Manta.

From Crucita to San Pablo de Manta, is about 45 minute riding. We will be able to see cotton tree plantations and as soon as we get closer to the city, a bit more industrialized environment. Manta is one of the main maritime ports in Ecuador, having 10 of the 200 biggest companies of Ecuador surrounding it. Our hotel will be ready for us and single rooms will be assigned to everyone in our party (unless specified otherwise). A tour around the main beach will take place in the afternoon. Playa Murcielago is one of the most significant beaches in Manta. The city also hosts the IRONMAN race.

After a lovely walk at the beach, the hotel will be ready waiting for us with its swimming pools, gym and first class rooms.

If in the mood, we can hit one of the local pubs to talk about the day over a beer.

⌵ DAY-3: Manta - Puerto Lopez

⌵ DAY-3: Manta - Puerto Lopez

DAY-3: Manta - Puerto Lopez

Distance: 97 km (55 miles)

Once rested and having abused of the breakfast buffet provided, We’ll ride towards the south to Puerto Lopez to stay at the most well decorated Eco-Lodge in the coast. This place has its history and has been filled with world wide decoration for the last 18 years. Today will be a resting day at the beach. Our only task will be to hang our hammocks and rest our souls; after all, this is what we came for in the first place. The beautiful and clean white sandy beach is a point of no return… many has decided to stay in this town as a retirement plan, due to be so peaceful and astonishing. Once our luggage is left at the Eco-Lodge and we can travel a bit lighter, we can ride along to the Frailes Beach, which is 20 minutes away to enjoy a beach not visited by many. The beach temperature oscillates between the 25 and 29 degrees almost all year long.

While the done approaches, we’ll go back to Puerto Lopez where we can have a walk to town, which is less than 1 km away, to enjoy the breeze and the sight of a fishing population preparing their boats and nets for the next day. Cobachas at the beach are offering a pretty south american beach ambience.

Despite the short distance between the cities in the coast, its gastronomy is pretty different. All based on sea food, you have the chance to delight yourself with different spices and flavors on: ceviche de camaron, cazuela de mariscos, among other dishes.

Puerto Lopez also belongs to the national park Machalilla, a well protected area and due to this fact, its beauty is closed to untouched. As part of this protected area, places like Ayampe, Islote de los Ahorcados, Isla de la plata and playa de los frailes will be visited as well.As soon as you ride around, you’ll notice a town where time stopped long ago.

This will be the departure point to the next day’s adventure: La Isla de la Plata.

⌵ DAY-4: Puerto Lopez - Isla de la Plata - Puerto Lopez

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

Distance: 0km (0 miles).

A trip by boat is awaiting to la Isla de la Plata, also known as the poor man’s Galapagos due to the significant resemblance in fauna and flora to the mythical islands.

After 1 hour trip by boat, we’ll encounter an island surrounded by sea turtles and all sort of corals and fish schools. They will be approaching to the boat for us to see them. We’ll disembark in the island and next will be to have a walk towards the highest point, where several paths divert to south or west. Regardless 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 we walk, a local guide will explain the reason why its called the silver island, its history and an the ecological conservation of this place and its fauna. After lunch, we’ll go on the boat towards the was side of the island to be able to do snorkeling and delight ourselves with the immense variety of fish and corals around the island.

⌵ DAY-5: Puerto Lopez - Montañita

DAY-5: Puerto Lopez - Montañita

Distance: 46 km

Another short riding day to be able to enjoy the beach as much as we can. To take the most of it, we will leave early towards Montañita, an Iconic beach. A town that started with a handful of local fishermen and a few foreign hippies has evolved into a vast cultural melting pot of people from all nations and walks of life.  In addition to U.S. expats, residents of Montanita include Argentinians, Jamaicans, Russians, Australians, Canadians, Germans, and an assortment of other Europeans.

As diverse as their nationalities are the lifestyles of those who live there.  As opposed to the rest of Ecuador, which remains fairly conservative, differences are celebrated–applauded even–in Montanita.  Locals voice approval to same-sex couples who show public affection, something that would be frowned upon elsewhere in the country.

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.

Montanita is located on the coast of Ecuador, just one degree from the equator.  It has a tropical climate and no elevation to provide relief from the heat.  As weather conditions go, those in Montanita aren’t among the more bearable. Like most tropical climates, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the seasons.  The low rarely falls below 70, and the highs are usually in the mid 80’s.  That sounds nice, but when you factor in the humidity it often feels much hotter.

Regardless, though, many swimmers and surfers are willing to brave a little drizzle in order to avoid any downtime in their beach-going experience.

Our 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 where you decide to surf, you can opt for a more challenging activity. Once we had a good story to tell, we can head to our single occupancy room to refresh ourselves, 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. Keep this in mind so you won’t miss any of it.

