Ecuador's jaw-dropping landscapes provide a haven for outdoor adventure. Of the many tours in Galapagos, this itinerary is geared for active explorers. Kayak with sea lions, hike active volcanic craters, horse ride through green wilderness, snorkel into a mystical Galapagos world, and share your journeys with incredible wildlife. Split across mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos, as this multisport adventure...
Quito - Relaxing Arrival to Ecuador
Flying over Quito can be a magical experience, snow-capped mountains glistening from the plane window as you touch down beside the first ever World Heritage Site. Get picked up from the airport as you descend into the city. 17th-century plazas dominate the serene city center, the perfect place for a relaxing drink and watching the world stroll by. Settle into the city and nip into its heritage buildings, like bishop's courtyards converted to cafes and the gold leaf interior of La Compania. The central streets are easy to explore on foot, and there's always a new building or cafe that grabs your attention. With so much adventure coming soon, today is simply about relaxing in the city and acclimatizing to the gentle atmosphere of the country.
Quito - Hiking Pichincha Volcano
Cuicocha Crater Lake - Mountain Biking Through the Highlands
Imbabura - Biking Through the Villages of Yesteryear
Day 5 - 6
Imbabura - Horse Riding Adventures in Verdant Valleys
Galapagos Islands - Dramatic Wildlife Introductions to the Galapagos
Galapagos Islands - Bike, Kayak, and Snorkel San Cristobal
Galapagos Islands - Snorkeling Adventures in the Eastern Galapagos
Galapagos Islands - Hiking the Rim of the World's Second Most Active Caldera
Galapagos Islands - Relaxed Day Filled with Galapagos Wildlife
Galapagos Islands - Departure
- Hike along the rim of the world's second most active volcanic caldera, Sierra Negra in the Galapagos Islands
- Ride presidential horses through the Ecuadorian wilderness at Hacienda Zuleta, the private trails taking you into condor-filled valleys
- Explore the Galapagos Islands and come face to face with iconic wildlife like red-footed boobies, magnificent frigates, and fur seals
- Kayak through Pacific Ocean bays filled with sea lions, Galapagos penguins, and white-tip reef sharks
- Spend two days mountain biking through Imbabura, taking trails through ancient villages and dramatic mountain vistas
- Take snorkeling adventures through surreal tropical worlds and encounter the eclectic beauty of Galapagos marine life
- Wander up the slopes of Pichincha Volcano and gaze across at the exploding craters of the country's other volcanos
- Discover the wonder of the Galapagos by spending six days on three very diverse islands
The Ecuadorian landscape revels in its primitive beauty. Volcanic craters spurt out the flames of fire, vast green valleys are graced by critically endangered condors, and marine worlds collide around the Galapagos Islands. It's a haven for outdoor adventures, as the possibilities are endless. In this multisport adventure tour in Galapagos, hiking trails take you to alpine peaks, kayaks are surrounded by playful sea lions, biking trails connect ancient villages, and horses gallop through vast natural reserves. Every trail is dotted with endemic scenes, whether it's the indigenous villages or the flamboyant nesting grounds of seabirds. While the theme of this vacation is adventure, the collection of luxury accommodation offers a complementary elegance and tranquility. From the snow-capped highlands to underwater reef walls, different activities offer different angles. Become immersed in an eclectic world, where each adventure provides a sublime slice of the country's disparate ecosystems. Consider reading for yourself what other travelers had to say about the breathtaking journeys they experienced in their Galapagos travel reviews.
Over these 12 days, you split your time between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. See the city of Quito from above as you hike Pichincha Volcano, a towering cone that also offers views onto the country's active volcanos. Head into the Andean Highlands and Imbabura on day three, where a two-day mountain bike trip connects ancient villages and staggering mountain vistas. Stop for coffee at quaint 18th-century plazas, meander into remote valleys, and discover an Ecuador that's far off the beaten trail. Rest the legs at Hacienda Zuleta, your base for nights four to six. This luxury accommodation was the weekend home of former Ecuadorian presidents, and its paddock of horses reflect discerning tastes. Choose your ride and enjoy two days of tailored horse riding through the hacienda's private reserve, with condors and spectacle bears found in the forests.
On day seven you fly to the Galapagos Islands where your time is split across three distinctive islands. Have a gentle introduction to the archipelago by visiting Punta Pitt, a world-famous birding site that's full of three booby species and magnificent frigates. You then hike, bike, and kayak across San Cristobal Island, an adventure that encounters giant tortoises, sea lions, and a huge array of the archipelago's iconic characters. Throughout these six Galapagos days, there are numerous snorkeling opportunities. Along the abundant reefs, you'll see a huge variety of tropical fish plus the greats of the ocean: rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, and even penguins.
Travel to Isabela Island on day nine where a unique highlight is to hike around the crater of the world's second most active volcano, Sierra Negra. Follow the trail to another active volcano and then admire how the lava flows blur into lush green highlands filled with giant tortoises. Dolphins and whales can be spotted from your lodge balcony, and there's further opportunity to kayak and snorkel in vibrant bays. Finish the trip on Santa Cruz Island, via a stopover at North Seymour. This is another of the Galapagos's most sublime wildlife spots and provides an endearing final memory of the trip.
$8,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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