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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. Led by our expert, bilingual naturalist guides, a pristine, extraordinary natural world awaits, where land, sea and underwater adventures take you into the heart of the land of Darwin. Relax into your journey with expertly crafted itineraries, flexible free time and great, oceanfront Galapagos hotels where exceptional service and gourmet cuisine will delight and surprise. Explore these utterly unique islands with expedition connoisseurs whose passion, energy and love are contagious.
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DATES & PRICES
7 Days from $4100*
Easy biking, hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking
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
After a morning flight from the Ecuadorian mainland to San Cristobal Island, we meet you at the airport and head to our hotel. In the afternoon, after lunch, we begin our adventure with a visit to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to learn about the unique wildlife, geology, history, and social dynamics of the protected archipelago.
After our visit, we hike to Tijeretas along natural trails formed through lava rocks. Our guides interpret the amazing flora and fauna we encounter as we pass native plants like Galapagos cotton, palo santo, acacia and cacti, spotting blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, warblers, mockingbirds and finches among the vegetation and along the sea cliffs. There are also scenic views of the rugged coastline and the tranquil town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to enjoy.
We cool off from our hike with a refreshing snorkeling session at picture- postcard beautiful Carola Beach, surrounded by sea turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas, and bask in the setting sun. After a gourmet dinner of seafood, Ecuadorian or international dishes, we explore the friendly, laid-back beach town and stroll down the boardwalk to visit the neighboring colony of Galapagos sea lions. (L, D).
Discover the intricate underwater ecosystems of the Galapagos with an entire day of snorkeling. We head out in search of some of the islands’ most fabled marine beasts: eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and thousands of tropical fish. If luck is on our side, we might experience the thrill of swimming with hammerhead sharks. We’ll be scouring the nearby coves and cliffs, accompanied by our experienced guide who will know just where to look.
After lunch, we head to 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 and marine iguanas perching on lava rocks. As the sun sets on our day under the waves, we return to the hotel, ready for a relaxed dinner in town. (B, Box Lunch, D).
We either visit Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) or Punta Pitt. The visitor site depends on the day of the week and the Galapagos National Park regulations.
After breakfast, we bid farewell to San Cristobal to gain a new perspective of the archipelago: this time from the skies, as we take an inter-island flight to Isabela Island. Not only do we arrive at our destination in a flash, we can comprehend the active volcanic geography of the islands, perhaps noting that Isabela, the largest of them, is shaped like a seahorse.
Upon arrival, and check in at our hotel, we saddle up our bikes for a ride through a succession of Isabela’s ecosystems: white sand beaches, mangrove forests, brackish lagoons, even a lava tube cave. The ride is fun and easy, and as ever in Galapagos, there are plenty of birds to spot and wonders to take in.
After lunch, we make our way to Tintoreras, a visitor site made up of small islets and concealed caves and beaches, explore this extraordinary marine world by kayak.
Here, meet the most incongruous resident of the Tropics: the endemic Galapagos penguin. As we paddle, we’ll be on the lookout for reef sharks, sea turtles and sea lions.
Grab a quick dip in the ocean and relax before dinner and a wander through the sleepy town’s sandy streets. (B, L, D).
We join a naturalist guide and drive inland, up the flanks of the colossal Sierra Negra volcano. Once there’s no more paved road, we head onwards on foot. The trail leads us among the mysterious highland ecosystem, our path sometimes obscured by thick, cool clouds. Once we’ve reach the volcano’s rim, blackened fields of cooled lava unfold before us, telling of a million years of geological history. We observe the nearby volcanoes, rising up like fellow giants, breaking up the deep blue of the ocean. It is a landscape to cherish.
Once we have rested and taken in the views, we continue on, hiking the rim of this massive crater. Groups with energy to spare can keep going, hiking all the way to Volcan Chico (“little”), where spectacular lava formations and the puffs of fumaroles scatter this surreal landscape of brilliant color, created by hellish sulphur deposits.
