Galapagos Islands Tours & Trips 2020

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Complete Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 591 / day
$ 5,905
From : $ 7,263
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Snorkelling in the Devil’s Crown is like nothing else. This submerged crater – full of sea lions, turtles and rays – boasts some of the best underwater views in the archipelago.
  • This trip is one for the bird-lovers. Witness the albatross colonies of Isla Espanola and seek out the rare red-footed booby on Isla Genovesa.
  • Plant your feet on 100-year-old pahoehoe lava as you walk across Bahia Sullivan, perhaps spotting a colourful marine iguana or twelve along the way.
  • Discover the otherworldly landscapes and creatures the islands are famous for, going deeper with a knowledgeable local naturalist who will accompany you on all your excursions.
  • Sea lions, marine iguanas, and more fish than you can shake a snorkel at – this trip is packed with guaranteed wildlife encounters.
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isla Baltra, Isla Santa Fe, Quito, San Cristobal, Isla Floreana, Darwin, Isla Santiago, Santiago, Santa Fe, Ecuador
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Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands featurin ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 400 / day
$ 5,999
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Master two of South America’s classics, ceviche and pisco sours, at an interactive cooking class.
  • Indulge in a farm-to-table meal in a local community.
  • Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Wind through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train.
  • Stand tall in the “Middle of the World” at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum.
  • Explore the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Meet giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • On a private, yacht, embark on a 3-night cruise of the Galápagos Islands with a naturalist guide.
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Lima, Quito
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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Wonders featuring a ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 461 / day
$ 6,919
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Master two of South America’s classics, ceviche and pisco sours, at an interactive cooking class.
  • Indulge in a farm-to-table meal in a local community.
  • Discover centuries-old Andean textile methods in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Wind through the Andes to Machu Picchu in a domed train.
  • Stand tall in the “Middle of the World” at the Equatorial Line Monument and Museum.
  • On a private yacht, embark on a 4-night cruise of the Galápagos Islands with a naturalist guide.
  • Explore the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Meet giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Lima, Quito
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Galapagos Odyssey Escape

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 926 / day
$ 6,480
From : $ 8,748
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quito.
  • Cruise on the comfort of a 16-passenger ship.
  • Witness a diversity of wildlife.
  • Up close experience with sea lions and sea turtles.
  • Walk on volcanic formed islands.
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, Ecuador
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Galapagos from Ashore

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 559 / day
$ 6,150
From : $ 7,565
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.
  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.
  • Spot marine iguanas, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.
  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe, Ecuador
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Highlights of Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 596 / day
$ 9,538
From : $ 12,876
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the wildlife prolific Galapagos Islands.
  • Stay in a traditional Finca in the coffee growing region, explore the region and try your hand at some coffee production.
  • Enjoy the historical centre of Bogotá.
  • Explore the fortified city of Cartagena.
Visits:
Bogota, Cartagena, Galapagos, Isabela Island, Quito, Colombia, Ecuador
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Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 545 / day
$ 5,445
From : $ 7,351
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Experience the unique fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.
  • Visit some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos Islands.
  • See the marine iguana, the world's only marine lizard.
  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, Ecuador
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Galapagos island-hopping tour

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 713 / day
$ 7,840
From : $ 9,643
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.
  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.
  • Spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.
  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits:
Galapagos, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

Audley Travel
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 455 / day
$ 7,280
From : $ 9,828
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.
  • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.
  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.
  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.
Visits:
Arenal Volcano, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Quito, Costa Rica, Ecuador
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In the Footsteps of Darwin on Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands with Ecuador's Amazon tour
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Travelstride climate
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In the Footsteps of Darwin on Santa Cruz & Is ...

13 days
$ 439 / day
$ 5,709
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys
  • Visit the nearby butterfly farm
  • Visit the lodge’s butterfly house, one of Ecuador’s largest, and take a night walk or canoe ride with a Local Guide to discover creatures that can rarely be seen during the day! You will also cruise through the flooded forest in search of troops of squirrels, capuchin, and howler monkeys—and maybe even the incredibly well camouflaged 3-toed sloth
  • Visit Los Gemelos, twin pit craters formed from collapsed lava chambers
  • Visit the wetlands in search of flamingos and other seabirds
  • Visited will be determined by Galápagos National Park
Visits:
Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Family Galapagos

Abercrombie & Kent
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 920 / day
$ 9,195
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • Cruise for seven nights aboard 'Xperience' - an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility - in the Galápagos Islands
  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide
  • Choose from kayaking or snorkeling, depending on the location, or simply relax on deck or on shore
  • Observe giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats
  • A Young Explorers Guide provides child-friendly programs and activities, such as wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish lessons and art-making
  • Enjoy the convenience of earlier seating and kid-friendly menus at meal times
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Andean Explorer with Peru's Amazon & the Galápagos on the La Pinta tour
Self-guided / Independent Tour
Travelstride climate
This trip visits a destination that is significantly affected by climate change

Andean Explorer with Peru's Amazon & the Gal ...

