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This week-long adventure takes you kayaking with sea turtles, sharks, and sea lions, hiking active volcanoes, mountain biking along coastlines, snorkeling tropical waters alive with beautiful fish and relaxing on sandy beaches next to sea lions and marine iguanas. After long days of fun, return to our eco-friendly boutique hotels for splendid meals and superb hospitality. Your adventure is led by local certified naturalists and the best adventure guides in the world. Our Multisport Adventure is the ultimate combination of adventure, comfort, and wildlife interaction.
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Highlights
  • Sea kayak and snorkel with sharks, sea lions, sea turtles & tropical fish
  • Walk among giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. in their natural habitat.
  • Hike the rim of an active caldera & discover extraordinary lava formations
  • Mountain bike an exclusive, low-impact route along pristine coastline
  • Relax on beautiful beaches with playful marine life
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Activity Level: Moderate
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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Arrive in Quito and overnight.

Day 2: Baltra – Isabela, Snorkel Concha y Perla

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, transfer by a small plane to Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galapagos and one of the most volcanically active places on the planet. After lunch, you have the chance to walk through the mangrove forest to Concha y Perla bay for snorkeling, enjoy a welcome dinner in town.

Day 3: Highlands Hike | Star Gazing

This morning, drive up the Sierra Negro volcano to the end of the road. From here hike up to the top of the volcano, accompanied by breathtaking vistas, surreal geology, and distinctive ecosystems. Sierra Negra is the second largest active caldera on the planet, at over six miles at its widest. Hike the rim of the volcano, with the opportunity to continue on to the caldera of Volcan Chico. This extension offers vibrant hues from sulfur deposits, spectacular lava formations, and fumaroles. During your hike, you have a good chance of seeing Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches, and flycatchers. Lunch is at an idyllic tortoise reserve.

Spend the rest of the day in the lowlands relaxing on Isabela's perfect beaches. If the night is clear, tonight's stargazing activity offers views to both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Day 4: Tintoreras Islet Hiking and Snorkeling | Isabela Hike

Spend today exploring the hidden coves and beaches of Tintoreras. Unique to these islets are the endemic Galapagos penguin. In the afternoon after a deserve lunch you are visiting the wetlands of Isabela home of some coastal birds such as pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintail, black-necked stilt and a couple more species. After this nice walk, you enter into the arid zone where is located the giant tortoises breeding center in this island, here we have the chance to see the breeding program that you have to increase the numbers of these beautiful animals. Finally, at the end of your visit, you come back to your hotel.

Day 5: Biking Isabela | Wall of Tears | fly San Cristobal | Hiking and Snorkeling

Set out on a bike ride through a variety of environments and ecosystems, including white sand beaches, mangrove forests, brackish lagoons, and a lava tube cave. Isabela is well known for the 5 subspecies of giant tortoise that live in its cloud forests, and as you ride you may see these as well as flamingos and other wildlife. Isabela’s salty lagoons are also home to a wide range of sea birds, offering some of the best birding in the Galapagos. Arrive at el Muro de las Lagrimas (Wall of Tears). Prisoners were forced to build this wall of lava rocks to keep them distracted back in the days when the island was used as a penal colony. Then, catch a flight to San Cristobal Island. Journey to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to learn about the natural history of this region, followed by a hike to Tijeretas along natural trails formed of lava rocks. As you hike, your guides interpret the flora and fauna amidst scenic views of the rugged coastline. If time permits cool off by snorkeling at Carola Beach, surrounded by sea turtles, sea lions, and marine iguanas. Explore the friendly, laid-beach town and visit the colony of Galapagos sea lions.

Day 6: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling

Begin your day with a morning of kayaking along the northern coast of San Cristobal. Sea lions, blue-footed, boobies, frigate birds, and sea turtles make for excellent company. Paddle to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), Punta Pitt, or Cerro Brujo, depending on the day of the week and park regulations. Spend the remainder of the afternoon snorkeling and swimming with sea lions, marine iguanas, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Galapagos sharks, starfish, clams, and countless reef fish. You might even share the waters with a harmless hammerhead shark! After kayaking back to the port, you are free for the evening to dine in one of the many tasty restaurants and enjoy the town's nightlife.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Highlands | Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by public or chartered speedboat (depending on # of guests) to Santa Cruz Island, watching for whales and dolphins along the way. After checking in at your hotel head to El Chato in the Santa Cruz highlands in search of giant tortoises. It is truly an honor to walk in the stately presence of these gentle giants, who can live to be over 175 years old. You may also see pintal ducks, Darwin's finches, frigate birds, egrets, and the vermilion flycatcher.

Your next stop is the incredible lava tunnels, which once served as a hideout for pirates frequenting the Galapagos. Legend has it that they were also used to hide Inca gold stolen from Spanish ships. Lunch is at a traditional highlands Finca or Hacienda. Transfer back to town for an afternoon of sea kayaking Punta Estrada and Divine Bay. You may also explore the bay with Stand Up Paddle Boards instead, paddling among towering lava channel walls. Encounter rays and white-tipped reef sharks below, and the fearless blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, herons, sally lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas perched along the cliffs.

Return to your hotel to celebrate your wonderful trip. Spend your last evening savoring a selection of traditional and fusion Galapagos dishes, enjoying a glass of wine with idyllic views of the bay and town. Say farewell to the Enchanted Islands in the morning.

Day 8: Charles Darwin Research Center | Baltra Airport | Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
Depending on flight schedules, this morning you may visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Research Station rears endemic plants, land iguanas, and giant tortoises for educational, scientific, and conservation purposes. Make your way back to Baltra Island to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

Quito - Hotels

Santa Cruz - Hotels

San Cristobal - Hotels

Isabela - Hotels

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Please note: For departures between December 15 - January 5, internal flights must be paid at the time of booking.

**FOR MORE DEPARTURES, SEE STANDARD GALAPAGOS MULTISPORT ITINERARY PAGE**
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12

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