Three Worlds Self Guided – Self Guided Adventure
Get ready for an exciting adventure in a country of wonderful varieties, natural beauties, and countless treasures. Ecuador is a country of stunning contrasts where the highest peaks of Mitad del Mundo, descend to the rivers of the dense Amazon basin to reach its final destiny, the deep blue Pacific Ocean.
We offer you the most rewarding experience, riding across Ecuador enjoying the unique sensation a motorcycle can offer you on this self-guided tour. Our pre-programmed GPS will take you where our best choice hotels and eco-lodges have been booked beforehand.
QUITO – PAPALLACTA – TENA – BAÑOS
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 and safety, you’ll be on your way.
After that, you’ll continue on your way to Baños de Agua Santa, passing over the highlands of the Antisana Ecological National Park and descending through one of the gateways to the Amazon basin to Tena city where you can have lunch. A referral of places will be given to you. After having a good meal and enjoying the local gastronomy, you’ll head to Baños riding along the Amazon basin – Sierra border.
After checking in at the hotel where everything is ready to welcome you after your first day of adventure, your rooms will be ready and you will be given the keys based on single occupancy, (unless requested otherwise), you can go ahead and relax, unpack and enjoy the surroundings.
Once in the mood for partying, head out to a bar with a courtesy drink, and then off to the most popular club in Baños to enjoy a night out if you wish to have it.
ACTIVITY DAY IN BAÑOS
Today, you’ll start a full day thrilled with activities, visiting the main natural attractions of Baños de Agua Santa. You will be able to choose three types of activities depending on your likes, where you can just follow your instincts.
Ziplining is a great adventure activity to do if you are looking for a rush and to watch a unique view. You will be tied to a cable with a harness in any position you prefer; you can go sitting down, on your stomach (superman), or hanging from your feet like a bat. You will cross the Pastaza river below you and spot all kinds of birds and trees that makeup Baños. This is an activity we definitely recommend.
The Pailon del diablo or devil’s cauldron is the #1 attraction in Baños and we definitely suggest you pick this activity. A 5-minute ride away from the previous attractions, we’ll ride right outside the entrance of the Devil’s den. You will need to hike down for about 15 minutes to arrive at the waterfall. During this hike, you will see all types of birds and plants that will catch your attention.
At night, after a succulent dinner, you can head out to Leprechaun bar, this is one of the nightlife hot spots for tourists and locals alike.
BAÑOS – CHIMBORAZO – CUENCA
An early day starts with breakfast, get your gear and luggage ready, and continue with the adventure. Cuenca, a city known as being the most delightful city in the country awaits you. The ride will go through the Mountain region to the south of the country, passing alongside the emblematic Chimborazo Volcano, the highest volcano in the world measured from the center of the earth.
Cuenca counts with a Colonial and historical contrast. Here is the Homero Ortega Panama hat factory, where you can watch the complete manufacturing process of the hats. You’ll see them handcrafted right in front of you and then taken to the main plaza to be sold. Calderon Park is so full of history and it counts with a unique colonial and historical contrast that will open its doors to you. Cuenca is filled with beauties, full of lights surrounded by the Old and the New Cathedrals. The Old Cathedral was built around the 1500s, used as a church before, now it has become a museum to showcase its beautiful architecture. The newer Cathedrals have a different architecture, being a more gothic style but just as wonderful. Head to the selected hotel, that after today’s riding will be a blessing to your body. It counts with thermal waters, reassuring your complete rest. A dinner based on local cuisine will make you taste a bit more of the diverse Ecuadorian gastronomy.
CUENCA – INGAPIRCA – GUAYAQUIL
After having a proper breakfast early in the morning, you’ll ride back up north to the Ingapirca ruins. The remaining of the only Sun temple of the Inca empire was a place also designed to aid in military strategies. A tour around the ruins will be held there by local professional guides if you wish to take it.
After your tour is complete, start heading west towards the coast, but not first having a proper lunch based on local cuisine. You’ll reach Guayaquil, one of the main country ports, where your hotel will be ready to greet you.
GUAYAQUIL – MONTAÑITA
The first thing you notice when you wake up is the warmth of the Ecuadorian coast, having breakfast in one of the main cities of the country, then, take direction to the famous Spondylus route, known for assembling the whole coast profile. Head to Montanita town, an international convention center for all tourists and sports. Montanita is also known for its nightlife and fun everywhere.
The hotel carefully selected, will make you feel a groovy sensation as soon as you check-in. In the same hotel, a surfing lesson is included, which allows you to blend with the locals in their venue.
At night, you will enjoy the beach ambiance, just remember that we’ll need you in one piece the next day to continue with your adventure.
MONTAÑITA – LOS FRAILES – MANTA
Having stomachs full, you’ll continue the Spondylus route through a beautiful landscape and a road filled with twisties towards Los Frailes beach counted as one of the most breathtaking beaches in Ecuador. This is an exclusive place, as not many tourists know about the existence of the beach which makes it one of the greatest spots to rest and shoot some awesome pictures.
Continue with the Spondylus a few hours north, Manta, another important city on the country coast will be waiting with a delightful meal and our hotel. Manta’s gastronomy is based on traditional seafood dishes with a few changes from the locals.
MANTA – SANTO DOMINGO – QUITO
Having a full blast and getting to know all three worlds in a short time now takes an amazing end. You’ll return to Quito from Manta in a transition from Coast to highlands based on tunnels made out of tree branches. After breakfast, we’ll have a full day of riding ahead of us. Passing by notorious towns on the way back like Santo Domingo, known for its unique tribe locals who dye their hair red with spices. All these climate changes from one landscape to another, from cotton tree fields to potato farms, from a Spondylus route to twisty and fun roads across the mountains will lead us back to Quito. The changes between weather and landscape are noticeable within few kilometers and will let you experience our three worlds one last time before closing our adventure.
We’ll finish your Ecuadorian experience at our headquarters in Quito, where it all began; be ready to tell us your stories over a cold local beer.