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Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure

Tortuga

4.51 out of 5 (from 957 reviews)

  • 10 Days - From US$4,399

Trip Introduction

The 'Tortuga' is a fantastic way to discover several of the Galapagos Islands, especially for landlubbers. In a relaxed and active manner, you’ll snorkel, dive, hike and cycle, and cruise between the multitude of stunning islands in our comfortable dive boat, the ‘Pacific’ while staying on dry land each night. Starting with a short flight to San Cristobal Island, highlights of this incredible trip include snorkelling with turtles, rays and tame reef sharks, kayaking in a beautiful calm bay and hiking up an island volcano with one of the largest active calderas in the world. You’ll get up close to some of the most intriguing and docile wildlife on the planet, with visits to tortoise breeding grounds and iguana colonies, and even sharing the beach with inquisitive sea lions. We explore amazing lava tunnels, cycle through local townships and learn the mysterious history of Floreana Island.

Highlights

  • Meet giant tortoises and iguanas
  • Swim with turtles and rays at Kicker Rock
  • Snorkel with reef sharks at Floreana Island
  • Optional Galapagos diving
  • Cycle on San Cristobal Island
  • Hike Sierra Negra volcano and Santa Cruz Island
  • Explore lava tunnels
  • Visit pirate caves on Floreana Island
  • Kayak Isabela Island

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What's included in our trips?

  • All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip.
  • All accommodations
    For the entire trip.
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All activities
    Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting.
  • All transport
    From trip start to end.

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Interactive Trip Map

Daily itinerary

Friday — Arrive Quito

Your trip begins in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. If you’re flying in today, your Active South America trip leader will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the beautiful town squares, quaint cafés and colonial architecture of this amazing city. Quito sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering volcanoes just 22 kilometres (14 miles) from the Equator, giving it a mild, spring-like climate year round. In the evening, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group for a full briefing and our first dinner together.
Hotel Sebastian, Quito (Dinner)

Saturday — Fly to the Galapagos, cycle San Cristobal highlands

This morning we’ll take a short flight to San Cristobal, the easternmost island of the Galapagos Islands chain and home of the provincial capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. After lunch, we’ll head to the town of La Soledad to bike down through the lush highland cloud forest that blankets the top of the island. With stunning views of the coast, we’ll ride all the way to La Loberia, a beach that is home to a large sea lion colony and nursery. You’re not likely to see this many sea lions in one place anywhere else in the world! This evening, we’ll dine on local produce and fresh fish.
Casa Blanca or Blue Marlin, San Cristobal (All meals)

Sunday — Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and sharks at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock

Today we’ll cruise to Isla Lobos off the coast of San Cristobal, where we’ll don wetsuits, snorkels, masks (and tanks for the divers – diving option add US$250) to explore the underwater world for a close up view of sea lions as they fish for their dinner! Isla Lobos is home to some of the main sea lion, frigate bird and blue-footed booby colonies in the area. After a swim with the sea lions, we’ll get back on our boat and head for Kicker Rock, where we’ll either snorkel or take two dives around the remains of an underwater volcano with a rock face rising 150 metres (500 feet) above the surface of the water.

Your trip leader will give you a full briefing and then we’ll take to the water to explore the walls of the volcano. There will be chances to see beautiful tropical fish, turtles and sharks as they skirt the edges of Kicker Rock! Afterwards we call into a picturesque bay to have lunch and a rest before returning to port. Then it’s off to the Interpretation Centre to learn a little about the history and biology of the islands. Later there will be an optional hike to Frigate Hill Lookout to see the acrobatics of the local frigate birds as they dart around the cliff tops stealing the catch from other birds.
Casa Blanca or Blue Marlin, San Cristobal (Breakfast, Lunch)

Monday — Snorkel and hike Floreana Island

After an early breakfast, our boat will take us away from San Cristobal Island towards the magnificent Floreana Island. Floreana is the sixth largest island in the Galapagos chain and one of the least inhabited (by humans at least!). With a population of around 120, this place has a pretty relaxed atmosphere. On the way, we’re often visited by friendly dolphins, so keep an eye out! And later, we’ll hike into the highlands of Floreana, where we’ll learn about the mysterious history of the islands as we visit the pirate caves and the area where the first inhabitants once lived. Then it’s back down to our accommodation in the tiny port of Puerto Velasco Ibarra – a fantastic hideaway lodge with incredible sea views and a great sunset!
Hotel Wittmer, Floreana Island (All meals)

Tuesday — Journey to Isabela, snorkel Tintoreras

This morning we’ll head to Isabela Island, the largest of all the islands in the Galapagos archipelago. After lunch, we’ll head out on small local boats to check out the crystal-clear waters of the Tintoreras rock outcrop. Keep an eye out for rays, marine iguanas, reef sharks, herons and the Galapagos penguin – the only penguins found close to the equator. Later, we’ll don our snorkels and masks again to explore the clear waters of this great snorkelling area. This calm and shallow body of water is home to sea turtles, and a multitude of colourful fish species.
San Vincente or La Laguna Hotel, Isabela Island (All meals)

Wednesday — Hike Sierra Negra volcano, Volcan Chico lava fields

Our hike today will take us to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano, rising nearly a mile above the ocean. See the lowland vegetation change before your eyes as we ascend through a lunar-like landscape on our way to the top. It’s quite a hike to the top of the volcano, and the views across the seven mile wide crater and surrounding coastline are well worth the climb! This is one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world, and one of the most active. As we hike, we might be lucky enough to see Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and fly-catchers that inhabit this region. When we get back from our hike, we’ll head to Beto’s beachside bar to toast the setting sun over the Pacific.
San Vincente or La Laguna Hotel, Isabela Island (Breakfast, Lunch)

Thursday — Kayak Isabela Bay, visit giant tortoise breeding centre

This morning we’ll start with an early morning kayak in the calm waters of Isabela Bay. Here we’ll have the chance to see some of the island’s most amazing wildlife up close. Marine iguanas bask in the sun, blue-footed boobies sit in pairs on the rock tops, and Sally Lightfoot crabs scurry out of our way along the water’s edge. In the clear waters below us, rays gracefully swim by and turtles pop up for a breath of air. Later, we’ll head to a Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre where we can meet these majestic prehistoric creatures. There will be a bit of free time this afternoon to find a hammock on the beach and relax, or explore on your own.
Isabela accommodations, Isabela Island (All meals)

Friday — Hike Santa Cruz highlands and Tortuga Bay, visit giant tortoises

We’ll depart Isabela Island early this morning bound for Santa Cruz Island, where we’ll hike into the amazing cloud forest highlands. Once there, we’ll have our only chance to see giant tortoises in their natural environment, along with intriguing birdlife like the vermillion flycatcher, and we’ll take a look inside the lava tunnels scattered throughout the highlands. These tunnels were formed by molten lava flowing beneath the surface, which left behind large tube-like caves, some almost a mile long! This afternoon we’ll hike to Tortuga Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in the Galapagos, where we’ll have the option of trying our hand at bodyboarding or surfing, or just lounging around on the incredibly fine sand. Tortuga Bay is accessible only by foot and is home to hundreds of prehistoric-looking marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and pelicans.
Posada del Mar Hotel, Santa Cruz Island (All meals)

Saturday — Charles Darwin Research Station, return to Quito

This morning, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the breeding programs that are saving vulnerable species of tortoises and land iguanas. Also there will be a chance to see different types of carapace that help differentiate the tortoise species. Afterwards, we’ll take a short flight back to Quito on the mainland. This evening, we’ll share our final celebratory dinner together in Ecuador.
Hotel Sebastian, Quito (All meals)

Sunday — Quito, depart for home

Today is the last day of your 'Tortuga' trip. We’ll make sure you return home relaxed and refreshed from all the great activities, fine food and friendly people you will have met while travelling with us in the Galapagos Islands. See the itinerary for the 'Tapir-Tortuga' trip if you want to take a few more days to see more of mainland Ecuador as well.
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Itinerary