⌵ DAY-6: Montañita - Salinas - Guayaquil

DAY-6:Montañita - Salinas - Guayaquil

Distance: 220 km (137 miles)

When you wake up, you already feel the breeze of the coast line while you are having breakfast. Having Salinas as the ending point for our Spondylus route, we’ll visit la Chocolatera , the further out point in the Pacific of all South America. The Chocolatera (the chocolate maker), receives its name after the converge of two main land streams that mixes a brownish tone in the Pacific Ocean. At the site, mommies that dates from 6000 years old tells the story of this parts of the country. As we head east on your motorcycle rental, you will engage the freedom of the wind in a warm coast. Twisty roads will be found at all times while you delight yourself of the beautiful scenery of the changes in landscapes. The Asphalt on this part of the route is first class which allows you to enjoy the curves without worry.

Then we soon approach to the largest city in Ecuador, Guayaquil. Known to be the first maritime port and the biggest in Ecuador, big part of the financial movement happens here. As it is a big city, we’ll go from its surroundings towards our hotel allocated just outside of the metropolitan area. Lots of good restaurants near by for you to choose another variety of sea food, or something more Andean like.

Our hotel has a swimming pool and other amenities that can help you relax after today’s ride. A walk around el malecón and Serro Santa Ana with their colorful streets and stairs. From the top we will be able to see Guayaquil city and its whole extension.

⌵ DAY-7: Guayaquil - Riobamba - Quito

DAY-7:Guayaquil - Riobamba - Quito

Distance: 430 km (267 miles)

After a well deserved breakfast, today’s objetive will be to start climbing up to the Andes from Guayaquil. Once again, the changes in altitude presents the opportunity of a variety of landscapes, and with your powerful motorcycle rentals, you will be able to enjoy the ride at a good pace.

Lots of colorful smalll towns will lead us to the surroundings of the south side of Chimborazo. Being this last one the closest summit to the sun. This is true as if measured from the center of the earth, Chimborazo beats Everest in altitude. As we ride surrounding its base, a proper glance of its magnificence will be the perfect spot for photos. Once in Riobamba, we’ll stop to have lunch and enjoy the local cuisine from this parts. The change in altitude is quite significant, as we’ll be bordering the 3300m (10830ft) from sea level where we started.

Riding in our motorcycles north, another border to cross between the provinces Cotopaxi and Tungurahua, where more volcanoes are on sight: Tungurahua, El Altar and Carihuairazo as the beginning of the Volcano’s avenue. As we approach to the border of the Cotopaxi province, the majestic Cotopaxi is going to give us a glow of its beauty. Known as the perfect volcano, due to its shape, Cotopaxi means “cuello de luna” (Moon’s neck) given the shape it has at night with a full moon. Recently active, this stratovolcano's altitude reaches 5897m (19347ft) above sea level. Just in front of Cotopaxi, across the Panamerican Highway, another two sisters will welcome you: Illiniza North and South.

We finalize our tour entering in Quito from the South, not before be able to see the other volcanoes on the avenue: Cayambe, Guagua Pichincha, and Antisana, being this last one, the one that provides water to Quito city. A welcome package will be waiting for us at the offices, where experiences will be shared over a beer.

⌵ WHAT TO EXPECT:

⌵ WHAT TO EXPECT:
Once you have decided to start with this adventure, we give you the tools to enjoy your riding skills and satisfy your adventurous soul with the best motorcycle rental service out there and in a country that deploys all its beauty just for you. We understand that sometimes, specially traveling with your peers, starting your journey from the center of a main city can be quite challenging due to traffic, stop lights and just by being in a different country, hence, we offer you the chance to pick your motorcycle rentals outside of the city where highways merges for all four directions in the country: north, south, east and west, at no cost. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and will take you where your gear is ready.

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 50 (back and forth).

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.

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:

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Ready to roll fully fueled unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental with all the toys installed.
  • We do provide you with Helmets (2) and all the riding gear needed, 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 (all three daily meals in our selected spots).
  • Bullet proof Travel Insurance. Please visit our insurance page for details: www.ecuadorbikerental.com/insurance
  • Activities specified in tour.
  • Souvenir Buff.
  • First aid kit

EXCLUDES:

  • Voucher for a security deposit using a major card is required.
  • Ecuador IVA tax (if you’re Ecuadorian).
  • Hotel accommodations before and after your tour.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips and extras

⌵ PRICES:

⌵ PRICES:
Brand
Model
Price
Suzuki
DR650
USD 3635
Kawasaki
KLR650
USD 3635
Suzuki
VSTROM650
USD 3939,98
BMW
F700
USD 4016
Aprilia
Caponord
USD 4375
Ducati
Diavel
USD 4375
Pillion
USD 828,18

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Spondylus - guided tour

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