Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based

“Our only land based Galapagos holiday tailor made to your needs. Explore 5 islands, stay in island hotels and exercise land legs not just sea ones.”


Quito | San Cristobal | Kicker Rock | Isabela Island | Hike to Sierra Negra crater | Santa Cruz | North Seymour | Bartolome | Stay overnight on 3 islands

Description of Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based

land based exploration – responsible tourism – tailor-made - comfortable hotels – spectacular scenery – fearless wildlife – carefully paced – cultural interaction – off the beaten track - kayak and snorkel - bike and paddle board

Start your holiday with a day in the company of a local in Quito for an excellent introduction to the country as a whole.

Avoid the cruise boats and explore the Galapagos on this comprehensive land-based stay.

Visit five different islands for encounters with the emblematic wildlife: sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and much more.

Get active as you explore on foot, by bike, kayak and with snorkel to get close to the animals.

Get a more in-depth experience of the islands, combining spectacular scenery and wildlife encounters with a greater understanding of the human inhabitants of the Galapagos.

Relax in the knowledge you can set your own pace and tailor your days to suit you.

Perfect for active families, couples or friends, who prefer not to travel by cruise ship.

This is a particularly good choice for families with active children, and anyone who prefers to travel at their own pace rather than fit in with the schedule of a cruise.

Note: the Galapagos are a genuine year-round destination, so this itinerary can run any day of the year, and can also be adjusted to your needs.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Read up on the human history of the Galapagos before you go.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Reasonably active, but tailor made to suit your abilities.
3* hotels.
Accommodation, some meals, domestic flights, guides, transfers, activities & equipment.
Waterfront restaurants charge fortune. Go a few streets back for the real thing.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based


While they provide one of the best wildlife holidays in the world, the fragile nature of the Galapagos Islands means that each and every visitor should ensure that their visit does everything possible to maintain and preserve this stunning destination. Boats are very closely controlled by the Galapagos National Park Authority, which is one of the great advantages of cruising on the live aboard yachts in the islands. Land based tours of the Galapagos are subject to few such controls and can therefore be a source of some concern to those who care about a, and want to protect, the Galapagos Islands.

This therefore makes the choice of operator all the more important when booking a land-based holiday to the Galapagos instead of a cruise. Our local partners have impeccable credentials in working in sensitive environments and supporting local community projects which ensure responsible, sustainable and positive tourism.

All of your guides on this holiday are fully authorised and trained by the National Park Authority, so that you get the most out of your time on the islands, but also to ensure that the impact of your visit is minimised. The longer your stay on the islands, the better. Fewer flights means less risk of invasive species arriving into the islands and disturbing the unique native species.


It’s easy to forget that the Galapagos Islands have a significant human population (approximately 25,000), who live alongside the remarkable wildlife species. On a land based trip you are also going to have far more interaction with the human side of the Galapagos Islands, which makes for an arguably more ‘complete’ experience of the Galapagos. Many who travel by cruise boat spend no more than an hour or two in an inhabited town (such as Puerto Ayora), but on this trip, as well as in Puerto Ayora, you will stay in two much quieter towns, more like villages really. The holiday provides direct economic benefit to the inhabitants of the islands, as you stay in small, locally owned and run hotels and inns, eating out in a range of local restaurants.

Our local partners on this tour have both a commitment to the sustainable nature of the trip from a community perspective, as well as extensive experience of working with community projects in the islands. These projects include working with farmers and other workers to support non-exploitative means of income. They have a multi-award winning track record of working hand in hand with both local and indigenous peoples in Ecuador and Galapagos to create outstanding travel experiences which benefit both those in the visited-areas as well as the traveller.

Reviews of Galapagos activity & wildlife holiday, land based

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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 20 Sep 2015 by

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

All of it ! Surpassed expectations. Micromanagement by competent guides impressive. Just one guide did not speak adequate English ( on a boat tour )

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

Do not even clean teeth using local water.
Sea water can be quite cold ( especially at Kicker Rock). Wet suit hire is cheap and advisable for some
Good mosquito prophylaxis essential

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

Cannot really comment - I fear for the Galapagos with plans to increase tourism dramatically (200,000 -> 500,000 pa)

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

Excellent. Expensive but worth it

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