GALAPAGOS MULTISPORT ADVENTURE 5 OR 7 DAYS TOUR | ESSENTIAL

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OVERVIEW

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. Expand your knowledge and understanding with top naturalist guides and relax in charming hotels that work hard each day to minimize their environmental impact. Enjoy the reassurance of a curated, well thought-out itinerary with activities that don’t require any former experience or training – all you need is your drive to make lasting memories with the people you love

MULTI-SPORT IS MULTI-EXPERIENCE IS MULTI-ADVENTURE, AND FUN!

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

  • Land-based specialists
  • Trips benefit local people, are nature-friendly and minimize carbon footprints
  • We are direct managers of the hotels where you stay
  • 20 years’ experience in adventure travel
  • Safety first: we don’t cut corners
  • Top-of-the-line equipment
  • We love what we do

WANT TO…?

  • Sea kayak with sharks, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and sea lions.
  • Relax on beautiful beaches with sea lions and marine iguanas.
  • Walk among giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.
  • Snorkel with tropical fish, rays, sea lions, and sharks.
  • Hike the rim of an enormous, active caldera.
  • Discover extraordinary lava formations.
  • Bike along pristine coastlines.
  • Explore local food and scene.
  • Travel with a purpose.

 

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BOOK THIS TRIP

WHERE WILL YOU STAY?

Opuntia Hotels, a network of quality Galapagos hotels with eco-initiatives, exceptional service, comfort, all close to the ocean.

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QUICK FACTS

DESTINATION
Galapagos Islands: San CristobalSanta Cruz, and Isabela

DATES & PRICES
5 Days from $1440
7 Days from 2070

CATEGORY

Essential

EXPEDITION TYPE
Multi-sport

EXPEDITION LEVEL
Easy hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking

ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfort Hotels: Casa Opuntia, Casita de la Playa, Isla Sol

Premium Hotels:
Iguana Crossing, Angermeyer, Golden Bay, Casa Baronesa

FLIGHTS
Arrive to San Cristobal (SCY)
Depart from Baltra (GPS)
Book: Avianca, LATAM or TAME from Quito or Guayaquil
We can arrange your flights from $525 – or do your own

OUR “PREMIUM” TRIPS …

  • Enrich through the knowledge of accompanying expert naturalist and adventure guides
  • Explore three islands by land, sea and small-plane flight
  • Were designed as a full-service package
  • Follow a set itinerary as a private group with shared transportation
  • Include a choice of excellent hotels
  • Include all meals
  • Daily departures, subject to availability, please request more information

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ITINERARY & MAP

Our essential tours are the same until day 4, from that point you have the liberty to choose between a 5 or 7 days tour.

See the complete itinerary below, please click on each day for full details.

DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL KAYAK ADVENTURE
After a morning flight from the Ecuadorian mainland to San Cristobal Island, you will arrive at the airport and head to your hotel. You can explore the town and have lunch by yourself. Early in the afternoon, we give you a quick introduction to the island before heading to the coast, where our kayaks will be waiting for us at for our first taste of Galapagos magic: we paddle along the coastal bays and coves of San Cristobal’s north coast, a world of comic-looking blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and sea turtles. If we’re lucky, we may see rays underwater, marine iguanas perching on lava rocks. Back at the hotel, you’re free to enjoy some island seafood specials in the port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on your own. (-)
DAY 2: SNORKEL THE NORTHERN COAST OF SAN CRISTOBAL
A whole day to snorkel amid the underwater wonders of the Galapagos! In the company of our experienced guide as part of a shared group, we search the nearby coves and cliffs for sea turtles, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. There’s also the chance to get up close and personal with sea lions – the young pups are ever-curious and playful. As we snorkel, we might spot eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and thousands of tropical fish. With luck, we may even come across hammerhead sharks. As the sun sets on our day under the waves, we return to the hotel for a relaxed evening at the coastal town. (B, Box Lunch).
DAY 3: DISCOVER ISABELA’S BEACHES, LAGOONS AND ISLETS

After breakfast, we say goodbye to San Cristobal to board our small plane for a thrilling flight across the archipelago’s azure waters and volcanic landscapes to Isabela Island. Amazingly, it is still in the throes of creation, formed by six active shield volcanoes. In fact, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active spots on the planet.

