Galapagos Islands Active Adventure

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Trip Overview

Duration

11 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Camping
Hiking
Kayaking
Snorkeling
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Moderate

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Sea Lions and the Sleeping Lion

Experience the Galápagos from a front row seat—the cockpit of a kayak! This itinerary allows for a very intimate discovery of the islands. We paddle and dog-paddle in the company of green sea turtles and playful sea lions. The sights above and below the water are unmatched. On this adventure, we camp for two nights on Manglecito Beach, hike Frigatebird Hill and snorkel in the shadows of the “sleeping lion” (León Dormido). We check off all the Island faves: the blue-footed and masked boobies, frigatebirds, prehistoric marine iguanas, lava herons, giant tortoises and curious penguins.


Paddle with Penguins

Eagle Rays and Sun Rays

Poke around biodiverse tidal pools, swim in Tortuga Bay, kayak deep into the mangroves and walk along powder-white beaches. We visit Isabela Island’s Tortoise Breeding Center and a wild tortoise sanctuary on Santa Cruz. This trip offers all the feels: underwater caves, active volcanoes, eagle rays, sun rays, sea stars and the pinprick of stars overhead.

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This was an amazing trip! Every last detail and logistic was considered and taken care of! We had no worries! Ali and Janni were phenomenal guides—both so knowledgeable and fun! Thank you for an experience of a lifetime!”

Brenda K.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival

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  • Day 2

    Into the Galápagos

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  • Day 3

    Kicker Rock

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  • Day 4

    San Cristobal Island

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  • Day 5

    Highlands of Santa Cruz

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  • Day 6

    Tortuga Bay Beach

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  • Day 7

    Sierra Negra

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  • Day 8

    Tuneles and Finado

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  • Day 9

    Isabela’s Tortoises

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  • Day 10

    Farewell

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  • Day 11

    Quito Onwards

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Return domestic flights from Quito (UIO)–San Cristobal (SCY) and Baltra (GPS)–Quito (UIO) ($600 USD value)
  • checkmark icon One-night pre-trip hotel stay at Wyndham Quito Airport (considered Day 1 of trip)
  • checkmark icon Two nights camping on Manglecito Beach and all gear
  • checkmark icon Seven nights’ double occupancy in hotels
  • checkmark icon Park permit ($100 USD)
  • checkmark icon TCT – Transit Control Card ($20 USD)
  • checkmark icon Isabela arrival tax ($12 USD)
  • checkmark icon Awesome female guide and sea kayak expert
  • checkmark icon Expert Galápagos naturalist guide
  • checkmark icon Three days sea kayaking (six nautical miles/day)
  • checkmark icon Volcan Sierra Hike
  • checkmark icon Entry to Tortoise Breeding Center and Santa Cruz Sanctuary
  • checkmark icon Snorkeling excursions and equipment
  • checkmark icon Ground transportation (private group transfer by boat between islands)
  • checkmark icon Nine breakfasts, eight lunches, eight dinners and snacks 
  • checkmark icon Optional Upgrade (Amazon Rainforest Extension) includes the following:
  • checkmark icon Return airfare from Quito–Coca-Quito
  • checkmark icon River transportation to Coca–Napo Wildlife Center
  • checkmark icon Entrance to Yasuni National Park and parrot clay licks
  • checkmark icon Engaging bilingual community and naturalist guide
  • checkmark icon Poncho and rubber boots
  • checkmark icon All excursions and activities, as described in program
What’s Excluded

Alcoholic beverages are not included in the meals provided. 

Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Single room upgrade, subject to availability.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

4-Day Amazon Rainforest Extension

Starting at $2,795 USD

Departure Dates:
Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2024 | Mar 16 – 19, 2024 | Apr 23 – 26, 2024 | Aug 27 – 30, 2024 | Oct 22 – 25, 2024 | Dec 3 – 6, 2024

Located in the racing heart of one of the most startling ecosystems on the planet, Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park spans nearly 2.5 million acres of lush Amazonian rainforest. Napo Wildlife Center is the only lodge within the park boundaries, and this vital biosphere reserve is the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. It’s also one of the most successful projects of community tourism in Ecuador!

This rare Amazon rainforest experience is an incredible wildlife and bird-centric immersion in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet!


What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Flight from Quito (UIO) to Coca (OCC) and return flight from Coca to Quito 
  • checkmark icon Three nights’ accommodation in shared rooms 
  • checkmark icon Single room upgrade, subject to availability

Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Canoe along the Napo River

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  • Day 2

    Parrot Clay Licks

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  • Day 3

    Napo Wildlife Center

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  • Day 4

    Napo River Sights

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Extension Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Quito, Ecuador (UIO) and finishes in Quito, Ecuador (UIO).

The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we kayak for hours at a time and hike over uneven terrain. New to paddling? While this trip is beginner friendly and your guides will lead you through a full orientation on the trip, we recommend you take a lesson or two with a local kayak outfitter beforehand. Yes, it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on strength you didn’t know you had and come out feeling like the goddess you are.

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

We would like you to be comfortable with the following: 

  • checkmark icon Paddling up to 7 nautical miles, up to 4 hours with breaks
  • checkmark icon Being in a kayak for extended periods of time 
  • checkmark icon Entering and exiting motorboats
  • checkmark icon Hiking on uneven terrain, up to 3.7 miles (6 km) in 2 hours
  • checkmark icon Not comfortable swimming? Please let us know!
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Moderate (Good level of fitness required. Trips are moderately challenging with an average of 4 to 6 hours of activity each day.)
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