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
8 Day Multi-Sport Adventure - Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands (AJ)
Departures every Saturday
Tour cost: $ 2,665 USD based on twin share. Includes flights to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil ($535 USD)
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 ($ 535 USD).
Does not include Galapagos Park Tax $100 and Galapagos registration fee $20. Detailed itineraries on request. See sample itinerary below.
Galapagos Multisport Highlights (8 or 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
Ask for the detailed itinerary
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: Santa Cruz (sea kayaking) (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. After landing on Baltra Island, we'll head by vehicle and ferry to our hotel in the quiet, charming harbour town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. In the afternoon, we'll go kayaking and navigate around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada, paddling through multiple lava channels of calm, turquoise waters. Within the channels, white-tipped sharks and stingrays patrol beneath the waves, while colonies of blue-footed boobies, tropic birds, herons and marine iguanas perch along the jagged cliffs. The evening is free in Puerto Ayora to relax or sample the local nightlife, liveliest on the weekends.
Day 3: Isabela (hiking) (B)
After a hearty breakfast in our hotel, we'll shuttle up to the humid tropical parts of the island to visit the giant Galapagos turtles living in the wild here. We’ll also stop to walk through some lava tunnels on the island. After lunch, we’ll take a speedboat (2.5 hour ride) to the town of Puerto Villamil where we’ll visit the turtle breeding centre and walk through a dry forest, lava fields, mangroves and salty lagoons that are a refuge for flamingos, white-cheeked pintails and common stilts. Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago and was formed by six main volcanoes. All of these volcanoes except one remain active, making this island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Isabela (hiking and snorkeling) (B)
We leave from the town for the highlands to hike on Sierra Negra, the oldest volcano on Isabela Island and one of the world's largest active volcanoes. It has a huge 6.5 mile/10 km caldera with great views of Perry Isthmus, Elisabeth Bay and Alcedo Volcano. Common birds on the volcano are the vermillion flycatcher, short-eared owl and the Galapagos Hawk. After lunch we take a boat to the small island of Tintoreras to look for more sea lions and marine iguanas. We end the day snorkelling amongst penguins, sea lions and turtles. Overnight at same hotel in Puerto Villamil. Hiking Distance: 16km/10 miles.
Day 5: Isabela Island (hiking and snorkeling) (B)
In the morning, we’ll travel by boat to see soma lava tunnels in the ocean. We’ll hike over the tunnels and snorkel under them. There is a good chance of spotting rays and turtles in this beautiful site. We’ll then return to town and have the afternoon free. Options include visiting a giant land tortoise breeding centre or going for a bike ride. Overnight at the same hotel
Day 6: Isabela Island - Santa Cruz (coffee plantation and biking) (B)
After breakfast, we'll be transported to Santa Tomas. Here we'll mount horses and set off for a 2 hour ride (9 kms/6 miles) cantering up a steep hill to the rim of the Volcano Sierra Negra, which claims fame as the second largest caldera in the world. From this vantage point, the view of the 6 x 5-mile wide caldera and Perry Isthmus is spectacular. After lunch we'll set off on foot to explore Volcan Chico, where evidence of volcanic activity is visable because of the steamy fumaroles that seep out of the cone. This is an excellent example of the geologic occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. In the late afternoon, we return to town to overnight in our cozy hotel.
Day 7: Bartolome (hiking and snorkeling) (B)
We drive 35 minutes to our boat and then head north for three hours to one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago, Bartolome. The effort to get there is worth every minute. This beautiful island offers the most well known views of the Galapagos, with its tuff cones, spatter cones, enormous lava flows on Santiago Island, the Pinnacle Rock and two golden sand beaches. After a hike to the look out point, we'll visit one of the golden sand beaches for some excellent snorkelling under the Pinnacle Rock, admiring the sea life. If we're lucky sea lions will play around us. In the afternoon, we return to Santa Cruz Island.
Day 8: Santa Fe (hiking and snorkeling) (B)
In the morning, we'll transfer by speedboat to Santa Fe Island, renowned for having some of the world’s tallest cactuses. We’ll cruise around the island getting as close to the cliffs as we can to view the sea lions, blue-footed boobies and the swallow tailed gulls. We’ll then snorkel amongst tropical fish, sea lions and marine turtles. We’ll return to town, have lunch, and then we'll hike for 50 minutes through vegetation dominated by the endemic Opuntia cactus to Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Galapagos. Here we'll refresh with a swim and enjoy encounters with marine iguanas, sea turtles, pelicans and blue-footed boobies. Overnight in same hotel in Puerto Ayora. <
Day 9: Santa Cruz - Quito (B)
After breakfast, we'll board a boat crossing back to Baltra Island for our flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in Quito we'll transfer back to our hotel in Quito. Afternoon city tour of the colonial part of the city.
Day 10: Departure (B)
You'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.
Meals as indicated (b-breakfast daily plus 2 lunches on 8 day and 3 lunches on 10 day.
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