Galápagos Islands Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

You are drifting, a hand dangling into the cool water …the sky above you endless and azure. This is where Charles Darwin himself once made his astounding discoveries. Discoveries that may forever change our understanding of life as we know it. Our Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure is otherworldy!

Paddle in the water, you drift along Darwin’s Bay. Below the surface, you spy a sea turtle paddling gracefully beneath you. It’s emerald green shell flashes in the light as if in salute, reminding you of your oneness. You all came from the water, after all.

Being in Galapagos feels as if you are at the ends of the earth. The end of time. Where everything began, and where you now stand, snorkel in hand, waiting to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Your guides talk to you about Darwin’s theories. His own adventures there on the archipelago, way back in 1835. You think of Darwin the man, observing the blue-footed boobies. You grin as lava lizards dart for cover. And you widen your eyes at the cortes rainbow wrasse, pinching yourself with disbelief at their riot of colour. They are like swimming birthday parties.

You dine with local fisherman, Jose and Maria, in the warm light of their home. You stand at the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano – an extension of the wild earth. Your muscles are alive and pulsing with energy after several miles of sea kayaking, where the wild herons watched you, noble and stern.

You know this land is revered by the scientific world. More than any other place on Earth, the Galápagos Islands are the workshop of evolution. And yet, you can’t help but think that Mother Nature has never felt more mysterious.

 

 

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Galápagos Islands Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

You are drifting, a hand dangling into the cool water …the sky above you endless and azure. This is where Charles Darwin himself once made his astounding discoveries. Discoveries that may forever change our understanding of life as we know it. Our Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure is otherworldy!

Paddle in the water, you drift along Darwin’s Bay. Below the surface, you spy a sea turtle paddling gracefully beneath you. It’s emerald green shell flashes in the light as if in salute, reminding you of your oneness. You all came from the water, after all.

Being in Galapagos feels as if you are at the ends of the earth. The end of time. Where everything began, and where you now stand, snorkel in hand, waiting to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Your guides talk to you about Darwin’s theories. His own adventures there on the archipelago, way back in 1835. You think of Darwin the man, observing the blue-footed boobies. You grin as lava lizards dart for cover. And you widen your eyes at the cortes rainbow wrasse, pinching yourself with disbelief at their riot of colour. They are like swimming birthday parties.

You dine with local fisherman, Jose and Maria, in the warm light of their home. You stand at the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano – an extension of the wild earth. Your muscles are alive and pulsing with energy after several miles of sea kayaking, where the wild herons watched you, noble and stern.

You know this land is revered by the scientific world. More than any other place on Earth, the Galápagos Islands are the workshop of evolution. And yet, you can’t help but think that Mother Nature has never felt more mysterious.

 

 

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DAY ONE: ARRIVALS

Meet at Avianca Airlines’ Domestic Departure Counter of the Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) at 7:00 AM for your domestic flight with destination to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (SCY) on San Cristobal Island, Galápagos (included in trip price). A Wild Women Expedition’ guide will be waiting for you at the counter. The flight from Quito is 1.5 hours to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal Island; the capital of the province of Galápagos!

On arrival, we will be transferred to a local restaurant for lunch and orientation. Then, we will take a boat to Manglecito Beach where we are going to spend two nights immersed in the wonders of nature. We begin with an introduction to kayaking in the quiet bay right by the campsite. This kayak activity is designed to help become familiarized with the kayaks and be a fun and interactive session including learning the right way to use them, as well as the correct techniques and essential safety procedures.

  • Island: San Cristobal
  • Distance Paddled: 6 nautical miles (nm)

 

 

DAY TWO: KICKER ROCK

Our day will begin with a 3-4-hour kayaking session as we paddle along the coast toward Puerto Grande camp.

Once we arrive and have had some time to explore Puerto Grande beach, we will take a boat ride towards Kicker Rock, also known as León Dormido. Now for setting out on a unique snorkelling experience! We may see Galapagos and white-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, hundreds of fish and sea stars along the way.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to Manglecito to relax and enjoy a sunset. If clear skies allow, a starry last night.

