Marine iguanas in the Galapagos
Marine iguanas in the Galapagos
Blue-footed boobie in the Galapagos
Snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos
Shoreline biking in the Galapagos
Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise
Hiking in the Galapagos
Charles Darwin Research Station: Galapagos Land Tortoise
Penguins in the Galapagos
Ecuador Galapagos Multi Sport Adventure Tour

Ecuador - Galapagos Islands Multisport Tour

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Experience the famed volcanic Galapagos Islands of Ecuador with this action packed adventure! The islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Multisport Adventure
  • Availability
    All year long - subject to lodging availability
  • Duration
    9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Distance
    Moderate Daily Activity

Day 1: Arrival

Today is your arrival day to Guayaquil City, Ecuador. Upon arrival you will transfer to the hotel and tomorrow, you begin your Galapagos Islands adventures!

Overnight: Guayaquil

Unipark Hotel


Guayaquil

Unipark Hotel

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Marine iguanas in the Galapagos

Marine iguanas in the Galapagos

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Day 2: Galapagos Arrival & Wildlife Hiking

Today you meet your guide and together, we travel to the pristine and highly protected Galapagos Islands. The flight is 1 hr 45 min. Once we arrive, we will go for lunch and in the afternoon, we will have a wonderful hike, exploring the trails of the coastal dry forest of San Cristobal Island. This will be our first introduction about the Galapagos, its Ecosystem, flora and fauna and its history, too! After one hour, the trail ends at Tijeretas, which is the local name for the frigate birds that are quite common in the area. Here we can also have a swim before going back to the hotel. In the evening your guide will recommend the best places to have dinner, on your own.

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 2 mi / 3 km each way
Highlights: San Cristobal hiking and Galapagos eco education
Overnight: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Casa Opuntia


Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Casa Opuntia

San Cristóbal, Galapago’s capital, is a place full of unique wonders that attract several paradisiac destinations lovers. Casa Opuntia is situated in an ideal area in San Cristobal right on the oceanfront boardwalk. Location: Just a few meters from the harbor Local Attractions From Casa Opuntia: Interpretation Center 5 minutes by taxi Darwin Bay: 45 min walking distance La Lobería: 15 min by taxi Highlands Tour: 4 hours by taxi Room Amenities Entertainment

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Marine iguanas in the Galapagos

Marine iguanas in the Galapagos

Overview Map

Day 3: Kicker Rock Boat & Snorkel

In the morning we will take a boat to Kicker Rock, which is located off the coast of San Cristóbal and known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance. This is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, with two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean that form a small channel, navigable only by small boats. Kicker Rock is widely considered the Galapagos Island’s natural monument and is a spectacular site to visit due to the many tropical birds, frigates, and blue-footed boobies that fill the sky. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful fish, such as rainbow fish and sharks, including the hammerhead and white tip. After lunch, we will spend some time on the beach and then travel back to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast & lunch
Distance: 2 snorkels, each 1 hour
Highlights: Kicker Rock snorkel
Overnight: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Casa Opuntia


Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Casa Opuntia

San Cristóbal, Galapago’s capital, is a place full of unique wonders that attract several paradisiac destinations lovers. Casa Opuntia is situated in an ideal area in San Cristobal right on the oceanfront boardwalk. Location: Just a few meters from the harbor Local Attractions From Casa Opuntia: Interpretation Center 5 minutes by taxi Darwin Bay: 45 min walking distance La Lobería: 15 min by taxi Highlands Tour: 4 hours by taxi Room Amenities Entertainment

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Blue-footed boobie in the Galapagos

Blue-footed boobie in the Galapagos

Overview Map

Day 4: Isabela Island Biking Exploration

In the morning we will take a short flight over to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago. It is this area that has reported the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes: Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf. Five of them are still active, which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth! During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October.)

In the afternoon we will explore the beautiful coastline by bike. Taking an exclusive trail through an incredible ecosystem, we will enjoy a wide variety of wildlife including flamingos, marine iguanas and giant tortoises. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built of lava rock. As we continue our ride along the coast, we will explore pristine, white sandy beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with a plethora of bird life, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many other shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas. Before dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.

Meals: breakfast
Biking distance: 16 km /10 mi, 3 hours
Highlights: Isabela Island biking & wildlife
Overnight: Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos


Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos

Isabela is the largest and most captivating of the Galapagos islands. It houses a unique population of species endemic to the developing environments that set it apart from the archipelago. A welcoming host to travelers, explorers, and the vibrant community of Puerto Villamil, the nature preserve of Isabela is also our home. La Casa de Marita is a beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by lush vegetation, white sanded beaches, and the clear blue waters of the equatorial Pacific. More than a comforting island retreat, La Casa de Marita is home where life is celebrated and the simple things, sublimed.

