Land Of 4 Worlds Motorcycle Tour - Manta, Ecuador

 

Ecuador is a small but rich country; well preserved from mass tourism, where nature reigns supreme featuring lush and diverse landscapes. From the Pacific Coast to the Amazon rainforest, all the way to the staggering heights of the Andes Mountains, with Land Of 4 Worlds Motorcycle Tour - Manta, Ecuador you will experience a journey unlike any other.  

Highlights: Amazon rainforest, Pan American highway, Volcano Valley, Pacific coast. Tour duration: 11 days/11 nights (10 riding days). Total riding distance: 2,300 kilometers (1,430 miles). Depart from Manta; arrive at Manta. Average duration of riding per day: six hours. Best season: all year. Riders: three to eight persons. 2017 fixed date tours: March 18-28; April 15-25; April 30-May 10; May 14-24; July 5-15; July 31-August 1; August 13-23; September 9-19; September 27-October 6; October 14-24; November 8-18; November 22-December 2; December 6-16. Price - fixed date tours: USD$4,500/per person; USD$1,900/per passenger (not riding). Private group tours: groups of seven or eight: USD$4,300/per person; groups of six persons: USD$4,500/per person; groups of four or five: USD$5,200/per person; passenger: USD$1,900/per passenger. For private tours, contact us at contact@jetsettimes.com to request your preferred tour dates. 38% deposit required for all tours, remaining 62% of payment paid at least 30 days prior to departure date via online bank transfer. Included: rental of 2015 Royal Enfield Classic 500cc, gas, third party and public liability insurance, complete technical support and luggage porter service, English speaking guide, mechanic, transfers to/from Manta Airport, premium hotels with twin rooms (for individual room, please contact us), full board (except lunch on Day 1), entrance fees to national park and museums, a cultural guide Mono500 and Mono500 polo shirt. Not included: international/domestic flights, airport tax fees, alcoholic beverages, and mandatory medical and repatriation insurance.

Day 1: ARRIVE AT QUITO – CONNECTING FLIGHT TO MANTA

Before arriving at Manta, you'll have a stopover in Quito, capital city of Ecuador. This old colonial city, is a beauty to behold and it's well worth arriving a day early to explore it. The best option is to arrive one day in advance and take a whole day to walk around. Your connecting flight to Manta will arrive around 6 p.m. (Avianca or TAME airlines), and the Mono 500 team will wait for you and drive you to Santa Marianita (15-minute drive) where the Mono 500 lodge is located.

Day 2: CHILLING IN SANTA MARIANITA

Take full advantage of this cozy lodge and its beautiful white sand beach to recovery from your long flight. The team will take time to introduce you to the garage and your trusty iron beast, and prep you for the upcoming adventure.

Day 3: SANTA MARIANITA – MONTANITA (Distance: 180km)

After an introduction to local traffic, you will hit the "sun road," this magnificent road goes along Ecuadorian beaches and offers idyllic panoramas. You can take a jump in the water anytime you want on the road to Montanita. Montanita shelters one of the most prized beaches along the way, which is ideal for surfing, chilling and tasting local rum cocktails. Spend the night a a charming resort. 

Day 4: MONTANITA – BABAOYO (Distance: 240km)

Starting from Montanita's beach, head north and branch off inland to fertile fields. Changing landscapes, you will now ride passed bananas and exotic fruits plantations, cocoa and tobacco fields. It's a marvelous opportunity to meet with local Ecuadorian producers and farmers. By sunset, stop at a local farm for great food and all the comfort required for a good night's rest.

Day 5: BABAHOYO – CUENCA (Distance: 240 km)  

Start the climb toward the Andes along beautiful asphalted winding roads. It won't be too long before you'll ride by natural reserves and 4,300m high passes. Arrive at the welcoming town of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. This colonial-style city deserves to be explored for its historical center, which features beautiful balconies and other cultural delights. Dinner will be held in a downtown restaurant before resting at a 3-star hotel with relaxing thermal bath.

Day 6: CUENCA - BAÑOS (Distance: 400 km)

Going North! Continue on the route across the Andes along the Pan American highways bordered by numerous snowcapped volcanoes; traverse several curves and passes while riding along this stretch of mythical roadway. The impressive 4,600m high Chimborazo volcano is a sight to behold before heading down on the other side of the Andes to the Amazon rainforest. In the afternoon, go off-road to reach Tunguraguhua Volcano. End the day at the city of Baños where various activities are available on demand: thermal bath, zip lining, night market visits and more. Spend the night at a modest, yet comfortable hotel. 

