WHY THIS TRIP
The Galapagos Walking Adventure is in-between a traditional non-strenuous naturalist trip and a multisport adventure. The different Islands you stay at and explore show the diversity of the islands’ wildlife and landscapes; but you also have a bit more independence and time to enjoy the Islands instead of rushing about on a cruise.
Most Galapagos naturalist tours involve walking and snorkeling, but each excursion is typically very short and slow-paced. The Galapagos Walking Adventure is a more invigorating way to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos and get off the beaten path a bit. The concept is that by walking to a particular site within the Islands you’ll have more opportunities to observe wildlife along the way, get in a bit of exercise, see some less “discovered” areas, and still visit the more traditional sites that make the Galapagos famous. Rather than taking a bus or dinghy to shorten the walks, why not use your own two feet and experience even more of the Islands?
But this trip isn’t just about hikes and walks. The Galapagos underwater has its own marvels and definitely offers one-of-a-kind wildlife encounters. Each day includes snorkeling and sometimes in areas that naturalist cruise passengers aren’t allowed to visit. Each snorkel excursion is unique, but along the way you’ll probably observe green sea turtles, hammerheads, sea lions, small Galapagos penguins, tropical fish, and various (harmless!) sharks.
By hiking across and overnighting on three different Islands, you’ll observe the startling differences between landscapes, geology, and wildlife that Darwin first recorded in the Galapagos. Unlike Darwin though, you get to sleep in beautiful, boutique lodges all with 1st-class amenities and located right on the water. So while you’ll be working up a sweat hiking and snorkeling all day, at night you can really unwind and enjoy the Island vibe.
NeoTropic Expeditions pioneered active, land-based tours in the Galapagos and have made a name for themselves with their top-notch itineraries and overall service. The same enthusiastic and active guides also lead the Walking Adventure, so you get the experience of a certified naturalist guide and the energy of an adventure guide who loves to explore by foot.
* Note: You have the option of either private or group departure. we recommend that those who want more flexibility or those in a family group should go with a private departure.
LOCAL OPERATOR: NeoTropic Expeditions
A pioneer of the multisport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based NeoTropic Expeditions (formerly Ecuador Adventure) provides meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experiences reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism in Ecuador.