22 days
$ 370 / day
$ 8,149
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit a local Farm to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops
  • Visit the Parrot Clay Lick and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay
  • Visit a Brazil nut Farm & Camp and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption
  • Visit a Mammal Clay Lick, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found
  • Visits the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun
  • Visit Ollantaytambo
  • Visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas
  • Visiting the ruins of Sillustani en route
  • Visit as you explore the wildlife along its quarter-mile-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach
  • Visit Prince Philip’s Steps, beginning with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shorebirds and seabirds nesting in the cliffs’ ledges
Visits:
Cusco, Guayaquil, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, Puno, Quito, Sacred Valley, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador, Peru
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Ecuador Discovery with Galápagos Cruise on the L ...

14 days
$ 517 / day
$ 7,239
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit Otavalo’s famous Indian Market, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more
  • Visit a local School in Peguche to
  • Visit with Ecuadorian children
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park, a highland zone protected since 1975
  • Visit a Rose Plantation, where you can observe the cultivation and harvest of this important export and witness the exceptional beauty of the Ecuadorian rose
  • Visit a Panama Hat Factory and a Pottery Studio, where you can learn more about the work of the local people
  • Visit a Cacao Plantation
  • Visit as you explore the wildlife along its quarter-mile-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach
  • Visit Prince Philip’s Steps, beginning with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shorebirds and seabirds nesting in the cliffs’ ledges
  • Visit San Francisco Square, where you will see the church of La Compañia, which has the most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior
  • Visit the famous hill of the old town, Panecillo (“Little Bread”), where you will see the Virgen de Quito angel statue
Visits:
Cuenca, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, San Cristobal, Ecuador
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Grand Tour of South America with Salvador & t ...

25 days
$ 338 / day
$ 8,449
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the 17th-century Jesuit CATHEDRAL; the baroque Church Of ST. FRANCIS; and the AFRO-BRAZILIAN Museum, housing objects highlighting the strong African influence on the Brazilian culture
  • Visit the Mercado Modelo, a must for securing wonderful souvenirs and experiencing the true Bahian life
  • Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Visit an estancia (ranch)
  • Visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun
  • Visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas
  • Visit as you explore the wildlife along its quarter-mile-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach
  • Visit Prince Philip’s Steps, beginning with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shorebirds and seabirds nesting in the cliffs’ ledges
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Cusco, Guayaquil, Lima, Machu Picchu, Quito, Sacred Valley, Salvador, Santa Cruz Island, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru
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Machu Picchu & the Galápagos

16 days
$ 318 / day
$ 5,095
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit Lima's National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology
  • See how entrepreneurial Peruvian women are turning their traditional craft into a business venture.
  • Visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Enjoy a moving musical performance by the Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra
  • See work by local artists, and hear musicians. 
  • See unique wildlife and striking geological formations. 
  • Visit the colorful Inaquito produce market and then head to the Middle of the World Monument and the Inti Nan Museum
Visits:
Cusco, Galapagos, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Quito, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Ecuador, Peru
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Top Galapagos Islands Experiences and Attractions

Top Galapagos Islands Experiences

Getting closer to wildlife than at any other place on the planet, on islands where animals have no fear of humans.

 Viewing the mesmerizing courtship “dance” of the blue-footed booby, in which the two birds lift one foot, then the other, and peck at each other with their bills.

 Snorkeling among sea lions, sea turtles, barracuda, and (harmless) sharks in crystal-clear, warm waters.

 Spotting the world’s most northerly -- and some of the world’s smallest -- penguins, frolicking in the water.

 Marveling at sleek black frigate birds – known as the “pirates of the sea” – as they swoop down and steal food out of other birds’ mouths.

 Stepping carefully amid hundreds of marine iguanas as they emerge from the sea where they’ve been feeding, then scurry up on the rocks to dry out.

 Watching as colorful red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs skitter across a shallow tide pool.

 Climbing a volcanic hill via boardwalk for a panoramic view, which astronaut Buzz Aldrin once compared to a moonscape.

 Sharing a field with dozens of giant tortoises as they inch along, looking like they just emerged from the dinosaur era.

Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station and learning about his amazing discoveries.

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Galapagos Islands Trip Reviews

1,617 Galapagos Islands Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

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After two years of being cooped and…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

After two years of being cooped and limited, and at a SENIOR status(...), I rediscovered the beautiful skies in the mountains, the waterfalls, the pleasure of kayaking on a scenic lake, and the pleasure of having excellent guides who know, not just all the details of the sites, their detours and special vistas, but take you to the best local feed places at the end of a long and hard day. DO IT! You owe it to yourself.

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Operator Active Adventures

The best solution to the long Covid blah

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

After two years of being cooped and limited, and at a SENIOR status(...), I rediscovered the beautiful skies in the mountains, the waterfalls, the pleasure of kayaking on a scenic lake, and the pleasure of having excellent guides who know, not just all the details of the sites, their detours and special vistas, but take you to the best local feed places at the end of a long and hard day. DO IT! You owe it to yourself.