Friday — Arrive Quito

Your trip begins in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. If you’re flying in today, your Active South America trip leader will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the beautiful town squares, quaint cafés and colonial architecture of this amazing city. Quito sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering volcanoes just 22 kilometres (14 miles) from the Equator, giving it a mild, spring-like climate year round. In the evening, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group for a full briefing and our first dinner together.
Hotel Sebastian, Quito (Dinner)

Saturday — Fly to the Galapagos, cycle San Cristobal highlands

This morning we’ll take a short flight to San Cristobal, the easternmost island of the Galapagos Islands chain and home of the provincial capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. After lunch, we’ll head to the town of La Soledad to bike down through the lush highland cloud forest that blankets the top of the island. With stunning views of the coast, we’ll ride all the way to La Loberia, a beach that is home to a large sea lion colony and nursery. You’re not likely to see this many sea lions in one place anywhere else in the world! This evening, we’ll dine on local produce and fresh fish.
Casa Blanca or Blue Marlin, San Cristobal (All meals)

Sunday — Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and sharks at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock

Today we’ll cruise to Isla Lobos off the coast of San Cristobal, where we’ll don wetsuits, snorkels, masks (and tanks for the divers – diving option add US$250) to explore the underwater world for a close up view of sea lions as they fish for their dinner! Isla Lobos is home to some of the main sea lion, frigate bird and blue-footed booby colonies in the area. After a swim with the sea lions, we’ll get back on our boat and head for Kicker Rock, where we’ll either snorkel or take two dives around the remains of an underwater volcano with a rock face rising 150 metres (500 feet) above the surface of the water.

Your trip leader will give you a full briefing and then we’ll take to the water to explore the walls of the volcano. There will be chances to see beautiful tropical fish, turtles and sharks as they skirt the edges of Kicker Rock! Afterwards we call into a picturesque bay to have lunch and a rest before returning to port. Then it’s off to the Interpretation Centre to learn a little about the history and biology of the islands. Later there will be an optional hike to Frigate Hill Lookout to see the acrobatics of the local frigate birds as they dart around the cliff tops stealing the catch from other birds.
Casa Blanca or Blue Marlin, San Cristobal (Breakfast, Lunch)

Monday — Snorkel and hike Floreana Island

After an early breakfast, our boat will take us away from San Cristobal Island towards the magnificent Floreana Island. Floreana is the sixth largest island in the Galapagos chain and one of the least inhabited (by humans at least!). With a population of around 120, this place has a pretty relaxed atmosphere. On the way, we’re often visited by friendly dolphins, so keep an eye out! And later, we’ll hike into the highlands of Floreana, where we’ll learn about the mysterious history of the islands as we visit the pirate caves and the area where the first inhabitants once lived. Then it’s back down to our accommodation in the tiny port of Puerto Velasco Ibarra – a fantastic hideaway lodge with incredible sea views and a great sunset!
Hotel Wittmer, Floreana Island (All meals)

Tuesday — Journey to Isabela, snorkel Tintoreras

This morning we’ll head to Isabela Island, the largest of all the islands in the Galapagos archipelago. After lunch, we’ll head out on small local boats to check out the crystal-clear waters of the Tintoreras rock outcrop. Keep an eye out for rays, marine iguanas, reef sharks, herons and the Galapagos penguin – the only penguins found close to the equator. Later, we’ll don our snorkels and masks again to explore the clear waters of this great snorkelling area. This calm and shallow body of water is home to sea turtles, and a multitude of colourful fish species.
San Vincente or La Laguna Hotel, Isabela Island (All meals)

Wednesday — Hike Sierra Negra volcano, Volcan Chico lava fields

Our hike today will take us to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano, rising nearly a mile above the ocean. See the lowland vegetation change before your eyes as we ascend through a lunar-like landscape on our way to the top. It’s quite a hike to the top of the volcano, and the views across the seven mile wide crater and surrounding coastline are well worth the climb! This is one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world, and one of the most active. As we hike, we might be lucky enough to see Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and fly-catchers that inhabit this region. When we get back from our hike, we’ll head to Beto’s beachside bar to toast the setting sun over the Pacific.
San Vincente or La Laguna Hotel, Isabela Island (Breakfast, Lunch)

Thursday — Kayak Isabela Bay, visit giant tortoise breeding centre

This morning we’ll start with an early morning kayak in the calm waters of Isabela Bay. Here we’ll have the chance to see some of the island’s most amazing wildlife up close. Marine iguanas bask in the sun, blue-footed boobies sit in pairs on the rock tops, and Sally Lightfoot crabs scurry out of our way along the water’s edge. In the clear waters below us, rays gracefully swim by and turtles pop up for a breath of air. Later, we’ll head to a Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre where we can meet these majestic prehistoric creatures. There will be a bit of free time this afternoon to find a hammock on the beach and relax, or explore on your own.
Isabela accommodations, Isabela Island (All meals)

Friday — Hike Santa Cruz highlands and Tortuga Bay, visit giant tortoises

We’ll depart Isabela Island early this morning bound for Santa Cruz Island, where we’ll hike into the amazing cloud forest highlands. Once there, we’ll have our only chance to see giant tortoises in their natural environment, along with intriguing birdlife like the vermillion flycatcher, and we’ll take a look inside the lava tunnels scattered throughout the highlands. These tunnels were formed by molten lava flowing beneath the surface, which left behind large tube-like caves, some almost a mile long! This afternoon we’ll hike to Tortuga Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in the Galapagos, where we’ll have the option of trying our hand at bodyboarding or surfing, or just lounging around on the incredibly fine sand. Tortuga Bay is accessible only by foot and is home to hundreds of prehistoric-looking marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and pelicans.
Posada del Mar Hotel, Santa Cruz Island (All meals)

Saturday — Charles Darwin Research Station, return to Quito

This morning, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the breeding programs that are saving vulnerable species of tortoises and land iguanas. Also there will be a chance to see different types of carapace that help differentiate the tortoise species. Afterwards, we’ll take a short flight back to Quito on the mainland. This evening, we’ll share our final celebratory dinner together in Ecuador.
Hotel Sebastian, Quito (All meals)

Sunday — Quito, depart for home

Today is the last day of your 'Tortuga' trip. We’ll make sure you return home relaxed and refreshed from all the great activities, fine food and friendly people you will have met while travelling with us in the Galapagos Islands. See the itinerary for the 'Tapir-Tortuga' trip if you want to take a few more days to see more of mainland Ecuador as well.
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Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Jul 29 ’16 – Aug 7 ’16 US$4399 Almost full Check Availability
Aug 26 ’16 – Sep 4 ’16 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 23 ’16 – Oct 2 ’16 US$4399 $500 OFF - limited seats Check Availability
Oct 21 ’16 – Oct 30 ’16 US$4399 $500 OFF - limited seats Check Availability
Nov 4 ’16 – Nov 13 ’16 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 18 ’16 – Nov 27 ’16 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 2 ’16 – Dec 11 ’16 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 16 ’16 – Dec 25 ’16 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Dec 19 ’16 – Dec 28 ’16 US$4649 Great Check Availability
Dec 22 ’16 – Dec 31 ’16 US$4649 Great Check Availability
Dec 23 ’16 – Jan 1 ’17 US$4649 Almost full Check Availability
Dec 30 ’16 – Jan 8 ’17 US$4649 Filling up Check Availability
2017
Jan 13 ’17 – Jan 22 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Jan 27 ’17 – Feb 5 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Feb 10 ’17 – Feb 19 ’17 US$4399 Almost full Check Availability
Feb 24 ’17 – Mar 5 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 10 ’17 – Mar 19 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 24 ’17 – Apr 2 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 7 ’17 – Apr 16 ’17 US$4399 New date Check Availability
Apr 21 ’17 – Apr 30 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
May 5 ’17 – May 14 ’17 US$4399 New date Check Availability
May 19 ’17 – May 28 ’17 US$4399 Almost full Check Availability
Jun 2 ’17 – Jun 11 ’17 US$4399 New date Check Availability
Jun 16 ’17 – Jun 25 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Jun 30 ’17 – Jul 9 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jul 14 ’17 – Jul 23 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jul 21 ’17 – Jul 30 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jul 28 ’17 – Aug 6 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Aug 11 ’17 – Aug 20 ’17 US$4399 Filling up Check Availability
Aug 25 ’17 – Sep 3 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Sep 8 ’17 – Sep 17 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Sep 22 ’17 – Oct 1 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Oct 6 ’17 – Oct 15 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Oct 20 ’17 – Oct 29 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Nov 3 ’17 – Nov 12 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Nov 17 ’17 – Nov 26 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Dec 1 ’17 – Dec 10 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Dec 15 ’17 – Dec 24 ’17 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Dec 18 ’17 – Dec 27 ’17 US$4649 Great Check Availability
Dec 23 ’17 – Jan 1 ’18 US$4649 Great Check Availability
Dec 29 ’17 – Jan 7 ’18 US$4649 Great Check Availability
2018
Jan 12 ’18 – Jan 21 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jan 26 ’18 – Feb 4 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Feb 9 ’18 – Feb 18 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Feb 23 ’18 – Mar 4 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Mar 9 ’18 – Mar 18 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Mar 23 ’18 – Apr 1 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Apr 6 ’18 – Apr 15 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Apr 20 ’18 – Apr 29 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
May 4 ’18 – May 13 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
May 18 ’18 – May 27 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jun 1 ’18 – Jun 10 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability
Jun 15 ’18 – Jun 24 ’18 US$4399 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Recommended flights:

