SUP GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR 2019
DATE: 8-17 August 2019
DURATION: 10 days / 9 nights
The Galapagos Islands are usually found at the very top of most people’s Bucket Lists. There’s located in a region so remote that wildlife remains largely undisturbed by humankind’s “progress”. Kicking off in Ecuador, this adventure will have you paddling along coastlines and in sheltered bays, snorkelling with turtles, marine iguanas and sea lions, observing Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment, hiking an active volcano and learning about the region’s remarkably rich history and culture.
Reading Charles Darwin’s works, it’s easy to see the enormous impression that the Galapagos left on the young naturalist. His brief visit in 1845 provided the young scientist with the proof he needed to back up his Theory of Evolution.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands is arguably the journey of a lifetime as the archipelago is located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland. Straddling the equator, there are 13 major islands in total; 5 of which are inhabited by humankind.
Despite - or perhaps because of - this isolation, an astounding variety of wildlife can be observed in their natural environment. It is this spectacle that has fascinated scientists since Darwin’s time, and continues to lure conservationists, photographers, divers and lovers of nature, who migrate here from every corner of the globe.
Arrive to Quito at any time and check into hotel. Meet at 6:30 pm for welcome dinner and briefing.
Morning flight to San Cristobal. Check in to the hotel, then get kitted up for the first paddle in the bay. Afternoon visit to the Interpretation Center.
SUP to stunning Tijeretas for a snorkel at Kicker Rock with all manner of marine life. After a picnic lunch, we continue our paddle along the coast to a spectacular beach.
We catch a boat to Floreana after breakfast to visit the Highlands and Pirate Caves. The day is closed with a Sunset SUP & sip session on the water.
We visit La Loberia in the morning and take a boat to Isabela. We then drop in to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center before returning for another wonderful paddle on the bay (most likely joined by sea lions)
Today we hike Sierra Negra Volcano and the Volcan Chico Lava Fields; learning about the natural history as we stop to take in astounding views.
One of the most highly regarded snorkel spots in the islands is Los Tuneles. Today, we take our time encountering the wildlife there and filling the memories of our cameras and minds. Afterwards, those who care to can head to a local surf spot to try their hand at SUP Surfing.
Another day on the water, as we take the boat to Santa Cruz , We observe Giant Tortoises in the wild and check out the lava tunnels, After lunch, we’ll paddle within the lava channels at las Grietas; which makes for incredible photos.
Our final paddle will be at Tortuga Bay. The afternoon is then at your leisure.
Our time together comes to an end as we bid you farewell when you board your flight from Santa Cruz back to Quito.
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Travel medicine & insurance
Food & beverages where not stated
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Trip style: SUP travel, small group travel, soft adventure travel, conservation, wildlife photography
Activities: stand up paddleboarding/ kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving (optional extra), swimming, island-hopping, wildlife encounters, hiking.
Group size: Min 6 pax/ Max 12 pax
Minimum age: 8 years
Fitness level: Moderate
International arrivals to/ from: Quito, Ecuador
Entry to San Cristobal is via Quito in Ecuador. We will arrange flights on your behalf. The cost of Approx $595 is additional.
Au$6285/ USD4600/ person
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.
ACCOMMODATION (twin share)
1 night in Quito, Ecuador
8 nights in the Galapagos Islands
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Paddle lava channels, bays and coastal regions
Surf SUP rugged coastline
Observe Giant Tortoises in the wild
Hike a live volcano
Hike lava fields
Snorkel with marine iguanas, sea lions, turtles, sharks and rays
Walk through lava tunnels
Visit pirate caves
Island-hop by boat
Learn about conservation efforts at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
Learn about natural and human history from accredited guides
Stay in quaint boutique hotels
Spot an enormous number of migratory birds and watch flamingos feed in the wetlands
Experience nature picnics in the wilderness
Enjoy a SUP & sip session at sunset.
All land and boat transfers while on trip
Domestic airport transfers
Approved naturalist guide (English / Spanish speaking)
SUP Wilderness Adventures t-shirt, cap & comfort pack
Boards and/or kayaks and wet suits will be supplied on location at no extra charge.
We recommend you BYO snorkel gear.