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About Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Come step into the lost world of Dr. Seuss as you paddle around the rocky coast of Isabela Bay, hike over ancient lava flows in the highlands of the Sierra Negra volcano and plunge into the Pacific Ocean at Kicker Rock to witness the underwater rush hour of marine life. There's probably nowhere else on the planet you can find such a variety and concentration of unique island creatures, like blue-footed boobies dancing on the rocks, vividly coloured Sally Lightfoot crabs scurrying underfoot, prehistoric-looking marine iguanas slipping in for a swim or giant tortoises slowing making their way through the lush forest.

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.

Back on the mainland, Ecuador is a diverse and compact, yet virtually undiscovered adventure playground. Until the rest of the world catches on to South America's best kept secret, you can cycle down one of the world's highest volcanoes, hike deep into the lush Amazon jungle to swim under waterfalls, explore its rivers by canoe in search of wildlife and hike up into Andean alpine tundra – all in relative solitude.


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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.

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