The Galapagos is one of the most inspiring wilderness and wildlife locations for active exploration. This journey selects diverse and exciting modes of transport for intimate and exhilarating encounters with habitats and wildlife: from the barren sides of active volcanoes, to the intense vegetation of the Santa Cruz Highlands.
The sea kayaking in the Galapagos is filled with opportunities for close yet unobtrusive encounters with coastal wildlife. Turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue footed boobies are just some of the possible sightings you could expect to have. Young sea lions have been known to ride the bow wave of swifter paddlers.
When it comes to exploring the volcanic landscapes of the Galapagos, hiking is most often the only option. We trek well beyond where most yacht based landings would allow you - from lava trails to Frigate Hill on San Cristobal, to the puffing fumeroles of Chico Volcano on Isabela.
On the Galapagos’s largest island, Isabela, we are able to call on the assistance of horses to take us to the perimeter of the world’s second largest volcanic caldera. Volcan Sierra Negra is a spectacular feature of the islands, often active and a regular sighting place for wild tortoises. The views from here are some of the best in the islands - both of the 6 x 5 mile wide volcanic rim and of the rest of the islands spread out across the Pacific Ocean beneath you.
The highlands of Santa Cruz are some of the most densely vegetated parts of the islands, with moss laden forests and volcanic vents. There are also a number of dirt roads here for which a downhill ride provides a refreshing windswept way to move without the need of an engine. Speeds will need checking especially with the chance of there being a giant tortoise in your path.
Snorkeling is an often unsung highlight of a visit to the Galapagos and on this trip you will have many opportunities. Los Lobos, a satellite to San Cristobal, is an excellent snorkeling location and one of the best in this volcanic archipelago for snorkeling with sea lions and hammerhead sharks.
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All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Aqua-Firma