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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.