  • Island: San Cristobal
  • Distance Paddled: 6 nm

 

 

DAY THREE: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This morning we will enjoy an amazing kayak excursion. This will be a perfect time to capture pictures of blue-footed boobies and brown pelicans close up, as they’ll be around us. Witness the sea turtles take their heads out of the water to get some air. They’ll be there too! And, if we’re lucky, we’ll even find them mating in the water.

In the afternoon, on top of Cerro de las Tijeretas (Frigate bird Hill), soak up breathtaking coastal views and watch the famous frigate birds—“the pirates of the seas”—as they steal food from unassuming boobies. If you wish to hike further, you can descend into Darwin’s Bay, a great place to snorkel and experience swimming with sea turtles and sea lions.

The hiking trail will take us back to Punta Carola Beach, just in time to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Galapagos sun setting over the islands.

  • Island: San Cristobal
  • Distance Paddled: 6 nm

 

DAY FOUR: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ

This morning we’ll board a motorboat for a 2-3-hour ride towards Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Once we arrive, we’ll get ready to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to get up close and personal with the giant Galapagos Tortoise where farms conserve pristine, native, and endemic vegetation for the habitat of these magnificent creatures.

As we follow the trail winding through this landscape, you’ll get plenty of chances to marvel at the Galapagos Tortoise in its entire splendour. These majestic giant tortoises of Santa Cruz—part of a family best known for their dome-shaped shell and gigantic form—are often found partly submerged in mud ponds to combat skin parasites or to regulate their body temperature on warm and sunny days.

After becoming acquainted with your new hard-backed friends, continue to explore the volcanic origins of the island by journeying through an intriguing Lava Tunnel.

  • Island: Santa Cruz

 

 

DAY FIVE: KAYAK PUNTA ESTRADA

Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora is the perfect point of departure for a picturesque sea kayaking expedition. This easy 2-mile paddle will give us lots of time to check out the wildlife along the way! Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas can be observed resting as we drift past the cliffs, before crossing to Angermeyer Point and paddling past the gorgeous beach at Finch Bay. Punta Estrada is a calm and beautiful bay where you can kayak close to mangroves and see sally lightfoot crabs and lava herons.

After kayaking, we will take a 2-3-hour boat ride to Puerto Villamil in Isabela Island and check-in at our hotel. The afternoon is for leisure.

  • Island: Santa Cruz Island
  • Distance Paddled: 2 nm

 

 

DAY SIX: SIERRA NEGRO

The one-hour drive from Puerto Villamil to the highlands of Isabela is an entirely new version of the Galápagos experience. The difference in vegetation and weather is immediately noticeable fostered by the southeast trade winds that bring significant humidity to the southern side of the island.

The lowland landscape of prickly pear and the endemic candelabra cactus that dominate the coastal areas gives way to more lush and diverse flora, including bromeliads and epiphytes. The path leads you to the rim of the Sierra Negra volcano, towering overhead at 4,888 feet (1,490 m). With its most recent eruption dating back to 2005—which deposited a dramatic new layer of volcanic lava on the landscape— Sierra Negra is still an active volcano. As the
volcano with the second largest caldera in the world (spanning approximately six and a half miles), birdlife is abundant here—finches and flycatchers and the graceful Galápagos hawk dominate the skies while lava lizards scuttle down below.

After following the path from the caldera’s rim, you will encounter Volcano Chico, with its gas and steam vents in the earth’s crust called fumaroles and some odd-looking lava formations—an arresting visual record of the Galápagos Islands’ rich geological history. The numerous volcanoes and islands nearby can be marvelled at from the uppermost vantage points. While you learn about the different types of Aa and Pahoehoe lava, feel the steam and vapour beneath your feet, and witness the miracle of the creation of life within one of the World’s most inhospitable environments.

Finish the day with a chance to explore and dine at a restaurant of your choice.

  • Island: Isabela

 

 

DAY SEVEN: TUNELES AND FINADO

From Puerto Villamil, we’ll take a boat ride for roughly an hour to a place traditionally used by fishermen and lately tourists known as Los Tuneles. It is the most curious and remarkable lava formation consisting of underwater arches and caves that were produced by the drastic change of temperature when lava met the ocean water about one million years ago.