You can fly into Quito airport (UIO) any time on the first day of your trip, though we recommend you arrive before noon. On the last day of your trip you can fly out at any time. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help you out with extra hotel accommodation.

Trip start:

If you arrive on the first day of the trip, an Active Adventures South America representative will meet you at the airport at 2pm and take you to your accommodation. If you’re already in Quito, you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group in the lobby of the Hotel Sebastian at 6:30pm.

Trip end:

You’ll wake up in Quito on the last day of your trip, so you can book a flight home departing any time that day – we’ll be happy to drop you off at the airport any time. If you need to book your departing flight for earlier you can fly out from Quito anytime after 7pm on Saturday evening. If you want to arrive prior to your trip starting, or leave later, we're happy to help out with extra hotel accommodation bookings too.

Accommodation:

The 'Tortuga' is an active adventure trip around the Galapagos Islands, not a tour of the fanciest hotels! We stay in clean, comfortable and interesting accommodation and, unlike many other operators, we prefer to stay on the mainland rather than on live-aboard boats. This means you can interact more with the local communities and have better opportunities to hike and cycle as well as snorkel and dive. Many of the places we stay are off-the-beaten-track and truly spectacular. For instance, Isabela Island isn’t known for its glamorous lodgings, but has stunning beaches, an abundance of wildlife, off-the-beaten-track flavour and rustic charm. While we do our best to stay at the hotels we’ve mentioned in the itinerary, some of the locations we stay in have limited accommodation options, so we may need use other equivalent hotels from time to time.

Flexibility:

Galapagos National Park is a fragile wildlife refuge and as such is sometimes subject to sudden rule changes that minimise potential damage through tourism. We may occasionally need to make itinerary changes in response to this. The Galapagos Islands are in a developing part of the world and we can’t tell you that everything runs like clockwork there. What we can tell you is that we are experienced adventure travel leaders, and our Galapagos operator is a local specialist who knows how to keep things operating as smoothly as possible, even when conditions are challenging! Often, because of changing sea conditions, we may need to make small changes to our itinerary for your safety and comfort. If you bring flexibility, an open mind and a sense of humour, you’ll find your trip is everything that adventure should be.

Diving in the Galapagos:

Kicker Rock is one of the most interesting dive spots in the world. Our dive guides are all highly qualified with years of dive experience. If you’re a diver and would like to dive on the trip, there is an additional fee of US$250 for two dives plus a safety dive, including all the necessary gear. Please note: due to strong currents, the Galapagos is not a destination for novice divers. We recommend you have logged at least 10 dives before diving here and you must bring your PADI or SSI certification to dive.

Kayaking in the Galapagos:

The sea conditions in the Galapagos can be pretty varied, so we haven’t named a specific time for kayaking. If you’re keen to kayak, rest assured you will at some stage, when the conditions are right.

Fitness:

The ‘Tortuga’ is an active trip, and has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you’re likely to enjoy the trip much more.

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Reviews

  • Experience the Real Galapagos!

    “The trip was very well organized and managed from booking until the end of the tour! The itinerary was perfectly crafted in a balance of active and relax pace, gave us the best wildlife and Island experience! The land base tour definitely the best way to explore and appreciate the beauty of Galapagos and a better chance to interact with locals too. Food, accommodations and transport were well taking care of. Credit must go for the exceptional local naturalist guide Pablo who was so passionate to share everything you wish to know about Galapagos from geography, history, wildlife and some interesting stories you only get to know from the local..his presentation was simply fascinating!
    I would strongly recommend the Tortuga tour if you wish to have a different and memorable experience with Galapagos, better still get Pablo as your guide and you will understand everything!
    Thanks Active Adventures team, and Galakiwi.
    Eugene”
    Eugene Ngo – , United Arab EmiratesMay 2016
  • Playful nature at its finest!

    “My Galapagos journey was fabulous! I still carry with me the wonder of our snorkeling adventures, especially with the sea lions visiting, dancing and playing with us and the graceful sea turtles gently meandering through the water in their scout for lunch. Our friendly, enthusiastic and easy-going guide, Pepo, was outstanding--he was so impressive with his deep knowledge of the individual island habitats, the animals and their varying species and habits, history, and culture. I am so grateful to have been able to fulfill my long-held desire to visit the Galapagos through this awesome tour!”
    Monica Aranguren – Massachusetts, United StatesMay 2016
  • Childhood dream to reality.

    “I've imagined and dreamed of visiting the Galapagos Islands since I was about 8 years old. Maybe it was Dr Doolittle or Jacques Cousteau - who knows how such ideas get stuck in a child's head, but the Tortuga trip was a dream realised and it exceeded all my expectations. There were surprises and delights every day, not to mention the added bonus of having a guide/teacher/naturalist/conservationist/geologist/surfer Pablo, who bought alive the history of the islands and the mysteries and magnificence of evolution and the animal kingdom.”
    Row Hanley – New South Wales, AustraliaMay 2016
  • The best trip ever

    “If you have the opportunity to take this trip, do! It's the trip of a lifetime and everything about it was well organized and amazing. I'd highly recommend a trip through active adventures!”
    Paige Murphy – Colorado, United StatesMay 2016
  • Spring Adventure

    “I travelled with my 11 year old son and although he's been on many adventures, this trip to Galapagos in April tops our list of favorites! This was in great part because of Pablo, who is the best naturalist/guide we've ever had. It felt like we were traveling with a friend. Pablo was amazing and made a lasting impression on my son who for the first time, cried when it was time to say goodbye.”
    Lynn Lugo – New Jersey, United StatesApril 2016
  • “Great experience, a huge opportunity for nature lovers to familiarize themselves and get very close to Galapagos life. Tour leader Pablo Valladares makes the trip a lifetime experience.”
    Marios Papandrikopoulos – , United Arab EmiratesJune 2016
  • 6-Stars

    “Beyond amazing. Loved every minute of it. Words cannot do it justice... you need to experience it yourself.”
    Elizabeth Beard – Louisiana, United StatesApril 2016
  • Galapagos Tortuga