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Operator Active Adventures

Alps to Ocean Ride

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our group rode Alps to Ocean last week with Elle and Caleb. We had the most wonderful time with them. Very organised, easy to get on with, full of information and boy can they cook.
Thanks so much for a fun filled, positive week.

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Operator Active Adventures

Our guides were the best!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It is simply impossible to write a review that would do justice to our guides, the places we saw, and the amazing animals, but I will do my best.
First of all, the guys from Galakiwi, Pablo and Paolo, were just beyond anything I expected. I thought we'd have a professional guide or two but both Pablo and Paolo were more like family by the end of the trip. Pablo was just astonishing in the completeness of his knowledge, the breadth and depth, and his passion for his beloved Galapagos, especially Isabela. I was spellbound every time he spoke. He knew I wanted to see the Galapagos penguins and the blue-footed boobies because he asked each of us what we most wanted to see at the beginning of our trip. He made sure to take us to places where we were most likely to see them and I did indeed get to see them. I was so touched by his love for the Galapagos. I was prepared to love it before our trip and now will be a lifelong advocate for its conservation. Pablo went way beyond the call of duty by helping my husband buy something he needed at the Farmacia and then going to buy more of it when my husband couldn't find it again. Paolo is a treasure. He schlepped our bags and fitted our gear and handled the logistics so that nobody had to think about any of it. He was joy to spend time with; my husband and I just admired his humor and joyous spirit, his sweetness, his love of his family, and his fun and irreverent facts about life in Ecuador. (They call it CumbaYORK!!! Hilarious and spot on!) My husband and I are very curious and love feeling like we've actually talked to a real person when we travel. I especially appreciated his kindness in helping stay on my feet when walking around Las Tuneles.
The properties were fantastic! We got to stay in the dome room at Casa Blanca on San Cristobal. Hotel Albemarle was lovely (especially after we figured out that the rooms DO have air conditioning. Whew!) and Juliette, who managed it, was helpful and went beyond the call of duty to make coffee at 5am for my husband and me. The Hotel Isla Sol was in a great location and it was actually nice to wrap up our stay in the middle of a developed town after the seclusion of Isabela.
The places we visited were beyond my wildest dreams and there was such a good balance between learning, sheer fun, beauty beyond comparison, fragility of the ecosystems, and immersion in the culture of Galapagos. Kicker Rock (or Leon Dormido) was amazing. The boat cruising all the way around it so we could see its beauty from every side was very nice. The boat captain was also alert for sea life while we were traveling to and from Kicker Rock so we got to see a bunch of dolphins. The San Cristobal Interpretation Center was very interesting and gave a very good history of the Galapagos. This was one of the reasons I felt like I had really learned something about the Islands and their history beyond what I knew about Darwin and his finches.
I think it was actually good that we couldn't go to Floreana. Not having that stop enabled us to go to both Sierra Negra Volcano and Las Tuneles. I can't imagine missing either one of those. Both were majestic. Our whole group was of the opinion that future tours should be just like ours and include the opportunity to go to both. Saving time by taking the plane to Isabela from San Cristobal was a great bonus. I loved the tortoise breeding center and the work they're doing. Kayaking on Isabela was perfect. I saw my beloved penguins and blue-footed boobies. On Santa Cruz, we got to go to the Charles Darwin Research Station and see the important work they are doing. I loved the lava tubes and seeing the giant tortoises in the wild in the Santa Cruz highlands.
Our trip was perfect. It could not have been better!

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Active Adventures Tortuga trip is not to be missed

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I originally planned to take one of the trips to Patagonia but had to change plans due to COVID closures. The Tortuga was offered as an alternative that could still be done in the spring.I always wanted to go to the Galapagos but was put off by the fact that most trips are boat based and I wasn’t excited about living on a boat for a week or more. Once I found the trip was entirely land based I didn’t hesitate for a second. As on previous trips taken through Active, everything was meticulously organized and there was never a dull moment. I saw beautiful pristine landscapes, an incredible variety of wildlife, preservation and protection facilities, gorgeous beaches, and so much more. This trip, I said yes to everything which meant mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and lots of snorkeling - as well as educational visits to scientific facilities and an incredible inter island flight through mist and rainbows. Although I’ve been vaccinated and most in group had, I still appreciated the detailed safety protocols and also appreciated the concern for the safety and welfare of the local residents. Honestly, if I had been able to imagine this trip before I left, my imagination couldn’t have done this good a job. All the group members were fun people from lots of different backgrounds and we even had a couple of avid birders, which was appropriate for this trip. Our naturalist guide Pablo was a veritable encyclopedia of the geology, flora, fauna, and history of the island. His intense love for this place came through in everything he did and said. His main man Paolo, from Galakiwi, worked tirelessly in the background to make sure everything happened in the right place and time from gettIng our luggage to the airport to making sure we all had dessert at dinner. What a team! I cannot thank you enough for giving me this unexpected opportunity. Sometime the unexpected adventures turn out to be the best!

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Operator Active Adventures

Amazing trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was an awesome trip and a great way to spend the holidays.

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Operator Active Adventures

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