About the route
This trip will take you from Quito up north heading to the village of “Los Bancos” located in the north west of Ecuador and from there for 227km to the village of Pedernales in the province of Manabí. This road is one of the ways you can ride down to the city of Santo Domingo, Gateway to the Ecuadorian coast.
The province of Manabí is with out a doubt on of the most bountiful parts of Ecuador, it is home the wight sand beaches, National Parks and the best sea food in the country!
We will ride along the “Ruta del Spondylus” where we will ride along the Ecuadorian pacific coast.
Its name is due to the Spondylus shell, a mollusk of great importance for the pre-Hispanic cultures of the western coasts of America since it served as the main means of trade, food and even to make ornaments.
At present, this shell is in danger of extinction, but the country maintains programs for its conservation.
You can not say that you where in Ecuador if you didn’t visit Manabí. In this province you will visit Pedernales and Puerto Lopez among other beaches, then we will head further south to the province of Santa Elena where we will visit the famous beach of “Montañita”, this beach is well known for its waves that are perfect for surfing.
To get the best “Ecuador experience” for you we will return to Quito on a very different route using back roads and the E35 highway trough the Andes. You will be able to see the best of both worlds.
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
The weather varies along the coast. The general rule is that in Guayaquil and to the south, from January to May it is the hot and rainy season, while the rest of the year is drier and cooler. The months from June to September are especially attractive for being the mating period of humpback whales, although this usually attracts large crowds, which causes prices to increase. Our recommendation is that you plan your trip for inter-stationary periods that correspond to months like September, a month whose weather is pleasant and in which fewer people travel.