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This 9-day multi-sport adventure allows you to explore the Galapagos through hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding. What else can you squeeze into this adrenaline-packed Galapagos tour itinerary? Only the most eye-popping wildlife in the world - sea lions, marine iguanas, dolphins, turtles, and bountiful birdlife swoop around you while you paddle and play. After long days of fun, return to eco-friendly hotels for splendid meals and superb hospitality. Visit all three of the major Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabla Islands. This Galapagos Multisport Adventure is the ultimate combination of adventure, comfort, and wildlife interaction, and perfect trip for active families and athletic groups of four or more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Quito
Day 2 : Fly San Cristobal | Hiking and Snorkeling
Day 3 : Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling
Day 4 : Biking Isabela | Wall of Tears
Day 5 : Highlands Hike | Star Gazing
Day 6 : Tintoreras Islet Hiking and Snorkeling
Day 7 : Santa Cruz Highlands | Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board
Day 8 : Charles Darwin Research Center | Baltra Airport | Quito
Day 9 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Sea kayak and snorkel with sharks, sea lions, sea turtles & tropical fish
  • Learn how to prepare Galapagos ceviche with a local and his family
  • Mountain bike an exclusive, low-impact route along pristine coastline
  • Stand Up Paddle Board among lava channel walls on Santa Cruz
  • Hike the rim of an enormous, active caldera to amazing lava formations
  • Walk among giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy seeing the beauty of these islands on an exciting kayak trip. Nap time Wildlife crossing See Blue-footed Boobies on your trip to the Galapagos Man Stand Up Paddle Boarding Galapagos giant tortoise Snorkeling with friends Russ and his new girlfriend

Day 1 Arrive in Quito

Arrive in Quito and overnight.

Day 2 Fly San Cristobal | Hiking and Snorkeling

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning catch an early flight to San Cristobal Island to begin your action-packed Galapagos tour. After meeting your guides at the airport, check into your hotel and have lunch. 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.

Cool off by snorkeling at Carola Beach, surrounded by sea turtles, sea lions, and marine iguanas. This evening learn how to prepare traditional Galapagos-style ceviche at the home of a local family. After this appetizer, enjoy a welcome dinner in town. Explore the friendly, laid-beach town and visit the colony of Galapagos sea lions.

Day 3 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 4 Biking Isabela | Wall of Tears

After breakfast 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. 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 cloudforests, 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.

Day 5 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 6 Tintoreras Islet Hiking and Snorkeling

Spend today exploring the hidden coves and beaches of Tintoreras. Unique to these islets are the endemic Galapagos penguin. Your afternoon is free to enjoy Puerto Villamil's white sand beaches or to walk through mangrove forest to Concha y Perla bay for snorkeling.

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

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by speedboat or internal flight 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 brids, egrets, and the vermillion 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 traditonal 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

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. Today is free to enjoy Quito at your leisure and share stories of your exciting Galapagos travel adventures. Overnight in Quito.

Day 9 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Isabela - Hotels

Quito - Hotels

San Cristobal - Hotels

Santa Cruz - Hotels

Per person starting at
$4,633 2-3 travelers
$4,056 4+ travelers

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

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 8 Nights Hotel
  • 7 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkeling, kayaking, biking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding Gear
  • San Cristobal - Isabela Flight
  • INGALA Transit Control Card

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $590 Quito-Galapagos-Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $175 Meals not Included
  • $100 Park Entrance Fee
    • $100 Galapagos Park Entrance Fee
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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