Air Conditioning '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos

Snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos

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Day 5: Lava Tunnels & Sea Turtles

Today, explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruption of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water and is full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", surfing lessons, biking or just relaxing on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We highly recommend taking some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding center, which is located within walking distance from the hotel and free to visit.

Meals: breakfast
Snorkeling time: 2 times, 1 hr each 
Highlights: Los Tuneles snorkeling & penguins
Overnight: Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos


Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos

Isabela is the largest and most captivating of the Galapagos islands. It houses a unique population of species endemic to the developing environments that set it apart from the archipelago. A welcoming host to travelers, explorers, and the vibrant community of Puerto Villamil, the nature preserve of Isabela is also our home. La Casa de Marita is a beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by lush vegetation, white sanded beaches, and the clear blue waters of the equatorial Pacific. More than a comforting island retreat, La Casa de Marita is home where life is celebrated and the simple things, sublimed.

Air Conditioning '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Shoreline biking in the Galapagos

Shoreline biking in the Galapagos

Overview Map

Day 6: Volcano Hiking & Wildlife Kayaking

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in June 2018. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is over six miles across at its widest point. If we have the energy, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations; great examples of the dramatic geological events that have formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet by kayak, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Meals: breakfast & lunch
Hiking time: 4 hrs both ways, +950 ft (289.5 m)
Hiking distance: 10 km / 6 mi, (16 km / 10 mi- optional to Volcan Chico) Kayaking time: 2 hrs
Snorkeling time: 1 hr
Overnight: Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos


Puerto Villamil

La Casa de Marita Boutique Hotel Galapagos

Isabela is the largest and most captivating of the Galapagos islands. It houses a unique population of species endemic to the developing environments that set it apart from the archipelago. A welcoming host to travelers, explorers, and the vibrant community of Puerto Villamil, the nature preserve of Isabela is also our home. La Casa de Marita is a beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by lush vegetation, white sanded beaches, and the clear blue waters of the equatorial Pacific. More than a comforting island retreat, La Casa de Marita is home where life is celebrated and the simple things, sublimed.

Air Conditioning '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise

Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise

Overview Map

Day 7: Charles Darwin Research Station & Tortoise Hiking

In the morning, traverse from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October). Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. We will then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to Learn more about many of the endemic species seen in the wild, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, we will head to the 'El Chato' reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoises. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful landscape with these lumbering giants is truly an unforgettable experience! We will also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches and frigate birds, which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a freshwater lake. Afterwards, return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: walking - 2 times, less than two miles, once in AM and once in PM
Highlights: Galapagos tortoises
Overnight: Puerto Ayora

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn 5*


Puerto Ayora

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn 5*

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ARE A TRULY UNIQUE PLACE IN THE WORLD. Home to breathtaking varieties of geology, flora and fauna. No other place in the world offers the opportunity of watching animals like the marine iguana, the blue-footed Bobbie and the Galapagos giant tortoise in their natural habitat. Thanks to the Humboldt current, marine life is both very diverse and rich – making the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos islands one of the favorite destinations for divers from all over the world. It was also here in these enchanted islands that Charles Darwin made his studies for his revolutionary work – “The Origin of Species” – arguably one of the greatest influences in scientific literature and evolutionary biology. However, it is impossible to describe the special and fascinating beauty of the Galapagos islands – you will just have to come and see for yourself.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Hiking in the Galapagos

Hiking in the Galapagos

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Day 8: Free Day to Explore

Today is free to enjoy the beach or partake in optional activities. There are several day tours such as:
HIKING AND SNORKEL: Santa Fe Island, North Seymour Island, Bartolome Island, Plazas Island
DIVING; Gordon Rocks, Seymour
FOR KAYAKING: Punta Estrada, Itabaca
FOR BIKING: To Garrapateros Beach

All day tours need to be booked in advance, prices are between $120 - $250 USD per person.

Meals: breakfast
Overnight: Puerto Villamil

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn 5*


Puerto Ayora

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn 5*

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ARE A TRULY UNIQUE PLACE IN THE WORLD. Home to breathtaking varieties of geology, flora and fauna. No other place in the world offers the opportunity of watching animals like the marine iguana, the blue-footed Bobbie and the Galapagos giant tortoise in their natural habitat. Thanks to the Humboldt current, marine life is both very diverse and rich – making the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos islands one of the favorite destinations for divers from all over the world. It was also here in these enchanted islands that Charles Darwin made his studies for his revolutionary work – “The Origin of Species” – arguably one of the greatest influences in scientific literature and evolutionary biology. However, it is impossible to describe the special and fascinating beauty of the Galapagos islands – you will just have to come and see for yourself.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Charles Darwin Research Station: Galapagos Land Tortoise

Charles Darwin Research Station: Galapagos Land Tortoise

Overview Map

Day 9: Departure

Today our wonderful adventure ends and we take a flight back to Quito, where you will make your international connection.

