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Old 02-24-2012, 05:38 AM   #31
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if you had to do it over again what gear would you make sure to take and what would you leave behind this time.
the 5 of us going in april seem to be all over the place on what kind of gear we need or should be taking along.
any info would be greatly appreciated

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I've done this fly-and-ride thing several times now and can usually get everything I need into a very small duffel. For this trip, I had to bring much more to be able to handle the cold. One of the key things is to go with synthetic shirts and underwear, socks then wash them each night. If you have a mid-point stop in the city of Banos, it's easy to have your laundry done at the hotel.

Here's my packing list:

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Helmet, goggles, light gloves, heavy gloves, glove covers, jacket with liner (waterproof)
Riding pants. Mine weren't completely waterproof. For the cold days, I wore spandex running/ski pants and stayed warm.
My boots are Sidi Discovery - love 'em
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3 synthetic underwear, 2 lightweight socks, 2 wool socks, hiking pants (you can wad them up and they dry quickly), lightweight shorts, board shorts/swimsuit, two synthetic golf shirts (for travel and evening dining). Two warm long sleeve shirts (for layering)
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iPhone/smartphone w/Skype (this was my primary camera until I lost it), ear plugs (for riding and sleeping), deet, sunscreen, sun glasses, headlamp, comfortable shoes. If you like to connect with kids, take gum or stickers, Spanish cheat-sheet. Travel-sized shampoo bottle of liquid laundry detergent.
Skype rocks. You can make international calls most every town of size will have wi-fi.

I also photocopy everything (passport, license, MedJet Assist card), then email it to myself.
I always carry-on everything for the plane ride. I wear my jacket and boots onto the plane. A lot of stuff can be put into your helmet bag to stow under the seat and everything else should fit into a small carry-on duffel. The guys at Freedom provide a great waterproof bag for the bikes. You can also stow a larger bag there for the week.

Freedom Bike Rental was great. They addressed all my questions and provided great bikes, gear, and spares.

Have a blast!.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #32
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Perfect, thats the kind of info we were looking for.
I appreciate it!

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Old 02-24-2012, 11:57 AM   #33
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which tour? we're doing the 10 best days in tour .
im doing a mix of the 10 day best and the 7 day cloud forrest tour. im mapping a lot of it myself. it looks awesome though, really looking forward to it!
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #34
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Nice report...thanks for taking the time. Seriously considering Ecuador for next years adventure.

Question: Do you think you would be able to find places to stay fairly readily without having reservations. I know this depends on a lot of factors like time of travel and where you are but...compare it to Costa Rica which I'm familiar with and you said you've been there a number of times. I'm good with basic accomodations but it is excellent to have at least a warm shower from time to time....

I just really dislike having to be somewhere.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:54 PM   #35
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Hola, enjoyed the report. Must have just missed you in Quito .....Court at Freedom is a great guy! We met him at his shop and he was really helpful!

I am riding in Southern Ecuador right now and will be in Ecuador for another 6 weeks including a trip to the Galapagos Islands! Great place to be riding!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...89134&page=156
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #36
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Nice report...thanks for taking the time. Seriously considering Ecuador for next years adventure.

Question: Do you think you would be able to find places to stay fairly readily without having reservations. I know this depends on a lot of factors like time of travel and where you are but...compare it to Costa Rica which I'm familiar with and you said you've been there a number of times. I'm good with basic accomodations but it is excellent to have at least a warm shower from time to time....

I just really dislike having to be somewhere.
Thanks for the compliment.

Next time, I will probably go with minimal or no reservations. It seemed like there were hostels just about everywhere. They rock - cheap and you meet interesting people. I've also found that trips takes on a great, new dimension when you make it up along the way.

Costa Rica is great but if it's become a bit tame, you'll really like Ecuador.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:46 PM   #37
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Hola, enjoyed the report. Must have just missed you in Quito .....Court at Freedom is a great guy! We met him at his shop and he was really helpful!

I am riding in Southern Ecuador right now and will be in Ecuador for another 6 weeks including a trip to the Galapagos Islands! Great place to be riding!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...89134&page=156
Sorry to have missed you. I've been reading your report ( ) and would have loved to hear about it first hand. I'm very envious of what you're doing. As long as I'm employed and have young 'en's, I'm stuck with no more than two weeks at a time.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:07 PM   #38
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Great Trip Report!

Thanks for the great write-up Roger. We are looking forward to seeing you again, maybe this October.

And - looking forward to meeting the other guys who are on their way down this Spring...

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:07 PM   #39
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Hola, enjoyed the report. Must have just missed you in Quito .....Court at Freedom is a great guy! We met him at his shop and he was really helpful!

I am riding in Southern Ecuador right now and will be in Ecuador for another 6 weeks including a trip to the Galapagos Islands! Great place to be riding!

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...89134&page=156

I also had a good experience with Court and Freedom Bike rentals last year April. The Andes can be down right chilly in the higher altitudes. For warmer temps I would highly recommend a trip into the Amazon lowlands to the town of Tena and do a rafting trip with one of the many operators there. Sorry for the hijack...but I'm already looking fwd to another trip back there someday.

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #40
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Motorcycling in Ecuador

Really enjoyed reading your ride report on your trip down to Ecuador.

I am planning another trip down to South America this summer. Last year I spent a few weeks touring around
Colombia AdvRider Report http://http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=718039

Riding around Colombia was such a memorable experience that I now plan on returning back to SA for another encore. I was trying to organize a trip to Bolivia but not sure now if that will pan out (problems trying to find suitable rental bike) Now after reading about your trip to Ecuador, this maybe a good alternative. Like you I have done a number of these fly-and-ride bike vacations (including Costa Rica).

If I do go down, I think I would just rent the bike and find my own way around. I did that in Colombia, I like the freedom of being able to make my travel plans as I go.

I have spent a lot time in South America, its a fascinating place to visit.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:11 AM   #41
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I plan to use Courts company in November. I will be working on the Amazon Jungle side out in an Indian village for 2 weeks and after the work project plan to tour from about Nov. 16/17 for about 2 weeks.
I cannot decide which tour, they all show so very well. Decision Decisions!!

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #42
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I plan to use Courts company in November. I will be working on the Amazon Jungle side out in an Indian village for 2 weeks and after the work project plan to tour from about Nov. 16/17 for about 2 weeks.
I cannot decide which tour, they all show so very well. Decision Decisions!!

Don(aka Mr. Ed)
Don, there are 5 of us going down to ride with court in april for the 10 best days tour. i believe there is room for 2 more riders in our group. you should check into riding with us. there are 3 oregonians, on transplant colorado rider and a guy from wisconsin going.
this is going to be a blast !
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:30 PM   #43
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Thanks for the great write-up Roger. We are looking forward to seeing you again, maybe this October.

And - looking forward to meeting the other guys who are on their way down this Spring...

-Court
we will be there !
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Nice write up!! and thanks for the travel tips for these types of adventures, am looking forward to my first one!!. 3 of us heading to Ecuador in June 2013 and doing the 6 day Offroad Ecuador guided tour with Court and then keeping the bikes for 3 more days to run over to the coast for a bit of fun!!!!!!! 207 days and counting!!!!!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #45
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Nice write up!! and thanks for the travel tips for these types of adventures, am looking forward to my first one!!. 3 of us heading to Ecuador in June 2013 and doing the 6 day Offroad Ecuador guided tour with Court and then keeping the bikes for 3 more days to run over to the coast for a bit of fun!!!!!!! 207 days and counting!!!!!!!
That's 206.5 days....... can't you count??
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