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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 938 reviews)

    Condor 2018

    This IS the trip of a lifetime! The itinerary is excellent, including the highlights of Patagonia and more! Trip logistics are well planned and expertly executed. Our guide, Arturo was one step ahead at all times and clearly has developed relationships with all hotels, refugios, restaurants and especially our local guides, creating incredible, seamless travel. The local guides, Cem (Jim) on the W Trek, Christian in El Chaltan, our drivers and specific activity guides were all excellent and willing to share their knowledge and love for their countries. This trip was FUN, Arturo is fun and all the new friends we met on our trip were fun!!!
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    – Maine, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 938 reviews)

    Challenging and Fun!

    My trip to Argentina and Chile was more than I imagined it would be. I was in awe of the natural beauty of the areas we hiked in. However, the most important thing I take home with me is the personal relationships I formed with my group, especially my leader, and now friend, Mayra Callo. She was amazing. I am a "beginner hiker" so her patience and close attention on the harder treks was appreciated! She knew so much about the area and it was a pleasure learning about South America from her. In addition, her personality made all of us feel like family, with Mayra being the Mother :) She took great care of all of us. We all had so much fun together...it was sad to leave. Anyone who has any reservations about booking a trip should just do it! They won't be disappointed!!
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    – New Jersey, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 938 reviews)

    Awesome

    Just returned from two weeks travelling with Active Adventures in Patagonia and it could not have been better. The scenery was spectacular, the days and evenings varied and interesting and we ate and were treated like royalty. Everything was first class on our trip including our tour leader Arturo Rojas who was professional and just awesome in every way. We had a group of 15 trekkers and we very quickly became fast friends. I'm sure there are many companies out there but from my experience I don't think you can go wrong with Active Adventures. I'm already looking forward to my next trip with them.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Condor, January 2017
  •   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

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