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Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - January 2024

Best tour ever!

"We had the most spectacular time on this tour. The Galapagos and all it has to offer was amazing. It was made even better by our guide, Pablo. He was a wealth of information with a flair for the dramatic, which made the tour both educational as well as entertaining. Paulo, I’ll call him our support guide, made sure everything ran smoothly. All in all would highly recommend this tour.

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"We had the most spectacular time on this tour. The Galapagos and all it has… read more

"We had the most spectacular time on this tour. The Galapagos and all it has to offer was amazing. It was made even better by our guide, Pablo. He was a wealth of information with a flair for the dramatic, which made the tour both educational as well as entertaining. Paulo, I’ll call him our support guide, made sure everything ran smoothly. All in all would highly recommend this tour. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

R Robert | January 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - January 2024

Ultimate Galapagos

"Fabulous trip, well organized with great variety of activities. Excellent guides! Great group of people to train with.

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"Fabulous trip, well organized with great variety of activities. Excellent guides! Great group of… read more

"Fabulous trip, well organized with great variety of activities. Excellent guides! Great group of people to train with. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

J Janelle | January 2024

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - January 2024

Peru/Ecuador

"We had an amazing time in Peru and Ecuador and the experience was enriched by our excellent guides, Salvador and Pepo. Both were very knowledgeable about the history, flora, and fauna of the area.

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"We had an amazing time in Peru and Ecuador and the experience was enriched by… read more

"We had an amazing time in Peru and Ecuador and the experience was enriched by our excellent guides, Salvador and Pepo. Both were very knowledgeable about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. read less

5 Stars (63 reviews)

S Shari | January 2024

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

Even Better Than I Expected

"It is rare that an experience, that one expects going in to be wonderful, so far exceeds expectations - but the Active Adventure Ultimate Galapagos Island Adventure did exactly that. I was expecting the wildlife to be incredible, and it was. I expecting the Islands to be gorgeous, and they were. However, I never expected our guides, Diego and Pauloa, to be so great, in every way imaginable. Diego brought so much knowledge, energy, intelligence, and humor to every interaction. He was so much more than a trip guide. He was a friend, a professor (more like an encyclopedia), a motivator, and a leader. Pauloa handled every detail of our "operations." It was truly a well oiled machine. Bags got moved without the guests ever seeing them move. Every hotel, every restaurant, every activity, were all planned and executed flawlessly, thanks to Pauloa. He never missed a single detail. I was awed by the level of expertise (and passion) they each brought to their respective positions.

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"It is rare that an experience, that one expects going in to be wonderful, so… read more

"It is rare that an experience, that one expects going in to be wonderful, so far exceeds expectations - but the Active Adventure Ultimate Galapagos Island Adventure did exactly that. I was expecting the wildlife to be incredible, and it was. I expecting the Islands to be gorgeous, and they were. However, I never expected our guides, Diego and Pauloa, to be so great, in every way imaginable. Diego brought so much knowledge, energy, intelligence, and humor to every interaction. He was so much more than a trip guide. He was a friend, a professor (more like an encyclopedia), a motivator, and a leader. Pauloa handled every detail of our "operations." It was truly a well oiled machine. Bags got moved without the guests ever seeing them move. Every hotel, every restaurant, every activity, were all planned and executed flawlessly, thanks to Pauloa. He never missed a single detail. I was awed by the level of expertise (and passion) they each brought to their respective positions. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

J Joshua | December 2023

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

Mr Sam Alwine

"My daughter & I had a fabulous trip (Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Adventure). It was a trip of a lifetime. Machu Pichuu was incredible. Our guide Wilson for the Peru portion we exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the Peru portion of our trip, I told Wilson that "he is no longer our guide and that he is now our friend." The driver as well as all of the other people involved we very friendly and helpful as well. The guides on the Galagagos portion of our trip were very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating as well. Snorkeling at Kickers Rock in the Galapagos was amazing! It was almost like being on a dive...we saw beautiful angle fish, star fish, huge barnacles, sea turtles, white & black tipped reef sharks as well as hammerheads and sting rays. It was very interesting to spend a couple days on 3 different islands as each has its own highlights. The highlight of the Galapagos for my daughter was the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island as well as the snorkeling at Kickers Rock. All of the…

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"My daughter & I had a fabulous trip (Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Adventure). … read more