Day 7: BAÑOS – PUERTO MISAHUALLI (Distance: 160km)

Enter the Amazon rainforest and discover a new eco-system will be the main goal of the day. A sharp descent drop in altitude means you'll quickly find yourself in the heart of dense forest. Following rivers and sugar cane fields on well asphalted roads will be the next leg of the tour as you reach a luxurious lodge located at the heart of the jungle.

Day 8: IMMERSION IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

Rest day, dedicated to explore the Amazon rainforest. A variety of activities will be available: *rowing a pirogue on the Napo river, *hiking in the rainforest, *observing birds species or just relaxing in the hotel's hammock. *All excursions are optional

Day 9: PUERTO MISAHUALLI – LAGO SAN PABLO (Distance: 310km)

Leave the Amazon behind and head towards the Andes, passing Quito on the east. Follow a spectacular range of volcanoes before taking a break at the the infamous "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) equator line. Two more hours of intense winding roads follow before arriving at San Pablo lake, where you'll spend the night in a charming and comfortable cottage.

Day 10: LAGO SAN PABLO – QUILOTOA (Distance: 280km) 

Pass Quito for a second time, riding along backroads to avoid traffic and enjoy the back country. Your trusty Royal Enfield will bring you to a 3,000m pass before merging with the highest stretch of the Panamerican highways. At the end of the day, give the motorcycles a rest at the bottom of the majestic Quilotoa volcano, a restful ecolodge where you'll stay for the night. 

Day 11: QUILOTOA – SANTA MARIANITA (Distance: 400km)

In the morning, discover the imposing Quilotoa volcano with its crater sheltering an astonishing turquoise lake, pass through a beautiful and easy off-road track along the way. In the afternoon, ride slow down the Andes and cross verdant fields and exotic plantations on the way. By the end of the day, Pacific ocean beaches will welcome you with the best Ecuadorian food: ceviche and seafood enthusiasts delight! Arrive in Santa Marianita and stay at the Mono 500 lodge for the night and a delicious dinner with the team.

For every purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to Jetset Times' #FuelTheFuture campaign with Give & Surf, specifically to fuel the boats that take local children and volunteers to school each day in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Read more about why we love this organization on Jetset Times.

Tour dates/price

2017 fixed date tours: March 18-28; April 15-25; April 30-May 10; May 14-24; July 5-15; July 31-August 1; August 13-23; September 9-19; September 27-October 6; October 14-24; November 8-18; November 22-December 2; December 6-16. Price - fixed date tours: USD$4,500/per person; USD$1,900/per passenger (not riding). Private group tours: groups of seven or eight: USD$4,300/per person; groups of six persons: USD$4,500/per person; groups of four or five: USD$5,200/per person; passenger: USD$1,900/per passenger.

In order to ensure placement of tour, a 38% deposit is required and must be transferred by bank transfer upon receipt of invoice to Jetset Times. Remaining 62% balance of tour price must be paid at least 30 days prior to departure date of tour via online bank transfer. 

For private tours, contact us at contact@jetsettimes.com to request your preferred tour dates. If you would like to form a group of less than four persons or more than eight persons, please contact us at contact@jetsettimes.com to receive a quote. 

Security Deposit

A security deposit of USD$1,000 is required per person on tour, and will be requested at the beginning of the tour. Security deposit will be returned to the customer at the end of the tour if no damages have been made to the motorcycle. If you are responsible for any damage, the necessary fixing cost will be deducted from your deposit.

Cancelation/Refund

In case of cancelation made more than 60 (sixty) days before the date of commencement of the tour, the entire deposit will be refunded minus deduction of USD$250 application fee. In case of cancelation made more than 30 (thirty) days before the date of commencement of travel, 50% deposit will be refunded minus deduction of USD$250 application fee. In case of cancelation made less than 30 (thirty) days before the start date of the trip, no refund will be allowed of the deposit in compensation of expenses incurred, and excludes the possibility of seeking additional damages, if necessary. No trip interruption or termination of tour by the customer for any reason whatsoever shall not be subject to refund and/or compensation.

Flights 

Upon your arrival at Salta airport, a chauffeur will await you at the designated gate to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. At the end of the tour, a chauffeur will transfer you back to the airport for your departing flight. 

Visa

Depending on your nationality, it is up to you to check and meet the visa requirements.

Vaccine

Though not required, it's advised to receive the following vaccinations: Yellow fever, Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis. Speak with your physician to find out if these vaccinations are right for you. 

Insurance

All persons on tour are required to have medical insurance prior to start of tour. Must provide proof of insurance in order to complete booking process. 

International Driving License A

You must hold a valid motorcycling International driving license A category.

Experience Level 

All experience levels are welcome, from novice to expert. 