Lunch is served at an idyllic giant tortoise reserve amid lush, green surroundings. 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, before dinner.
(B, Box Lunch, D).
A speed boat awaits us early to carry us from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Ayora, a bustling port with the largest population in the archipelago. For small groups, we may decide to fly to Baltra airport aboard a small plane instead of using the speed boat.
From here, we go on to experience one of the most iconic creatures of the islands: the Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural habitat. We make our way up to the highlands, the lush, tropical, and usually humid spot where these stately creatures have lived for time immemorial. There are just 10 species of tortoise left in Galapagos – five less than Darwin encountered due to hunting by whalers and pirates.
We journey on to the evocative lava tunnels, imagining pirates stashing their Inca gold stolen from Spanish galleons, who’d use these caves as their outlaws’ lairs.
A traditional hacienda in the highlands is the charming location for lunch, after which we continue on to hike Los Gemelos, two awesome volcanic sinkholes – not to be mistaken with craters. Silvery cliffs show where the huge pits were once chambers of magma. We weave through a forest of Scalesia trees, smothered with ferns and epiphytes, creating a quiet, eerie atmosphere. We will be on the lookout for the mysterious short-eared owl. We return back down to Puerto Ayora, to wander the port and its delightful range of boutiques, restaurants and bars, and have dinner. (B, L, D).
Puerto Ayora might at first glance seem like the least natural environment in the archipelago, yet it is home to some fascinating ecosystems. After breakfast, we set out to nearby Punta Estrada and Divine Bay by kayak to explore the extraordinary landscapes. Gently and quietly, we paddle amid immense lava channel walls, the serene, crystalline water allowing us a clear view of the rays and white-tipped reef sharks below us. Daring blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, herons, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas perched won’t even flinch as we paddle by for a closer look.
We return to Puerto Ayora for lunch. Just a short hike away, one of the world’s most stunning beaches lies hidden behind a forest of deathly palo santo and opuntia cacti. This is Tortuga Bay, a white sanded paradise where you can rent a surf board at the first beach we come to, 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.
If there is enough time, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the ongoing conservation efforts on these enchanted islands from local scientists. Various programs rear endemic plants, land iguanas, and giant tortoises for educational, scientific and conservation purposes. Here, we can learn more about the diverse evolutionary paths and characteristics of the animals and plants that we have encountered during our adventures. As evening comes, we’ll return to our hotel to celebrate a wonderful trip and enjoy our last evening in the Galapagos.
(B, L, D).
7 DAYS TOUR 2018 PRICE PER PERSON FROM: $4100*
Minimum Age: 7 years
Accommodation: 6 nights in comfort class hotels.
Deposit: A deposit of 20% of the total cost of the trip is required immediately upon confirmation.
Full payment 60 days prior to your trip, except for last-minute sales.
All our rates are in US Dollars.
Additional Costs: Flights to and from Galapagos, entrance fee to Galapagos National Park, Galapagos transit card, Meals not described, tips, hotel & restaurant beverages. Travel insurance.
* December 29 – January 04
* Holiday Season supplement: $273.00 net per person “Subject to change” from December 18th to January 3rd.
Also Daily departures, subject to Availability, please request more information Here
January 11 – 17
February 15 – 21
March 04 – 10
April 23 – 29
May 20 – 26
June 24 – 30
July 17 – 23
August 13 – 19
September 09 – 15
October 07 – 13
November 25 – December 01
December 22 -28
December 26 – January 01-2020
* Holiday Season supplement: $288.00 net per person “Subject to change” from December 18 to January 3.
Also Daily departures, subject to Availability, please request more information Here
Accommodations in comfort or premium class hotels, meals as listed (B = breakfast, L = lunch, BL = box lunch, D = Dinner), bilingual Galapagos naturalist guide/adventure guide, all sea, land, and inter-island air transportation.
Flights to and from Galapagos, entrance fee to Galapagos National Park, Galapagos transit card, tips, hotel & restaurant beverages.
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.