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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.

$3,274$6,082

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

$969$1,683

Stand up paddle board (SUP) in the heart of the Amazon, the most biodiverse place in the world. You paddle through river lakes and waterways, to see hundred of species of tropical birds, monkeys, reptiles, pink river dolphins, and possibly the Amazonian manatee. You are guests of the Siona indigenous community and get to learn about their way of life. Trip Length: 4 Days Destination: Cuyabeno Reserve, Amazon Basin, Ecuador Lodging: Indigenous community-owned tourist superior jungle lodge Activities: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, swilling, cultural experiences, wildlife viewing

$3,830$5,045

Families who love to recreate outdoors will love the Galapagos Family Adventure as it is designed for kids of all ages to experience the Galapagos islands' famous wildlife while paddling, hiking, biking, and snorkeling. You will explore four very diverse Islands, included an uninhabited island, to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos. With evenings free and suggested self-guided excursions you gain access to the park through your guided excursions while still keeping your autonomy to enjoy and explore the islands on your own. A couple of days in Quito before the Galapagos round out your adventure. Trip Length: 10 Days Destination: Quito, San Cristobal Island, Española Island, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island Lodging: Mid-range (3-star) lodges Activities: Family kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling, wildlife viewing

$3,580$5,930

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

$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

$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

$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