Weather

Warm and humid. Temperatures are steady and pleasant throughout the year (20/30°C during the day and - 10°C/15°C at night). Expect hot tropical intermediate rain showers on the trip, especially when traveling through the Amazon jungle and Andean passes.

Money

Local currency is in US dollar. It's advised to bring cash for your daily expenses and souvenirs. It is completely safe to carry cash on your person in Ecuador.

Internet

WiFi is available at 80% of the selected accommodations options during the tour. 

"How can we not be ecstatic with such a perfectly planned trip, with a great mix of friendship, comfort, safety and mechanical delights. A human adventure with adrenalin rushes."

- James S.

"Mono500 is an enthusiastic, serious and very professional team. We rode through delightful landscapes, and the Royal Enfield experience on dirt track was exceptional. Great organization. Compare to different tour operators of this kind, the choice of Accommodation was always right, diversified, and interesting. To do and do it again."

- Regis C.

"A magnificent motorcycling trip of 12 days around Salta and its beautiful region thanks to Mono500. Breathtaking landscapes, and total escape with good on and off road. Light and handy motorcycle, even in Duo. Very nice mechanics and guides, always joyful and mindful, and devoted to keep this trip perfect."

- Elisabeth M. 

"Thanks again, for this great trip with no mistakes. The pleasure was intense, and you succeeded to bring us to places we never thought we could reach. Thanks again for your kindness, and your experience. We will see you during the motorcycling exhibition in December."

- Peter S.

"The discovery of a magnificent region… breathtaking sceneries, incredible dirt tracks across the Andes’ Cordillera, and a very comfortable 4X4 vehicle. A friendly atmosphere with our passionate guide, Simon, who knows the region by heart. A great souvenir, highly suggested."

- Maria C.

"Dazzled by the beauty of those landscapes, the intensity of the journey, and the mechanical and human adventure. I have forged memorable souvenirs. Thanks to the crew!"

- John K. 

"A trip that will forever stay in our minds, a total escape. A great guide who like mixing, pleasure, great wine, seriousness and good things all together. Moreover, with this great trip, we got to know ourselves better and share delightful moments. Thank you Gauthier for everything!"

- Marc B. 

"We came back from this great adventure, very well organized. Your hospitality, your kindness and your professionalism made our time spent together an incredible souvenir."

- Josephine and Mitch

"Magical trip! Comfortable ride with a professional team, mastering the itinerary, the timing, authentic addresses, traveling outside of mass tourism to places we would probably never found. Thanks to Gauthier and Chloé for making this exceptional trip!"

- Marianne and Charles F.

"I enjoyed every second of this trip. It was beyond my expectations, and even if it requires a technical level, that’s why I came here for. This mix of asphalted roads, and off road trail was appreciated. Accommodations in Cafayate, Cachi, and Iruya were well chosen. Thanks again to the Mono500 team. I’m looking forward to the next trip!"

- Hichem

"An exceptional and unforgettable trip; with properly calibrated stages, a wonderful weather, impeccable Royals and breathtaking landscapes!"

- Clementine and Jim

"MUCHAS Gracias to all the team for making us live such an adventure. We took in full view, this region is absolutely amazing! Thanks for your home in Salta, your advice before departure, perfect 4 x 4, the hyper-precise road book (found tortillas at Juan!).The crossing of the dunes of Piedra Pomés will remain forever in our memories. Hasta luego Mono 500!"

- Annet and Julian

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"To all lovers of the great outdoors, we know that traveling and exploring the world will always be a part of your life - whether you're in search of adventure off the beaten path or seeking to immerse yourself in beautiful ancestral cultures. As passionate adventurers and traditional old-school expedition lovers, we enjoy hitting the road to unearth atypical motorcycle itineraries and share with our riders unique spots and places that have left us ever so enchanted.

Our initiative is the result of 10 years of experience from around the world, focused on providing the ultimate motorized tour experience. Since 2011, our agency is focused on developing quality tours for bikers and travelers in small groups on the South American continent. At MONO 500, you will find a committed team of professionals who are able to provide you with tailor-made solutions and itineraries. We create unique experiences matching every of your requirements: roadmap, timing, rhythm of travel, group size, choice of vehicles, accommodations, mechanical support and logistics.

Mono 500 will accompany you on these exclusive rides with the legendary Royal Enfield motorcycle or by 4WD vehicles. Each expedition tour has been thoroughly researched by our team of professionals to provide the ultimate tour experience for our guests. Our ultimate goal is to bring you beyond your expectations while being in your comfort zone. Take time to contemplate natural beauties and landscapes but also to share unique moments and smiles with those crossing our path.

Our values are dedicated to an unforgettable riding experience!"

- Gauthier Deschamps, Co-Founder of Mono 500

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