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⌵ 🏁 THEME: North-West Culture Revival

  • Distance: 450 km (280 miles).
  • Days: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Road type: 55% Asphalt, 45% Gravel
  • Vegetation: High lands, Rain Forest, Amazing Lakes
  • Weather: Chill on highlands
  • Guide rider: English, Spanish
  • Rate: PG13, Culture Ride

⌵ INFO:

⌵ INFO:
The Northwestern part of Pichincha’s province in Ecuador, is well known by nature lovers due to its richness in terms of biodiversity. It is located within a larger area, which stretches onto the eastern part of Colombia, as well as a small corner of Northern Peru and also reaches the region of Darien in Panama. It is one of the 35 areas found worldwide that are considered to be neo-tropical and bio-geographical. This particular region is called Chocó, The total extension of this area is of about 187.000 square kilometers. When speaking of the climate in Ecuador, we can mention that there is a level of humidity, due to the influence and presence of winds that come from the Pacific Ocean charged with water. These crash into the western Andes and all the water is released into the western face of the slopes creating a new ecosystem that we call the Cloudforest, considered as one of the hottest spots for biodiversity in the planet. This means that we will find a region with a significant level of biodiversity including endemic flora and fauna. Ecuador Bike Rental by Sleipner has the perfect route not to damage the ecosystem and for you to delight your sight with such amazing views.

One of our destinations will be a small town called Mindo, located 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital city of Quito, located at 1250 m.a.s.l. (4125 f.a.s.l.). The estimated population of Mindo is of about 2500 inhabitants, whose main activity revolves around agriculture. The temperature of this area stands between 15° to 24° Celsius (59° to 75° Fahrenheit). Among the main natural attractions of Mindo, which characterizes the beauty of the area is the protected forest of “Mindo Nambillo”, which amounts up to 19,000 hectares (47 000 acres) of mostly primary forest. This is an ecological reserve that will allow our customers to observe over a 170 species of orchids, 90 species of butterflies, and over 500 species of birds, many of which are in danger of becoming extinct. Mindo is a beautiful town considered a unique place for the bird watching, all across the guided tour. The biodiversity in this aspect is of such relevance in this are that the birdlife has been declared “Important Bird and Biodiversity Area”, meaning that Mindo is a distinct area around the world, with international significance for the conservation of bids and biodiversity. Just imagine how incredible it would be to have the opportunity of entering this magic world of while engaging in leisure and sporting activities such as canopying, tubing and hiking.

One of the highlights in the area is the Nambillo waterfall. A natural spot that is reached within an hour and a half of moderately riding level. It possesses such a wide variety of flora and fauna which makes the walk through the trail all the more pleasant. There is a natural oasis with a water fall of about 15 meters drop (50 feet) where visitors can freshen up before the journey back, or use it to engage in other activities such as rafting and canyoning.

On day two, the journey begins towards Otavalo, known as the “Intercultural capital of Ecuador”. Here it is possible to enjoy one of the most spectacular landscapes and travel off-road while admiring the countryside cruising on your motorcycle rentals. Imbabura, the province on which Otavalo is located, possesses a huge cultural as well as ethnic diversity, along with handcrafts skillfully created by the locals and a flourishing commercial sector. In this context we can mention that here we can find the largest handcraft market in South America. The province is also the center of important local history. We can also mention the aspect of cultural diversity, thanks to the presence of indigenous musical influences and traditions upheld by the locals and their friendly attitude towards visitors.

⌵ DAY-1: Quito - Nono - Mindo

⌵ DAY-1: Quito - Nono - Mindo

DAY-1: Quito - Nono - Mindo

Distance: 80km (52 miles) Before the day starts we’ll go through a final preparation stage in which the last paperwork will be filled, gear will be given and tested. The motorcycle rental of your choice will also be delivered at this point. Then, after a quick briefing on roads and routes, safety advise and quick guidance, we’ll be on your way. The departure time will be at 9:00 after all the paperwork is settled. After a ride of about 45 minutes we will arrive to the small town of Nono, which has quite an interesting history behind it, agricultural land filled with crops that will offer you colorful landscapes.

