FAQs & travel information about Ecuador
Ecuador is situated in the northwest of South America and borders Colombia as well as Peru. Around the world, Ecuador is mostly known for its stunning landscapes of the Andes and its capital city Quito, however there's much more to be discovered on our motorbikes! Before you’re heading on your adventure to Ecuador, we would like to provide you with some general travel information for your destination and answer the questions we are asked most often.
To enter Ecuador as an EU citizen, a passport that is valid for at least six months after the commencement of your journey is required, preliminary documents and children's passports are also accepted. It is not sufficient to present an identity card only. Conveniently, no visa is needed for touristic stays of up to 90 days per year.
If you enter Ecuador directly from Germany, no compulsory vaccinations are required. Still, we recommend that you check whether all standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute are still valid and refresh them if necessary. We also recommend consulting a travel or tropical medicine specialist.
The country's currency is US Dollar (USD), which has got an exchange rate of about 1 Euro = 1,20 US Dollar. You can exchange your money easily in banks or exchange offices right at your destination, as experience has shown that it is cheaper to change money locally than in your home country. If you do so however, you should be aware that additional fees in addition to any exchange fees may arise if you do not bring the money in cash but pick it up locally with your card.
There is a time difference of -6 hours between Ecuador and Germany.
The official language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish, however throughout the country, about 23 different languages and idioms are spoken. In terms of foreign languages, many inhabitants of the most frequented places in Ecuador also speak English.
What is the climate in Ecuador like and when is the best time to travel through Ecuador on a motorbike?
Ecuador's climate is tropical, resulting in no considerable temperature fluctuations throughout the year. Year-round, the temperatures rise up to about 25 °C and between December and May, the rainy season is on at the northern coast of the country. In the mountains however, the climate is considerably cooler with temperatures ranging between 0 °C and 18 °C. Here, the rainy season lasts from February to May and from October to November. Thus, Ecuador is an interesting destination year-round, however the best time for a motorcycle tour through the beautiful country is between June and September.
Traveling to Ecuador is the easiest by plane. The most important airport is the airport of the country’s capital Quito (UIO), from where we can arrange an airport transfer to our tour's starting point for you. Alternatively, you can choose to travel to Ecuador by car of course. Regardless of the method of transportation you choose, we will gladly assist you with the planning so that nothing can go wrong!
You can find all of our tour dates on our tour site. If none of our proposed dates match your needs however, simply fill out our contact form or shoot us an e-mail telling us how many riders you will be travelling with, what level you are riding at und when you would like to travel and we will be more than happy to send you an individual offer after checking our current availabilities! If you would like to book further ammenities such as a couple of extra days to explore the country on your own or enjoy some more motorbike rides, just let us know - the more information we receive, the better and quicker we can organize your next motorbike tour for you and the earlier you can lay back and relax, looking forward to travelling to Ecuador!
After your booking, you can pay for your tour via bank transfer, the information that you need to do so will be mentioned on your invoice. An initial deposit payment amounting to 20% of the total tour price must be paid immediately after receiving the invoice, the rest of the payment is due 30 days before your scheduled departure. Exceptions can be made if flight bookings have to be paid in total in advance, which depends on the chosen flight and airline.
Just because you are new to riding motorbikes, it doesn't mean that you cannot book one of our motorbike tours! Simply let us know your level of riding and we will do our best to match you with other riders that are on the same page as you are so that you do not have to worry about the trails being too tough (or too easy, for that matter)! After all, Ecuador has got many trails for beginners, intermediate riders and experts which we would love to show you!
To be able to join our tours by riding your motorbike through Ecuador, you must be at least 18 years old. Furthermore, you need a valid motorcycle license as well as an international license.
If you'd like to join our tour as a non-rider, however, there is no minimium age, as long as children and teenagers under the age of 18 are accompanied by a legal representative.
Yes, on all of our motorcycle tours through Ecuador the rent of a motorbike is already included in the price! Usually, we use BMW F700, BMW F800 or similar models for this purpose.
Unfortunately, right now it is not possible to rent a motorbike from us in Ecuador without booking a tour.
If you would like to, of course you can also ride the tour on your own motorbike. To do so, your motorbike should be legally registered, in a generally good state and equipped with enduro tires that are ready to tackle one dirt road or another. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is suitable to ride the tour, write us an e-mail, call us or text us on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram and we will be happy to assist you!
If a part of your motorbike breaks during our tour, our guide will try to fix it for you. Should this not be possible on our way, we will try to provide you with a replacement motorbike so that you can continue your tour as if nothing had happened. Please notice that if you have not booked the rent of a motorcycle before, we may charge you accordingly on the spot.
For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, gloves, a motorcycle jacket or jersey, motorcycle pants and durable motorcycle boots while riding. Unfortunately, as of right now, you cannot rent the protectional gear from us but have to bring your own.
Besides of the safety gear mentioned above, we recommend bringing the following items to your motorbike tour:
- A hydration pack or a normal, small backpack (incl. a rain cover)
- A rain coat that can also be worn while riding your motorbike
- Leisure clothing: t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes, swimwear, underwear, socks
- Towels, cosmetic products and personal hygiene products
- Personal medicine as well as a first-aid kit
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Passport, visa (if needed), driver's license + international driver's license, your wallet
Ecuador is a beautiful country that surely has a lot more to offer than we can cover in just a couple of days of riding. Thus, we would be more than happy to assist you in booking some additional nights, whether you would just like to spend some more days in the city or you would like to enjoy some more action with one of our guides!
During our tour, we will stay in good local 3-star hotels that we've only had positive experiences with so far.
We advice you, as for any trip, to conclude a travel health insurance before your tour.
Riding motorbikes is an outdoor sport, which is why the weather is always a risk factor. Should the weather be bad, our guides will determine whether they think that we can ride the tour anyways or not and if any changes to the routing must be made so that you can enjoy a safe adventure. Should our guides decide that going for a ride is too dangerous given the current situation, we will cover the kilometers in our support vehicle and try to adhere to the rest of the program as good as possible.
You can find all information regarding the cancellation of your booking in our terms and conditions.
Now, that you have got a general overview of what to expect on your trip to Ecuador, you can take a look at the website of the government of the UK on travel advice to Ecuador to get even more travel information. We at Viaduro care for your safety, and therefore we would like to provide you with some travel information that enables you to travel safely. However, we can always only assume which travel information is important to the average traveler, so you might as well look for more information regarding your specific needs elsewhere. Although we are regularly updating this information, it might also happen that not everything is up to date as frequent changes can always take place, thus, all information provided is not legally binding.
One last advice, please always make sure to listen to our guides! We can guarantee you that the only thing they want you to do - except having fun of course - is to be safe, and they are the ones that know this country best and that have the best overview of the ongoing situation. With that being said, you are now ready to read through the actual travel information. Enjoy your trip!
- Last update: 02.12.20 -