- San Cristobal
- Santa Fe
- Santa Cruz
- Charles Darwin Research Station
There are travelers that prefer nothing more than a large beach blanket and a deck chair...and then there are the travelers that prefer the Galapagos Multisport Tour! Perfect for active families and athletic groups of four or more, this itinerary allows you to explore the Galapagos Gladiator-style. Hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkeling...what else can you squeeze into this adrenaline-packed Galapagos tour itinerary? Only the most eye-popping wildlife in the world -- sea lions, dolphins, turtles and bountiful birdlife swoop around you while you paddle and play. A truly unique and invigorating way to view this enchanted archipelago, the Galapagos Multisport will leave you breathless!
- Day 1 Arrive Quito
- Day 2 Fly Galapagos and Hike San Cristobal
- Day 3 Hike San Cristobal Highlands & Kayak and Snorkel Darwin Bay
- Day 4 Snorkeling at Isla Lobos, Leon Dormido and Cerro Brujo
- Day 5 Fly Isabela and Mountain Bike
- Day 6 Volcano Hike in the Isabela Highlands
- Day 7 Hike in the Santa Cruz Highlands and Sea Kayak in Divine Bay
- Day 8 Charles Darwin Research Station
- Day 9 Return Home
- PaddlingIncludes paddling activity such as sea kayaking or rafting.
- Nature ViewingIncludes intentional opportunity to observe flora or fauna with an experienced guide.
- SnorkelingIncludes opportunity for snorkeling or possibly SCUBA.
- HikingIncludes guided hiking excursions. Hikes may vary from easy and optional three hour hikes to more difficult multi-day treks.
- BikingIncludes biking activity.
- ActiveOur most active trips for travelers who are fit and looking for vigorous adventures. Tours include multisport activities and multi-day treks.
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- Casa Opuntia HotelHotel Miconia
- Angermeyer Waterfront InnAventura LodgeFinch Bay HotelHotel FernandinaHotel SilbersteinHotel Sol y MarIsla Sol HotelSanta Cruz Divers Lodge
Catch an early flight to San Cristobal Island to begin your action-packed Galapagos tour. After lunch at a local restaurant, start your adventure with a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to learn about the fascinating natural history, island formations, species and how it all relates to Darwin's evolution. You'll explore the dry forest, dotted with cacti, as you hike towards Frigate Hill along trails of lava rock. Splendid views of the coastline and the cheerful town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno accompany you on your walk. This will be a good time to enjoy your first encounters with local wildlife such as magnificent frigate birds, blue footed boobies, brown pelicans, gulls, herons and Darwin's famous finches. On the way back to town, you'll stop for a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Today, drive up to El Junco Lagoon, a freshwater lake located in a collapsed caldera at 2,300 feet (700 meters) of altitude on the San Cristobal Island highlands. The lake and its surroundings create a beautiful Miconia forest landscape, where you will find frigate birds washing off salt from their wings, Darwin’s finches, and mocking birds. You'll continue on to La Galapaguera in Cerro Colorado, a new facility operated by the National Park to breed and protect the subspecies of giant turtles endemic to San Cristobal (Geochelone chathamensis). On your way back, you'll visit El Cafetal, a historic hacienda that has been harvesting a special class of coffee bean named Bourbon since 1875.
This afternoon, you'll slip into your ocean kayak and pass the time paddling along the coast, past Playa Carola, exploring the coast line to Darwin Bay, the site of the first landing of the HMS Beagle. You will explore and snorkel in Darwin Bay which is home to sea lions, marine turtles, blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds.
A morning boat ride along the northern coast of San Cristobal Island takes you to Isla Lobos, a small island that creates a narrow stretch of calm turquoise waters and provides a fantastic snorkeling site where you can swim and enjoy the best sea lion encounters in the entire archipelago. Afterward, you'll continue on and reach Leon Dormido, the jagged remains of an old tuff cone whose flanks are home to thousands of sea birds. At Leon Dormido, you will enjoy excellent snorkeling. There is a good chance of seeing Galápagos sharks, eagle and golden rays, as well as dozens of species of tropical fish, clams, starfish, and marine invertebrates. If you are lucky, you may spot hammerhead and white-tipped sharks as well. From here, you will travel to Cerro Brujo.
Cerro Brujo is an eroded tuff cone in several parts and is composed of cooled lava. It is formed by low-viscosity lava that contains little gas and breaks while solidifying and is pushed by lava still flowing from the rear. In this fascinating landscape of lava you can observe boobies, gulls and pelicans. The sheltered bay is popular for young sea turtles and rays and there are excellent opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. After this full day northern coast excursions you'll return to port where you will enjoy dinner and your last evening on San Cristobal Island.
After breakfast, you'll take a small, private plane from San Cristobal to Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago, formed by 5 shield volcanoes: Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Sierra Negra, and Wolf. Four of these volcanoes remain active, making this island one of the most volcanically active places on Earth. Here, you visit the Galápagos Tortoise Rearing Center, to learn about tortoise development and conservation. You will then explore the bay for wildlife and follow a trail along the coastline to observe dramatic lava formations and meet a large colony of sea lions. In the afternoon you will prepare your gear for a mountain bike ride to El Muro de las Lágrimas (Wall of Tears). There will be spectacular views as you ride along the coast through mangroves and salty lagoons that are home to the mangrove finch, endemic to Isabela. You can also spot American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, and many other shore birds. You pedal to the Wall of Tears, a historic site that dates back between 1946 and 1959 when Isabela was a penal colony. On your way back you will ride by and relax on exotic white sand beaches. The evening is spent in the tranquil port town of Puerto Villamil.
From Puerto Villamil, you will journey to the highlands for a 6 mile (9 km) hike near the rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Sierra Negra is an active volcano which last erupted into a blazing show in October 2005. From this altitude, you will enjoy a fantastic view of the 5 mile-wide crater, and the Perry Isthmus and the other volcanoes beyond. From here you will continue to Chico Volcano, with its puffing fumaroles and striking lava formations. Isabela offers an out-of-this-world environment and exemplifies the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, return to Puerto Villamil for dinner.
After an early breakfast, travel by boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island (two hour boat trip). Once you arrive you will travel to El Chato, the natural habitat of the largest tortoise in the Galapagos. As you seek these lumbering giants, you’ll also come across pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigate birds bathing in fresh water lakes. Lunch is served at a traditional highland hacienda where you can also explore lava caves with incredible volcanic formations. After lunch, you'll pick up your kayak to travel around Divine Bay and Punta Estrada, paddling through multiple lava channels of calm, turquoise waters. Within the channels, white tipped sharks and rays swim beneath the waves, while colonies of blue footed-boobies, tropic birds, herons and marine iguanas perch along the jagged cliffs. Once in Puerto Ayora, prepare for your farewell dinner. Later in the evening you are free to explore nightlife alternatives in the Galapagos’ most populous town.
In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation and management projects in the archipelago. The research station gives you the chance to see giant tortoises from all over the islands. Transfer by bus to Baltra Island to board your flight back to the continent. Overnight in Quito.
|$450||Internal Flights (Quito-Galapagos-Quito)|
|$120||Internal Flights (Fuel Surcharge)|
|Flight costs subject to change|