Ecuador Off-road Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CanuckCharlie, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Milekone

    Milekone Adventurer

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    love those pics!
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  2. miguelitro

    miguelitro Chuchaki

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    Great report! Makes my country look great, which it is!
    Mike
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  3. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    Thank you for sharing. No dirt experience, no habla Espanol at all = balls. My new password is Ecuador18!
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  4. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Nice report, CanuckCharlie!

    Many familiar scenes.

    I encourage anyone reading this and wanting to go to do so. Learn a couple of words of Spanish (Trust me. My Spanish sucks but a few words go a l o n g ways.) and go have yerself a time! Don't hesitate to interact with the people along the way. It's the best part of the journey.:deal

    Thanks for taking the time, CC!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  5. 2wrider

    2wrider Biker

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    I really enjoyed your ride report. Great pictures, too. I grinned after reading you spoke Chinese to order a meal in Ecuador! Thanks, for taking to the time to post.
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  6. eastman

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    Nice pictures, thank you for sharing. Any ideas where is your next adventure.
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  7. Sabre

    Sabre Prêt? Allez!

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    Thanks so much for this great report. I lived and worked in Ecuador in the early and mid 1980s and have always wanted to go back. Your pictures really capture the day-to-day feel of the towns and take me back in time as if it were just a short time ago. None of the chifas (Chinese restaurants) that I went to had Chinese chefs...eating there was one of the most surreal experiences in memory! :lol3

    Muchas gracias!
    谢谢
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  8. DavidM1

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  9. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Would you be able to break down your trip costs? Airfare, bike rental, average food/hotel per day etc. Looks very economical and something I would love to do ! I really enjoyed your adventure! :freaky
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  10. Oldwin1

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    Thanks for the report. Most of the pictures are not showing for me but my imagination is filling in the blanks. LOL. I rented from Freedom as well a few years ago. Good guys. While I do think Ecuador is safe, just like anywhere you can run into a few bad people. I had absolutely no problems but met a couple of people who had been robbed. Of course someone stole the Christmas projection light from my yard on Christmas eve here also. LOL. I just took off and rode to where ever I got to each day. Stayed in beautiful Hostels. All included breakfast and the most expensive one was $25. Most were $10 to $15. Ecuador is a wonderful country with extremely nice people and great food.
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  11. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys! I was really inspired after this trip and signed up for Spanish class in the new year. Majority of the people I've met along the way (even in Quito) do not speak a word of English so this will come in handy in my future S.A. travels.

    I did run into a few sketchy situations but that could have happened anywhere and generally speaking I felt safe and secure, even when I was wandering streets after dark. Just exercise caution and use common sense...

    This was one of more affordable adventure motorcycle tours in S.A. 6-day self-guided tour was $1175 (check their website pricing on rentals ranging from 1-12 days), flight was less than $600 round trip from Detroit (varied a lot depending on the day/season) and my only expenses during the trip was 1-2 meals plus gas which you can easily manage under $20/day. If I hadn't spend the extra days there I could have done the whole trip in 7 days for around $2000. I personally enjoy riding solo but if you are not entirely comfortable they also have guided tours with a group and support vehicle for more $. There are also more on-road oriented tours if dirt is not your thing but going off the beaten path and passing through the rural villages was the best part.
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  12. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I enjoyed that. Thanks.
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  13. knight

    knight Been here awhile

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    Great photos
    I rode around and through Ecuador a couple of months ago , I enjoyed Montanita so much that I stayed there for 10 days
    My room was $ 8 a night , a jamon & queso omelet for breakfast was only $2
    and in Banos it only cost $25 to bungie jump off the bridge
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  14. Denro

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    Great report and pictures, thanks!
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  15. bomose

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    Looks like a great trip with fantastic scenery. It looks like there were very few people at the restaurants. Or did you just hit them at the right time? I guess one should take a good rainsuit when riding there. Thanks for the report. I really enjoyed it.
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  16. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    There aren't many tourists outside of the city. I'm usually the first one at the breakfast table so I can get on the road early and I generally have lunch and dinner late.


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  17. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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  18. local378

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    Been to Quito back in the 80s, loved it there. Nice report
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  19. dgeezer

    dgeezer If you gonna be dumb, you better be tough.

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    Hello, Enjoyed your write up.
    ? Is there anything you would have done differently.?
    Rented a bigger bike?, chose FI,? gone at a different rainy season, acclimated
    a day or so, due to altitude, before taking to the road.? Taken a different rain suit. ?
    Good water?
    Comprende?
    thanks. well written.
    Looks wet.
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  20. Snowlover

    Snowlover Been here awhile

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    Great report. I like the solo trip. I noticed it all looked very clean in all your pictures. Was it really that clean everywhere? No trash blowing around?
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