Upon arrival, we head to the visitor site known as Tintoreras to explore this beautiful marine world by kayak, weaving between a set of small islets filled with hidden coves and beaches. Here, meet an unexpected denizen of the Tropics: the endemic Galapagos penguin. Spot reef sharks, sea turtles and sea lions as we paddle.

Seafood, Ecuadorian and international cuisine are all available in the small beach town of Puerto Villamil and you’re free to try them by yourself. You can grab a quick dip in the ocean, or a swing in a hammock, before our local guest experience coordinator briefs you on your next adventure: a self-guided bike ride through a succession of Isabela’s white sand beaches, mangrove forests and brackish lagoons. The ride is fun and easy, and as ever in Galapagos, there are plenty of birds to spot and wonders to take in. Your evening is free and easy. (B).

DAY 4: HIKE ISABELA'S HIGHLANDS

From the coast, we join a naturalist guide and shared group to drive up the flanks of the mighty Sierra Negra volcano. Where road the peters out, we continue on foot. We hike through the intriguing highland ecosystem, which is at times smothered in dreamy clouds. At the top, at the volcano’s rim, a surreal world of geological history unfolds before us, with incredible views of the surrounding volcanoes and ocean, a pristine other-worldly scene to savor.

After a break to catch our breath and take in the views, we hike the rim of this enormous crater and, if the group is feeling energetic, continue on to the caldera of Volcan Chico (“little”), a surreal landscape of vibrant hues created by sulphur deposits. Here we can explore spectacular lava formations and even huffing fumaroles of vapor.

We return to the lowlands in time to spend our last afternoon on Isabela relaxing on the perfect beaches and soaking up the island-life atmosphere. You are free to have dinner on your own. (B, Box Lunch).

DAY 5: CROSS TO SANTA CRUZ FOR A HIKE IN THE HIGHLANDS

We leave Isabela early aboard a public speed boat, for our ride east to Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Ayora, the archipelago’s largest settlement. We meet you at the dock and head to the hotel.

There’s no time to lose as the famous Galapagos giant tortoises await. We drive up to the highlands where these lumbering creatures heave their way through their natural habitat. It is humbling to walk among these noble giants, true remnants of a lost world. Watch out for frigate birds, egrets, pintail ducks, Darwin’s finches, and the vermillion flycatcher amid this lush, green ecosystem.

Our next stop is the incredible lava tunnels, which made ideal hideouts for the pirates who once frequented the Galapagos. Legend has it that they were also used to hide Inca gold stolen from Spanish galleons. Lunch is served at a traditional hacienda in the highlands. If time permits, we can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park’s tortoise breeding program back in Puerto Ayora. You’re free to enjoy the port’s array of shops, restaurants and bars in the evening on your own. (B, L).

DAY 6: BAY TOUR, SNORKEL AND TORTUGA BAY ADVENTURE

A day dedicated to exploring Puerto Ayora’s fascinating natural environment. After breakfast, we join a naturalist guide and shared group to make our way west from the port, stopping by the Lobería where sea lions can be observed. We come to an islet called Punta Camaño, a great place to don our snorkels, masks and fins to meet sea lions and schools of fish. Passing through the romantically-named Canal del Amor, we disembark at Playa de los Perros, where, after a short walk, groups of jet-black marine iguanas bask beneath the sun’s rays, occasionally slipping off into the sea to feed.

Following lunch in Puerto Ayora on your own – where there are options aplenty for you to choose from – one of the world’s most beautiful beaches lies a short hike from town: Tortuga Bay. If you feel energetic, at the first beach you come to you can rent a surf board, or at the second beach, a kayak. If you prefer to relax, the second beach is tranquil, hemmed by mangroves and ideal for observing birdlife or going for a swim. Dinner is on your own. (B).

DAY 7: TRANSFER OUT
Finally, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the Galapagos. Accompanied by a guide, you board a transport to take you north over Santa Cruz Island to the Itabaca Channel. At this point we leave you to continue your journey alone: all that remains is a hop on a ferry and a short bus ride to take you to Baltra Island’s airport. (B)

Ask us about additional activities and experiences we can organize for you!

If you choose a 5-Day itinerary, days 4 and 5 are as follows:

DAY 4: CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – SANTA CRUZ BAY TOUR

We leave Isabela early aboard a public speed boat, for our ride east to Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Ayora, the archipelago’s largest settlement. We meet you at the dock and head to the hotel.

Visit the heart of scientific research and conservation in the Galapagos on your own: the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park’s tortoise breeding program.

