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NeoTropic Expeditions

A leading adventure travel specialist since 1991 and a pioneer of the multisport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based NeoTropic Expeditions really shines for the active traveler. Travelers explore the country’s landscapes at the wing of hand-picked professional guides, each an Ecuadorian and a friendly source of extraordinary local insight.

All guides possess a premium of certifications and mastery of the high-quality gear used to equip clients for their adventures. Travelers can rest assured that NeoTropic Expeditions’ guides are not just naturalists in a kayak or on a glacier, they’re passionate kayakers and climbers. With a staff of 25 dedicated Ecuadorians, clients are in good, capable hands. The company was founded on outdoor expertise by brothers Marcelo and Alfredo Meneses, who began by guiding whitewater trips and soon after expanded to trekking, mountain biking and sea kayaking.
For adventure, diverse wildlife or indigenous community encounters, or a combination of sights, sounds, flavors, and naturalist experiences in this South America biological hotspot, NeoTropic Expeditions carefully selects the journey. Every experience is designed with a focus held on four pillars ─ nature and culture, local knowledge, comfort and adventure. The company promises a meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experience and delivers with faithful attention to the details and strong commitment to sustainable ecotourism in Ecuador. This commitment is both operational and political.

With membership on the board of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism & Adventure Association, NeoTropic Expeditions contributes direct leadership to social and environmental sustainability of Ecuador’s adventure travel industry. In this capacity it had a significant role in the establishment of the first certification standards for nature-based hotels and currently is actively involved in establishing minimum operational standards for adventure-based activities. NeoTropic Expeditions works closely with the International Ecotourism Society, follows Leave No Trace practices, has membership in Sustainable Travel International and is certified and verified sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance.

As an expression of its commitment to sustainable tourism on a local level, a solid 70 percent of the funds raised from its land-based tours in the Galapagos are redistributed within the local Galapagos economy. The company collaborates a portion of these funds with Hacienda Tranquila on San Cristobal Island to help strengthen simultaneously the community and environment while also addressing social issues.

NeoTropic Expeditions

A leading adventure travel specialist since 1991 and a pioneer of the multisport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based NeoTropic Expeditions really shines for the active traveler. Travelers explore the country’s landscapes at the wing of hand-picked professional guides, each an Ecuadorian and a friendly source of extraordinary local insight.

All guides possess a premium of certifications and mastery of the high-quality gear used to equip clients for their adventures. Travelers can rest assured that NeoTropic Expeditions’ guides are not just naturalists in a kayak or on a glacier, they’re passionate kayakers and climbers. With a staff of 25 dedicated Ecuadorians, clients are in good, capable hands. The company was founded on outdoor expertise by brothers Marcelo and Alfredo Meneses, who began by guiding whitewater trips and soon after expanded to trekking, mountain biking and sea kayaking.
For adventure, diverse wildlife or indigenous community encounters, or a combination of sights, sounds, flavors, and naturalist experiences in this South America biological hotspot, NeoTropic Expeditions carefully selects the journey. Every experience is designed with a focus held on four pillars ─ nature and culture, local knowledge, comfort and adventure. The company promises a meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experience and delivers with faithful attention to the details and strong commitment to sustainable ecotourism in Ecuador. This commitment is both operational and political.

With membership on the board of the Ecuadorian Ecotourism & Adventure Association, NeoTropic Expeditions contributes direct leadership to social and environmental sustainability of Ecuador’s adventure travel industry. In this capacity it had a significant role in the establishment of the first certification standards for nature-based hotels and currently is actively involved in establishing minimum operational standards for adventure-based activities. NeoTropic Expeditions works closely with the International Ecotourism Society, follows Leave No Trace practices, has membership in Sustainable Travel International and is certified and verified sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance.

As an expression of its commitment to sustainable tourism on a local level, a solid 70 percent of the funds raised from its land-based tours in the Galapagos are redistributed within the local Galapagos economy. The company collaborates a portion of these funds with Hacienda Tranquila on San Cristobal Island to help strengthen simultaneously the community and environment while also addressing social issues.