    “We had a fantastic time in Galapagos and enjoyed days packed with activities. This was our first trip using Active Adventures and we were impressed with well organised days, varied activites from bike riding, climbing volcano, kayaking, snorkelling and enjoying fantastic wild life in Galapagos.
    Pepo -our guide is extremely knowledgable and most lovely person who made our days fun and interesting. We enjoyed the variety of different islands visited and loved the taste of local life we were introduced to, including family tree house in highlands of San Cristobal and local restaurants sharing the benches with sea lions.
    Snorkelling with sea turtles, sharks and sea lions was unforgettable. The scenery was breathtaking with beautiful beaches, amazing rock creations of lava tunnels and tranquil bays and sunsets. Ocean kayaking was fun- watching penguins and blue boobies, pelicans waiting for fisherman's left overs....Each island brought its unique experience and history with it. We had opportunity to dive as well as snorkel and the trip organisers gave us plenty of opportunities to meet all our interest and needs. Our group of 10 was excellent size and felt more like a big family holiday. I would recommend Active Adventures to everyone as this was a fantastic activity holiday and a good value for money. The tour was organised with thoughtfulness by very friendly and knowledgeable staff. We felt safe and extremely well looked after. Thank you to every one and especially Pepo! Pepo, please give our regards to your dad who joined us for a bit of our trip. We will treasure the photo of him and Pepo in the giant tortoise shell!”
    Renata Hutt – Surrey, United KingdomApril 2016
  • Animal Kingdom

    “This really was a most enjoyable trip. Everybody who goes to the Galapagos expects to see lots of animals, and we were certainly not disappointed!
    We liked the range of activity and especially we liked the guide, Pepo. He is absolutely brilliant, so caring, kind and friendly, and his knowledge in encyclopaedic! If you get him as a guide, you will be very pleased!”
    Mike Hutt – Surrey, United KingdomApril 2016
  • Outstanding!

    “Thoughtful and well prepared, friendly and helpful staff at every turn. The active adventure title is a fitting description and not just a marketing gimmick. Hiking, biking, snorkeling, kayaking, and awesome accommodations. The Active Adventures / Galakiwi teams are excellent at what they do. Pepo our guide is the best ambassador and genuine professional for the Galapagos Islands -- very, very knowledgeable about the eco-systems and plants and animal life, and such a thoughtful and friendly individual, we really appreciated all he did to make this such a memorable trip. You will find the people and culture of the region extremely open and welcoming. This was certainly the trip of a lifetime, and especially hassle free thanks to the diligence of our Active Adventure / Galakiwi team!”
    Gregg Murphy – Colorado, United StatesApril 2016
  • Super Trip!

    “Our guide had a "super plan" and it made for a super trip! Great weather, good mix of people, small group size and good activity level each day made for an enjoyable way to see the Galápagos Islands.”
    Carol Murphy – Colorado, United StatesApril 2016
  • Dream Come True

    “I'd always heard the Galápagos was a very special place, and now I can confirm that it is indeed an incredible and unique place. I've traveled quite a bit, but never had so many jaw dropping sights and experiences. The fish, birds, and animals are truly amazing! Our guide, Pepo was one of the best guides I have ever had. I loved the high activity level of this trip, allowing us to see and do the maximum each day.”
    Kathryn Moe – Minnesota, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Amazing Trip

    “This was an amazing trip! It was active, nature-oriented, and great for seeing wildlife. There was always something to do (e.g., biking, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, visiting breeding centers/interpretation centers, looking at wildlife). The accommodations were great (especially considering how it was advertised I thought it would be rougher but it wasn't), and the food was delicious (it was great for those who love seafood, but there were always great options for those that don't). Also, staying on the land allowed us to see and experience more than if we were on a cruise ship. For example, one night we walked around the pier at night after the people on the cruise ships had to be back at their boats, and we saw a sea lion and over 20 baby blacktip sharks having a feeding frenzy on fish. Additionally, our guide Pepo was wonderful! He is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and funny. Overall, this is one of my favorite tours I have ever been on. If you are on the fence about it, just go you won't regret it!”
    Erin Tsui – Maryland, United StatesMarch 2016
  • “Great trip, good group of people and a terrific guide.”
    Mike Welter – Washington, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Galapagos by land and sea

    “With Pablo as our guide, and a great group for conversation and fun, the Galapagos Islands were unique and beautiful. It would be nice to have a few more days in which there was more than one option for adventure. And our hotel on Santa Cruz was a poor substitute for the one listed for the tour. But staying on land gives you a chance to connect with the locals, and wander a little on your own in ways that would not be likely on a cruising tour.”
    Bob Sornson – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Fun, Flexible and Phenomenal

    “Our trip to the Galapagos with Pablo was outstanding. From the moment we met in San Cristobal to our departure from Santa Cruz, our trip was educational, entertaining and engaging. Pablo was a phenomenal guide with deep knowledge of the islands. His guidance and direction was crucial in the success of the trip. He was able to accommodate all participants regardless of age, fitness or interests. I whole-heartedly recommend the Tortuga trip with Pablo.”
    Lisa Scott – Michigan, United StatesMarch 2016
  • A Great Trip

    “Active Adventures tries to get it all in for you. Biking, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. Really liked that it was a land trip. Our guide Jessica, could not have been better! She was so knowledgeable, patient and overall organized. Glad we went with A.A. for a second trip... first one was in New Zealand.”
    Maddy Entel – Massachusetts, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Eleven Days Off of the Grid

    “From Mitand del Mundo (middle of the world) to the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands, this trip is a must not miss for nature lovers everywhere. Our guide lives on Isabella and knew everyone we met on each of the islands. We saw animals not in evidence anywhere else on Earth: flocks of wild flamingoes, marine iguanas, Galápagos Sharks, and of course the ubiquitous giant tortoises. Every detail of the excursion was well planned and executed. There was time for individual pursuits and the accommodations were better than I had imagined. I will recommend Active Adventures/Galakiwi to anyone wanting a hands-on, Eco-friendly tour of "Darwin's Place".”
    Jenni Lockwood – Florida, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Amazing trip with scenery, science, and cultural understanding

    “Amazing trip; couldn't have been more perfect. We loved the sights and the amazing flora and fauna of the Galapagos of course, but what set this trip apart was our amazing guides, especially Pablo, and getting to stay on the islands. Pablo was a wealth of knowledge not only about the science, ecology, and behavior of the various endemic species we saw, but also about the impact of the human element, introduced species, and climate. His passion for the islands was incredible. He made this the trip of a lifetime for all of us, but especially our very inquisitive 11 year old son. The places we stayed were great, and it was a privilege to get to stay on the islands - there is much more to be seen this way.”
    Lydia Andrews-Jones – California, United StatesMarch 2016
  • Awesome adventure!

    “Enjoyable trip with good mix of activities on a realistic time schedule. Our guide (Jessica) was excellent. She was friendly, very knowledgeable, and offered a good variety of options many days. We saw all that was advertised and more. Jessica was excellent at making sure all 11 of us were having a great time while being able to coordinate and accommodate for ages 25-80. I highly recommend this trip.”
    Barbara Loeb – Illinois, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Spectacular Experience

    “Despite being the youngest trip member by almost 25 years, I had an amazing time. From start to finish, the trip was well organized and executed. You can tell that the money we paid for the trip went to excellent use. The hotels were fabulous and the food was top notch.
    Our guide, Pablo, was beyond passionate about the Galapagos and really made the trip. His knowledge and love for the islands is inspiring. (Every time he saw litter, he made it a point to pick it up and keep the islands clean.) I loved how there were extra guides for hikes and snorkeling excursions in case a trip member wanted to go back early. There was a perfect amount of down town in relation to the active adventures we took daily. This trip was a spectacular experience that I would recommend to any person of any age.”
    Amanda Solomon – New Jersey, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Super Plan

    “I truly believe that staying on the four islands (instead of a ship) and being able to eat at local restaurants, mingle with the Educadorians as well as partaking in other special land based activities made the trip even more memorable then I had imagined. Our Naturalist guide, Pepo who was born and raised on San Cristabol and has achieved level Three of his profession and was the very essence and spirit of a wonderful trip both from an educational aspect as well as a true adventure!!”
    Gregg Kravitz – Hawaii, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • An extraordinary Experiential learning travel experience

