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This Galapagos adventure is a week-long thrill-packed outdoor adventure! Snorkel, kayak and hike amid one of the world’s most unique ecosystems with an exceptional array of wildlife that will captivate you just as it first did Darwin.
The Galapagos Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 km from the South American coast straddling the equator. The archipelago is a mix of large and small islands and 107 islets and rocks covering about 8000 square kilometres. The islands are volcanic and some volcanoes to the west of the archipelago are still active. Many species exhibit fearlessness, largely due to the lack of natural predators. The wealth of biodiversity have made the islands a World Heritage site.
Famously, Darwin was influenced by the Galapagos in his concept of evolution and studied its plant and animal life extensively; such as finches, iguanas and giant tortoises. Day Boat tours show the dolphins, sea lions and whales that circle the islands and closer to shore there is sea-kayaking and snorkeling. Guided hikes take in the flora and fauna of islands where no human hand has left its trace.
This tour offers a week of wildlife combined with outdoor sports in the incomparable surroundings of the Galapagos Archipelago. You will hike and mountain-bike through dry forest lowlands and the lakes of the highland interior to visit the Galapagos’ giant tortoise and see the incredible birds that stimulated Darwin’s evolutionary theory. You will explore the craters and tunnels created by volcanic activity in the region and even visit an active volcano!
Not content to keep you on one island, you will take a fast boat over to another two locations over the week where you can enjoy more excellent kayaking and snorkeling opportunities among rays, sharks and tropical fish. A bilingual guide will help you explore the coastline’s white sand beaches, mangroves and lagoons.
A Galapagos adventure is what David Attenborough would ask for at Christmas! The diversity of species is astonishing and nature-lovers, especially ornithologists, will be in their element. Those who enjoy the physical side of outdoor pursuits will be amply rewarded by the water-sports and biking that this trip offers. Trips to the remote Galapagos are a once in a lifetime experience with a price to match, so groups of younger people might find it less affordable than older groups.
The physical activities are adaptable to your requirements and there is nothing too challenging for someone of average fitness. Beaches and bars will cater for those looking to combine a bit of nightlife and sun-tanning with this marvellous nature trip. Groups are a maximum of 8 people.
Fixed departure dates are guaranteed and are available for singles and couples at a much reduced rate than a private departure. Please note, the airfare from Quito to the Galapagos is not included in the price and can be arranged separately. It costs $363 in the low season (May - June, Sept - Oct) and $416 in the high season.
Private departures are available for a minimum of two people. Price quoted is for two people and reduces for larger groups. Prices do not include flights from Quito to the Galapagos which can be arranged separately and cost $363 in the low season (May - June, Sept - Oct) and $416 in the high season.
We very much enjoyed our trip and met great people on our guided tour. The combination of sea kayaking/biking/hiking/diving etc really suited our penchant for activity holidays. The hotels were basic but absolutely fine, the food great and the Island to Island transfers exciting. You cannot help being impressed by the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. We combined it with a visit to Quito where we did an awesome mountain bike ride down the slopes of Cotopaxi, then managed to climb the same mountain over the next 2 days - 19,000 feet!
I would thoroughly recommend this holiday as organised by Tourdust!
That's our second great trip with this company.
John Donald reviewing Galapagos Adventure