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When visiting foreign countries, the main concern for many is how to maximize their experience.Making the most of every moment, but while in an unfamiliar country,  feels like launching into the unknown. Too many questions, and the one you have to rely on is… in this case (as many others) our dear friend Google. I, like many others, look for a more human-ish response for all my inquiries. 

To begin with this -quite long- path, you have to start thinking about you, your experience, riding abilities, connection with your bike, trails or streets, distances and accommodation. Whenever you have all the general details, start looking for a liable, honest and communicative motorcycle tourist agency… in this case in South America. 

When talking about experience the first thing that comes to mind is years, but we also have to start thinking about experience as where you have been riding, cities with long and modern pavement streets, highways that cross countries… or more adventurous rides on gravel trails, mountains or even small cities located in remote countries. There’s a huge difference on both, and not because of the change in landscapes and air quality, more because of how you will be handling some situations. On streets, you will be facing challenges such as high speed vehicles, tired or distracted drivers and last but not least… missing a turn or the right exit because, yep you were with your head on the clouds while Siri or Google maps were guiding you. On the other hand, Off-road turns the risk factor up a notch, but that is what makes this so exciting, your heart pumping, the adrenaline rushing your veins, senses are firing on all cylinders… while smiling ear to ear, just an “insignificant” bump could turn into a big issue. In both cases, connection with your two wheeled pal is a must, knowing your bike is the best way to have confidence while riding through loose earth or on a nice even street.

100% asphalt or all off-road tour? As I just said, pavement gives you confidence, the facility and comfortness of being in a familiar environment. Luckily most of the countries in SouthAmerica have a great advantage, all of their highways and main streets enjoy of stunning views. A good example for this is Ecuador, riding along the E35 you will be able to admire some colossal volcanos, mountains and magical valleys. Something interesting about this E35, is that it starts in Patagonia (Argentina) crosses Bolivia, then to Peru, Ecuador, through Colombia all the way up to Panama; E35 is commonly known as Panamericana, this giant Hwy ends in Alaska. Getting back to what we started talking about before, 100% asphalt gives you the advantage of having more hotel options, from pure luxury resorts to B&Bs and hostels. Off-roading is completely different, expect more hours of riding to get to your hotels, but will be worth it! However, Ecuador offers great accommodation in remote places, hidden in forest, surrounded with nature, offering a distinct and unforgettable experience to make each guest have the best of our country. While off-roading you will be in places you will ever imagine, expect the unexpected ( in a positive way of course haha) don’t get fooled by the small food places you find on the road, they don’t need huge pompous structures to offer you the most amazing traditional dishes served by the nicest people originate from these far-off towns. Furthermore, you will be facing other types of traffic… from a herd of cattle walking on the trails to a family walking with their donkeys and horses with some produce from their farms, if you asked me? what a show i would say… something not to be missed. 

Miles ahead, your butt is freezed and you have trouble feeling your hands. Distances matter at this point right? Long journeys are not for all… that’s why you should be aware of how long you’re willing to be on the road. We are talking about 3, 5 or 8h or more… it’s all on you, keep in mind you’re not on a rush and the main point is to enjoy this adventure. The longer the distance, the greater the fatigue at the end of the day. As it came up, tiredness after a long ride is common (no matter if you feel like a superhuman while riding, you still need some rest at the end of the day) , so having a good and comfy place to stay is a gift from heaven, choose wisely, better if you can rely on an agency that can offer attractive fares. Prices will be linked to how fancy the place is, but also the location is gonna be a factor to how pricey the hotel comes…the more remote the place is, the higher the price.

Now we have a bunch of information to process… lots of details to sort out, decisions to make, and questions to solve. Finding ourselves stagnated, what to do? what to choose? Agencies like Ecuador bike rental, offer not just already planned tours but also custom tailored tours, with the main idea of being a helpful hand when it comes to maximize every moment in the country. Taking all your needs, all your expectations and making something terrific for each client, taking notice of their experience and budgets. The fact is that we are not selling just tours or trying to do more rentals, our main goal is to give each party or solo rider the best experience they could have in the country. 

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