Upon entrance to the site, the boat goes by a labyrinth of rocks and tunnels at a very slow and careful pace that will allow us to observe sea birds, eagle rays, and sharks. We will disembark and take a short walk along the shore to see seabirds resting on the rocks and admire a beautiful landscape dominated by opuntia and candelabra cactus as well as red mangroves. From here, we board the boat for a 5-minute ride to a great snorkelling spot with crystal clear water for an unobstructed vision of the remarkable underwater world.

From Los Tuneles, we’ll take a 10-minute boat ride towards another snorkelling site known as El Finado. It is a calm inlet of shallow water surrounded by lava rocks and red mangroves. Here we will snorkel in search of underwater caves where white tip reef sharks rest. While on it, it is also a great opportunity to see rays and rainbow wrasse fish.

Lunch will be served on board before we going back to town. The remainder of the afternoon is free to spend at leisure.

  • Island: Isabela

 

 

DAY EIGHT: ISABELA’S TORTOISES

Today, you will go for a smooth paddle around Isabela’s beachfront and bay, which is a great opportunity to see wildlife (penguins are common in this area).

In the afternoon, you will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative of the National Park for the conservation of Isabela’s tortoises. You will walk through the marshlands or humedales and along the beautiful white-sanded beach of Puerto Villamil to head back to our hotel.

Tonight, we will have our farewell dinner booked with our tour leader and naturalist guide.

  • Island: Isabela

 

 

DAY NINE: FAREWELL

In the morning, we will take a two-hour boat ride to Puerto Ayora from where we will take a 40-minute transfer to the Itabaca Canal.

From here, we will take a public ferry to Baltra Island (10 mins), where the airport is located. We will fly back to Quito and transfer to our hotel. Dinner is included in the hotel.

  • Island: Baltra

 

 

DAY TEN: QUITO ONWARDS

Today, we will take a 20-minute shuttle from the hotel to make it to the airport in time to catch our flight back home… Or join us for our 4 day Amazon Rainforest Extension!

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AMAZON RAINFOREST EXTENSION! (4 DAYS)

Want to stay on for a few extra days of adventure to explore more? We are offering the option of a 4-day Amazon Rainforest extension. This trip extension is only available as an add on to the Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure.

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Located in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is rich with extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of the Amazonian rainforest. Napo Wildlife Center is a gem to be cherished and the only lodge within the Yasuni park boundaries, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador.

Napo Wildlife Center is one of the most successful projects of community tourism in Ecuador. The project has an excellent standard of accommodation and service, making your stay an unforgettable experience in the most biodiverse place on the planet! It is located in the territory of the Añangu Kichwa Community totally inside of the Yasuní National Park, here, hunting and fishing are forbidden in all the area of the Community. And this is one of the main reasons why you can see so much wildlife in its natural state!

 

DAY ONE: CANOE ALONG THE NAPO RIVER

Depart from Quito on your 30-minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Land about mid-morning and go through airport procedures. Take a 5-minute transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from the airport to Port La mision / Francisco de Orellana, which will drive us to embark onto a comfortably covered motorboat.

Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours. There will be a lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for a restroom break and then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. There is a good possibility we’ll see monkeys of various species, as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge with the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities.

 

 

DAY TWO: PARROT CLAY LICKS

Early wake up to reach the parrot clay licks, about 1 hour away from the lodge. Arrive just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30 AM. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. The visit is weather-dependent but usually successful. Later, hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu for sharing time with a family and an intro to their daily activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive at the second parrot clay lick where, if the weather conditions permit, we’ll be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunchbox served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.

 

 

DAY THREE: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER

After early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. This 36m high canopy tower is a great way to experience life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake).

The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is built into the tree and experience a view formerly reserved only for birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well.

From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colourful tanagers weave through the canopy; blue and yellow Macaws fly past; a nearby Spider Monkeys searches for fruit; two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence.

The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, with possibilities of finding lizards, colourful manakins or the unique and endemic golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a giant otter family on the way…

 

 

DAY FOUR: NAPO RIVER SIGHTS

Early departure and last canoe excursion back to the Napo River. The creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, monk saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Arrive at docking area, use of restrooms and embark on motorized canoe back to Coca; approximately 2-hour boat ride. Check-in for Coca – Quito flight.