Galapagos Multisport 10 days
Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands through this island-hopping tour! The islands offer endless opportunities to explore a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on earth. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve since countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such intimate contact with so much wildlife. The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness areas in the world!
- Kicker Rock
- Snorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks at Lava Tunnels
- Biking and Kayaking to view wildlife
- Staying on the Islands
KICKER ROCK AND SEA LIONS ISLAND IN SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
HIKING THE TOP OF SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO
BIKING LAVA TRAILS
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES, RAYS, PENGUINS AND SEA LIONS
TINTORERAS AND LAVA TUNNELS IN ISABELA ISLAND
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION IN SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS
ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
FREE TIME IN GALAPAGOS
RELAX ON THE WHITE SAND BEACHES
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip, please do a request with time in advance. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours, and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar visit website
Day 2: San Cristobal Island - Snorkel
Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species. We will board a morning flight from Quito to the island of San Cristóbal. Once arrived, we have a transfer to the hotel in the town of Puerto Moreno and a short briefing about the next days, before the adventure begins.
In the afternoon we will head to "La Loberia", which is both home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions. We can spot them launching over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin finches along the beach. Inbetween the rocks we can find marine iguanas, which you can only see in Galapagos. We also have the time to go for a refreshing swim, explore the waters with our snorkel equipment and enjoy the beach.
Accommodation: Hotel Blue Marlin visite website
Day 3: Kicker Rock - Snorkel
In the morning, we will take a speed boat to Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion (Leon Dormido) because of its resemblance. This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. Beneath the sea, the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish, such as rainbow fish, and sharks, like hammerhead-, reef- and white tip sharks. After lunch, we will visit Cerro Brujo, this island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions that will welcome us to their home with open fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Accommodation: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar visite website
Day 4: Isabela Island - Bike
In the morning, we will take a short flight to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported.
The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).
In the afternoon, we will head out on our mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the '50s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.
As we continue our ride along the coast, we will explore pristine, white sand beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas.
Before dinner we can enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the beach of Puerto Villamil.
Accommodation: Cormorant beach house or similar
Day 5: Isabela Island - Hike, Kayak & Snorkel
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, we prepare our backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history, our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.
Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. If we feel energetic enough, we can continue our hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millennia.
In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet, located at a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar
Day 6: Lava Tunnels - Snorkel
Today, we explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the Volcanic Island along the seashore. This magical place is been used by the staff of BBC /National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches inside the breakers with crystal clear water full of huge sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, fish, white tipped reef sharks and more. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Over here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguin playing around.
Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons or just relax on the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. We recommend you to take some time to visit the giant tortoise breeding centre.
Accommodation: Cormorant beach house or similar
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station - Hike with Giant Tortoises
In the morning we embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During our island crossing, we will be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October)
We will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about many of the endemic species we met during our adventure, as well as the ongoing conservation and management efforts on the Galapagos Islands, lunch is on your own and in the afternoon, we head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise, hiking through this beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! We also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike.
We can also observe frigate birds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. We return to Puerto Ayora to spend the evening in Galapagos' most populous town, your guide will help you organize a great last dinner on the Islands.
Accommodation: Silbestein Hotel or similar visite website
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island Free Day - Optional Diving
Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar visite website
Day 9: Flight Back to Quito
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar visit website
Day 10: Quito - Departure
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
Meals included: Breakfast
• Activities: Snorkeling in Kicker rock, La Loberia and the Lava Tunnels, Biking to the Wall of Tears, Trekking to the top of Sierra Negra active volcano, snorkeling and kayaking in Tintoreras, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, hiking in Santa Cruz highlands.
• Accommodation based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
• Transportation: Airport transfers (for domestic flights), Interisland flight from San Cristobal to Isabela, sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land transportation
• Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest.
• Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
• International flights
• Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip: estimated Budget $ 500 USD
• My Own Room supplement: estimated budget $ 710 USD
• Airport transfer (international flights)
• Travel insurance (mandatory)
• Meals not described in the itinerary: estimated budget $ 280 USD
• INGALA transit card: $ 20 USD per person, cash only (subject to change)
• Galapagos National Park fee: $ 100 USD per person, cash only (subject to change)
• Pier-use fee at Puerto Villamil: $ 10 USD
• Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: $ 8 USD per day per person
• Wetsuit for rent: $ 10 USD
• Tips for guides and drivers: estimated budget $ 140 USD
- In this journey you will experience a great diversity of Island ecosystems, including cloud forest, dry forest and withe sandy beaches. So please see the list below for what we recommend as packing list.
We recommend the use of a duffel bag (60 liters) for the main luggage and a daypack (20 liters) with rain cover for activities.
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL LIGHT!
NOTE.- For the interisland flight from San Cristobal to Isabela the weight limit is 25 pounds, for each extra pound the airline charges 1 dollar aprox.
• Travel insurance
• Airline tickets
• Credit or debit card
• 1 Buff
• 1 Fleece top
• 1 Rain jacket
• 4 Shirts/t-shirts
• 2 Long sleeve water t-shirt for snorkeling
• 3 Shorts
• 1 Long trousers or light hiking pants
• 2 Swimming suit
• 2 Extra formal clothing for the nightlife
• 1 Sport sandals (Chacos, keens or similar)
• 1 Flip flops
• 1 Tennis shoes
• 1 Watch or alarm clock
• 1 Binoculars
• 1 Insect repellent
• 1 Sun cream 50 SPF
• 1 Sun hat or baseball cap
• 1 Camera – waterproof if possible
• 1 Water bottle
• 1 Sunglasses
• First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2:45 hours each way from Quito to Galapagos. Regular size aircraft. About 140 passengers.
45 minutes from San Cristobal to Isabela. Small size aircraft. 9 passengers.
Pichincha and Galapagos
Quito City and Galapagos Islands National Park
BOAT TRAVEL TIME
2 hours from Isabela to Santa Cruz
45 minutes each way - Lava Tunnels
45 minutes each way - Kicker Rock
45 minutes Airport transfers in Quito.
45 minutes Airport transfers in Galapagos.
45 minutes each way to Sierra Negra
1 – 2 hours a day
3 hours total
Sierra Negra: 5 hours total
El Chato Tortoises Reserve: 1 hour total
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders, they all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have an amazing personality.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation
December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
From sea level (most activities) to 1 200m (3,937 ft -Sierra Negra Volcano)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Moderate to Challenge. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands, includes multisport activities, long hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkeling almost every day, sea kayaking to view wildlife, and biking mostly on flat roads.
Adventure and protective equipment, snorkeling mask, fins, life jackets, mountain bikes, helmets, kayaks and paddle.
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.