"My daughter & I had a fabulous trip (Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Adventure). It was a trip of a lifetime. Machu Pichuu was incredible. Our guide Wilson for the Peru portion we exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the Peru portion of our trip, I told Wilson that "he is no longer our guide and that he is now our friend." The driver as well as all of the other people involved we very friendly and helpful as well. The guides on the Galagagos portion of our trip were very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating as well. Snorkeling at Kickers Rock in the Galapagos was amazing! It was almost like being on a dive...we saw beautiful angle fish, star fish, huge barnacles, sea turtles, white & black tipped reef sharks as well as hammerheads and sting rays. It was very interesting to spend a couple days on 3 different islands as each has its own highlights. The highlight of the Galapagos for my daughter was the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island as well as the snorkeling at Kickers Rock. All of the hotels we stayed in were very nice. The food was excellent as well. All in all, we can't say a bad thing about Active Adventures or our trip. We would be willing to go again (on this trip or another) knowing how awesome this trip was. Thank you Active Adventures and all or wonderful guides. read less

5 Stars (63 reviews)

S Samuel | December 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

The Galapagos were just amazing!

"Everyday was a new adventure seeing the most amazing land and sea creatures and exploring the amazing islands. Our guide was such a wealth of knowledge and made the trip so much fun. Also our fellow travelers became instant friends and made the trip more enjoyable. Can't wait for our next Active Adventure!

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"Everyday was a new adventure seeing the most amazing land and sea creatures and exploring… read more

"Everyday was a new adventure seeing the most amazing land and sea creatures and exploring the amazing islands. Our guide was such a wealth of knowledge and made the trip so much fun. Also our fellow travelers became instant friends and made the trip more enjoyable. Can't wait for our next Active Adventure! read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

S Suzanne | December 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

Incredible experience

"From the amazing variety of animals to the amazing guides, the Ultimate Galápagos trip is a once in a lifetime experience.

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"From the amazing variety of animals to the amazing guides, the Ultimate Galápagos trip is… read more

"From the amazing variety of animals to the amazing guides, the Ultimate Galápagos trip is a once in a lifetime experience. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

M Michael | December 2023

Classic Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

Classic Galápagos Islands Adventure

"We had a wonderful time in the Galápagos Islands. It exceeded our expectations in most every way mostly due to our fabulous guide Pablo - his enthusiasm is genuine for nature and the islands and he makes everything so fun. We really appreciated the small group (only 8 of us plus our guide and assistants).

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"We had a wonderful time in the Galápagos Islands. It exceeded our expectations in most… read more

"We had a wonderful time in the Galápagos Islands. It exceeded our expectations in most every way mostly due to our fabulous guide Pablo - his enthusiasm is genuine for nature and the islands and he makes everything so fun. We really appreciated the small group (only 8 of us plus our guide and assistants). read less

5 Stars (4 reviews)

G Genevieve | December 2023

Classic Galapagos Islands Adventure - December 2023

Classic Galapagos Island Adventure

"Our week on the Galapagos Islands with Pablo was fantastic. The knowledge, history and insight was endless. All of our encounters with everyone assisting Pablo were courteous and ready to help in anyway they could. We learned so much about this part of our world and couldn't be happier with the experience.

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"Our week on the Galapagos Islands with Pablo was fantastic. The knowledge, history and… read more

"Our week on the Galapagos Islands with Pablo was fantastic. The knowledge, history and insight was endless. All of our encounters with everyone assisting Pablo were courteous and ready to help in anyway they could. We learned so much about this part of our world and couldn't be happier with the experience. read less

4 Stars (4 reviews)

S Suzan | December 2023

Ultimate Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Adventure - October 2023

Outstanding vacation!

"For those who enjoy hiking and adventure it's a fantastic way to see Peru and Ecuador. The guides were truly outstanding, and the hotel accommodations were fantastic. We moved around a lot, and almost every hotel room had a fantastic view. We learned a lot about the history and culture, while also taking in beautiful sites and views. And learned so much about what makes The Galapagos Islands so unique and amazing. And about all the wildlife that inhabits these regions.

