The Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory of evolution. Charles Darwin started the chorus of curiosity 150 years ago, and the music hasn't slowed. The hot and cold currents that meet at the Equator have produced an incredibly rich and unique diversity in marine life. There are no predators, so the animals have no fear. One can literally walk right up to hundreds of exotic animals including blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, equatorial penguins, and pink flamingos. These lodge-based itineraries offer an alternative to the cruises. By land and sea we island hop by speedboat and then hike to see giant land tortoises, or paddle beside sea lions and bottle-nosed dolphins. We've built in plenty of time for snorkelling in the turquoise waters and scuba diving is also available and highly recommended. If you have a hunger for adventure, and want an active alternative to exploring this world heritage site, this trip is a sure bet to satisfy.
2020 Departure Dates & Costs
10 Day Multi-Sport Adventure (AJ)
Departures each Friday
Tour cost: $ 3,060 USD based on twin share. Includes flights to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil ($ 565 USD).
Does not include Galapagos Park Tax $100 and Galapagos registration fee $20. Detailed itineraries on request. See sample itinerary below.
Galapagos Multisport Highlights (10 days)
- Get to know Galapagos with the best bilingual, naturalist guides available
- Swim and snorkel with the most peculiar and interesting marine life
- Kayak alongside sea turtles, marine iguanas, sharks, and sea lions
- Hike the volcanoes that gave life to these islands, where giant tortoises roam freely
- Mountain bike exclusive, low-impact trails
- Sunbathe in the company of marine iguanas and sea lions
- Enjoy refined hospitality & gourmet meals at the finest Galapagos hotels
- Contribute to the local economy & ecology with eco-friendly, land-based hotels and tours
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Galapagos Multi-sport Itinerary (10 day)
Day 1: Arrival Quito
On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to a comfortable hotel in town. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city and acclimate to this high altitude city, located at 9,500 feet.
Day 2: San Critobal (Snorkeling) (B)
In the morning, we'll transfer back to the airport to connect with our flight to the Galapagos Islands, located 625 miles/1,000 km off the coast of mainland Ecuador. Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his theory of the evolution of species. Once we have arrived to the island of San Cristóbal, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and a short briefing about the next days, before the adventure begins. In the afternoon we will head to "La Loberia", which is both a home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions, we can spot them while snorkeling, as they are very curios and approach to swim next to you underwater. They may also be lazying over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin’s finches along the beach. In between the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.
Day 3: San Cristobal (snorkeling) (B)
In the morning, we will take a boat to Kicker Rock, located off the coast of San Cristóbal, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of some resemblance. This is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Island’s natural monument has become a spectacular site due to the many tropic birds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful fish, such as rainbow fish and sharks, like the hammerhead and white tip. After lunch, we will spend some time on the beach and travel back to the hotel.
Boat ride to the Kicker Rock time: 1 hour each way. Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each
Day 4: Isabela (biking and hiking) (B)
In the morning, hop to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). In the afternoon, we will explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail on our bikes, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife including flamingos, marine iguanas and giant tortoises. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the 1950s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced. As we continue our ride along the coast, we will explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with a plethora of bird life, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many other shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.
Before dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.
Flight time: 1 hour, Biking time: 3 hours total, Biking distance: 10 miles. Elevation gain: 200 feet (60m)
Day 5: Isabela Island Lava Tunnels (hiking and snorkeling) (B)
Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons, biking or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center located walking distance from the hotel.
Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way. Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each
Day 6: Isabela Island (Hike, kayak, snorkeling) (B)
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in June 2018. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet by kayak, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Hiking time: 4 hours both ways. Hiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Volcan Chico)
Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters). Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters). Kayaking time: 2 hours. Snorkeling time: 1 hour
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island (hiking) (B)
In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigatebirds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town.
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island (B)
Today, you can experience the Galapagos at your pace to your own desire, whether that be scuba diving or just time to relax on the beach! As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (3.5 mi/ 5.6 km), a beautiful white sand beach and a nesting site to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place invites for swimming or snorkeling. Alternatively, you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip, just to mention a few.
Day 9: Santa Cruz - Quito (B)
After our final breakfast on the Galapagos Island and the last photos taken of sea lions, we have a transfer to Baltra’s airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.
Day 10: Departure (B)
You'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.
Extensions are available on an individual basis.
Meals as indicated (b-breakfast daily 3 lunches)
Equipment such as mountain bikes, sea kayaks,
Airport transfers and internal transportation (excluding flights)
Local Naturalist Guide
Galapagos Park Entrance Fee & tax $120 USD
Snorkel or wet suit rental if needed
Meals not indicated in itinerary Estimate for meals not included $ 180 USD - 8 day, $ 280 USD for 10 day
Gratuities and items of personal nature