    “From our first day of biking from the highland in the rain to the beach and snorkeling with a few sea lions in a beautiful bay which began our amazingly active, awesome nine days with our fabulous naturalist guide Pepo. Pepo's insight of the flora, fauna, and the geology and history of the Galapagos Islands and interesting tours of the intriguing indigenous and endemic animals and their habitats was very special. He took special care and attention to our needs and wants throughout the trip. I am glad to say that it was one of the most experiential learning travel trips I have ever taken.”
    Teresa Kravitz – Hawaii, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Galapagos Adventure by Land

    “The Galapagos had been in my sights for a while, and this trip certainly did not disappoint. I loved the land-based itinerary Active Adventures offered, and am so glad we opted for this instead of a cruise. I loved the small, often beachfront lodgings and the opportunity to poke around the islands in the mornings and evenings outside planned activity times, and also the fact that it afforded me the opportunity to dive, since that was a highlight for me. The activities themselves were extraordinarily well organized. There was always something to do and look forward to but we never felt rushed or overwhelmed. Jessica, our Galapagueña guide, was lovely, energetic and extremely knowledgeable and informative - I couldn't have asked for a better person to show us the islands. Overall, a truly spectacular trip for anyone who wants to really experience the islands rather than just see them from a boat.”
    Tessa Wood – New York, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Iguanas everywhere

    “I expected to see marine iguanas, but never thought I'd have to take care to not step on them...in town. Overall the trip provided a great sampling of the various biomes and unique animals of the Galapagos.”
    Jason Matisheck – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Fantastic trip!

    “Beyond my expectations!!!”
    William Plenefisch – Washington, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Perfect Trip

    “Our guide, Jessica, gave us a fantastic experience in every way. She was delightful, informative and fun. We decided that the land based "island hopping" trip was a great choice. The hotels were in great locations and the activities were well organized using good equipment (bikes, scuba gear,kayaks etc.). A perfect trip.”
    Fendi Clagett – Maryland, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Jan 1st Tortuga with Pablo

    “This was an absolutely amazing adventure with the most knowledgeable tour guide ever. There really wasn't anything Pablo did not know. Truly incredible!”
    Todd Asperger – Michigan, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • The trip was amazing!

    “It exceeded my expectations in virtually every way. I'm so glad my wife and I decided to arrive in Quito a couple days early to experience the beautiful city. The Galapagos Islands were equally beautiful and the activities were AWESOME! We saw more wildlife than we expected and learned a lot from our guide Pablo. The hotel accommodations were a little better than expected and the meals were GREAT! I would highly recommend this trip to others who enjoy the great outdoors in all its splendour!”
    Mark Erb – Alabama, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • AMAZING trip!

    “My husband and I had high expectations for this trip, yet our experience exceeded our hopes and dreams. We swam with sea turtles, sea lions, penguins with marine iguanas swimming by! The beaches were beautiful and the accommodations were adequate to awesome! Everything was so well organized, AA thought of everything! We would highly recommend that others use this company and explore this paradise! We plan to use AA again! Thank you for the wonderful memories!”
    Judy Erb – Alabama, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Outstanding experience in Galapagos

    “My Tortuga trip was absolutely amazing. I always hesitate to give 5 stars, but this trip came very close. I was very lucky to have got a small group of 10 and a fantastic guide, Jorge, who taught me so much about the islands. As well, the private room, excellent food and outstanding fauna and flora, took the experience beyond my expectations. You will NOT be disappointed!”
    Melanie Springer – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2016
  • Amazing!

    “The Galapagos Islands are a truly magical place! The closeness with nature is like nothing I have ever experienced, and it was amazing. Every day on the Tortuga trip was enjoyable, informative, and awe-inspiring. I met great people and had a wonderful guide (Pepo) who really brought everything to life with his incredible knowledge and superb story-telling abilities. It was an incredible experience!”
    Ali Bixler – Wisconsin, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Finding The Real Galapagos

    “This Galapagos trip was labelled an active adventure which quite frightened me since at 71 years old I am no longer as active as I once was. My fears were increased when I met my trip mates who all looked very fit. However the guide Pablo made it possible for me to do every event by making small and large accommodations. I had a wonderful time and I felt this trip revealed a lot more about the Galapagos than just Darwin and the animals. We met the people and experienced island areas that no one else I know has ever visited. This was a trip to remember forever.”
    Anne Menzies – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2015
  • Epic

    “All in all, this trip was not what I expected because I had no expectations and just needed out of dodge so desperately! I had an epic adventure full of complete surprises because I totally let go and had no idea what to expect next.”
    Megan Rath – Pennsylvania, United StatesDecember 2015
  • BJ Galapagos

    “A beach vacation with environmental/cultural dimensions. Great water activities along with educational outings.”
    BJ Barger – Virginia, United StatesDecember 2015
  • “This trip was better than I expected; the proximity to the natural world was amazing and I was pleased that there was "people" culture and history in the towns where we stayed. So glad to be land based!”
    Regina Williams – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2015
  • Bucket-List-Worthy

    “Amazing trip and really well executed! Might have even learned a few things without even trying! :)”
    Amanda Breslin – Colorado, United StatesNovember 2015
  • a truly fine life experience

    “My trip was especially memorable because of the wealth of information shared by our guide, Pepo. He informed us about the geology, the flora, the birds, the sea life/creatures, the history of the Galapagos. This information enriched my appreciation of all that I saw and experienced.

    The sea lions were a hoot...sleeping on, under, in between any and every surface available....benches, boats, piers, sidewalks, bushes, in addition to rocks and sandy beaches. Would have missed the presence of the "beach masters" if they had not been pointed out by our guide, lurking just below the surface of the water, close to shore. The giant turtles in the water had no fear of us...so amazing to share such close proximity with these creatures. The giant land tortoises were shy, but oh so numerous. Birds a plenty and beautiful fish viewed while snorkeling. The food and accomodations were excellent. The activities were doable for my level of fitness and age, 71.”
    Ingrid Lynch – Washington, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Galápagos revealed

    “This trip is way up on the list of favorite experiences for me. From the charming small and quirky hotels to the luxury of swimming with sea lion, sea turtles, schools of colorful fish, rays, and shark it was one delightful thing after another. Each day brought something surprising: could be a bike ride, could be a very special tree house, could be floating underneath boobies and penguins lazing on rocks. Just plain wonderful.”
    Carole Petrich – Washington, United StatesOctober 2015
  • A lesson in preserving our natural world

    “Excellent experience: the place, the people, and the wildlife. For us, a much greater experience than we imagined. Pepo shared with us his deep commitment to his homeland and his commitment to reciprocity with the environment. Very encouraging to us. We left the islands feeling that the younger generation is committed to a broad view that we can sustain and enhance the environment instead of depleting it.”
    John Petrich – Washington, United StatesOctober 2015
  • Aug 14 2015 Tortuga with Pepo

    “Wonderful experience and thoroughly enjoyed it.”
    Alex Lerner – Florida, United StatesSeptember 2015
  • Could not have been better

    “I recently went on the Tortuga trip with my dad and it was an experience that will never be forgotten. The staff went out of their way to help when the airline lost my luggage, our guide (Pepo) was incredible with our diverse group, the food was fantastic and the Galapagos was more than I could have ever bargained for. Thank you Active Adventures, you gave us the opportunity to share something that will be in our hearts for the rest of our lives. It could not have been better.”
    Vanessa Smith – British Columbia, CanadaAugust 2015
  • Tortuga Adventure

    “I had a wonderful time great mix of activities and very lucky with travel companions who became good friends”
    Michelle Laferriere – Florida, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Tortuga with Pablo

    “My expectations were high for this trip and the actual trip exceeded them! Pablo was an excellent tour guide and was excited to share his passion for the Galapagos with us.
    We saw so much animal life while snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and on the boat crossings. Everyday was filled with fun and exciting experiences.
    I would definitely recommend the Tortuga trip through Active Adventures!”
    Deanne Ober – Pennsylvania, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Close up view of Galapagos

