Galapagos activity vacation, tailor made
Enjoy seven days of activities on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabella in the Galapagos as part of a small group of like-minded travelers and experienced leaders.
Sea kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, and snorkelling Santa Cruz Island Isabela Island world-class marine reserves Sierra Negra Volcano hike Optional activities include Scuba diving and extending the trip to Ecuador
US $3250 excluding flights
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Description of Galapagos activity vacation, tailor made
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
5 Reviews of Galapagos activity vacation, tailor made
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 14 Dec 2019 by Kate WilliamsFantastic - the Galapagos is like nowhere else we have ever been. We saw and learnt so much, and loved being so close to nature and exploring in such an active way. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by Morag BradieSnorkelling with sea lions swimming in and around you was the most exciting part our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 May 2017 by Sue McnuffThe most memorable part was seeing some fantastic birds right up close. Three very different islands. Unique experiences on all. Particularly loved the kayaking out from Pelican bay on a Santa Cruz. Also fell in love with Isabela .....perfect to have the longer stay here. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by Doug CramondThe contrasts in landscape, flora, fauna, people, buildings, wealth, weather, food, transport and so forth were just extraordinary in the true sense of the word in the Galapagos. So glad we did such a variety of activities too and stayed on land to have the flexibility to do our own thing at other times. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jan 2014 by Anni JancsekThe SEA LIONS are great encounters. Especially on San Cristobal Island being such close proximity with them on beaches is almost unheard of anywhere else in the world! That is a real specialty of the trip! Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
For this trip we use Opuntia Lodges which were founded on three overarching principals: comfort, service, and sustainability. The Opuntia hotels we use have many local investors, and use locals to supply a wide array of services including small grocery stores, supply companies, marine and land transportation, small boat crews, local tour operators, drivers, guides and coordinators.
The environmental policy is:
Commitment to Sustainability:
Our partners are committed to environmental sustainability. People come to the Galapagos to enjoy nature, and we must help ensure that this incredible environment remains pristine for many generations to come. Therefore, our colleagues have been a leader in hotel sustainability on Galapagos is constantly looking to innovate. We invite you to review our following eco-practices, and if you have any comments or suggestions to please share them with us, as we understand that sustainability is an ongoing process.
Besides fighting climate change, ourselves and Hacienda Tranquilas’ reforestation project is helping to restore Galapagos’ highlands to the natural state it was in before the invasion of invasive species. Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, and other species depend on endemic forests for survival and are threatened by the new invasive plant species that Hacienda Tranquila is working to remove. By 2020, Hacienda Tranquila aims to reintroduce Galapagos tortoises to the land they have restored. We hope Casa Opuntia’s and Hacienda Tranquila’s partnership can serve as a model for how private businesses and conservation organizations can work together to brighten the future of our planet.
We do not sell any disposable plastic bottles. Instead invite our guests to fill their water bottles from our jug of purified drinking water. If our guests do not have their own water bottles, they may purchase one from our reception desk or ask to borrow a drinking glass. We do sell bottles of beer and soda, but only in reusable glass bottles. The field lunches we prepare are packed in reusable hard plastic containers with metal silverware. We strive to produce zero plastic, paper, cardboard, or Styrofoam waste from these lunches. We separate recyclable glass and plastic from all our trash. We separate the organic waste from our kitchen to be used for future composing or livestock feed.
Water and Electricity:
Our table linens, towels, and bed sheets are preferably sun dried to save electricity. We use low-flow shower heads in order to save water. We use energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs. We offer a towel reuse program, which gives guests the power to help us conserve water and electricity. We use motion sensors on our hallway lights, so electricity isn’t wasted when no one is present. We have a professional regularly check and maintain our air conditioning system to ensure that it remains energy efficient.
Cleaning and Hygiene Products:
Our cleaning liquids are all biodegradable and are stored in reusable containers. We provide our guests with only biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
We purchase hand-picked local organic fruits such as oranges, guabas, guayabas, and passion fruits from a local charitable volunteer organization, This helps to support their incredible environmental, social, and community projects and reduces our carbon footprint because the produce does not need to be shipped from afar. You can expect these delicious fruits as part of your breakfast. We also purchase hand-picked, hand-peeled, sun dried, manually ground organic coffee from Hacienda Tranquila. We doubt you will ever again be able to find coffee this fresh and close to the earth. Our chicken, fish, eggs, and other foods when available are also local.
Our local tour operator is socially and environmentally committed to sustainable ecotourism practices. They proudly preside over ASEC (Ecuadorian Ecotourism Association), where they have the opportunity to contribute to Ecuador´s tourism industry both at an operational and political level. ASEC looks after the welfare of local communities through development initiatives and environmental conservation practices. They helped establish the first certification standards for nature-based hotels, and are currently in the process of becoming the first Ecuadorian operator to be Ecotourism certified by the new Smart Voyager for operators standard.
They also work closely with the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and abide by Leave No Trace camping and environmental standards.
If you are our guest, you can expect:
- To receive information to help you minimize your impact on local cultures, plants, and animals.
- That your trip costs and fees will contribute to the welfare of community members and the conservation of their natural environment, since we hire local guides and use local services.
- To travel in small groups to ensure minimal environmental impact.
- To avoid areas which are under-managed or over-visited.