After leaving Nono we will pass through the eco-route called “Paseo del Kinde” (Path of the hummingbird), declared as the first bird-watching site in South American. We will have the chance to find ourrselves riding while being surrounded by over 400 different species of birds including 20 different species of hummingbirds. We'll be able to enjoy fauna from the tropical cloud forest. After this you will go back to the main road that takes you to Mindo (E28 Highway). Around noon, is be expected to check-in at the hotel to later have lunch at our Eco-Lodge where biodiversity is combined with the tranquility and comfort and which perfectly combines traditional décor with the surroundings.

Prior to departing towards your chocolate adventure, we will ride on our motorcycle rentals to a canopy that crosses over the Mindo River, its length is a bit over 1 km long.

Ecuadorian cocoa beans are known worldwide, many call this “the food of the gods” and Mindo is also well known for the production of fine chocolate made from prime Ecuadorian cocoa beans, which come from the surrounding area. Cocoa beans are known for having more than 300 health improving properties, since they contain vitamins and minerals as well as healthy doses of potassium and copper, which are mainly useful for cardiovascular health and as energy booster.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to attend what we call “The Chocolate Tour”, where you will witness the different stages for the preparation of Mindo’s fine chocolate, which you probably eat back in your countries and now you get the chance to see the process firsthand from the makers themselves, a unique experience included in out guided tour.

This is an experience that you will be able to share with your family and friends back home! The whole activity lasts for about two hours, filled with pure tasty fun! We will be back at the hotel by 19:00, just in time to take a nice, relaxing shower in the absolute comfort of top accommodations. Then directed to the beautiful restaurant for the last meal of the day.

⌵ DAY-2: Mindo - Nanegalito - Cuicocha - Lago San Pablo

⌵ DAY-2: Mindo - Nanegalito - Cuicocha - Lago San Pablo

DAY-2: Mindo - Nanegalito - Cuicocha - Lago San Pablo

Distance: 180km (112 miles) After breakfast and making sure your batteries are fully charged, we will get on our way to the town of Nanegalito riding on curvy asphalt mainly. The ride lasts for about 45 minutes. There we will start our biggest adventure of the day in terms of the riding difficulty, 4 hours of cross-country. Motorcycle rentals and motorcycle adventure tours in Ecuador are the best way to see all the unbelievably beautiful landscapes of the Andean region. We will then cross the province line into Imbabura, well known internationally for its lakes and the textile and handcrafts indigenous market located in this area. 

Imbabura also possesses beautiful lakes of volcanic origin. The Cuicocha Lake is one of the most beautiful geological formations of the region. Here we will have the chance of eating lunch inside the National Park while enjoying the magnificent views of this natural landscape. After lunch we will take a boat ride in the lake that’s at the center of this active volcano. You will get to learn about local traditions and the story behind the origin of this crater-lake. Finally, before leaving the area of the park we will go through the interpretation center, where we will get to learn more interesting details about this wonderful Ecological Reserve. 

After a short ride, we will arrive to Cotacachi, a city known nationwide for its music and the most important in the northern region. This city is also famous for its leather commodities, where the ones interested, could go shopping for the finest leather products such as shoes, hats, jackets, trousers and belts, and to complete this cultural shopping experience we will make a longer stop in the most famous artisan textile market of Ecuador, the Otavalo market. In this colorful and lively market you will be able to find hundreds of locals from the indigenous communities, selling their handcrafted products. 

This is just the place to buy souvenirs to take back home as well as memorable tokens to remind you of this trip. This experience will get you in touch with the locals and understand how this particular indigenous group, the Otavalos have become so successful in terms of economic development, being the most prosper indigenous group in Ecuador. Their products are exported all around the world because of their high quality and their cultural value.  

By sunset we will be riding towards the nicest hotel in the area with one of the best views of San Pablo’s Lake, the largest lake in the province, which is guarded by the magnificent Imbabura volcano. This lake has great cultural significance for the indigenous people of the area. For them it means “purified water generator of life”. All the wonders of nature, close to the comfort of excellent accommodations.

⌵ DAY-3: Lago San Pablo - Tren de la Libertad

DAY-3: Lago San Pablo - Tren de la Libertad

A pretty early breakfast will be served so we can have the chance to ride the “Train of Liberty” in an unbelievable trip that crosses the most breathtaking landscapes of the Imbabura province, as part of our motorcycle guided tour. Our guide will tell you all about the 85 years of history of Ecuador’s railroad. You will have the chance to experience and travel through one the most famous and historical paths built in the north of the country: the Route of Liberty. The reason for the name is that this region of the country was one of the areas where slaves who were brought from Africa were found. They came to Ecuador back in the 17th century and were brought by the Jesuits. The Ecuadorian government named it thus to honor all of them.