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"For those who enjoy hiking and adventure it's a fantastic way to see Peru and… read more

"For those who enjoy hiking and adventure it's a fantastic way to see Peru and Ecuador. The guides were truly outstanding, and the hotel accommodations were fantastic. We moved around a lot, and almost every hotel room had a fantastic view. We learned a lot about the history and culture, while also taking in beautiful sites and views. And learned so much about what makes The Galapagos Islands so unique and amazing. And about all the wildlife that inhabits these regions. read less

5 Stars (63 reviews)

A Allen | October 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - July 2023

Best Trip of their life - Fantastic time!

"Pepo was fantastic, Galakiwi was wonderful and knowledgeable, we enjoyed every activity and the food was fantastic. Loved the snorkeling every day! Even our 16-year-old had a great time and didn't want to leave as we had a great mix of ages on the trip. The beaches and accommodations were beautiful and loved getting to know the people along the way. The trip ran really smoothly and seamlessly, a definite trip of a lifetime!

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"Pepo was fantastic, Galakiwi was wonderful and knowledgeable, we enjoyed every activity and the food… read more

"Pepo was fantastic, Galakiwi was wonderful and knowledgeable, we enjoyed every activity and the food was fantastic. Loved the snorkeling every day! Even our 16-year-old had a great time and didn't want to leave as we had a great mix of ages on the trip. The beaches and accommodations were beautiful and loved getting to know the people along the way. The trip ran really smoothly and seamlessly, a definite trip of a lifetime! read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

L Laura | July 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - July 2023

Trip of a Lifetime!

"This was my first solo trip in over 20 years and I could not have asked for a better experience! I loved being able to see a new part of the world while still feeling safe. Active took care of all of the planning so that I could focus on a life-changing experience. One of the best decisions I've ever made!

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"This was my first solo trip in over 20 years and I could not have… read more

"This was my first solo trip in over 20 years and I could not have asked for a better experience! I loved being able to see a new part of the world while still feeling safe. Active took care of all of the planning so that I could focus on a life-changing experience. One of the best decisions I've ever made! read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

J Jennifer | July 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - July 2023

An adventure of a lifetime

"Our family, my husband, my two college-age children and myself, will be talking about this trip for the rest of our lives. Everything was amazing! The accommodations and staff, the restaurants and food, the snorkeling and the equipment, the boat captains and first hands, the ANIMALS, the biking, the kayaking, and above everything else, our guide, Pepo, could not have been better. We learned so much about the geography, history, culture and wildlife. This trip was worth every penny. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I left a piece of my heart in the Galapagos Islands.

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"Our family, my husband, my two college-age children and myself, will be talking about this… read more

"Our family, my husband, my two college-age children and myself, will be talking about this trip for the rest of our lives. Everything was amazing! The accommodations and staff, the restaurants and food, the snorkeling and the equipment, the boat captains and first hands, the ANIMALS, the biking, the kayaking, and above everything else, our guide, Pepo, could not have been better. We learned so much about the geography, history, culture and wildlife. This trip was worth every penny. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I left a piece of my heart in the Galapagos Islands. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

g gregory | July 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - June 2023

Lindy Huber

"I can barely imagine a trip that would be more FUN, interesting, beautiful and seamlessly run than the Ultimate Galapagos adventure! There was obviously so much thought put into the timing, safety, comfort and excitement of each and every element of the trip. The food and accommodations were perfect, and everything was explained so well each day according to the “Superplan” of our fabulous guide, Pepo. His knowledge of the islands, flora and fauna was impressive, and his personal experience made it all extra-interesting. He was very warm, and his English was impeccable.
A lot was packed into each and every day, because there was such minimal time waiting around for transportation, food, etc. We truly felt like royalty. All of the drivers, boat captains, dive master and wonderful assistant guide, Paulo, were so friendly and helpful. They set a positive, fun tone that our entire travel group enjoyed!
We booked this trip very last-minute, and all of the Active Adventures staff was super helpful in making sure that we knew exactly what to expect, answering…

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"I can barely imagine a trip that would be more FUN, interesting, beautiful and seamlessly… read more

