High Andes, Deep Amazon Motorcycle Tours Into the Heart of the Amazonian RainforestStarting on May 4, motorcycle tours in Ecuador will take on a new dimension: riders will no longer be limited to the country’s astounding roads and trails.
Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental & Tours is introducing its newest guided motorcycle adventure – the High Andes, Deep Amazon Tour.This amazing experience is the latest of several guided and self-guided motorcycle adventures offered by the Quito-based tour operator and will take riders where no roads go: deep into the heart of the Amazonian rainforest.The High Andes, Deep Amazon Tour is a ten-day, all-inclusive, guided, dual-sport motorcycle adventure that departs from,and returns to, the magnificent UNESCO World-Heritage city of Quito. The mostly unpaved portion of the route brings riders and their motorcycles to heights of over 15,000 feet, through pristine rainforests teeming with wildlife, pass active volcanoes, under roaring waterfalls, and into isolated indigenous villages that few people ever dream of visiting.Riders will gain insight into how native Ecuadorians have lived for centuries in Andean mountain communities where farming still relies on muscle power and in Amazon-basin communities where hunting is still done using poison-frog darts and blowguns.At the end of the day riders will be soaking in a volcanic hot spring at high altitude; partying in a Colombian border town on another, and even falling asleep in the Amazon jungle while listening to the flow of the Napo River. However, there’s no roughing it: this journey features private accommodations and specially selected dining. This is no ordinary tour, but an adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime.The riding is not highly technical but, in order to have a successful trip, riders are required to have a certain amount of stamina and the “expedition mentality” that’s essential for working as a team. Most of the tour is on unpaved roads, which are required to reach very special places, such as the El Angel National Park,home to the strange frailejon plant and high-altitude mineral lakes.This trek takes riders to the top of the active GuaGua Pichincha volcano, provides a stay at a first-class wilderness lodge on the Western Slopes, and climbs to the town of Salinas – famous for its Swiss cheeses and chocolates – high in the Andean paramo. Then it’s the thrill of paved twisties as riders tackle the “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” known as one of South America’s most exciting motorcycle roads.When the roads end, riders will load their motorcycles into motorized canoes and, accompanied by a native guide, navigate over 100 miles deep into the Amazonian rainforest. This is a unique opportunity to learn about a disappearing way of indigenous life that is in tune with the rhythms of the forest and river. Riders will disembark and continue their motorcycle journey, climbing back into the Andes through the untouched cloud forests along the Colombian border before returning to Quito.“We expect the High Andes, Deep Amazon tour will continue to place us on the world map for adventure motorcyclists,” states Court Rand, owner of the Quito based motorcycle tour operator. “It will attract adventure riders who are seeking that rare combination of back-country exploration and comfortable accommodations.”The first departure is set for May 4th with a second set for December 4th, 2014. Interested adventure motorcyclists should contact Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental for more information.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.