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$2,212$3,199

Hike, sea kayak, bike and snorkel your way through the Galapagos. By joining onto shared tours (but with your own top-notch guide) you save on logistics while not skimping on quality. This trip offers an ideal mix of active excursions into the park and chill time to explore on your own. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: Galapagos Islands Lodging: Mid-range (3-star) lodges Activities: Kayaking, biking, hiking, snorkeling

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$3,355$3,803

One of the very best active trips possible in the Galapagos Islands, this land-based multisport adventure combines nice accommodations with great guides and equipment and a well-planned itinerary designed to maximize recreation while seeing as much wildlife as possible. This trip is ideal for private groups or families, too. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: San Cristobal, Isabela, & Santa Cruz Islands, Galapagos Lodging: First-class, beachfront Optunia Lodges Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$2,692$5,213

A land-based, 3-Island tour focused on hiking and snorkeling; less strenuous than a multisport but more active than a land-based naturalist tour. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: San Cristobal, Isabela, & Santa Cruz Islands, Galapagos Lodging: First-class, beachfront Optunia Lodges Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, wildlife viewing

$1,460$2,445

This active multisport journey explores the best of more than 5 different ecosystems of the Andes Mountains and Amazon Jungles of Ecuador. Trip Length: 6 days Destinations: Cotopaxi, Banos, Amazon, Otavalo, Cuicocha Crater Lodging: First Class and Tourist Superior Hotels & Lodges Activities: Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Indigenous Community Encounters, Wildlife Seeking

$644$1,115

This adventurous rafting trip combines whitewater with hiking, hot springs, and visits to a local indigenous community, starting and ending in Quito. Trip Length: 3 Days Destination: Upper Amazon Basin & Andes, Ecuador Lodging: Comfortable, tourist-class lodges Activities: Whitewater rafting (III - IV), wildlife viewing, hiking, visiting Indigenous communities

$1,637$2,759

A rewarding five days of kayaking from your Sani Lodge base, visiting quiet and wildlife-rich areas of the rainforest. Trip Length: 5 Days Destination: Yasuni National Park, Ecuador Amazon Accommodations: Comfortable, mid-level rainforest lodge Activities: Wildlife viewing, flat-water kayaking, hiking, bird watching, visiting Indigenous communities

$3,525$3,850

An adventurous exploration of the vast ecosystems and highlights of Ecuador's Andes, Cloudforest & the Galapagos Islands. Trip Length: 10 Days Destination: Galpagos Islands & Ecuador: Otavalo Market, Papallacta Hot Springs, Cloudforest, Baños & Cotopaxi National Park Lodging: First class and tourist superior hotels Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Sea Kayaking, and Snorkeling

$2,182$2,695

A lodge-based naturalist trip in the Galapagos that visits and explores 3 different Islands. An ideal option for those who don't like boat travel, but still want a full itinerary, wildlife-viewing opportunities, and comfortable accommodations. Trip Length: 5 Days Destinations: San Cristobal, Isabela, & Santa Cruz Galapagos Islands Lodging: First-class, ocean-front lodges Activities: Wildlife viewing, naturalist walks, snorkeling

$3,239$5,365

Ecuador is a small but incredibly diverse nation, making it easy to explore some of the most unique ecosystems on the planet in one trip. On the Andes, Amazon & Galapagos Premium Multisport you will explore all three of these amazing ecosystems by hiking, biking, rafting, sea kayaking, and snorkeling, while staying in comfortable lodges at night. Trip Length: 10 Days Destination: Galápagos Islands and Ecuador: Otavalo Market, Papallacta Hot Springs, Cloud forest, Baños & Cotopaxi National Park Lodging: First class haciendas & hotels Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Sea Kayaking, and Snorkeling

$377$851

An active exploration of the highlands and cloud forest surrounding Quito. Trip Length: 3 days Destinations: Guagua Pichincha Volcano, Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve, Rio Blanco River Activities: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Whitewater Rafting Lodging: Tourist Class and Tourist Superior Hotels & Lodges

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$2,887$5,148

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) with penguins, sharks, marine iguanas, turtles, and playful sea lions on this active Galapagos Islands adventure. Led by expert adventure and naturalist guides, you'll come face to face with the iconic wildlife of the Galapagos by the human powered actives of hiking, snorkeling, and stand up paddling. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: San Cristobal, Isabela, & Santa Cruz Islands, Galapagos Lodging: First-class, beachfront Optunia Lodges Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, wildlife viewing, and stand up paddle boarding

$2,705$2,905

Families who love to recreate outdoors will love the Galapagos Family Adventure. It is designed for family members of all ages to experience the Galapagos islands' famous wildlife while paddling, hiking, biking, and snorkeling on three different islands together. Travel with other families to make sure everybody, kids and parents alike, has somebody to play with. Trip Length: 9 Days Destination: San Cristobal Island, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Lodging: Mid-range (3-star) lodges Activities: Family kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling