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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

DIVERSITY OF WILDLIFE. LANDSCAPES OF DREAMS. THE CALL OF ADVENTURE.

Like a mirage in a desert, the Galapagos Islands appear as if they’d been imagined by a lost adventurer: 600 miles (926 km) west off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, quite apart from, and unlike, anything else on the planet.

This natural hotspot on the Earth’s waistline emerged from deep within its core, spluttered out during a long, turbulent history of volcanic fury. Isolated and connected only to the heart of our world through its periodic outbursts, the 53,000 square mile- (138,000 km2-) archipelago has become a world in itself, a pristine environment of shifting landscapes, filled with fantastical creatures who blend into the blackened lava formations.

Underwater, an alternative cosmos awaits, where dashes of color and colossal monsters patrol and thrive. This is the essence of life itself, the physical manifestation of the intentions of the Universe.

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OUR GALAPAGOS

MULTISPORT, CULTURAL AND WILDLIFE TRAVEL IN GALAPAGOS

We began our own explorations of the Islands more than 26 years’ ago, seeking adventure among the rock formations, extraterrestrial vegetation, and crystal turquoise waters. We mountain-biked down volcanoes past giant tortoises, kayaked through along craggy cliffs with manta rays and penguins, and discovered fur seals nestled into coves on epic Stand Up Paddle board expeditions. We brought the finest and safest equipment to the islands.

And though adventure is in our DNA, we too are evolving, changing our understanding of the world to bring you the most authentic, exclusive and enriching Galapagos experiences. Not only through adrenaline-filled athletic excursions but cultural encounters with local communities, expert naturalist guides to broaden our learning and beautiful, oceanfront hotels where our imaginations can soar. We are constantly inspired by our incredible surroundings and the transformation of all who participate in Neotropic Expeditions.

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INSPIRATIONAL BY NATURE

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE

Immerse yourself in a world of diving iguanas, blue-footed boobies, hammerhead sharks and giant turtles, the birthplace of the Theory of Evolution where marine and land species have been free to live and develop, influenced only by the natural elements and the extraordinary terrain. You’ll come within touching distance of sea lions, blood-red crabs and myriad birds – with the absence of predators, creatures have no need to fear Man.

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LANDSCAPES OF WONDER

GALAPAGOS NATURAL HISTORY

Composed of 13 major volcanic islands, seven smaller islands and innumerable tiny islets, Galapagos – like the curious wildlife it shelters – is perpetually evolving, its landscapes morphing with every blast of molten magma and shudder of tectonic plates. Hike fields of lava cooled to blackened rock, the different shades and plant forms mapping out centuries of volcanic activity

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A new life, a pioneering spirit

GALAPAGOS HUMAN HISTORY

Alongside the extraordinary natural history of the Islands runs a captivating human one. Pirates, explorers, scientists and pioneers with the spirit to create a new life amid the natural world made the Islands their home over the last centuries. This new population – which has now reached more than 25,000 spread mainly across Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands – has had to grow in-step with the ever-evolving islands, building sustainability and eco practices into their everyday lives.

Our journeys build in meaningful interactions with these communities, from learning their fishing techniques to sampling their fresh cuisine. We believe that community tourism is an alternative way to support local economies and encourage rural residents and artisans to share their ways of life with eager travelers – everyone who is part of our world benefits positively.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Archipelago consists of 13 major volcanic islands and 7 smaller islands with unique wildlife, geography, and human history. Located around 600 miles (926 km) west off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Islands have always been surrounded by an aura of mystique due to its remoteness and pirates legends. These tiny islands are actually the tips of ancient volcanoes, many of which are still active today and remain one of the most active oceanic volcano areas on Earth. The Galapagos are known principally for the natural beauty of their flora and fauna. Many species are endemic, meaning that they are uniquely found on this islands and nowhere else on our Planet. Due to the absence of natural predators, the wildlife has never learned to fear man which allows you a very close contact with animals. The travelers immediately feel the connection with nature and that makes the Galapagos such a unique and exciting place to visit and discover either by cruise or hotel based land tours, this last option is arguably considered a better eco-friendly alternative to reduce the impact on the Islands and support the local communities. You can see more information: link Why land-based tours.
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Additionally, the Marine Reserve with 14000000 acres full of flora and fauna are the most concrete proof of why The Islands have been declared Natural Heritage World Site. The National Park and Marine Reserve were also created to guarantee the responsible use of natural resources by the local inhabitants, being Tourism the most important economic activity on the Islands with more than 200.000 visitors being received every year. There is this need to use sustainable practices that pursue the balance between the requests of the Tourism industry and the preservation of pristine and unspoiled habitats.

