Whether you've opted for a land based tour or spending your holiday aboard a yacht, there's plenty to see and do in the Galapagos.
If diving is your passion, then this is the place to be. Take to the water and dive amongst some rare and unique marine life; hammerhead sharks, turtles, manta rays and the incredibly rare marine iguana. Again, diving trips can be arranged as a live-a-board trip on a dive yacht or from a land based tour.
The Galapagos Islands enjoy national park status and as such there are many clearly marked trails for visitors to explore on foot. The trails should be adhered to, ensuring delicate areas and wildlife and bird breeding grounds are protected. There is a variety of terrain to traverse from lava rock trails to mangrove estuaries and beautiful beaches. Hike up to various breathtaking lookout points and navigate the paths that lead to some impressive volcanos such as Sierra Negra. The landscape here is as diverse as it is captivating.
Another way to explore the landscape is on horseback as some of the early explorers might have done. Horse riding is mainly offered on Santa Cruz island, along trails that take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. It’s a great way to explore the unique ecosystems of the island.
If four legs isn’t for you then take to the trails on two wheels. The Galapagos is up there as one of the more unique locations to explore on a mountain bike. Whether you want endurance, fun or technical, you can enjoy it whilst taking in impressive scenery. Have fun and experience the native flora and fauna as you go.
Kayaking is another popular water activity, many yachts have these onboard (do check if this is a ‘must-have’ for you). It’s a great way to explore the shoreline, find hidden coves and deserted bays and you can also get close to the wildlife, perhaps see sea lions or turtles alongside your kayak, birds overhead and fish underneath – wow!
..... and relax
After all the activity, it’s nice to have some relaxing time, either on a sandy beach, overlooking the magnificent ocean as you soak up the sun, or on board your vessel sipping a cocktail as you chat with fellow passengers, the perfect way to end the day.
Which holiday is right for you?
Not all itineraries feature every single activity mentioned above, so let us know which ones are important to you and we’ll make sure we tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit.