Fly to the Galápagos islands. 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, one of the world's most famous archipelagos, the Galápagos Islands lie in splendid isolation.
They emerged 6 million years ago from a spate of volcanic activity and are home to animal and plant species not found anywhere else on earth. The islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which formed the basis of his book 'On the Origin of Species'. They are home to giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, frigate-birds, waved albatrosses and blue-footed boobies as well as a wealth of rare flora.
We think that the freedom and flexibility of a land-based adventure will suit sport-loving visitors very well. You will visit 3 very different islands, hopping from one to the other by speedboat: an exhilarating experience in itself. For land-based travellers, the fascinating and unique wildlife and natural beauty of the islands are matched by the thrill of taking part in active adventures: hiking, kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddling (SUP), the latest trend in water sports: it's a lot of fun and ease of learning is the key to its popularity.
Upon your arrival in Baltra, your guide will accompany you to Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll journey up into the highlands to visit Los Gemelos (the Twins), two deep pit craters at 600m in the Salesia Forest, where you can observe Darwin's finches. Later, visit a reserve where Giant tortoises breed in natural surroundings. Continue to Puerto Ayora, where you speed boat will be waiting to take you to the island of Floreana.
Floreana is known for its colourful history of pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. Punta Cormorant has a golden beach which is a nesting site for green turtles (Dec-May). It’s adjacent to a salt lagoon favoured by wading birds (Pink flamingoes, pintails). Having checked in at your lodge there’s time to stroll to La Lobería. Watch the island’s famous sea lions in their natural habitat. Then, if the water’s warm enough there’s time for snorkelling and swimming in the calm waters, accompanied by sea turtles, rays and an array of colourful fish species.