GALAPAGOS GEOLOGY

The geology of the Ecuadorian islands is a unique wonder since it starts at the sea bottom with the merging of three important tectonic plates Nazca, Cocos, and Pacific, making it easy to admire the biological process below and above sea level. The largest Island in the Galapagos is Isabela, an interestingly young island with less than a million years of existence, followed by Fernandina, the youngest and west-most Island. Also, there are older islands for more than three million years of existence such as Española and San Cristobal Island. Although every island share similar volcanic compositions, climate, and environment, each of them has its own particularly set of species where you can identify the evolution process, compared with any other Island around the world.
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GALAPAGOS FLORA AND FAUNA

The flora and the fauna on the Galapagos are easy to identify as they are abundant and diverse. This happens due to a lack of natural predators that threaten their existence in the islands. For example, you will find the land and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, a great diversity of marine species and many more animal species, as well as endemic vegetation per island. Species such as finches grew short or long beaks depending on the Island they inhabit as well as their diet, whether they ate fruits or insects. The same happened to the tortoises, they evolved short shells with long necks to reach up the bushes and trees, and other ones evolved short necks and big shells to feed from the grass.

Galapagos flora, fauna and the evolutionary history are known through one of the most important naturalist scientists of all times, Charles Darwin. On his investigations, he explains how the islands are an important worldwide model of how ecological, evolutionary and biogeographic elements stimulate the fauna and flora to change according to the needs of the environment. Species of flora have had to continuously adapt in order to survive.

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Besides these elements that influence the evolutionary process in Galapagos, there is another important cause which is the confluence of three important Currents at the Pacific Ocean, one of them is El Niño that brings different marine species to the Islands and also the weather change condition impact on the evolution of the species. You will find more information about Charles Darwin`s studies through his publication, “Voyage of the Beagle”, a recommended read, if you are planning to travel to the Archipelago. For our suggested reading list in the Galapagos Islands click here.

HUMAN SETTLEMENT

In 1535 the Islands were discovery by Tomas de Berlanga Friar the Panama´s Bishop, who accidently discovered the Galapagos on his journey to Peru after his ship was carried west by the currents. Years later they were visited by pirates and whalers who used them as a hiding place and source of fresh food. However it wasn’t until the Charles Darwin investigation in 1835 that the Islands became known and got the interest of many conservationists and scientists who helped to identified Galapagos as one of the most important biological places in the world. With all this world significance, the government of Ecuador created the Galapagos National Park In 1959 to protect The Islands and their unique natural resources. In 1970s, the human settlements started to increase as well as their activities such as agriculture and fishing, these activities had a strong impact over the Islands, so in order to prevent the water to contaminate from agricultural runoff and urban waste The Terrestrial Management Plan of the National Park was written on 1974, which recommended the protection of two nautical miles of sea around each of the 19 main islands.
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Also to prevent a growing population in the Islands, the Galapagos Special Law was established on 1998. This Special Law had the purpose to regulate the population on The Islands in order to preserve them. The authorities have increased their controls to avoid a growing population of new residents that began to affect the well-being of the Islands. Other controls, such as a strict Hotel regulations that consist of the prohibition on build new hotels in the areas due to the limited permits to enter constructing materials to the Islands. As well as a strict control to the ones that are already operational by making them follow sustainable requirements, one of them is that all kinds of Construction must occupy the 3% of the Island outside the National Park. Another requirement is that every Tourism involved company must support the development of the local community and the Islands.