Meals: breakfast

Penguins in the Galapagos

Penguins in the Galapagos

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Accommodation according to the Itinerary Listed Hotels
- Meals as shown each day
- Certified English Speaking Guides
- Land and sea transportation
- 1 flight from San Cristobal to Isabela
- Hiking to frigate hill and Tijeretas
- Snorkel at Kicker Rock
- Biking on Isabela Island
- Kayak to Tintoreras
- Hiking to SIerra Negra
- Snorkel and walking at the Lava Tunnels
- Hiking at The Giant Tortoises Reserve
- Visit to Charles Darwin Research Station
- Gear for kayaking, Biking and Snorkeling

Not Included:
- $100 usd fee for Galapagos National Park
- $20 usd Ingala Galapagos Card
- $520 usd flight to/from Galapagos - Guayaquil -San Cristobal and Santa Cruz-Quito
- Optional Tour or extra activities not listed on the Itinerary
- Extra meals
- Tips

Lodging

We offer standard and upgraded lodging choices on this tour. Please consult the rates section for corresponding pricing.

Standard Hotels:
UNIPARK - Guayaquil
CASA OPUNTIA - San Cristobal
CASA DE MARITA - Puerto Villamil
ANGERMEYER - Puerto Ayora

Upgrades Hotels:
UNIPARK - Guayaquil
GOLDEN BAY - San Cristobal
IGUANA CROSSING - Puerto Villamil
ANGERMEYER - Puerto Ayora
Ecuador - Galapagos Multisport Tour (start any Friday)
 
Standard Hotels
Upgraded Hotels
Other Fees
Based on 2 participants3510 USD 4485 USD Galapagos Card: $100/p
Based on 4 participants3105 USD4030 USDGalapagos Flights $520
Based on 6 participants 2970 USD3900 USD
Based on 8 participants 2768 USD 3770 USD
Single Supplement1375 USD2125 USD


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Tour Details

See one of the most pristine and protected places in the world. Experience scenery and wildlife that is endemic to this area - that exists nowhere else in the world! Volcano hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, boat tours; sea lions, frigates, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, sea turtles and the famous Galapagos land tortoise. Truly a once in a lifetime trip and one that is great for all ages!

Average Temperatures:
69°-84°F / 21°-30°C

Best Time to Visit:
Year Round

Need to Know:
- domestic flight from Guayaquil and to Quito not included but booked separate
- arrival in San Cristobal in the Galapagos you meet your guides
- this is a multi sport tour at sea level with sometimes hot and dry conditions
- rates vary according to group size; adaptations possible

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
This is a guided trip with support transportation included. Departure dates are available on request for for parties of and up. Rates go down with increased participation. Custom quotes and itineraries possible - please inquire

Level: Level 3 Fit: Activities are different each day but all are graded from Moderate Fit - and should be attempted by people accustomed to physical activities. Support vehicle is always close by.

Dates: This trip can go any dates throughout the year, subject to availability. Minimum 2 persons, ideally 4-6 persons to achieve better pricing.

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    Ecuador Guides - just a few of the likely guides:
    Daniel Solano: I was born in Quito, which is a special mix of natural and cultural tones. In my opinion, the best place to live. I have been a musician since a little kid. I graduated with an ecology and tourism degree. I decided to ensemble all my feelings, skills and knowledge to give the best time to our visitors. My experiences as a music teacher in the Galapagos Islands and as a tour guide in Peru and Bolivia have helped me to find the perfect methodology to explain every small and big thing about nature, culture and flavors of my country. My hobbies are mountain biking, general extreme sports and my hard rock band. Come to visit my country with us and enjoy the pleasure of the Ecuadorian spirit, sounds and nature.

    Fatima Haro: I’m a quiteña, 36 years old and a mother of 2 who loves Ecuador and traveling. After graduating from a local university in tourism, I have worked for 15 years as a National tour guide and have loved every minute of it. My parents transmitted the passion for our country since a young age and guiding has continued to be one of my greatest joys in life. My favorite area of my country is the rainforest, although I enjoy visiting every part of Ecuador. I love photography, the outdoors and working out, still girly nevertheless.

    Note that on the Galapagos we will also hire local, professional guides to accompany all activities as a requirement of the tourism and sustainability of the islands. Local guides must be natives of the Galapagos.

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