"I can barely imagine a trip that would be more FUN, interesting, beautiful and seamlessly run than the Ultimate Galapagos adventure! There was obviously so much thought put into the timing, safety, comfort and excitement of each and every element of the trip. The food and accommodations were perfect, and everything was explained so well each day according to the “Superplan” of our fabulous guide, Pepo. His knowledge of the islands, flora and fauna was impressive, and his personal experience made it all extra-interesting. He was very warm, and his English was impeccable.
A lot was packed into each and every day, because there was such minimal time waiting around for transportation, food, etc. We truly felt like royalty. All of the drivers, boat captains, dive master and wonderful assistant guide, Paulo, were so friendly and helpful. They set a positive, fun tone that our entire travel group enjoyed!
We booked this trip very last-minute, and all of the Active Adventures staff was super helpful in making sure that we knew exactly what to expect, answering questions, etc. Thank you, thank you, for a trip of a lifetime, we hope to travel with you again someday! read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

M Melinda | June 2023

Ultimate Galapagos Islands Adventure - June 2023

As they’re name says, it is an “Active Adventure”

"This was our first trip with Active adventures. They are extremely organized and very professional. Our guid Pepo was amazing as well as the assistant guide Paulo. You could tell that they had years of experience in the most efficient way to move our personal items. The food choices and restaurants were great with no complaints. My main takeaway was they are very active, get up early and keep moving, but into get everything in that is what it takes. If there was a tour or something you didn’t want to do just stir it out. Bottom line is Active Adventures did a great job.

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"This was our first trip with Active adventures. They are extremely organized and very professional.… read more

"This was our first trip with Active adventures. They are extremely organized and very professional. Our guid Pepo was amazing as well as the assistant guide Paulo. You could tell that they had years of experience in the most efficient way to move our personal items. The food choices and restaurants were great with no complaints. My main takeaway was they are very active, get up early and keep moving, but into get everything in that is what it takes. If there was a tour or something you didn’t want to do just stir it out. Bottom line is Active Adventures did a great job. read less

5 Stars (500 reviews)

P Paul | June 2023

Ecuador the Galapagos Islands Adventure Tours

Explore more on our Galapagos Islands Tours and Ecuador Tour as you hike, bike, kayak, and dive across these stunning bio-diverse landscapes.

Even though the Galapagos Islands may be in one of the smallest countries in South America, they have a shockingly high diversity in landscapes, flora and fauna. Join a Galapagos Islands tour, and you'll explore from the depths of the Amazon rainforest to the magical cloud forests of Santa Cruz Island. Hike the Sierra Negra volcano for jaw-dropping views of the coastline, visit the giant tortoise breeding centre at the Charles Darwin Research Station, snorkel with sea lions at Kicker Rock and wander the world heritage listed capital city of Quito. With highly trained Galapagos Islands National Park naturalist guides, your Galapagos Islands adventure will be one to remember.

Galapagos Islands Adventure Tours

Galapagos Island Cruise vs. Galapagos Islands Tour

We've found the best way to experience the incredibly abundant wildlife – in the ocean, on land and in the skies – is by spending plenty of time on the water (kayaking, snorkelling or diving) and by exploring the archipelago's many islands on foot and by bike. What our visitors don't expect is how much they'll enjoy staying ashore each night to get to know the other residents of Darwin's famous outpost, especially our guides, who are its passionate guardians and storytellers. Did we mention a mild spring-like climate year-round and incredibly welcoming locals?

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Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are a unique and remote set of islands located around 800 kilometres (500 miles) off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The area was declared a Marine Reserve in 1986, as it is home to so many unique species. There are 7 major oceanic currents that assemble in the Galapagos marine ecosystem, making it a mecca for a mixture of wildlife - 17% of Galapagos fish species are endemic to the islands.

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Best Time to Visit the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

Unlike most other wildlife destinations, the animals in the Galapagos Islands can be seen year-round, with few migratory species and no need to wander off in search of waterholes or food. Therefore, there’s no “wrong” time to visit Galapagos, simply different times of the year have different things to see and do.

The best time to visit the Galapagos Islands depends on what you want to do and see. The wet season from January to June ranges between 79°F and 86°F (26°C and 30°C). The weather and water temperature is warmer, and the sea is calmer, making it a perfect time for snorkelling or diving. Many visitors also find the dry season more pleasant for land excursions with abundant wildlife and optimal conditions for sea lions, iguanas, sharks, and whales. 

FAQs about visiting the Galapagos Islands

How many days do you need in the Galapagos?

We recommend a minimum of 5 days to visit the Galapagos Islands. Considering you need to fly in and out or take a 3-day boat journey, you will want to make the most of it! The Galapagos Islands occupy an area of 45,000 square kilometres over 21 islands (13 of those form the 'major islands'.)

