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Galapagos watersports and giant tortoises

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Go kayaking, snorkelling or paddling in crystal clear waters, and visit a giant tortoise reserve.

This fun activity is a great experience at any time during your visit to the Galápagos,  and a good choice for you when you first arrive in the archipelago, as you plunge straight in to an adventure on the water where you’ll make your first acquaintance with wildlife above and below the surface.  

The Itabaca Channel separates Baltra, where the international airport is located, from Santa Cruz Island. There, under the watchful supervision of qualified guides, you can go kayaking, snorkelling or riding a stand-up paddle, all the time enjoying the opportunity to observe up close wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea -lions, brown pelicans, herons and white-tipped reef sharks. Glide through red mangrove forests and along rocky lava cliffs fringing water so clear you observe marine life scuttling through the shallows.

After a couple of hours on the water and then head up into the verdant highlands of Santa Cruz Island to view giant tortoises grazing in the wild. 

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  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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