Galápagos Islands Tours
- Galapagos Unbound is rated the #1 Galapagos Multisport Tour on TripAdvisor from unsolicited, independent travelers.
- We want to know why you are traveling and will accommodate your experience to deliver the most important things you want to get out of your Galapagos vacation.
- We have exclusive access for a once-in-a-lifetime beach camping experience waking up to sea lions outside your tent!
- You kayak over gliding sea turtles and other thriving marine life in private coves and coastlines where nobody else goes.
- We intimately connect with local Galapageñans and even have the pleasure of a gourmet spread prepared exclusively for our guests in a fisherman's home!
- Our guides are personally trained in the "ROW Difference", where others will use only guides provided to them by the National Parks, not trained in delivering the full experience you deserve in what is more than likely a one-time-ever vacation.
- There is so much more!
- Please carefully read the itinerary and you'll immediately see our difference. It's a one-of-a-kind, not run-of-the-mill, Galapagos experience unlike any other tour you'll find. Further, you can trust our Galapagos programs as we pioneered (first land tours on the islands) and advocated for low-impact, land-based travel to these stunning enchanted isles.
Visit this page, Galapagos weather, to get a month to month description to best fit your travel preference.
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Today we will take our kayaks and paddle from our camp for roughly three hours, depending on the weather conditions. Our support boat is always close at hand if you need assistance or tire of paddling. We arrive at another pristine beach for lunch, bird watching and wildlife viewing. Then we continue in our catamaran to Kicker Rock*. Once at Kicker Rock, we snorkel through an amazing channel where you are likely to see white-tipped reef sharks, Galápagos sharks, sea turtles and eagle rays. We are sure to see hundreds of fish and sea stars. By late afternoon we return to relax at our beach camp, watch small hermit crabs scuttle along, as well as yellow warblers and other seabirds. Sunset over the Pacific is usually spectacular.
Note: The order of the activities can vary depending on National Park schedules.
*Note: Boat ride to Kicker Rock on Shared Services in groups from 4 to 7 people
Spend another night at our exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos beach camp.
This morning we leave for the airport very early so breakfast will be when we get to town, don't worry though we will have lots of hot drinks and snacks on the boat. We fly to the island of Isabela and check into our beachfront hotel and have a local lunch.
Next, we choose our favorite wildlife viewing transportation, our kayaks to navigate Isabela's beautiful bay and beachfront. There is so much wildlife to see from the water, especially birdlife, with some good fortune we will encounter the tiny Galapagos penguin as they love to hang out and nest on the rocks here. Bring your snorkel gear and jump in to explore the underwater wildlife. The pure white sand on the sea floor makes this a perfect spot to snorkel or just watch the show from your kayak.
Note - The checked baggage allowance for these small planes is 25lbs per person - you may have a carry on like a backpack. If you are over the limit the airline will charge $2 per lb over.
Rising early, we head to the interior for a very different view of the Galápagos Islands. We drive just under an hour up to the highlands and begin our hike of Isabela’s Sierra Negra. This active volcano last erupted in 2005 and has the second largest caldera in the world with a diameter of approximately six and a half miles. The hike can vary from 6-10 miles and includes viewing the spectacular caldera and incredible lava formations. We return to town with time for relaxing on the beach, walking through town or simply resting.
This evening we have a delicious Beach BBQ.
In the morning, weather permitting, we take a boat for roughly an hour to Los Tuneles*: a most curious and remarkable lava formation which consists of arches and caves. We walk along the shore and also snorkel in crystal clear water for an insight into the remarkable underwater world. We have lunch aboard the boat. From the lagoon we head to El Finado, here there is an inlet that for many years has been used by local fishermen to rest from their journeys in the ocean, a place with tranquil and shallow waters. Here we will anchor our boat and spend time snorkeling among submerged lava rocks forming caves and small reefs.
On our way back to town we will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center. This is a conservation project by the Galapagos National Park to preserve and reintroduce to the wild the many and varied species of these gentle giants.
Heading back to the hotel via the wetlands, we encounter flamingoes feeding in thebrackish waters of the tidal lagoons that are home to them, several species of mangrove and many migratory birds.
This evening, stroll along the white sandy beach and enjoy a leisurely night exploring the town and choosing a local restaurant for dinner..
*Note Boat ride to Los Tuneles in Shared Services in groups from 4 to 7 people
We wake early and set off for the day’s adventures by sea. We take a chartered speed boat* to Isla Santa Cruz, the urban center of the archipelago and the home of the Darwin Research Station, the National Park Headquarters, and Puerto Ayora. Once we land, we drive on Santa Cruz’s main highway into the lush ecosystem of highlands. Wild Galápagos tortoises lumber throughout these dense forests, and we spend some time walking amongst them as they chew on the vegetation and roam slowly through the diverse environment.
The kayak activity could vary depending on tides
Today our drive to the highlands takes us to a stunning family-owned farm filled with fields of sugar cane and coffee. There, we’re greeted by one of the family who serves as a guide and shares with us the family’s adherence to old-fashioned methods in the creation of quality products. We have the incredible opportunity to see demonstrations of the farming, extraction, and distillation processes that go into the production of “Galápagos Moonshine.”
