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Galapagos Islands National Park

The Galapagos Islands National Park was established 1959 as Ecuador's first National Park, and in 1979 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park, which makes up 97% of the land area of the Galapagos Islands is situated in the Pacific Ocean around 1,000 km (620 miles) from the South American continent. These 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique 'living museum and showcase of evolution'

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Galapagos National Park

When you visit the Galapagos on one of our tours you'll learn first-hand from our local guides how the islands were formed and why they're a 'melting pot' of marine species. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents and isolated from the rest of the world, the islands provide a unique habitat for unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch. These animals inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835. 

All of our tour guides are local to the islands and have completed four years of study to become official Galapagos Islands National Park naturalist guides. This role is held in high esteem and often you'll find numerous members of a family, including different generations, all joining the park service. Their enthusiasm for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands is contagious and they play an integral role in educating locals and visitors alike. 

 

Tortuga

“The Galapagos exceeded my expectations! The tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions were everywhere and so accessible. Our accommodations were good and frequently located right on the beach. Wonderful seafood meals and entertaining companions. I highly recommend this trip. ”
Pennsylvania, United States
Tortuga, January 2014
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Galapagos National Park

 

Galapagos National Park Wildlife

More than 1,900 of the 5,000 species found in the Galapagos Islands are endemic (not found anywhere else on earth).  We firmly believe that the best way to see and experience wildlife, such as the iguanas, tortoise and birds of the Galapagos Islands is on a land-hopping tour. Rather than arrive by cruise and stay offshore, our Galapagos tours use local island accommodation and provide a mixture of land and marine-based activities, allowing our guests the chance to connect with the islands on a deeper level. You'll see seals lounging on the streets of San Cristobal, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see Giant Tortoises in the highlands, in their natural habitat. Offshore you'll kayak, snorkel and dive with marine iguanas, black-tipped reef sharks, manta rays and turtles, both at famous sites like Kicker Rock and in secluded bays near the main islands. 

Your guides will brief you on what's expected of visitors to the Galapagos National Park, but you can also find a full list of the park rules here.

 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    We did it! With style and fun!

    This was a bucket list trip of a lifetime! Active Adventures went above and beyond to make us comfortable, safe and we had a bunch of fun from the Andes to the Amazon!
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    – Oregon, United States
    Jaguar 2017, July 2016
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 82 reviews)

    2017 Iguana Trip

    The Peru portion of the trip was spectacular. Erick truly cares about the overall experience of his clients. He paid attention to all the details of the trip from the experiences of the country, the restaurants and the excursions. He didn't leave any stone unturned when it came to having fun and caring about his clients. I highly recommend Erick to anyone wanting to have a fabulous time in Peru.
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    – Florida, United States
    Iguana, September 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Active is the Word!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Condor adventure. I've been on a few of these hosted by other companies and I think Active Adventures is the best so far - a good value too. When you say all-inclusive, you mean it. We often ordered whatever we wanted right off the menu. Arturo and the other guides did a great job. The itinerary was excellent - I know because a few times we barely made the connection to a boat. There was little down time. Doing the W Hike in the first week is also key - We were fresh and ready then. The weather on our trip was not ideal. We totally missed seeing Fitz Roy, despite 4 days in El Chalten. Oh well. Mother Nature didn't cooperate. The only thing that would've made the trip better would be better accommodations at some of the refugios. I know you can't control this and there's not a lot of choice, but, boy, some of those shower facilities and bathrooms were just awful. I'm looking forward to hiking with you guys again soon. :)
    Henry Gorecki Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

    Everything I hoped for

    This was my bucket list trip and it did not disappoint! As a biology major, the main draw was the wildlife, the natural history, and scientific significance of the Galapagos but it was also so much more. Our guide, Pepo, led our small group on a journey of discovery while sharing his expertise and great sense of humor. Our fellow adventurers were so much fun and we bonded over great food, once in a lifetime experiences, and fun in the sun. I highly recommend Active Adventures and will most likely book another trip with them soon!
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    – Oregon, United States
    Tortuga, November 2016
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

    Happy to have chosen this trip

    There seemed to be so many choices of trips but Active Adventures attracted me with the fact it was land based Galapagos trip and included hiking, biking and kayaking. The trip exceeded expectations and I am very glad to have chosen Active Adventures. Food was great. Active Adventures staff was great. Activities were great, and to top it off everyone in our group was great. I am even more convinced now that a land based Galapagos trip was the way to go.
    Richard Harmon Review Image
    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, September 2016

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