    “Best way to experience the animals and land of the Galapagos Islands!!!!”
    Barbara Markell – New York, United StatesAugust 2015
  • New Bucket List

    “Didn't know what to expect, being so busy until we left for our trip. We were amazed with the Galapagos and all aspects of our trip there. Food, lodging were much better than expected. Most impressive was our guide, Pepo, who seemed to anticipate our every need. We will never forgett this adventure!”
    Gordon Smith – British Columbia, CanadaAugust 2015
  • Fantastic trip

    “The Tortuga trip was fantastic! Everything was organised with great attention to detail. The guide was very knowledgable and approachable. To visit the Galapagos was amazing: the turtles, tortoises, iguanas, and especially the sea lions and penguins were so nice to see in nature! The hotels were nice and mostly right at the beach. I would definetely recommend this trip to anyone!”
    Jacqueline Lucia Maria Smolders – , United Arab EmiratesAugust 2015
  • “Pepo was a fantastic guide. Having grown up and living with his family on the islands, he was a wealth of information on the Galapagos. Snorkeling was fantastic. Weather was perfect. Organization was top notch. My second trip with Active Adventures was equally as awesome as the Peru trip last year.”
    Vince Gotz – California, United StatesAugust 2015
  • Once in a lifetime experience!

    “We could not have been happier with this trip as it turned out to be everything we had hoped it would be and then some! From the incredible places we went, things we saw, and animals we encountered to our amazing Naturalist guide Jessica this trip delivered on its promises and then some. The itinerary turned out to be the perfect mix of active, restful and just plain fun with interesting lodging and incredible food at every turn. We would recommend Active Adventures and, more specifically, the Tortuga trip to anyone looking to take part in the kind of tour that you couldn't possibly put together and execute on your own.”
    Katherine Schroeder – Florida, United StatesAugust 2015
  • A great way to see the Galapagos!

    “Active Adventures (and their local representatives at Galakiwi) were terrific. They go over and above to ensure that everyone really enjoys their vacation. Jessica is an awesome guide, very knowledgeable about not only the wildlife and plants you will see, but also about the local culture and history of the islands.

    This is definitely the best way to see the islands. Although you're busy during the days, we often got the opportunity to explore a little in the evenings, getting a taste of the local culture that wouldn't be possible from a cruise ship.”
    Richard Bates – Pennsylvania, United StatesJuly 2015
  • Top-Notch Trip

    “The Tortuga itinerary was so thoughtfully planned and seamlessly executed. Active Adventures gave us an all-access pass to the National Park and all the tools and toys to enjoy every moment. We consider ourselves very independent travelers and capable of just about anything, but there is no way we could have done even half of the activities or gained nearly as much knowledge without their expert guiding. This was such a fun and fulfilling trip--thank you!”
    Anne Howard – New Jersey, United StatesJuly 2015
  • Active Adventures - Tortuga

    “You can read about the Galápagos Islands but once you step onto your first island, you realize the experience is going to be more than you could have imagined.”
    Vicky Stephens – West Virginia, United StatesJune 2015
  • Best run yet easy-going tour.

    “This was a 5 star trip from the guide, food, accomodations and how easily everything ran.”
    Birgitte Rasmussen – New Hampshire, United StatesJune 2015
  • Tortuga with Pablo

    “Pablo was wonderfully enthusiastic about the islands. His love for the islands and everything they represent helped entertain us while providing us with historical facts. His easy-going mannerism was a delight and helped make this trip an enjoyable experience.”
    Colleen Drenckhahn – Minnesota, United StatesJune 2015
  • It was an Active Adventure

    “We got to see and experience all Galapagos had to offer. Never a dull moment with 2 activities each day that let you interact with wildlife in their natural environment and experience various climate conditions all in the same place .”
    JoAnn Schweiger – Florida, United StatesMay 2015
  • “I had a great time on this trip. The Galapagos is an amazing place and we were constantly busy doing fun adventurous things. Highly recommended”
    Cynthia Rothrock – California, United StatesMay 2015
  • Amazing Experience

    “This trip was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. The Islands were beautiful, the people were friendly, and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend this trip to anyone and I can't wait for the next time I get to visit the Galapagos!”
    Becca Kitchen – Massachusetts, United StatesMay 2015
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    “My husband and I had a great trip to the Galapagos. Loved the small group and our local guide, Pablo, was great; very knowledgeable and excited about all the islands have to offer. Snorkling at Kicker Rock was wonderful beyond words.”
    Patty Frese – North Carolina, United StatesMay 2015
  • Nature at its best!

    “I'd always wanted to visit the Galapagos. Like for many, it was on my bucket list. Pablo, our guide, was so passionate about his love of the islands, and we learned so much about the unique land and marine animals as well as the stunning volcanic landscape. I am especially pleased that Active is a land-based tour company supporting local businesses on the islands.”
    Ann Smith – California, United StatesApril 2015
  • Judy's Galapagos

    “No shortage of food!
    Super Pepo with his Super Plan for everyday was a great guide. There wasn't a creature or plant or rock formation he couldn't identify.”
    Judy Langdon – Ontario, CanadaApril 2015
  • Galapagos Adventure

    “Start to finish, Active Adventures was easy to coordinate with and has put together an itinerary that gives you the highlights of this incredible archipelago. Pepo was extraordinary, charming, informative, knowledgeable, the best guide. Very glad to do the land tour and not the cruises, really was able to experience the culture staying in the towns and interacting with local folks.”
    Patsy West – Maine, United StatesMarch 2015
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    “Once you got to the the Galapagos, the trip was wonderful. Pepo was well informed, funny and a great guide. It was well worth the trip.”
    Sharon Kehoe – Virginia, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Nonstop adventure!

    “All day, everyday you're doing something amazing! Jessica did an amazing job at showing us the real Galapagos. She took us to special places that not everybody that visits the islands gets to go. What an amazing week full of birds, sea lions, iguanas, fish, and so much more. The wildlife is breathtaking and beautiful. I never thought I'd get to experience Galapagos. But boy, did I! We hiked volcanos, swam with sharks, got up close and personal with Blue Footed Boobies, and enjoyed so much fresh seafood I thought I'd explode after every meal. Every island was spectacular but Floreana was my favorite. I liked how secluded we were and listening to the waves crash on the beach at night while I fell asleep was magical. I love the Galapagos! Can't wait to get back!”
    Shelby Singleton – North Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Abundance of Animals

    “This trip delivered on the promise of seeing animals. Every day was another exciting discovery of more animals.”
    Donna Weimer – Washington, United StatesMarch 2015
  • An excellent opportunity to see the Galapagos up close

    “The two highlights of the trip; Our guide Jessica along with the other seven members of our group. Jessica is superb. We enjoyed the opportunity to stay on four of the islands and travel by boat in the morning hours. It gave us the chance to meet the locals, stay in local lodges and eat at local restaurants while still traveling to four islands. Enjoyed the diversity including kayaking, biking, snorkeling, hiking and boating. It was a bit challenging for a 72 year old but well worth the effort. The biggest challenge was adjusting to the heat. We enjoyed seeing the wildlife and vegetation in all its forms but you never know in advance how the group's dynamics and the guide will work out. They couldn't have been better.”
    Mark Hoffman – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Galapagos

    “Excellent time amazing wildlife, beautiful landscape, and the best part knowledgeable staff completing an amazing package.”
    Susan Smith – Ontario, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Truly excellent adventure

    “Excellent planning, fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly guide, interesting group of people to meet and sped time with. Really loved the island hopping - getting to see different islands each with their own unique flavour. And the different activities - snorkeling at Kicker Rock being the absolute highlight of the nature on the trip.”
    Yvonne Elliott – , PanamaMarch 2015
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    “Our guide Jessica was knowledgeable, organized, an excellent leader who helped me to have a deeper knowledge of the Galapagos than just the animals and the terrain.”
    Roberta Hoffman – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Wonderful time!

