Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Adventure Tours
Come explore one of South America's best kept secrets with us!
Ecuador (which includes the Galapagos Islands) may be one of the smallest countries in South America, but its diversity might surprise you. This destination offers everything an adventurer could want including distinctive wildlife, world-class snorkelling and scuba diving, dense Amazon rainforests and magical cloud forests to hike in, lively markets to explore and a charming world heritage listed capital city.
We've got the best way to explore the Galapagos Islands - especially for landlubbers - and while you're in this part of the world, you won't want to miss the hiking, rafting, biking and caving on our mainland Ecuador adventure tour 'Tapir'. Did we mention a mild spring-like climate year-round and incredibly welcoming locals?
Tortuga Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure
- 10 Days
- Galapagos And Ecuador
- From US$4999
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.
Tapir Ecuador Volcano and Jungle Adventure
- 7 Days
- Galapagos And Ecuador
- From US$2999
For an extraordinary way to see mainland Ecuador, the 'Tapir' is packed with exciting and varied activities, wonderful scenery, and the chance to meet the local people. On this Ecuador adventure tour you’ll hike through virgin Amazon rainforest, around high volcanic plateaus and the fertile highlands surrounded by ‘The Valley of Volcanoes’. You’ll cycle down Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, visit an indigenous family, and soak in hot springs in an incredible Ecuadorian highland setting. You’ll go on a waterfall hike in the Amazon jungle, and explore Quito – Ecuador’s cosmopolitan and colonial highland capital city – it’s all here!
Iguana Peru and Galapagos Explorer
- 13 Days
- From US$7599
Our 13-day ‘Iguana’ trip has been a long time in the making. Inside two weeks, you’ll experience the absolute best that Peru and the Galapagos Islands have to offer. You’ll travel in comfort and style, get off the beaten track, stay in fantastic locally owned accommodations, meet the locals and experience some of the world’s most iconic landscapes and monuments - all in typical Active Adventures style of course. You’ll cycle into the Sacred valley of the Incas, hike the Huchuy Qosqo Trail, experience Machu Picchu and explore the wonders of Cuzco. And that’s just Peru! After flights north to Quito, you’ll head to the Galapagos Islands where you’ll snorkel with seals, hike around one of the world’s largest volcanic craters, sea kayak near Isabela Island, get up close to all manner of wild creatures and relax on isolated beaches. If you’re only likely to visit this part of South America once in your life, we’ll make sure it’s a trip that you never forget.
Island Hopping in the Galapagos Islands
Step into Darwin’s laboratory on our 10-day, fully guided Galapagos Islands Land and Sea Adventure 'Tortuga'. Unique to Active Adventures, on this trip you’ll hop between the islands, getting the best of both worlds; Each evening you’ll meet the locals and gain an appreciation for an 'islander' lifestyle, and each day you’ll set off to explore the 'enchanted isles', by boat, on foot or by bike.
Land-based tours are the way to go!
Galapagos Snorkelling and Diving
When it comes to underwater discovery, there's no other destination on earth like the Galapagos Islands. With 20 islands in the entire archipelago, and its unique position – a few degrees from the equator and at the top of the fertile Humbolt current – you could call it the Amazon rainforest of the ocean! So it's no surprise that snorkelling or diving should be at the top of your list when you come down on your trip. A snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos is a great opportunity to see sea lions at play, and feeding on fish, while a scuba diving or snorkelling descent of the vertical walls of Kicker Rock reveals a world dominated by schools of tropical fish, sea turtles and reef sharks as they circle the walls of this incredible underwater volcanic cone. By contrast there're also areas off Isabela Island with shallower rock outcrops. Las Tintoreras is a rock pool area famous for its crystal clear water, abundance of marine iguanas and sting rays. It goes without saying that dolphins are an inevitable part of any Galapagos Islands adventure too – whether you see them from above the surface of the water, or below!
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Ecuador Volcano Activities
We keep saying this sort of thing, but here we go again, and we like to call a spade a spade – When it comes to volcanoes, there's no better place on the planet than Ecuador. Despite being one of the smallest countries in South America, there are no less than 30 volcanoes in Ecuador. There's a reason why it's named "The Avenue of Volcanoes". With all those steep inclines dotted around this amazing little country, there're endless opportunities for adventure in all sorts of ways – volcanoes are another way of nature telling us to get outside and explore. For an exciting way to experience one of Ecuador’s volcanoes, a bike ride down Cotopaxi is a must do. Starting at 15,000 feet, and finishing at 11,000 feet, this ride has incredible views! Further down the valley of the volcanoes, Tungurahua volcano dominates the skyline overlooking the stunning town of Banos – a perfect place to explore the river valleys, hiking trails and cloud forests all created in some way because of Tungurahuas presence. All you need is gradient and water to provide the perfect playground for hiking, biking, rafting, hot springs and much more – and thanks to Tungurahua you'll find it all here.
Ecuador Jungle Trips
The Ecuadorian Andes mountain range drops down steeply into the Amazon Basin, so the lines between "jungle" and "mountain" are invariably blurred here. Ordinarily in other countries, their Amazon regions are difficult to get to (unless you fly), and for the most part, are flat. Again, the gradient and water phenomena comes into full effect, making Ecuador’s Amazon region here arguably the very best for adventure exploration. Along with the opportunities to see all manner of wildlife in the Amazon, it's even better to experience it while on a hike through the waterfall canyons, or traversing a ridge overlooking the Rio Napo, and out to the Andes not far to the west. With easier access to many parts of the Ecuadorian Amazonian basin, you also don't have to go far to visit an indigenous community.
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Why travel with Active Adventures?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.