Ecuador Off-road Adventure

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

  1. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Not terribly.you can check out their prices on the website. Our 5 day ride (cost depended on what bike you rent) was about 1000 dollars, that includes some meals and all lodging. Really good people to work with, you will have a deposit that can be secured by a credit card.
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  2. Nathan

    Nathan Why I laugh?

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    Great report. Short and sweet. :-) I'm a sucker for lightweight adventuring.
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  3. black top bob

    black top bob gray goat

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    Outta my league. Thanks much.
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  4. De Oppresso Liber

    De Oppresso Liber Been here awhile

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    It should also be noted that you don't have to do a guided or even self guided tour that includes your accommodations to stay/eat...... You can rent just the bike and go from there all on your own. It's the cheapest option.
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  5. black top bob

    black top bob gray goat

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    Thanks DOL,I checked it out on the dorkweb and I can see the benefits. I've been working my way down each year in incremental fashion, baby steps over the border etc. Just not sure yet. Depends on who's on my tail.
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  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    And sometimes it depends on who's on yer flank.
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  7. De Oppresso Liber

    De Oppresso Liber Been here awhile

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    Ecuador has been my first, and only, foray so far south of the border. I'd go again in a second! I think that says a lot, plus the OP's experience is more proof in the pudding!
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  8. viducce

    viducce Island Explorer

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    Epic, great country with fantastic views.
    Thanks for sharing this true adventure.. you put some serious milage on that bike.
    Respect and quite brave doing it by yourself, but seems to be quite save.
    This is worth to be on a / my bucket list....
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  9. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    What have you been putting in the pudding? :patch
    Yeah it does say a lot, and I always look forward to the next chance to visit in Ecuador. It's nice to see I'm not the only one, and that others enjoy it even without having family there.
    One thing worth noting, I think, is that the mild-mannered driver, the one who would call the cops on another who is outperforming them, that person will not fare well there. Between being expected to perform, and the reverse hierarchy with respect to vehicle size (little has to cede to large there), the experience is likely to either be great or horrible depending on the ability of the person. That's the reality of it. And there's no suing there so you have to watch out four your own self. That alone cuts down on the riff-raff. If you're involved in a traffic accident (I'm told) they take the drivers into custody until the financials are all sorted. These are reasons you see fewer accidents there than in the states, but can be a culture shock experience especially if not forewarned.
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  10. jorrie

    jorrie Been here awhile

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    Really nice pics and interesting comments
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  11. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Is it just since your ride, CanuckCharlie, that Freedom Bike Rentals have added this to their website?

    "WARNING:This is not a normal motorcycle ride. This tour requires elements of endurance and stamina. Riders must be able to ride in adverse weather conditions and adverse road conditions and for long time periods of time (up to 10 hours)"

    Which you managed to do magnificently - I was feeling for you on your third day (?) when it rained. And it's great that it's achievable on a DR200.
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  12. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    One of the best Ride Reports I've read on this forum. Easily in the top 3. Lots of gorgeous pictures, with accompanying text that was brief and to the point. No long-windedness or clumsy attempts at humor. More than a few RR writers should follow your example.
    Well done!
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  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    :lol3 for sure! This was refreshing.
    nothing like a minimalist adventure with maximal prose...
    ;)
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  14. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Thats's always been there...I was well aware of what I was getting into :p


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  15. ramscab

    ramscab rams

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    Fantastic, I'm glad you had a great in my homeland. This is the place where I grew up but I have been away for a long time. You have given me the inspiration to go back to tour the country on two wheels.
    Cheers
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  16. spacebro

    spacebro Adventurer

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    Cool report. Great photos. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
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  17. OK Lucinda

    OK Lucinda n00b

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    Fantastic ride report!

    I don't think it's out of most people's league, if they can ride the roads CC has here. Or go for a paved route, no problem there either. It's just a question if making the decision to do it. A bit like jumping off the high board into the pool the first time, it's just getting over the apprehension. The reward for going for it is huge and maybe even life changing.
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  18. Prillok

    Prillok Wannabe adventurer

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    Wow that is a great report of an amazing route. Those are some long distances to cover off-road and I wasn't surprised when you struggled. I was surprised however when you quickly adjusted and started following schedule. Impressive.

    Did Freedom Bike rental charge a lot for the lost tools/damage to the bike?
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  19. dimon

    dimon Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing this great report. We did similar tour in 2012, and Freedom Bike rental is the right place for this type of travel.
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  20. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile

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    Just for anyone lost by the last comments - Ecuador uses the US Dollar as its official currency. There is no such thing as an "Ecuadorian Dollar"
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