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Holiday 2016 Galapagos Multisport

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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 athletic families and fit seniors, this itinerary allows you to explore the Galapagos the active way. Hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkeling...and of course, amazing wildlife! paddle with sea lions, dolphins, turtles and bountiful birdlife. A truly unique alternative way to view this enchanted archipelago, the Galapagos Multisport will leave you breathless!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Quito
Day 2 : Fly Galapagos | Hike San Cristobal
Day 3 : Hike San Cristobal Highlands | Kayak and Snorkel Darwin Bay
Day 4 : Snorkel San Cristobal's Northern Coast
Day 5 : Fly Isabela | Mountain Bike
Day 6 : Volcano Hike in the Isabela Highlands
Day 7 : Hike in the Santa Cruz Highlands | Sea Kayak in Divine Bay
Day 8 : Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 9 : Return Home


  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about conservation
  • Kayak along the coast to Darwin Bay, home to sea lions, turtles, and birds
  • Snorkel San Cristobal's coast and see a plethora of marine life
  • Mountain bike through mangroves and salty lagoons

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Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

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Trip Snapshots

Kayaking from the beach No that is not the moon, it is Sierra Negra Kayak with friendly and curious sea lions. Swimming side by side with an amazing sea turtle. Biking on the beach on Isabela Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal A friendly visitor joining our hike

Day 1 Arrive Quito

Arrive in Quito and overnight

Day 2 Fly Galapagos | Hike San Cristobal

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 Hike San Cristobal Highlands | Kayak and Snorkel Darwin Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Snorkel San Cristobal's Northern Coast

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by boat to San Cristobal's northern coast. Depending on the weekday and Galapagos National Park regulations, you will visit Leon Dormido (the iconic "Kicker Rock"), Punta Pitt, or Cerro Brujo. Enjoy excellent snorkeling at any of these sites, and there are great chances of seeing Galapagos 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. 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.

Day 5 Fly Isabela | Mountain Bike

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Volcano Hike in the Isabela Highlands

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 Hike in the Santa Cruz Highlands | Sea Kayak in Divine Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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.

Day 8 Charles Darwin Research Station

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. 

Day 9 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 8 Nights Hotel
  • 7 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkeling Gear
  • San Cristobal - Isabel Flight
  • INGALA Transit Control Card


  • Internal Flights
    • $590 Quito-Galapagos-Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $50 Meals not Included
  • $100 Park Entrance Fee
    • $100 Galapagos Park Entrance Fee, $10 Galapagos Park Tax
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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