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Why Active South America - Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

What makes our adventures so special?

An Active South America trip is no ordinary adventure vacation. We believe Ecuador's stunning scenery and wildlife needs to be experienced in the raw, not just seen through a bus or boat window.
Why Active South America - Galapagos Islands

We create the opportunity to explore Ecuador's culture, incredible scenery, wildlife and outdoor activities. We take people from all walks of life, who may or may not have a great deal of experience in adventure travel. We design trips that take you to extraordinary locations in the most breathtaking parts of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. To get there, we'll hike, bike, paddle, float and fly. You don't need to be extremely fit or active to come on one of our trips, but you need to be keen to get outside and experience Ecuador's incredible scenery in an active manner!

Our small size and local contacts mean we have the flexibility to work with you to ensure your trip is the best fit possible and we can customise any trip to suit you. We offer a variety of small group adventures in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and we can put together any trip to accommodate any particular interest. One of the best things about travelling with us is that you have the opportunity to explore plenty of options everywhere we go.

We do some activities as a group, but there are always opportunities to get out and explore on your own. An Active South America trip is not a hiking tour, but we'll do some awesome hikes. It's not a cycling tour, but you can do some incredible rides. There are some great opportunities to go kayaking, snorkelling or diving in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, but you won't miss out if water sports aren't your thing. We try to minimise time on the road as much as possible and focus on enjoying our time in the great outdoors.
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We like to visit some exciting locations by bike, kayak or on foot but we also enjoy our creature comforts. Our days end with hot showers, clean rooms and nice meals. We even arrange rest days, where you can read a book all day or shop till you drop. Most important of all - our aim is to exceed your expectations and we will do all we can to make this vacation the best one you've ever had. We've worked hard to put together the best trips in the places we go to in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

 
 

Trip Reviews

  4.49 out of 5 (from 1936 reviews)

7 Day Jaguar Adventure

I have nothing but positive reviews for this week-long adventure of a lifetime (I would have loved to stay on for the full 14 day experience, but unfortunately work responsibilities limited my time away). As a seasoned solo traveler/hiker, and it being my 30th birthday week, I must rank this trip as my top guided-tour experience. Everything from the Lares Inca Trail experience (with its less crowded characteristics making it a much more attractive alternative to the Classic Inca Trail, at least to me), to the accommodations, the food (which can be catered to most anyone’s dietary needs, at least from what I experienced both first hand and from others in the group...still not sure how the chef/porters can transport all that fresh food and whip up such fantastic meals miles and miles from the nearest town!?), our tour leader Daniel and other affiliated guides and porters...quite honestly above and beyond what my original expectations were for the trip! I met several fellow hikers from around the world with whom I bonded and would now call lifelong friends, and have numerous photos and memories to last a lifetime! I would also like to mention that during our 4 day/3 night hike, we encountered several other hikers along the trail who were with various other tour companies (some of which I had researched prior to booking with Active Adventures), and were told several stories about various mishaps and/or negative experiences they were having with their tour leaders...perhaps we lucked out with our fantastic tour leader, but I definitely do not regret for a second my decision to ring in the third decade of my life with Active Adventures! I can’t thank you guys enough and will definitely keep you in mind for my next hiking adventure, wherever that may be :)
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– New Hampshire, United States
Jaguar 2017, October 2017
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Why travel with Active Adventures?

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

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

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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