Are the Galapagos safe to visit?

While the Galapagos & Ecuador are pretty safe places, we recommend taking the same precautions you would anywhere else - just to be on the safe side! Pickpockets occasionally operate in areas where visitors are found so we suggest you leave any valuables you don’t need with you in the hotel safe (e.g. passports and credit cards). A copy of your passport and any valuables you do need with you should be kept in a passport wallet under your clothes and a small amount of money in your pocket/purse. It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walk.

How long is the boat ride from Ecuador to Galapagos?

It takes 3 days to reach the Galapagos Islands via boat. That's why our tours fly from Quito. 

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are a unique and remote set of islands located around 800 kilometres (500 miles) off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The area was declared a Marine Reserve in 1986, as it is home to so many unique species. There are 7 major oceanic currents that assemble in the Galapagos marine ecosystem, making it a mecca for a mixture of wildlife - 17% of Galapagos fish species are endemic to the islands.

How do you get around the Galapagos Islands?

Your transport will be a mixture of bus, plane, boat, bike and your very own two feet on our trips in the Galapagos. You'll spend most time on a boat in the Galapagos Islands as you make your way from island to island during the day. We have domestic flights included in our Galapagos Islands trips to shorten our travel times and to ensure you have the best experience possible. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Where do you stay in the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos islands are located in a unique and remote part of the world, and to maintain an ecofriendly relationship with the environment, large modern hotels aren’t built. We prefer to stay in locally owned accommodation, which can be fairly rustic, to give you a better opportunity to meet the locals and gain a real understanding of life in the islands. We’re also lucky to be able to stay on land every night of the trip where as some operators aren’t permitted to do this.

Can I go diving and snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands?

Wetsuits are provided for diving and snorkeling – SCUBA is recommended for experienced divers only because of strong swells and currents. Snorkeling is equally as good. The diving option includes two dives (additional fee applies). Diving is “subject to conditions” for visibility and we have a qualified dive master on the trip.

Do I need a visa to visit the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos?

For the most up-to-date recommendations please check with your doctor or travel clinic, and always go with their recommendations, as these can often change. We strongly recommend that you see a doctor, preferably one with experience in travel medicine, at least 8 weeks before your trip starts to discuss appropriate vaccinations.

Can you help me find international flights to Ecuador?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Galapagos trips?

Accommodation

In Ecuador mainland you'll stay in hotels and jungle lodges, and on the Galapagos Islands you'll stay on dry land, meaning you're free to walk around each evening and get to know the residents of these famous isles.

Transport

Your transport will be a mixture of bus, plane, boat, bike and your very own two feet on our trips in the Galapagos. You'll spend most time on a boat in the Galapagos Islands as you make your way from island to island during the day. We have domestic flights included in our Galapagos Islands trips to shorten our travel times and to ensure you have the best experience possible. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals

All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. On the hiking portion of our trips (such as on the Inca Trail) we work with an outstanding team of cooks who will amaze you with what they can produce on a campsite miles from the nearest town. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed.

Trip leaders

Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting. In the Galapagos Islands you will be accompanied by a specialist Nature Guide, qualified to provide you with plenty of information about the species that make their home on the islands.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in the Galapagos?

Ecuadorian base ingredients are usually combinations of chicken, fish, shrimp, corn, potato, quinoa, rice and seasonal fruit. If you’re vegetarian or vegan your options may be more limited. Vegetarians should ask for un plato vegetarian (a vegetarian dish). Vegan choices may be limited though we’ll do our best to help find things you may like.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Ecuador/Galapagos?

The currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (USD)

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currency?

Your trip fare includes all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except any optional activities). We recommend bringing around US$100-200 with you, and have the option to withdraw more if required. 

ATMs are a convenient way of getting cash in Ecuador. In cities they are readily available but in smaller towns they may occasionally be out of order. 

Credit cards can be a great back up in Ecuador in larger establishments, but may not be accepted in smaller places. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted, whereas AMEX is less readily accepted. 

What altitude will we be at in the Galapagos?

Quito is located at 2,850m (9,350 feet) and the highest elevation reached in the Galapagos is 1,000m (3,300 feet). If you’re concerned about the altitude on your arrival into Quito, chat to your doctor about a Diamox prescription or consider taking alternative treatments of ginkgo or Oxyshot/Oxishot.

