Galapagos adventure holiday

“A top selling ten day, small group adventure, hiking, snorkelling, cycling and kayaking around the Galapagos, staying on land, in small locally owned accommodations. ”

Highlights

Quito| San Cristobal Island | Underwater volcano Kicker Rock | Snorkeling | Floreana Island | Isabela Island | Tintoreras | Sea kayaking | Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano | Volcano Chico | Giant Tortoise Breeding Center | Wall of Tears | Santa Cruz Island

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Our top tip:
Travel light in terms of packing but heavy in terms of cash, with dollars welcome on all the islands.
Trip type:
Small group holiday.
Activity level:
Moderate with emphasis on fun not fitness. Min. age 10.
Accomm:
Small, standard 2* island hotels.
Included:
Accommodation, most meals, airport transfer on last day, transport, activity equipment, wetsuit, guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Galapagos adventure holiday

The Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979. It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary.

The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.

For every visitor we take to the Galapagos we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust www.gct.org who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands.

We are also an active member of IGTOA http://www.igtoa.org/, a non profit association of travel companies, conservation organizations, and other groups that seek a lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands. We lobby for conservation, fund projects, and promote and practice sustainable tourism.

The boats we use on our Galapagos adventure holiday are all locally owned and operated yachts, equipped to accommodate 10-16 passengers and accompanied by professional naturalist guides certified by the Darwin Research Station.

On our Galapagos adventure holiday give people free membership to the Conservation Trust, we have IGTOA membership who campaign to protect the islands, we employ local staff all the way one the trip, only use hotels owned by locals, all the food is sourced locally, we take people to locally-owned restaurants to help keep the money in the islands, we don’t use plastic bottled water, instead one huge cylinder is used to fill people’s own water containers so cutting down on use of plastics, lunches onboard served in tupperware containers which can be resused, no rubbish is left anywhere by us or guides. No wildlife is disturbed and we operate a strict policy leaving the animals and flora alone. We encourage people to donate to Rainforest Concern to offset the carbon emissions for this trip.

We are supporting two charities, the UK registered charity Amantani - which is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targeted help that is educational & sustainable - and Huchuy Yachaq, a Cusco-based project which we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A percentage of our income goes to support those projects.

Reviews of Galapagos adventure holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by

This has to be one of my best trips ever!! Highly recommended! The Galapagos has to be on everyone's bucket list! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2014 by

We feel we've had many 5-star holidays but this was certainly one of them. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2014 by

Very enjoyable....We hiked the Inca trail; catching sight of Machu Picchu through the cloud as we approached was spectacular! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2013 by

Snorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by

An incredible experience and privilege like no other Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2012 by

At first thought I would say the Bryde whale and her baby playing along side the boat but then well maybe swimming with the penguins!...This holiday was my gift to my daughter for her 21st birthday! I would say the best birthday ever!! Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2012 by

Pretty much all of it - it was fantastic. Maybe snorkelling with sharks and meeting a great group of people. A wonderful, passionate guide...The Best Ever. Literally. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by

The most memorable parts of this holiday were sea lions nibbling your knees, boobies all over the place nothing disturbed by our presence, swimming with both sharks and sea lions the fantastic crew and the food on board. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2012 by

For me, every day was a "highlight", not only because of daily changing activities and scenery, but also because of our daily discoveries of new endemic species (in both flora and fauna). The marine life however is definitely one of its kind! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was having ample opportunity to see most of the wildlife the islands are famous for, and to be able to get some amazing photographs. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was watching a pelican fishing from the black volcanic rocks next to the white sandy dunes of Isabella island, in the western part of the Galapagos. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2011 by

Swimming with sea lions, giving up my seat on the plane for a virgin in a box.....religious statue being transported! Flora and fauna....Absolutely fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2011 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was: The abundance of wildlife everywhere, the pristine water and the absolute scarcity of any obvious signs of pollution. It made me feel so much more optimistic about the future of the planet, at least in this small, beautiful corner of the globe. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2010 by

Swimming with rays, sharks and seal lions was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2010 by

Excellent...Snorkelling with penguins and sea-lions was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2009 by

The highlight for me was definitely the snorkeling, especially when there were sea lions about. I never thought I would be so enthusiastic about swimming with sharks! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2009 by

Snorkling with sharks, seeing a green turtle as soon as we got off the boat, the views of the volcano and seeing something new everyday were the highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2009 by

Most memorable were the fabulous wildlife in Galapagos, our terrific guide (Pablo) and the really great bunch of interesting people with whom we shared our vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2009 by

The most memorable parts were being able to see and get close up to the endemic animals of the galapagos, most notably the blue footed booby, marine iguana... Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2009 by

Excellent choice; really liked the land-based way to do it. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2008 by

We had a great time on the Galapagos. I really enjoyed the different mix of actvities and enjoyed staying on the islands themselves rather than on the boats. I felt that we had more flexibility by staying on the islands and got much more of a flavour of what life is like for the locals. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2008 by

The most memorable part was when I first saw a blue footed boobie and Lonesome George! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2008 by

The Galapagos Islands are something you must experience. This holiday gave a small group (13) of like minded people the opportunity to enjoy the island's wildlife and scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2008 by

Excellent. Often trips around the Galapagos are based on cruises. But this one also allows you to see the islands which are beautiful. There's so much wildlife going on. Dolphins, whales, sharks...giant tortoises and turtles. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2007 by

Snorkelling with juvenile sea lions was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2007 by

I would not hesitate to recommend the trip to anyone else who was thinking of going to the Galapagos, especially those who didn't like the concept of being 'stuck' on a boat for a couple of weeks cruising between the various islands and wanted a more 'active' trip with like minded people Read full review

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