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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. 

Galapagos Islands
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  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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    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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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    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.

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