Ecuador attracts adventure riders from around the globe, with its varied topography and ideal climates, the riding is outstanding. During this tour you will ride to mountain villages, you will cross the equator, see volcanoes, crater lakes, historic towns, and world heritage sites.
This tour requires riders to have off-road riding experience. Rider education is recommended.
Upon your arrival in Quito you will be greeted by one of our guides who will be holding a sign with your name.
Later on you will visit the old town also known as the historic center of Quito. This colonial city was the first to be declared a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 1978 due to having the best preserved historic center in the Americas. You will visit the highlights such as La Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de San Francisco and the impressive Basilica de Voto Nacional. During this time you will learn of Quito’s turbulent history as well as taking in the sights and sounds of daily Ecuadorian life.
Today your adventure with the motorbike starts. You will drive from Quito to Mindo a colorful charming city.
On the way to Mindo you will descend from a wonderful cloud forest through the enormous Tandayapa canyon. Once arriving in Mindo you will visit spectacular waterfalls tucked inside the lush cloud forest and then head to a butterfly farm where you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of native butterflies.
Today you will drive back to Quito. You will make a stop at the Mitad del Mundo meaning ‘middle of the world’. This is the point where you can stand with one foot in the Southern hemisphere and the other in the North. The Intiñan Museum shows an interesting range of experiments to demonstrate the uniqueness and magic of this special location.
After visiting the museum your drive will go on to the Teleferico where you will take the cable car up to the Pichincha mountains.
You will have spectacular views of the city itself from these great heights and be able to enjoy the sights of many of the other volcanic peaks that make up the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’.
Later on you will drive to the Hosteria PapaGayo in Machachi.
On the way to the Illiniza mountain you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Volcanos.
Once arriving at the Illinizas you can make your way and hike along the volcano. The Illinizas are a pair of volcanic mountains. They are separated by a kilometer long saddle. You will have amazing views of snow – capped mountains.
Later on you will drive back to the Hosteria PapaGayo, where you will stay the night.
Today you will make your way to Chugchilán. This is a tiny Andean village that has been greatly enriched by ecotourism but maintains its age-old ways.
From here you can hike to nearby villages, visit a cooperatively run cheese factory (6.5km west of town) or ride horses into the nearby cloud forest.
Today you will first drive to the Quilotoa Crater Lagune. Quilotoa is a must-see when visiting Ecuador. This volcanic crater is filled with crystal-blue water and holds a special place in local indigenous mythology for being bottomless. You’ll also pass through the canyon of Zumbahua which makes for a great photo opportunity and close to there you will visit an indigenous family. When you reach Quilotoa itself you can walk down from the rim to the water’s edge and appreciate it´s beauty up close for yourself. The hike back up is rather steep however there is always the option of renting a mule for a few extra dollars.
Later on you will drive to Salinas de Guaranda, which is a small village. It is famous for its brand of cheeses as well as wool spinning.
You will stay the night there.
Today you will drive to Ecuador´s highest mountain, the impressive Chimborazo volcano (6,268m). The peak is the farthest point from the center of the Earth due to the bulge in the Earth´s surface around the equator. Chimborazo National Park is also unique because it is home to the beautiful Vicuña, a relative of the llama and alpaca, an animal that was protected by the Incas during their rule.
At the end of the day you will drive to Baños. There you will stay the night.
ds we will leave the Avenue of Waterfalls for a transfer to Tena, where you will check in in you hotel and have dinner.
Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. It is known as the ‘Gateway to the Amazon’ as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. Also a major religious centre with Catholics believers saying that the Virgin Mary appeared near the waterfalls to protect the city from natural disasters. This is because the city is overshadowed by the highly active Tungurahua volcano. During your day in Baños you begin by visiting the magical waterfalls of Pailón del Diablo and you will use a cable car across a ravine to see Manto de la Novia up close in person.
You will drive one last time with your motorbike to the Cotopaxi National park. You will park the bikes at the entrance and a car and a local guide will take you to the park. It is one of the highest active snow-caped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s (5,897m) symmetric cone rises up from a vast plain that is home to llamas, condors and herds of wild horses. Cotopaxi National Park tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park we hike up to the refuge, which is situated at 4,810m on the Cotopaxi snowline.
Later on you will take the bikes back to Quito and then have a transfer which brings you to Papallacta. It is home to hot thermal springs. The water is heated by the subterranean activity of the Antisana volcano. The series of pools sits in between the foot of the Andean mountains and the start of the Amazon region. Needless to say the surrounding landscape makes this a special place to relax in. You are free to decide if you prefer relaxing in the thermal baths or indulging in luxurious spa treatments.
You will be picked up by one of our drivers and taken to the airport to catch your flight.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.