Ecuador Off-road Adventure

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

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    It was nice for us when Ecuador was still on the Sucre, family would marvel at how "se multiplica el dólar". Alas, now prices aren't quite the bargain they once were. But no need to change money now. And I love it there. I think the change to the US dollar happened right around the turn of the century.
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  2. Vin

    Vin Hopeless Addict

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    I thought the Ecuadorian Dollar had Obama's picture on it.
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  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Don't be giving anyone any ideas Vin!
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  4. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Nice adventure! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. spareparts racing

    spareparts racing Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing. Awesome photos!
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  6. matt300

    matt300 Adventurer

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    Hi Court, any chance you can re-upload that gpx file? It's only 3kb...doesn't seem to be valid. I'm considering coming down to rent a bike but I want to play it by ear with hotels and places to see. Thanks a lot!
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  7. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    How I wish I could afford to rent a bike off them for a few weeks. So much to see and do. Any family we have with a bike there uses it regularly. I've been hoping to find a way to keep a bike there; haven't given up yet but time is getting shorter.
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  8. Uncle Meat

    Uncle Meat n00b

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    Great post.
    I lived in Quito back in the 80's working as a field mechanic.
    It was great back then and still looks great today.
    Traveled lots of those roads in my 1975 Bronco.
    Really brings back memories.
    Best Chinese I ever ate was in Equador!
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  9. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Cool.
    Have you been back in recent years?
    Those Chifas are really taking over, at least around Guayaquil. It's good, but i prefer comida típica.
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  10. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    The price has gone upto $1795 for an xt250 $2035 for a dr650 and $2275 for the husky 701..... Cheaper if you bring another to share room prices with.
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  11. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Shipping one's own bike there and back is starting to look more attractive.
    :hmmmmm
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  12. Spicciani2

    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    I don't know... for a short trip this is definitely the better option. Plus this price seems to include food (not lunch) and lodging.
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  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I agree, it sure takes the stress off for those more comfy with following a recipe. I just remember back when i saw it was around six hundred a week for a bike, that was a lot closer to doable for me. Thing is, it's like 20-30 dollars daily for basic lodging, food, and gas - less if you wild camp. Certainly splurging is a great idea for those raking in the dough and are chained to a desk, have no time or propensity to research and plan - but for others less encumbered and less liquid, and more apt to plan their own route, they might want to look at other options where they could ship down, ride around for much longer, then ship back, from the country they shipped to or from another one. That's like a compromise to riding down and shipping or riding back.

    I've seen people pay less for shipping, so then it would be plane tickets and food/lodging/gas/parts on top. Yeah nontrivial but a lot less per day and a much longer adventure methinks.
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  14. matt300

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    I just got back from a 5 day ride around Ecuador with 2 friends. I'm putting together a short trip report on it now. We had a great time and the rental price was much lower than some of those package deals. We rented from Sleipner Travel, http://www.ecuadorbikerental.com/ This company is new and run by a local Ecuadorian named David Garces. He does the guided tours and also teaches track racing on a Ducati. The bikes we rode were a highly-customized DR650, a KLR, and a BMW F700. The bikes were very well-maintained. We navigated using OSMAnd on my smartphone. We planned our own route with elements of the ride in this thread and also a trip into the jungle to Puerto Misahuallí. Due to not having enough days off, we skipped all the touristy stuff and just rode. We didn't make any lodging reservations during the ride but stayed at very nice hostals each night...averaging about $30/nt each person. David gave us some great recommendations on where to stay and it really worked out. I'd highly recommend calling him if you are on the fence about riding in Ecuador. It was more reasonable than we expected.

    New trip report here: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ecuador-andes-to-amazon-5-day-trip.1280233/
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  15. inbred

    inbred Sweeter than Yoo-hoo

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    Sweet jesus I enjoyed your style of ride report. Even the food porn was engaging.
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  16. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile

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    I will be happy to share the route with you when you come down here. It is honestly a bit frustrating after spending years building this business and a good reputation to have a new competitor in the market who has copied most of the content on my web site and purposefully used a name with three of the same words in our name to create confusion in the market.

    We have put a price match guarantee in place to make sure that we don't compete on price. We offer riders the best service, millions of miles of experience and a motorcycle fleet that is maintained in house by a staff of 4 mechanics - the best in Ecuador.

    We appreciate the support from the community we have been supporting for several years and we hope to see you in Ecuador!
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  17. AlfromNH

    AlfromNH Been here awhile

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    I'm booked to do this same ride thru freedomrental this May/June. It's great to see this write-up, now I'm even more excited!
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  18. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Canuck Charlie - I just re-read this thread and thoroughly enjoyed your pics and commentary for a second time! Great Ride Report!

    OnandOff - Court Rand and his team have spent years doing recon on the backroads, lodging and restaurant options throughout Ecuador. I recently completed a second self-guided tour (this time with my son) and I really think their planning expertise adds significant value. I would never have found some of the truly unique and out of the way tracks and points of interest on my own.

    Cheers,
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  19. ONandOFF

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    I didn't know you were going again, and with your son, poolman. That's awesome! What a way to form great lifelong memories. Did you do a report on that one? I've been in Ecuador with my son (and his wife, and my wife, and our daughter) but not motivating on two wheels (yet). That's the dream...

    I agree it's a very valuable service. However, there are a few of us out here who are adept at route planning and get a lot of enjoyment from it. And I have familial ties to Ecuador, have visited a few times, fluent in the language, and have planned a few routes there. Probably the biggest advantage is knowing the culture, able to find places to stay, and such. So a pre-arranged plan of where to go, stay, eat, etc., for me would not only be unnecessary, but restricting. Possibly if you take me with you on one of these, i could escort you all over to cool places, do cool things, and meet cool people!

    Ecuador is blessed to have freedom bike rental. That is a class outfit. I'd be thrilled to be a part of it. It would be nice to see them add a Guayaquil location...
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  20. AlfromNH

    AlfromNH Been here awhile

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    After one aborted attempt, my nephew & I are again booked to do this trip. We fly into Quito Friday, get on the bikes next Monday! Super excited, see you soon, Court!! :clap:clap
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