HU Travellers Meeting Ecuador 2018

Horizons Unlimited 1st Ecuador Travellers Meeting

Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22, 2018 - Tambillo Alto, Mejía, Ecuador

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU Switzerland 2018.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited Ecuador 2018 Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018. Schedule is being finalized. Tentative schedule below.

Ecuador and bike, mountains.


The schedule is pretty laid back. Folks will arrive sometime on Friday after 14:00, set up camp and prepare for an evening of tire kicking and story telling. Dinner will start at 19:00.


Breakfast between 8:00hrs and 10:00hrs

During the day there will be at least 3 presentations of 1 hour.

Ride outs?

19:00 Dinner starts

Late gathering at the fireplace.


8:00 ~ 10:00 Breakfast
Bikers leaving the premises.

Everyone is welcome to stay after the HU meeting.

Call for presenters!

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please sign up here.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Facilities for a Fantastic Three Days

The 1st HU Ecuador Travellers Meeting will be held at Sierra Alisos Hotel de Campo.

Sierra Alisos Hotel de Campo, Ecuador -pic by Michnus Olivier.

Sierra Alisos Hotel de Campo
Tambillo Alto, Mejía, Ecuador
Panamericana Norte Km 3 1/2
171106, Ecuador

-0.402253, -78.575753
+593 989405064

Sierra Alisos, view from above.

Your host Raul Guarderas tells us:

"Since 2011 we have opened a guest-farm, on an idyllic place surrounded by 7 volcanoes, and along-side a bio-diverse 19 Ha native forest reserve (Silver Medal, Sacha Prize), where we offer hospitality, Ecuadorian cuisine with the products from our garden and dairy products from the farm.

The recently refurbished hacienda-house, with 7 private rooms, offers comfort, uniqueness and an unforgettable experience. Sierra Alisos takes a full service approach including transfer from the airport, any dietary preferences or restrictions, activities such as hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking available to guest right here on our property. We have earned a special reputation also as a 'bike-friendly place'."

Sierra Alisos by Michnus Olivier.

Michnus and Elsebier Olivier bikes at Sierra Alisos


Sierra Alisos back patio.


Sierra Alisos bedroom by Michnus Olivier.

Lots of room for bike gear in Sierra Alisos rooms - pic by Michnus Olivier (PikiPiki Overland)

Sierra Alisos by Michnus Olivier.

Elsebier Olivier stays warm by the fireplace at Sierra Alisos

Sierra Alisos hammock.


Sierra Alisos - mug and croissant, yum!


I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all slide shows, discussion groups,
Tech Clinics, demos and ride outs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All prices are USD PER PERSON!
Camping is priced separately. Meals are priced separately.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

May 31, 2018


July 13, 2018



Pay cash on arrival



Camping and Accommodation are NOT included with your registration fee. Camping or Hostel type accommodation is available. You are responsible for providing all toiletries, soap, shampoo, towels etc. Sheets, duvets and pillows are included in the Hostel.

Please book Camping and Meals with your Registration.
Please book Hostel Accommodation directly with Sierra Alisos at +593 989405064. Register early to ensure your accommodation!

Tent camping, per person, per night



Additional meals may be available on the day as long as the food lasts.
PLEASE book in advance NOW to be sure we have enough!


Full 9 meal package, Thurs dinner – Sun lunch

Full 6 meal package, Fri dinner – Sun lunch

Full 3 meal package, Saturday dinner - Sun lunch

6 meals, NO LUNCHES, Thurs dinner – Sun breakfast

4 meals, NO LUNCHES, Fri dinner – Sun breakfast

2 meals, NO LUNCHES, Saturday dinner - Sun breakfast

Friday Saturday and Sunday BREAKFAST ONLY

Saturday and Sunday BREAKFAST ONLY















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Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Praise for Sierra Alisos!

"Amazing beautiful place situated on a farm with views of Cotopaxi. Rooms are spacious and extremely well decorated. Full bathrooms and wood burning heaters in the rooms. It is a very special hotel and highly recommended. The staff are 1st class!" Michnus Olivier

"Un muy buen lugar para relajarse con la bella y envolvente naturaleza. Servicio personalizado con calidez." León Felipe Troya Rodríguez

"Fabulous experience. The views are spectacular, from here you can see at least 5 different volcanoes including Cotopaxi in the mornings when fog doesn't shroud the peak. I spent the mornings taking in this view and the sun on the south facing patio with a cup of coffee. One of the mornings I went for a lovely walk in their private 19 hectare forest reserve. I got to know the staff, Trina the manager, Mario the biologist/handyman/host, Patricia the cook and Raul the owner--wonderful folks, very nice, and attentive while respectful of personal space. Rooms are very cozy with a woodstove and supply of wood in each. Breakfast was excellent with nata straight from their own dairy farm, granola, eggs your way, bread etc. I intend to stay here again." Otis

"UN PARAISO CERCA DE QUITO!!! Estar en SIERRA ALISOS es comulgar con la naturaleza y entrar en el mundo encantado de un bosque primario que pocas veces se puede sentir. La experiencia unica de ver aves de extraordinarios colores y plantas exoticas se completa con la excelente atencion y comida muy rica. Volvere!!!" Anamaria Di Donato

"A charming country retreat, within easy reach of Quito and the airport and yet a world away from city life. It has its own nature reserve and is surrounded by primary forest and tranquil pasture, with glorious views of Cotopaxi. Trails through the reserve are good for birdwatching - ask about a dawn guided tour. Although modern, the construction of this small hotel is of traditional timber and adobe in an idiosyncratic style. The rooms vary but are comfortable and the mattresses give you a good night's sleep, waking up to glorious views from the huge windows. Food and service are impeccable and the breakfast was delicious. I highly recommend a short break here." Sarah Cameron

"Ambiente familiar y/o ambiente de buenos amigos en un entorno campestre espectacular!" Pablo Huras

"Awesome place and awesome host! Super recommended!" Nacho Olivares

"This is a rustic but very charming hotel. Situated in a bucolic environment and with a host family that is the best of the Latin America hospitality. If you want to have an intimate equatorian experience this is the place to be. I stayed there for three nights and really enjoyed it!" Leonardo Barros

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

En Español

Poster in pdf format (5.3 MB) full colour Event poster:

HU Ecuador 2018 poster.


Postcard in pdf format (1.6 MB) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Ecuador 2018 postcard.



Poster in pdf format (1.3 MB) full colour Event poster:

HU Ecuador 2018 meeting poster.


Postcard in pdf format (677kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Ecuador 2018 postcard.

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Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas


Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

Ecuador Venue Location

Sierra Alisos Hotel de Campo
Tambillo Alto, Mejía, Ecuador
Panamericana Norte Km 3 1/2
171106, Ecuador

-0.402253, -78.575753
+593 989405064

Local Hosts

Raul Guarderas is our local host for this 1st Horizons Unlimited Ecuador Travellers Meeting. Raul and has created a 'bike-friendly place' in an idyllic area of Ecuador, and the team at Sierra Alisos will show you a great Ecuadorean welcome!

Raul has travelled overland in several South American and European countries on a variety of bikes (Honda XL250&XR400, KTM640, HusqvarnaTerra 650), so he understands the needs of overlanders.

Raul Guarderas and friend.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!