Galapagos Multisport 10 days
Experience the famed volcanic Galapagos Islands with this action packed adventure! The islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact with the 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’ in the world!
- Visit the fish market
- Kayak searching for penguins
SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO
BIKING LAVA TRAILS
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES, RAYS, PENGUINS AND SEA LIONS
KAYAK TO VIEW WILDLIFE
TINTORERAS AND LAVA TUNNELS
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
Day 1: Quito
Accommodation: Dann Carlton or similar
Day 2: San Cristobal Island - Snorkel
Today we get ready to explore the most amazing archipelago on the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based his 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 a home beach and nursery for large Galapagos sea lions, we can spot them while snorkeling, as they are very curios and approach to swim next to you underwater. They may also be lazying over rocks or just lazy dozing in the sand. We also get to see yellow warbler birds, frigate birds, and several species of Darwin’s finches along the beach. In between 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 or similar
Day 3: Kicker Rock - Snorkel
Accommodation: Hotel Blue Marlin or similar
Day 4: Isabela Island - Bike
In the morning, hop to Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, and where the most of the volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island was formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf; five of them are still active which makes the island one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During our island crossing, be on the lookout for dolphins and whales (July to October).
In the afternoon, we will explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail on our bikes, taking us through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife including flamingos, marine iguanas and giant tortoises. We start with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the 1950s, 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 a plethora of bird life, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many other 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.
Flight time: 1 hour
Biking time: 3 hours total
Biking distance: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 200 feet (60m)
What to wear today: shorts, light t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.
Accommodation: Cormorant beach house or similar
Day 5: Isabela Island - Snorkel at Lava Tunnels
Explore the amazing formations of lava created by the last eruptions of the volcanic island along the seashore. This magical place has historically been filmed by BBC and National Geographic for their documentaries. It is a labyrinth of lava arches comprised of crystal clear water full of sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, sharks and more. The turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through "Los Tuneles". Here, we will have the best snorkeling opportunity with all these beautiful animals, including the curious Galapagos penguins playing around. Before or after the trip, you can enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling at "Concha de Perla", taking surfing lessons, biking 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 center located walking distance from the hotel.
Boat ride to the Lava Tunnels time: 1 hour each way
Snorkeling time: 2 times of 1 hour each
What to wear today: shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, sandals or tennis shoes, bathing suit, hat or baseball cap, sun cream, mosquito repellent, buff.
Accommodation: Cormorant Beach House or similar
Day 6: Hike Sierra Negra - Kayak and Snorkel at Tintoreras
After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trail head, we will prepare our backpacks for the 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 June 2018. Upon arrival, we take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, a caldera that is 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 formed the Galapagos Islands over millennia. In the afternoon we will visit Tintoreras Islet by kayak, 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, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves, is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Hiking time: 4 hours both ways
Hiking distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) (10 miles -16 km- optional to Volcan Chico)
Hiking elevation gain: 950 feet (289.5 meters)
Maximum elevation while hiking: 3687 feet (1124 meters)
Kayaking time: 2 hours
Snorkeling time: 1 hour
What to wear today for hiking: shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, rain jacket, hat, buff, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
What to wear today for kayaking and snorkeling: sandals, shorts, water long sleeve t-shirt, bathing suit, hat, sun cream, mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: Cormorant beach house or similar
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station - Hike with Giant Tortoises
Day 8: Santa Cruz Island Free Day - Optional Diving
Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar
Day 9: Flight Back to Quito
Day 10: Quito - Departure
- 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.
- Meals: 9 Breakfasts & 3 lunches. Allow USD 280 for meals not included.
- 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 $ 520 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
• 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 of 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
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 traveling 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.
Traveling 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. Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
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 respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some locations 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.
In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
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.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.