Galapagos multi activity holiday

“A seven-day active adventure in the Galapagos, staying in premium eco lodges and hiking, kayaking and snorkelling to get close to nature, accompanied by naturalist guides.”

Highlights

San Cristobal Island | hike to Tijeretas | Carola Beach | Sea Kayak and snorkel the coast, Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock | Isabela Island | El Muro de las Lagrimas | Tintoreras islets | Hiking in Isabela Island’s Highlands | Santa Cruz Island | giant tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands| kayak Punta Estrada and Divine Bay | hike to Tortuga Bay | Charles Darwin Research Station

Description of Galapagos multi activity holiday

Experience an active adventure in the southern Islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. This land-based tour combines active excursions each day with first class hotels. You will kayak through clear seas, hike active volcanoes, snorkel waters alive with colour and movement and laze on beaches near to sea lions and marine iguanas. Diving in the world-class marine reserve is optional, but highly recommended. Every day brings plentiful opportunities for incredibly close encounters with Galapagos wildlife, from giant tortoises to tropical fish and even sharks.

This seven-day trip focuses on the Central and Southern islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela. The main highlights include hiking to the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela, paddling sea-kayaks in gin-clear waters past penguins or sea lion pups, mountain biking to the top of Santa Cruz in search of giant tortoises and snorkelling or scuba-diving through huge shoals of tropical fish.

Throughout the trip you’ll stay in high quality hotels with daily activities planned that are suitable for all levels. This weeklong program combines the best of the Galapagos – nature, wildlife, history and landscapes along with adventure and sports. You will visit places that cruise ship-based holidays cannot reach, sharing experiences with local people and learning more about the challenges of living on these islands. There are also plenty of options for extending your trip in Ecuador afterwards, or including this programme within a longer South American adventure. There are scheduled group departures or this trip can be tailor made.

This Galapagos journey will be led by a team of certified naturalists and adventure guides and supported by the highest quality adventure gear. Combined with the unequalled hospitality of the Opuntia eco-lodges, this tour adds up to the finest Galapagos adventure! In addition, take pleasure from the fact that this is also a socially and environmentally responsible tour that provides many benefits to local island communities.

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12 Jun 2017
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Responsible tourism: Galapagos multi activity holiday

Environment

Commitment to Sustainability:
We are committed to environmental sustainability. People come to the Galapagos to enjoy nature, and we must help ensure that this incredible environment remains pristine for many generations to come. Therefore, our local partners have been leaders in hotel sustainability on Galapagos is constantly looking to innovate. We invite you to review our following eco-practices, and if you have any comments or suggestions to please share them with us, as we understand that sustainability is an ongoing process.

Waste Management:
We do not sell any disposable plastic bottles here. We instead invite our guests to fill their water bottles from our jug of purified drinking water. If our guests do not have their own water bottles, they may purchase one from our reception desk or ask to borrow a drinking glass. We do sell bottles of beer and soda, but only in reusable glass bottles. The field lunches we prepare are packed in reusable hard plastic containers with metal silverware. We strive to produce zero plastic, paper, cardboard, or Styrofoam waste from these lunches. We separate recyclable glass and plastic from all our trash. We separate the organic waste from our kitchen to be used for future composing or livestock feed.

Water and Electricity:
Our table linens, towels, and bed sheets are preferably sun dried to save electricity. We use low-flow shower heads in order to save water. We use energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. We offer a towel reuse program, which gives guests the power to help us conserve water and electricity. We use motion sensors on our hallway lights, so electricity isn’t wasted when no one is present. We have a professional regularly check and maintain our air conditioning system to ensure that it remains energy efficient.

Our local tour operator is socially and environmentally committed to sustainable ecotourism practices. They proudly preside over ASEC (Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association), where they have the opportunity to contribute to Ecuador´s tourism industry both at an operational and political level. ASEC looks after the welfare of local communities through development initiatives and environmental conservation practices. They helped establish the first certification standards for nature-based hotels, and are currently in the process of becoming the first Ecuadorian operator to be Ecotourism certified by the new Smart Voyager for operators standard.

They also work closely with the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and abide by Leave No Trace camping and environmental standards.

If you are our guest, you can expect:
- To receive information to help you minimize your impact on local cultures, plants, and animals.
- That your trip costs and fees will contribute to the welfare of community members and the conservation of their natural environment, since we hire local guides and use local services.
- To travel in small groups to ensure minimal environmental impact.
- To avoid areas which are under-managed or over-visited.

Community

Our Galapagos trip is a land based program, rather than a liveaboard boat trip. The reason for this is that land programs directly benefit the sustainable development of the small Galapagos communities. These traditional fishing and small merchant towns have unsuccessfully struggled to forge a living amongst strict commercial and national park limitations. Although tourism is the logical development alternative, the great majority of Islanders have not been able to participate or benefit from off shore boat operators. Land tours are now revitalizing the local economy and allow Islanders to integrate themselves in the tourism economy.

Cleaning and Hygiene Products:
Our cleaning liquids are all biodegradable and are stored in reusable containers. We provide our guests with only biodegradable soaps and shampoos.

Launch of Carbon Neutrality Project:
Our partners have partnered with Hacienda Tranquila to work towards carbon neutrality by reforesting native trees. Casa Opuntia is funding the planting and nurturing of 10 endemic Matazerno hardwood trees each month, or 120 trees per year. After approximately 3 years since initial planting, each Matazarno tree we plant should absorb roughly 148 kilograms of CO2 per year. With help from the fact 50% of San Cristobal’s power comes from renewable wind energy, this reforestation project should make us carbon neutral by 2015. By 2016, Casa Opuntia should be sequestering more CO2 than it is emitting. These numbers are not perfect and do not factor in food or the shipping of products and supplies; however, this is merely the first phase in a larger sustainability initiative.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing some fantastic birds right up close. Three very different islands. Unique experiences on all. Particularly loved the kayaking out from Pelican bay on a Santa Cruz. Also fell in love with Isabela .....perfect to have the longer stay here.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The inter island flight (between San Cristobal and Isabela) only allows 10kg each in luggage (that includes hand luggage) so do try and pack light and wear your heavy shoes! You'll be charged about 3$ per kg for any extra.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely! Our guide took us somewhere different to eat lunch each day. And we chose to go to a different restaurant each night. We stayed in their hotels which is all helping to give locals employment. Conservation is of course, at the heart of this holiday!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a dream to one day get to the Galapagos and I am delighted I chose this holiday. The activities are great and probably manageable for everyone with a modicum of fitness. We learnt a lot from our guides not only about the animals, but also about the flora and fauna and geology.

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