Galapagos Islands Tours

Galapagos Island Hopping, 'Active' Style

There are dozens of tour companies out there offering Galapagos Islands tours - there have been for ages. But, the vast majority of these operators use a cruise ship, which is fine if you're looking for a luxury tour and you're happy to visit the Islands without really experiencing the Islands. Sure, on a cruise ship you'll get to eat western food, you'll get to snorkel and dive and you'll probably have a western guide. But it's what you don't get to do, that we reckon sets us apart.

Our approach has always been to immerse ourselves in the local community and in the Galapagos Islands, that's no different. We're very lucky to have a team on the ground in San Cristobal, so around the clock we have a connection with the local people. We hire the very best naturalist guides, most of whom were born and have grown up on the various Islands, and we run a 10-day trip called the 'Tortuga' that blends the iconic experiences on and in the ocean, with the lesser-known, but equally impressive land-based activities.

Really happy we did the land based tour

“This trip exceeded our expectations. I am so happy that we went on this trip via land vs. sea. This way we were able to learn about the local communities that help ensure the longevity and beauty of the area. Our guide, Pablo, made the trip excellent. His knowledge and love of the area is infectious. ”
New York, United States
Tortuga, March 2014
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Active Adventures Galapagos boat 

Our style of Galapagos Islands touring is known as 'Island hopping', so we use smaller boats, such as the one pictured above, to journey between each Island and also between some of the very best diving and snorkelling spots. Having a smaller boat is not only friendlier for the environment and marine life, but it also enables us more maneuverability. Each night we stay on land, in locally-run, comfortable lodgings and here you get to experience laid back 'island life' - play volleyball with the locals at Beto's Bar and watch the kids surf along the gorgeous coastline. Our travellers often comment how glad they were to have chosen a land hopping adventure tour over alternative options. 

Hiking Sierra Negra Volcano

 

"Make it happen and you absolutely will not be disappointed"

“The Galapagos Islands turned out to be everything you hear about and more! My style of travel has never been geared towards tours or trips (EQ Type: Authentic Experiencer), however I signed up for the Tortuga trip last minute to join my parents and couldn't have been more pleased! Being a land-based tour vs. boat tour we were able to support the local economies on the various islands we visited while experiencing the authentic and incredible wildlife and landscapes the Galapagos has to offer. We got to enjoy a variety of local restaurants rather than eating the same buffet meal similar with other tours and stay in a range of different accommodations along the way. Our tour guide Pablo however, really made the trip and I am not sure if it would be quite as amazing without him. The passion, knowledge and love he has for the Galapagos Islands glimmered through every day we were with him and his smile shared with each new experience was priceless. The only disappointment of the trip was that it would have been good to know extra activities such as diving, are non-refundable if a illness or anything else comes up last minute as they often do and it may have affected our choice to opt out earlier. Saying this, I would very strongly recommend the Tortuga trip to everyone. If you every have the chance to visit the Galapagos Islands, make it happen and you absolutely will not be disappointed. Each day we were left amazed and utterly shocked at how much we were able to see and do with each activity. I have traveled to some pretty spectacular places around the world but this trip is a once in a lifetime experience. - Myla xo ”
British Columbia, Canada
Tortuga, December 2016
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Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16233 reviews)

    Jaguar, November 2016

    This trip truly was an 'active adventure', and exceeded my expectations in so many ways.
    Peru is such a beautiful country, rich in history, and culture. All of our guides were superb, but Erick as our trip host absolutely made this trip worry free, a true learning experience, and SO much fun! If it's all in the details, Erick and Active covered them all and more!
    I arrived as a solo traveler and left having made friends and memories that I will treasure always.
    Thank you Active Adventures, until next time!
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    – British Columbia, Canada
    Jaguar 2017, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16233 reviews)

    Barb's Review

    Our guides (we had 2 because of the split of trail that the team choose to take) were very knowledgeable, attentive, and extremely personable and made the trip wonderful!
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    – California, United States
    Jaguar 2017, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16233 reviews)

    Better than expected

    I had done one group tour before and lots of hiking with my local hiking club, but this tour was beyond what I was expecting. The people, the guide, the coordination and logistics - all were fantastic and well done. Of course, what truly made the trip was the amazing location and breathtaking adventure.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Condor, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16233 reviews)

    Condor

    This trip was excellent. The guides were fantastic (super friendly and great with seamlessly managing various ages of people and fitness levels), it was very well organized and the weather held all but two days of the entire trip allowing really amazing views of most mountain vistas. A real must for the bucket list.
    Kathleen Christians Review Image
    – Wisconsin, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16233 reviews)

    Whoa! What an incredible trip!

    There aren't any words that could properly prepare you for what is in store. Patagonia was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    Cynthia was an amazing guide, she took such good care of us! She routinely went above and beyond to ensure we were safe, happy, healthy and well fed. What a gem she was! And on top of being great at her job, she's just an awesome person, fun, smart, flexible, just the kind of person you want touring you around the edge of the earth for 2 weeks.

    The trip itself was absolutely breathtaking. No photo could do that place justice. The W trail was an amazing hike full of ever changing views (and lots of wind!). Definitely, pay the extra to do the Grey Glacier hike! It was a trip highlight!

    Get ready to take your jacket on and off more in one day than you would over the course of a month back home :) Everything they say about the weather is true. You are at the mercy of the elements, but for the most part, we lucked out with weather (and when we didn't Cynthia always had a plan B).

    I'm so glad we did this! We will definitely be touring with Active again. Those folks do a stellar job of setting you up for an exciting adventure.
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    – Washington, United States
    Condor, December 2016

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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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