What language do they speak in Galapagos?

Spanish is the main language of Ecuador with English being spoken in some hotels, airports and tourist areas but not everywhere. Your Active Adventures South America trip leader will be there to translate for you in most scenarios though it’s worth learning a few basic Spanish phrases before hand!

What time zone is Ecuador and the Galapagos in?

The Galapagos & Ecuador are in the Peru/Ecuador Standard Time. It is -5 hours behind of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in the Galapagos & Ecuador?

Ecuador operates on a 110V AC system and uses the same type of plug as the USA (two vertical prongs side by side)

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regular access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at some of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, usually for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive, though it may be sporadic.

What is the weather like in the Galapagos?

There are two main weather seasons in Ecuador – the rainy season and the dry season - but these vary depending on your region, as the unique geography means the weather can be very localized, and the temperature will change with your elevation. There are four main geographical areas of Ecuador as follows.
Galapagos: The islands have two distinct seasons. The warm/wet season from January to June, where there can be strong but short periods of rain, but it’s generally sunny and warm. The cool/dry season which lasts from July to December when water temperatures can be chillier and a misty precipitation known as garúa surrounds the highlands. From July to October the seas can be a little rougher, so if you’re prone to sea sickness bring some ginger tablets or something similar.
Highlands/Quito: The climate here is often described as one of ‘perpetual spring’, with warm days and chilly nights and little variation of temperature around the year. June to September is the dry season here, with the wetter months being December to March. Higher altitudes mean average temperatures are very cool, especially at night. Rain can happen in any season, so quality rain gear is essential.

What is El Niño?

Every three to seven years, for a period of anything from 6-18 months, the normal climatic pattern is dramatically disrupted. There is no 'sea of confusion' about temperature zones when El Niño swells into Galapagos waters. The sea becomes uniformly tropical, which for most creatures reliant on phytoplankton-rich oceans is a catastrophe of dire proportions. The cool Cromwell and Humboldt currents that nourish life vanish, replaced by warm, clear waters that are almost entirely devoid of phytoplankton. Starvation hits whole populations, often whole species, with astonishing mortalities. In the last 40 years there have been 5 big El Niño events in the Galapagos, the last one in 1997-8.

What books could I read to learn more about Galapagos?

Here’s our list of recommended books to read before your trip with us and also great books to bring with you!

  • 'Charles Darwin Slept here' by John Woram - The book focuses on the human history of the Galapagos Islands, all the way from a to z.
  • 'Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands: An Identification Guide' by Andy Swash - Simple, easy to use pocket field guide with excellent photos for identifying species throughout the archipelago. Encompasses all the birds, mammals and reptiles that a visitor might encounter.
  • 'The Galapagos: A Natural History' by Henry Nicholls - Great book to read prior to visiting the Galapagos. Provides general and useful information regarding the history, geology, fauna, flora and conservation of the islands
  • 'Volcanic Galapagos Volcanico' by Theofilos Toulkeridis - The true rock star! Animals aside, Galapagos is a wonderland for geologists. Theo makes geology (with a focus on vulcanology) fun and easy to comprehend. Colorful images and plenty of photos, this book explains the unique geology of every island.
  • 'The Beak of the Finch' by Jonathon Weiner - while the book focuses on the field studies done by the Grants (Peter and Rosemary Grant), Weiner updates the history of the idea of evolution, examining it from its inception with Darwin all the way to the modern-day DNA era The book focuses on the meticulous study of over 20 generations of finches by the grants.
  • 'Flowering Plants of the Galapagos' by Conley K. McMullen - Botany of the Galapagos made simple. This is a great guide of the Galapagos flora, covering endemic, native and exotic plants with a detailed explanation of each species. Conveniently gives a list of plants likely to be seen at popular tourist sites. The introductory bit not only assists readers in knowing where to find specific plants but also provides insight about the ecology of the plants. Beautiful photos accompany the text as well
  • 'Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos' by Paul Humann - The best companion guide for snorkellers (keep in mind that non-snorkellers can use our glass-bottom boat) that are looking to marvel at the fascinating underwater creatures of the Galapagos. As an added bonus, the book also details the ranges and depths at which the fish are likely to be found. Definitely a must-have for all those willing to check out the underwater life of the Galapagos.

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