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Environmentalism

Kermit the frog once sang the famous line: "It's not easy being green". We don't doubt that it was hard to be a famous frog, keep up a façade of wholesomeness and keep Miss Piggy at arms length. The façade of wholesomeness is all too common these days, and you'll find a million and one Galapagos tour operators proclaiming their list of environmental credentials to the world. While we go to great lengths to minimise our impact on our Galapagos Islands adventures, we're still very aware that our presence has an inevitable impact not only in the Islands themselves but also in the context of travel itself.

To address this we're committed to creating awareness in the trips we run in different parts of the world, and in particular, our Galapagos tours. You could come to the Galapagos Islands with a large tour company, on a large foreign owned boat, snap a few photos of iguanas, sea lions and blue-footed boobies with a foreign guide and go home not having gained much other than a full memory card. This isn't our style of course, so we've carefully thought through a few important issues that we can have some environmental control over and made sure these are part of all our Galapagos Islands adventures.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Awareness, then action, is the most important thing

We make it priority number one to highlight the challenges that flora and fauna face in the Galapagos Islands. From learning about the fragility of the Galapagos eco system, we've heard first-hand from many of our past clients about how their experience has changed them a little and applied what they've taken away from their Galapagos experience, to their own lives and community. Travel certainly has its impact, but it does open doors, so long as they're the right doors!

Small groups

If you were a marine iguana, or blue-footed boobie, your world would invariably be rocked if time and time again you repeatedly had large groups of people surround you at close proximity. We keep our groups small, and besides all the reasons why a small group is better, our impact is not nearly as invasive as a regular sized group touring the Galapagos.

Galapagos Islands Small Group Sierra Negra Volcano Hike

Highly trained conservation guides

Apart from all the advantages of being guided by the best trip leaders in the business, our guides are certified conservation leaders, who have had to go through years of training and certification to be allowed to take you to these incredible places and experience the flora and fauna. In their spare time they volunteer in conservation programs and participate in community initiatives to educate local people to look after their back yard. It also means you'll be better informed!

Keep it local

By staying in locally owned family accommodations, and eating locally sourced food it means the dollars and cents go back into the local community.

Blue-footed Boobies

The little things matter

It's the sum of the small actions that add up to a credible environmental effort, so we ask the people travelling with us to do their bit. That means having a 'no bottled water' rule – only refillable water bottles (don't worry – we refill them for you with clean drinkable water!), sponsoring local environmental efforts, minimising our usage of materials and recycling whenever we can.

There's no avoiding the fact that in order to feed our wanderlust we'll be jumping on planes that burn jetful from time to time, and that we do have an unavoidable impact on just existing here on the planet. But with a mindset focused on learning how to conserve our resources, we'll incrementally start to make a difference over time.

 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 938 reviews)

    Fantastic trip

    This was my first hiking trip, and I must say it was fantastic!!! Patagonia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been (and I travel a lot). I want to mention that you have to be in reasonably good physical condition to enjoy this trip. I am glad that I trained for it. Arturo, our tour guide and Catherine (the W Trail guide) were excellent. They also made sure that they accommodated my dietary requirements (gluten, diary, and soy free) on the W Trail, which is not an easy task. I enjoyed every moment of the trip. I will definitely book another trip with Active Adventures, now that I know how much I enjoy hiking and active trips.
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Condor, August 2017
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

    Excellant trip! I would come back and do it gain!

    Pepo was a wonderful guide. He made the trip special and was so accommodating and knowledgeable. Honestly one of the best trips I have ever taken!
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Tortuga, December 2016
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

    "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
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    – British Columbia, Canada
    Tortuga, December 2016
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Amazing Trip

    The Peru Jaguar trip we took in May, was the most exciting and adventurous trip we have ever made in our lives! At 70, I was skeptical as to whether I could complete the Inca Trail or not. With Johan's help and support, I not only accomplished my goal, but was extremely satisfied with our total active adventure trip. It seemed as if every time I turned my head, there was another exhilarating scene to photograph. The rest of the trip included the amazon rainforest, and spending the night with a local family on Lake Titicaca which was great. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to explore the world's unknown places that only a few select get to experience. Our guide Erick Farfan was an exceptional young man who went out of his way not just for us, but the entire group. I've never had someone so attentive to every detail to make all of us happy. His choice of restaurants allowed all of us to experience the local foods and were all very tasty. Kudos to Erick, Johan and the rest of the crew for making my experience once in a lifetime which I will never stop talking about.
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    – Texas, United States
    Jaguar 2017, June 2017
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 82 reviews)

    Peru and Galapagos Islands

    The two regions of this trip were so different. In Peru, learning about Inca history, seeing the structures that they built with minimal tools and that have survived for centuries and getting to spend time in small towns and interacting with local artisans was fabulous. The Galapagos Islands were a wildlife fest with snorkeling, kayaking and boat rides between islands and viewing sea "creatures" in the shallows and deep water. You also hiked volcanos and saw land tortoises, iguanas and the topography change as you go from lush to lava fields. Wonderful experiences
    Carol Miller Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Iguana, October 2016

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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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