About the route
From Quito we will head north to the province of Imbabura, this province is home to the oldest indigenous market in the Andean Region. This market is known world wide for its unique crafts, and food.
We will ride trough the northern Andes region of Ecuador heading north to the Colombian border, once we cross the border we will be in the province of Nariño in Colombia, this Sothern area in Colombia is very well known for mountains that are part of the western Andes that are extremely cold at night.
The capital of the department of Nariño will surprise you with its beauty in fact, Pasto is affectionately referred to as Colombia’s “Surprise City.” Pasto is known for its Carnaval de Negros y Blancos and its beautiful buildings, especially the churches that fill each street corner with a sense of austere beauty.
The city is also famous for the creativity of its Nariñense handicrafts. In Pasto, you’ll find beautiful, high-quality pieces created using a number of different techniques and materials, such as wood carvings, embossed leather, items woven from wool and fique fibers, and stone sculptures.
From Pasto we will ride on heading north to the city of Popayan, Palmira that is very near to Cali the Salsa Capital of the world, depending on your tour we will stay here for 2 days and get to know this iconic Colombian City.
From Palmira we will head to our final destination the city of Manizales that is the capital city of the province of Caldas where the best coffee and rum is made for the world.
Once in Manizales we will stay at a Coffee Finca, we try to give you most of every county we ride in, there for a simple 5 star hotel wont do it, the proper way to feel Colombia is to stay at a over 100 year old coffee producing Finca.
We do not want you to «push your limits»; instead, we want you to be able to lift your head, look around, and enjoy the amazing scenery during the ride by following the guide.
Our goal is a safe drive for the entire route.
Weather and Temperature
Weather and temperature ranges in Ecuador are generally the same year-round. You can expect the chance of passing showers in the highlands but rarely a full day of rain. Chances for a full day of rain are more likely on the western slopes of the Andes in March, April, and early May.