GALAPAGOS CLIMATE

The weather in the Islands is easy to identified with two seasons: the warm season that starts from January until June, with minimum temperatures around 72/73°F (22/23°C) and maximum temperatures around 84/86 °F (29/30 °C), and a relatively cool season starting at July until December, named Garúa, with minimum temperatures around 64/66 °F (18/19 °C) and maximum temperatures around 75/77 °F (24/25 °C). This is the season when there are several mists that cause condensation turning into tiny precipitations. In the warm season there are hot sunny mornings until early in the afternoon, while later in the afternoon there might be a cloudy sky with some rains because of thermal inversion of the sea current due to its temperature.
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GALAPAGOS ADVENTURES

We offer the most comprehensive selection of adventure travel options in the Galapagos Islands today. After 25 years of adventure travel development, we deliver the very best active combinations in southern Galapagos.

Hiking, kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), biking, and snorkeling, provide incredible opportunities for selective wildlife encounters. Our adventures are certified in safety, social responsibility and environmental friendliness.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOURS

Colombia Amazon Tours and Galapagos Multisport Tour
Our Premium Multisport Adventure is designed for those who jump out of bed each day excited for the challenges, the wonders, the curiosities and sensory pleasures that lie ahead. With the reassurance of the safety and adventure expertise of our three decades’ of experience, discover a Galapagos that few will encounter – where the thrill of biking along deserted coastlines, swimming with curious sea lions and racing marine iguanas in your kayak, is part of daily life.
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7 Days from $4100*
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Challenge yourself to explore Galapagos with an intensity and variety that few will have the chance the experience. Hike and bike through volcanic landscapes, kayak over crystal seas teeming with marine life and snorkel among extraordinary endemic species, in the islands we figured out three decades ago are ripe for adventure and brought our expertise – and top-of-the-line equipment – to make the most of them.
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5 Days from $1440
7 Days from $2070
Culture Experience and Galapagos Vacation Packages

Discover this marine sanctuary and evolutionary hotspot by land. Its designed with the best service, deluxe waterfront lodging, gourmet experiences and remarkable naturalist guides in the islands, to offer you a most unforgettable journey.
You´ll have time to walk extraordinary lava trails, visit active volcano calderas, come close to giant tortoises in their natural habitat, snorkel and swim in clear tropical waters bursting with marine life, and relax on pristine, isolated paradise beaches.

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7 Days from $6858*
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A truly privileged way to experience the magic and wonder of the Galapagos Islands, our Premium Wildlife trips have been crafted to be safe and stimulating, enriching and exciting. Drawing on our 26 years of experience, we designed this journey not only as a venture into the unknown, but as an expedition to your heart.
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5 Days from $2599*
Galapagos Adventure Tours and Galapagos Snorkeling
Calling the curious, the insatiable, and those who live to learn and adventure! Explore and enjoy the Galapagos like few can. Hike, swim, snorkel. Get up close to amazing creatures and pristine nature. Learn from top naturalist guides. Kick back at our great, eco-friendly hotels. Explore at your own pace and avoid sea-sick cruising.
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5 Days from $1340
7 Days from $1780
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Experience the most original foodie Galapagos wildlife experience. Encounter wildlife and learn about the natural history of Galapagos Islands, while your chef, host, and naturalist guide shares his insight into local markets and recipes, creates gourmet dishes with local and organic products and takes you on a foodie journey that will transform your senses. This program is a priceless opportunity to learn new recipes and savor the finest products of one of the best-preserved islands on Earth.
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8 Days from $4434*
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The Galapagos Islands are one of the most vibrant biodiversity sanctuaries in the world. This journey invites you meet the people who call these islands ‘home’. Community tourism is an alternative way to support local economies and encourage rural residents and artisans to share their ways of life with eager travelers.
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7 Days from $3529*
Galapagos Stand Up Paddle and Galapagos Tour Companies

This adventure is a complete SUP experience with exclusive access to three different islands and multiple Islets.
Highly rated SUP naturalist guides combine sea and land excursions with a focus on natural history and evolution.
Come face to face with penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles and sharks as you SUP around the islands in this marine sanctuary.

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7 Days from $5170*
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Learn why these enchanted islands are considered one of the “Wonders of the Underwater World”, with an active tour focusing on exploring the archipelago’s rich marine life. This comprehensive kayaking program offers exclusive access to four different islands and features expert naturalist guides who explain this magnificent marine ecosystem to you. You will have the chance to hike, bike, swim, and snorkel, complemented by a welcoming stay at our Opuntia hotels at the end of each day.
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7 Days from $3573*