During this journey make sure you take pictures of every single frame, in the path of the train there are tunnels as well as bridges that seem to be suspended in the air, one of which is 80 meters long and crosses the Ambi River. The Train of Liberty offers its visitors a different way of visiting wonders of this spectacular touristic site, immersing its passengers both in a part of the country’s history and also in the culture of indigenous and African-descendant groups that made of Ecuador their homeland.

During the trip on the train, a local guide will take you through the history, the music, the crafts and the culture hidden behind all the incredible and mysterious landscapes of the Andes.

Afterwards we will have lunch in a restaurant that serves variety of excellent traditional food of the region. Among the options we find the most famous: chicha which is a beverage made from maize, Hornado and Fritada, both which are typical dishes with pork meat and Cuy or roasted guinea pig, which is one the country’s delicacies. This is one of the way in which tourists support local groups who make a living from tourism. This day’s journey ends with the train taking us back to the main station. Dinner will be served at the hotel while enjoying the fantastic view of the San Pablo Lake. 

⌵ DAY-4: Lago San Pablo - Peguche - Otavalo - Quito

⌵ DAY-4: Lago San Pablo - Peguche - Otavalo - Quito

DAY-4: Lago San Pablo - Peguche - Otavalo - Quito

Distance: 160km (100 miles) After breakfast on the last day we will ride out on our steel horses and take back road that will take us to Peguche. A region with a very important percentage of indigenous people, traditional to its core, with rich cultural rituals, and the magnificent culture of these people, are the highlights of the region. In order to learn better about all these aspects, we will take you to the famous Peguche waterfall, a ceremonial waterfall where shamans practice cleansing rituals. If you don’t know what a shaman is, don’t worry, come with us and learn all about it!

The great advantage of a country like Ecuador and its location right on the equatorial line, is that we can start our activities early in the morning, with the sun already shinning bright and warm. 

Looking forward to an adrenaline rush? There is no better place in the world for motorcycling than Ecuador.  We will have lots of adrenaline flowing, when will make our way to the “Yahuarcocha endurance track”.

It was first built as a tourist road but with the long-term idea for it to become a racing circuit (you might think of Mount Panorama). It was built around a volcanic lake, around the 1960s; the name of the track comes from a local indigenous language called Kichwa, spoken by the largest indigenous nationality of Ecuador, and it means “blood lake”. According to our indigenous ancestry, this place existed back in the days when the Incas, the largest South American civilization around the 15th century, and a local indigenous resistance, fought each other for the right to these lands. Legend says the bodies of the ones dying were thrown into the lake, turning the water red lake for a while, thus it was named Yahuarcocha given after this famous battle.

Lunch will be served and it will be based on local cuisine, a unique experience different from anything you could try elsewhere in Ecuador.

After you had enjoyed the beauties of the Northern part of Ecuador, its culture and food, we’ll head back to Quito’s headquarters to finalize our tour. This doesn’t mean the end of the fun, as we will have 120 km of pure twisties to ride with good asphalt.

⌵ 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 7:00. 

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:

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
  • Multilingual local mechanic guide, connected with intercoms with all participants
  • 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 (breakfast and dinners).
  • Bullet proof Travel Insurance. Please visit our insurance page for details: www.ecuadorbikerental.com/insurance
  • Activities specified in tour.
  • Souvenir Buff/tshirt.
  • Support Truck for groups of 5+ riders
  • First aid kit
  • Tolls
  • 25 lts. waterproof saddle bags and a hard top case with its own lock
  • Joe Rocket textile water resistant jacket
  • Waterproof touring gloves
  • Rain Tops (upper and lower body)
  • Touring trousers
  • Gasoline for you whole tour
  • Set of tire repair and maintenance tools
  • Guaranteed departure on date
  • Pick up / drop off from your hotel in Quito

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.
  • Unspecified meals in your tour
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips and extras

⌵ PRICES:

⌵ PRICES:
Brand
Model
Price
Honda
XRE300
USD $1469
Suzuki
DR650
USD 1708,00
Kawasaki
KLR650
USD 1708,00
Suzuki
VSTROM650
USD 1867,00
BMW
F700
USD 1906,00
APRILIA
CAPORNOD
USD 2094,00
Pillion
USD $591,82

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