    “This was a great trip! We got to see so much of the islands. All the wildlife that you hope to see on a trip like this. The SCUBA diving and snorkeling was amazing. The hiking was full of wildlife and beautiful and striking scenery. Jessica is a great guide who is full of knowledge and a lot of fun. This is definitely a trip I would do again.”
    Damon Weimer – Washington, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Super Trip - Super Plan!

    “Galapagos was first on my bucket list and our guide Pepo made it a very awesome adventure. Snorkelling was superb, hiking the volcano was excellent and kayaking was great. Lots of great birds and other creatures. I was so glad to have chosen a land based trip, as it was great to walk around the towns in the evenings and get a real feel for life on the various islands.”
    Susan Hairsine – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2015
  • What a special place

    “I knew it would be a place like no other, but it still took my breath away. How could I imagine sea lions sleeping on benches like old winos, giant turtles blocking the road, prehistoric iguanas lounging on the beach ...”
    Paivi Repo – , FinlandFebruary 2015
  • Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

    “Celebrating our 20th anniversary in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands was fantastic, Every detail of this adventure was equally attended to and well organized. The in country staff and Naturalist Jessica were spot on and extremely attentive and resourceful. I highly recommend Active Adventures if you want to experience a remarkable vacation. Well Done! Chip Callan Chesapeake VA”
    Chip Callan – Virginia, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • A Trip Through Wonderland

    “A wonderful trip through a Wonderland! Everything in Galapagos went like clockwork which was due to detail planning and meticulous management by the team in Galapagos. Jose, our guide, was excellent and he was a fountain of knowledge and information. It was a pleasure having him as our guide.

    The Giant Tortoises were the main highlight of the trip. At the ranch in Santa Cruz we hiked around the tortoise country. There were tortoises of various sizes. There were even some tortoises in a marsh that was completely covered with red algae. From a distance it looked like artificial turf of a tennis court, except that there were tortoise shells sticking out from it! We saw giant tortoises lounging in the mud, eating in slow motion (for us anyway!), walking deliberately across the fields carrying their huge shell effortlessly and of course trying to hide. When disturbed they made a loud hissing sound and recessed their heads into their carapace while bringing their strong front feet with sharp claws in front of their faces in a defensive posture. We spent a long time basking in the splendor of these magnificent creatures. They were truly extraordinary and it was a highlight of our trip to spend time in their presence.

    One of the caretakers at the tortoise breeding facility in Isabela Island showed us an eight day old tortoise which was barely bigger than the egg it just recently hatched from. It is humbling to realize that this tiny creature will one day become a giant of this land and will outlive us, our children and our children’s children. Live long and prosper, adorable little dude!

    The other main highlight of the trip was the marine iguanas. They melded their prehistoric bodies into the crags and crevices of the volcanic rocks and left strange trailing marks on the restless sand. Then there were the brightly colored marine iguanas. They had red and green splotches over their entire bodies. The males fought with each other to gain the highest spot on the rocks. They moved slowly on land and swam elegantly in water. They were a surreal sight.

    The other highlights of the trip were, sea lion rookery at La Loberia beach, dolphins and fin whales, kayaking in Isabela bay, snorkeling in the Tintoreras, fearless penguins, sunset on the black sand beach in Floreana, magnificent flamingoes, graceful eagle rays and of course the blue footed boobies at Darwin Bay.

    My favorite moment was at Darwin Bay in San Cristobal Island where the wind was a balmy seventy and frigate birds circled the sky. The sun peeped through lazy clouds in the horizon while a yellow finch darted in front and vanished into the towering cacti. It was the time of the day when brown pelicans searched for their last bit of morsel before retiring for the day. Blue footed boobies preened on guano covered rocks as they too ready themselves for the passing of the sunlight. Perhaps the sea lions noticed the passing of the light. They are aptly described as lumbering on land but in the water they darted frantically. They must sense a final feeding before retiring for the night. The water where a few stragglers still snorkel lazily is bluish green and the surf hitting the cove is as bright as a fresh coat of vanilla ice cream. Looking over them all was the statue of Charles Darwin, his back to the cove. He was welcoming us all to his beloved Galapagos. The sun started to gently descend into the horizon and an eerie calmness descended upon the land. The frantic feeding of the yellow finned tuna had given way to tranquility, a silent waiting but not a permanent ending. The frigate birds had finally ceased their hovering. They were now perched on the cliffs and on a few precariously hanging trees. There was no one there as the sun finally set over the magnificent Galapagos. It was a moment of unimaginable peace. It was a moment worthwhile to have come so far for.

    I carry in my heart the wonder and beauty of the Galapagos and the hospitality of the people. That will remain with me forever. Thanks for making that happen.”
    Swarnal Borthakur – Idaho, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Fantastic in all respects!

    “Everything was top-notch . . . Our guide, Jose was exceptional. Hotels and food much better than I expected. The scenery and wildlife even exceeded my very high expectations. Fun activities with quality equipment and support staff. Don't miss this trip!”
    Yvonne Hughes – Washington, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • All this and swimming with dolphins!

    “So thrilled I made this trip; and Jessica as our guide couldn't have done more to explain the flora and fauna and make sure everything ran smoothly. Getting to jump off the boat and swim with dolphins in the middle of a transfer between islands was a top highlight.”
    Barbara Woodward – , United KingdomJanuary 2015
  • Loved the dedication of Galapagos community toward preservation

    “I had a wonderful experience with the unique creatures of the Islands. However, what really took my breath away was the obvious dedication of the residents of the Islands toward maintaining a healthy environment for themselves and the nonhuman residents.”
    Peggy Graybill – California, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Unforgettable!!!!

    “Exceeded all expectations. Jessica our guide was so knowledgeable and answered all questions about fauna, flora, history and culture. She was a great leader and companion. The whole group enjoyed her company. The itinerary was well balanced, organized, exciting and fun!!!!”
    Maria Escudero Artiaga – Florida, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Over the top

    “our recent trip to the Galapagos was a trip of a lifetime! We had been thinking about visiting these remote islands for 20 yrs., but never had the time or found a land based itinerary to actually sign up. But finally the stars aligned and we found a tour company that did NOT stay on a boat. We wanted to be on land on various islands to experience the local flavor and meet some local people as well. This itinerary was what we had looked for all those years. The 4 islands were so different in flora, fauna and geography, we loved each island and hope to return again in the near future. Jessica was a perfect guide to talk about the history, environmental challenges and the hope to protect these islands for future generations. She always had an answer to various questions from our group and made this trip so wonderful. Highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to delve a little deeper into these islands.”
    Erika Reen – Connecticut, United StatesDecember 2014
  • “Amazing cultural experience with an incredible tour guide who catered to every single person's needs in any way she could. There was just the right amount of physical activities and personal down time, mixed in with amazing meals. Great trip all around!”
    Aislinn O'brien – Connecticut, United StatesDecember 2014
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    “This truly was a trip of a life time for us. Our guide, Jessica, did all she could to make this a very enjoyable, fun and educational trip for us and our group. Thank you, Jessica, and all the staff involved in making this a trip we will not forget.”
    Phil Manke – Alaska, United StatesNovember 2014
  • “Excellent guide in Jessica who is a fine ambassador for the Galapagos Islands.”
    Wanda Mclure – New Hampshire, United StatesNovember 2014
  • Awesome Galapgos

    “This trip was awesome from start to finish. The guides were enthusiastic each and every day. Very informative, knowledgeable and helpful. The food was excellent as well as the hospitality at all the hotels.”
    Shawn Landrum – Florida, United StatesNovember 2014
  • Special Trip - Special Place