Following lunch on your own in Puerto Ayora – where there are options aplenty for you to choose from – we join a naturalist guide and shared group to make our way west from the port, stopping by the Lobería where sea lions can be observed. We come to an islet called Punta Camaño, a great place to don our snorkels, masks and fins to meet sea lions and schools of fish. Passing through the romantically-named Canal del Amor, we disembark at Playa de los Perros, where, after a short walk, groups of jet-black marine iguanas bask beneath the sun’s rays, occasionally slipping off into the sea to feed.

Once back on land, you’re free to wander on your own through the port’s streets with its shops, restaurants and bars in the evening. (B).

DAY 5: TRANSFER OUT
Finally, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the Galapagos. Accompanied by a guide, you board a transport to take you north over Santa Cruz Island to the Itabaca Channel. At this point we leave you to continue your journey alone: all that remains is a hop on a ferry and a short bus ride to take you to Baltra Island’s airport. (B).
Ask us about additional activities and experiences we can organize for you.

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PRICES

5 DAYS 2018 PRICE PER PERSON FROM $1440*

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Upgrade to premium hotels: $530
Only hotel & transfer package, without excursions/activities: $988

 

7 DAYS 2018 PRICE PER PERSON FROM: $2070*

 

Ask us about additional activities and experiences we can organize for you.
Upgrade to premium hotels: $769
Only hotel & transfer package, without excursions/activities $1,220

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REVIEWS

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One of Our Best Trips Ever!
The Galapagos was on our Bucket List and it could not have been better. From the start to finish, everyone from Neotropic Expeditions made our trip wonderful and a memorable experience to last a lifetime. We will highly recommend your company to our friends.
Eva Goldfield (59) from the United States
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A Trip of a Lifetime
“Our guides had extremely profound knowledge of the local flora and fauna, the eco-system, biodiversity and history of the Galapagos Islands. They were very polite and helpful. We will definitively recommend the tour!”
David (62) & Elizabeth 63 from the United Kingdom
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Highly Recommended!
“Our guide spoke excellent English and was extremely friendly and helpful. We will definitively recommend this tour to our friends.”
Rafal (40) & Dorota (36) from Poland
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Superb Attention & Service
“I was truly impressed by the service level and the knowledge of the guides. My personal highlight of the tour was the view on the volcano Antisana.”
Brian (62) form New Zealand
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Fantastic!!
Our guide just knew so much about the islands, simply amazing. We also loved our hotels, so cozy and nice!
Brooke (30) & Janette (29) from the United States
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Wonderful Experience
We totally enjoyed our trip to the Galapagos with your business! We loved being a group of “2 + guide”!
Christine (65) & Ann (70) from the United States
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Loved it, truly amazing!
“Superb attention from Tomas, our guide. He responded immediately to all our interests. Excellent service.”
Diane (54) & Terry (54) from the United Kingdom

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodations in comfort class hotels, meals as listed (B = breakfast), (BL = Box Lunch), shared services throughout the program, bilingual Galapagos naturalist guide/adventure guide, all sea and land transportation during the tour, 24-hour telephone assistance, coordinator staff in San Cristobal and Isabela islands.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Flights to and from Galapagos, entrance fee to Galapagos National Park, Galapagos transit card, tips, hotel & restaurant beverages.

NOTES

This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.

The weight restriction per person for the inter-island flight from San Cristobal to Isabela is 25 pounds in one piece of luggage.

  • BOAT TRAVEL TIME: Two hours
  • SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TIME: 40 minutes
  • ACTIVITY DURATION (PADDLE, GHIKE, BIKE, SNORKEL): Two to four hours per activity
  • SEASON: Year-round
  • ALTITUDE: 0 – 3,688 feet (1,124 meters) above sea level
  • WEATHER: During the warm season from January to May, air temperature is around 77 to 83 F (25 to 8 C) at sea level. During the cool season from June to December, air temperature is around 70 to 75 F (21 to 24 C) at sea level. Temperature decreases with altitude.
  • WATER TEMPERATURE: During the warm season from January to May, water temperature hovers around 77 F (25 C). During the cool season from June to December, average water temperature is about 72 F (22 C). Water temperature also varies significantly by location.
  • SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK: Hiking shoes, rain jacket, water bottle, non-cotton trekking clothes, sunblock, sunglasses, sun hat, and repellent.