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Galapagos Islands Travel Packages 

Step into Darwin's Laboratory and explore the Galapagos by land and sea - with our all-inclusive, small group, Galapagos Islands travel packages.

Immerse yourself in nature's living museum, a showcase of evolution. When you visit the Galapagos on one of our adventure tours you'll learn first-hand from our local guides how the islands were formed, and why they're a 'melting pot' of marine species. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents and isolated from the rest of the world, the islands provide a unique habitat for unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch. These animals inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.

All of our tour guides are local to the islands and have completed four years of study to become official Galapagos Islands National Park naturalist guides. This role is held in high esteem and often you'll find numerous members of a family, including different generations, all joining the park service. Their enthusiasm for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands is contagious and they play an integral role in educating locals and visitors alike.

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about the Galapagos first, then read on to discover what makes the difference between a land or sea based trip in the Galapagos Islands. Otherwise, take a look at our 'Tortuga' trip, or hit the button below to request your FREE South America travel brochure. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Why would you choose a land based trip, over a boat cruise in the Galapagos Islands?

For 20 years now we've been taking keen travellers to the Galapagos Islands, and every day we're asked: 'Why would anyone choose a land based trip over a boat cruise?'... and it remains one of the easiest questions we've ever had to answer.

Interact with the locals

First discovered in 1535, the Galapagos Islands now have a permanent population of slightly over 25,000. The majority of the population is made up of Ecuadorian Mestizos, who are the mixed descendants of Spanish colonists and indigenous Native Americans. So when you're thinking about choosing between a boat cruise or a land-based trip in the Galapagos, then you should ask yourself if you would prefer to be stuck on a boat full of tourists, parked up in an isolated bay, or would you rather stay in family-owned lodge and B&B style accommodations - getting a first-hand taste for island life?

Interact with the wildlife

What would you prefer to do, interact with the land and sea based wildlife, or take a photo of them as you cruise by?

Did you know the Galapagos Islands have incredible mountains?

On our Galapagos Island Land and Sea adventure we'll get you in the water with the marine life (like snorkelling Kicker Rock!), and we'll spend plenty of time getting out on the local trails. The Galapagos Islands National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and makes up 97% of the land area of the Galapagos Islands. On Isabella Island you'll find the Sierra Negra volcano, where you'll hike to its summit that stands almost a mile above sea level. 

Watch the landscape and vegetation change before your eyes as you ascend through the lunar-like landscape on your way to the top. It’s quite a hike to the top of the volcano, and the views across the seven mile wide crater and surrounding coastline are well worth the climb! This is one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world, and one of the most active. As we hike, we might be lucky enough to see Galapagos hawks, short-eared owls, finches and fly-catchers that inhabit this region.

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Trip Reviews

  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 82 reviews)

    Peru and Galapagos Islands

    The two regions of this trip were so different. In Peru, learning about Inca history, seeing the structures that they built with minimal tools and that have survived for centuries and getting to spend time in small towns and interacting with local artisans was fabulous. The Galapagos Islands were a wildlife fest with snorkeling, kayaking and boat rides between islands and viewing sea "creatures" in the shallows and deep water. You also hiked volcanos and saw land tortoises, iguanas and the topography change as you go from lush to lava fields. Wonderful experiences
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    – Illinois, United States
    Iguana, October 2016
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Best Ever!

    Just returned from the Jaguar trip/Lares Trail option and can't say enough good things about the whole experience. We had some mishaps along the way...sickness, stolen/lost passports, etc, and our experienced guide, ZAC, was steady, kind, and sure (and had a great sense of humor). We were well taken care of, well-fed, had great sleeping accommodations, and had so much fun... I highly recommend Active Adventures! You will not be disappointed!
    Cynthia Vander Ark Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Jaguar 2017, October 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Condor Nov 16

    have used Active in NZ for Rimu trip and Condor trip lived up to expectations. It's some of the simple things like size of groups, quality of guides etc that make the difference for me. The sorting out of tips and meals just makes for an easy time as I travel for the trekking not the organising :-) good stuff active. Thanks
    Bob Sewell Review Image
    – Essex, United Kingdom
    Condor, December 2016
  •   4.55 out of 5 (from 1341 reviews)

    Amazing adventure

    I had an amazing time. From snorkeling, hiking an active volcano to kayaking and biking along the beach. Loved the locations we stayed at!
    Jennifer Kelleher Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Tortuga, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 947 reviews)

    Worth every penny!

    As someone who mostly travels independently, the thought of signing up for a two week organized group trip was rather intimidating but after reading all the reviews for Active, I thought I would give it a try... and I am so glad I did! Active Adventures made everything flow effortlessly- from the second I signed up until we were dropped of at the airport. The itinerary for the Condor trip is phenomenal, covering lots of different areas of Southern Patagonia and highlighting the most beautiful places. The W trek was one of the highlights of the trip and was even more enjoyable thanks to our guide, Cem, who was a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna and brought such a fun energy to the group. Additionally, our tour leader, Zac, had such a positive spirit, strong sense of humor and passion for his work that showed during our two weeks getting to know him. He was so well organized and made sure everything was lined up so we could relax and enjoy our downtime- including nailing a birthday dinner and cake! Would highly recommend this trip and organization to anyone in the future!
    Laura Postles Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Condor, December 2017

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We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

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