    “The people on the Galapagos islands we visited - (San Cristobal, Floreana, Isabela and Santa Cruz) -- were very friendly (including the wildlife). I felt like I visited very special and unique islands)... sea lions on park benches, marine lizards leading us down a trail, penguins posing on rocks, and sea turtles standing on their heads -- 10 feet underwater. Don't expect the Ritz - that is not what this trip is about. Rather, it is for those who wish to visit a place of pristine natural beauty - (fauna and flora). I'd go again in a heartbeat!!”
    Chris Maloney – Florida, United StatesOctober 2014
  • Amazing

    “I loved the whole trip and our guide Pepo was truly super! He was so informative and having grown up in the area, he provided us with a more personal view of the surrounding wildlife and island areas.”
    Pam Daniel – Florida, United StatesOctober 2014
  • This Trip Should be Mandatory for Every Bucket List

    “I have been on around twenty guided adventure trips and this was my third great adventure with Active. Of all of my trips, covering six continents, this was the best so far. The natural beauty combined with the features unique to the Galapagos, our fantastic guide Pepo, and a great group made this a fantastic trip. I really would not change a thing about the trip. The itinerary, activities, equipment provided, transportation between the islands, food and lodging were first rate. I would urge any adventure traveler who has not been to the Galapagos to book the Tortuga trip this afternoon.”
    William Garvin – Florida, United StatesOctober 2014
  • laughter and comraderie

    “Pepo's leadership and sharing his love of his Galapagos set the tone for me of loving my experiences and connecting with the group was the tops for me. We moved thru all the activities with such ease. Pepo was a unique and wonderful leader/guide.”
    Pauline Serkey – Massachusetts, United StatesOctober 2014
  • Building Memories for a Lifetime

    “It is hard to imagine that the trip could have been better. The Galapagos is an incredible place and this was a great way to see it. The group bonded well together and we had one adventure after another. Pepo is really a special guide. He is knowledgeable and nice and funny. When Pepo spoke, I listened. And this is coming from a retired science teacher so I already knew quite a bit and had a critical ear. Pepo really made a good trip great. I am impressed with Active Adventures and hope to make another trip. If you can come up with another Pepo, I'll be really impressed”
    Gregory Gorbach – California, United StatesOctober 2014
  • Galapagos -FANTASTIC!

    “I saw everything I had heard about and more! Marine iguanas, volcanoes, hammerhead sharks, white tipped reef sharks, Mola Mola fish, sea lions, sea horses, giant tortoises, turtles, penguins and flamingos (who'd think you could see them on the same trip!) and too many fish to mention. Beautiful scenery every day. Black sand beaches, white sand beaches, volcano hike was like being on another planet.”
    Karen Bleakley – Maryland, United StatesOctober 2014
  • Magnificent Galapagos!

    “Land based Galapagos is the way to go! I'm so grateful we got to really experience the islands by being immersed in the culture as opposed to being on a live aboard. Pepo is an awesome guide! I'm not sure there is a better naturalist guide on the islands - he's a great leader, teacher, and photographer! The food and accommodations were much more than I had anticipated. Buy yourself a good camera for this trip - you will take many photos - it's a trip of a lifetime!”
    Amy Schliem – South Carolina, United StatesSeptember 2014
  • The Wonders of our Natural World

    “How does one describe the Galapagos? Animals of every kind, lots of them; snorkeling like I've never experienced; a wonderful guide who not only loves his work and culture but who knows natural history! Every second of everyday was filled with WOW activities, experiences, sites. Plus there was enough time for personal exploration. Everywhere we went we were taken care of by competent, friendly people. It was a dream vacation.”
    Tim Touzel – South Carolina, United StatesSeptember 2014
  • Snorkeling the Galapagos

    “An excellent trip. We were able to snorkel the very first day, enjoying the sea lions off the beach. Food and accommodations were awesome. Our guide was knowledgeable about the islands' history and nature.”
    Marion Touzel – South Carolina, United StatesSeptember 2014
  • Galapagos, Islands of Wonder!

    “One of the best things about this trip was the variety of activities we participated in. Everything from hiking to mountain biking, kayaking and snorkeling. Also, I absolutely loved that we stayed on land overnight. This allowed us to really engage in interaction with the people and culture of the Galapagos Islands and explore on our own. Each day brought a new surprise in what wildlife we would see. A trip of a lifetime for sure!”
    Pat Maccariella-Hafey – South Carolina, United StatesAugust 2014
  • PABLO made the Galapagos a truly special experience

    “The Galapagos with any tour company would be great. With Pablo and Active Adventures, this trip moved into first place in our family trip ranking. The overall schedule and organization were supreme, as there was little waiting around for the next activity to start. Each activity was amazing, only to be followed by an even better experience. Pablo was a knowledgable and considerate tour guide who made everything, from the Galapagos geology to the frigate bird feeding habits, seem interesting to our entire family.”
    Larry Kanter – New Jersey, United StatesAugust 2014
  • Reality tops imagination every time

    “I knew this trip would be amazing, but the real thing was so much better than I could have imagined. The group was great, the activities were perfect, the guide made sure we took advantage of every opportunity for greatness that we came across. Truly amazing.”
    Jen Hallett – Georgia, United StatesJune 2014
  • Another Planet!

    “Going to Galapagos has been on our bucket list for at least 3 years. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to see the country through Pablo's eyes. Pablo was a phenomenal guide - very patient, kind, caring, accommodating, knowledgeable and passionate about his beautiful home! He certainly inspired us to want to continue to share the beauty and awe of the Galapagos Islands with our family and friends!”
    Kim Bobb – Pennsylvania, United StatesJune 2014
  • Another Planet!

    “Going to Galapagos has been on our bucket list for at least 3 years. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to see the country through Pablo's eyes. Pablo was a phenomenal guide - very patient, kind, caring, accommodating, knowledgeable and passionate about his beautiful home! He certainly inspired us to want to continue to share the beauty and awe of the Galapagos Islands with our family and friends!”
    Jason Bobb – Pennsylvania, United StatesJune 2014
  • Loved the Galápagos Islands!

    “When I returned from the Galapagos Islands, family and friends would ask me to tell them what the highlight of my trip was. My answer began with watching my child snorkel with the sea lions... the penguins ... the sea turtles ... And then I continued with seeing the blue footed boobies ... the tortoises ... the hammerhead sharks ... hiking to the volcanoes ... and the list goes on and on. We had the most amazing guide, Pepo, who shared with all 9 of us, his expertise and knowledge of the Islands. This was an adventure, a vacation, and an education all in one.”
    Lisa Summerfield – California, United StatesJune 2014
  • This truly is the trip of a lifetime!

    “Our group of 16 did the Tortuga trip with Pablo and Pepo in April and what a fabulous time we had! The Galapagos are stunning and I am so glad that we got to stay on the islands rather than on a cruise ship. Staying on the islands gave me a more intimate feeling of the people, the land, the birds, the marine iguanas and of course all the sea lions! Pablo and Pepo were fantastic guides and I was always amazed at their knowledge as well as their amazing ability to get all of us where we needed to be in the most efficient way possible. It seemed like we could ask Pablo and Pepo anything about the Galapagos and they knew the answer. This made the trip for me. I'm a nature lover but a birder first and I was so happy that I could ask either one of them the names of the birds I was seeing and they could tell me. I also liked that Pablo and Pepo both shared what it was like to live in the Galapagos with us. Just an all round amazing trip. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone especially if Pablo and Pepo are your guides!”
    Robin Halls – Ontario, CanadaMay 2014
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration to Remember

    “I have wanted to visit the Galapagos for years, and this trip didn't disappoint! What a fabulous place to celebrate any of life's milestones!”
    Laura-Lee Love – California, United StatesMay 2014
  • Endemic Galapagos

    “A unique trip for a unique destination. Every one knows the islands are home to some very special endemic species. By using land-based accommodations this trip also lets you appreciate the Galapagoean community.”
    Geoffrey Love – California, United StatesMay 2014

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Legendary Kiwi hospitality

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & trip leaders

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is included

Everything is Included

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A sense of achievement

A Sense of Achievement

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Small groups

Small Groups

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Diverse experiences

Diverse Experiences

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