After our tour of the farm, our travels take us to El Garrapatero Beach whose sandy shores are surrounded by mangroves and adjoined by a freshwater lake. Swim amongst the marine life off the shores, kayak among the mangroves, or explore the lake beyond where herons, stilts, and flamingos enjoy the secluded ambience
This evening, we have a real treat in store as we join a local angler and his family for a very special farewell dinner prepared with traditional ingredients. This is a unique opportunity to engage in conversation and exchange experiences and most importantly, immerse ourselves in a new culture.
Dates & Rates
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|Oct 22, 2021 to Oct 31, 2021||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Nov 12, 2021 to Nov 21, 2021||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 19, 2021 to Dec 28, 2021||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 21, 2021 to Dec 30, 2021||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jan 07, 2022 to Jan 16, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Feb 11, 2022 to Feb 20, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 04, 2022 to Mar 13, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Mar 18, 2022 to Mar 27, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Apr 08, 2022 to Apr 17, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|May 13, 2022 to May 22, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jun 17, 2022 to Jun 26, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jul 08, 2022 to Jul 17, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Aug 05, 2022 to Aug 14, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Sep 16, 2022 to Sep 25, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Oct 21, 2022 to Oct 30, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Nov 11, 2022 to Nov 20, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 18, 2022 to Dec 27, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Dec 20, 2022 to Dec 29, 2022||$5,600£0€0$0$0||$5,600£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
December Supplement = $375
Single Supplement = $775
Prices are based on double occupancy. If desired, we will strive to pair you up with another single guest to elimate the single supplement fee however, please note that this is not always possible.
Please note that an additional amount of $1020 should be allowed for internal flights and Park Tariffs
Tiered Pricing Explained
Our trips are budgeted for full or near full sign-ups which enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible price. Because of numerous fixed costs, it is more expensive to operate a trip for a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid canceling a trip with a low number of sign ups. We have found that most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 6-8 people versus 9-10, versus 11-12, etc...
We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates current at the time of this printing. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.
- Full service of our Adventure Consultants
- Professional Galapagos Naturalist Guide
- Double accommodation in hotels and for camping
- All necessary kayaking, camping and snorkeling equipment
- All transportation as noted on the itinerary
- All meals and drinks as noted on the itinerary
- International flights to Ecuador
- Galapagos Round Trip Flights
- Internal Island Transfers
- $100 National Park fee
- Items of a personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages
- Insurance of any type
- Cost of hospitalization or evacuation if necessary
FAQ & More
The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon)are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.
Visit this page for a month-to-month detail on weather. Because the Galapagos Islands are on the equator, it’s warm most of the year. The warmest season is usually January to April and average temperatures range from a low of 70F/22C to around of 84F/31C. This is also the “wet season” and there may be afternoon thundershowers. During a severe El Nino year, it’s more likely to rain at any time of day. April to December is considered the “dry season” and is cooler, with average temperatures ranging from around 68F/19C to 82F/27C. At this time of year it is not uncommon to have the "garua" (misty rain) early in the morning and in the highlands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Our experience is that the time of year doesn’t make a lot of difference in terms of the amount of rain as there isn’t enough to impact your trip too much.
Whenever your schedule allows! Because it’s on the equator, air temperatures don’t change a lot. However water temperature does fluctuate as much as ten degrees during the year. The cooler Humboldt Current comes up from Antarctica from May to September/October and the sea is cooler and tends to be rougher at this time of year. Cooler water temperatures mean you generally see more sea life because there is more food for the animals that depend on the planktons and other sea nourishment. From November to April, the cooler Panama Current flows from the north and brings warmer water. The sea tends to be calmer at this time of year. If you’re going on our land-based tour then rough water is less of a concern. If you’re doing a cruise, and you are prone to seasickness, you might want to consider coming in the November to April time frame.
For a month to month comparison of temperatures and wildlife activity check out the Galapagos Calendar.
From the U.S. and Canada there are daily flights via Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Miami, to both Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you are short on time flying directly to and from Guayaquil may save you time as our Galapagos Unbound trip begins in Guayaquil.
We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like. You can arrive at any time on day 1, but you cannot depart before 9 p.m. on day 10.
Yes. When you book a tour with us we add your Ecuador flights to your invoice. Flights to the Galapagos depart several times daily from both Quito and Guayaquil aboard Boeing 737’s or Airbus 320’s or similar. Our partners in Ecuador hold space on the flights so we are sure to be able to accommodate you (as long as you sign up far enough in advance).
Ecuador uses the US dollar which was adopted as the official currency in 2000. Be sure to bring cash bills in good condition because bills with markings or tears won’t be accepted. There are also ATM machines in the larger towns. It’s a good idea to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling to Ecuador so they don’t stop the transactions.
We have been running trips in Ecuador since 1992 and know the country well. We have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be to the Amazon, the Cloud Forest, the highlands in the north or south, or whatever might be your special interest. We can also arrange extensions to Peru and Machu Picchu.
There are a lot of arrangements to be made for a custom trip like our Galapagos Unbound active adventure. It’s very helpful with our planning if you book four to 12 months in advance. However, if you can’t plan that far ahead, then it’s usually not a problem to book up to about two months in advance. If you find yourself looking for last-minute space just call us and check!
There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos. Our trip offers more opportunities than most, and on some days we stop at two or three locations to snorkel.
If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It’s best to buy your own mask and snorkel (around $20-$45) so that you have a good fit and for better hygiene. Fins are less necessary but are nice to have in terms of going a little faster.
Yes it is, however, if you have a favorite mask or fins, you might enjoy bringing your own.
No, a wetsuit is not necessary, but most people appreciate the extra warmth.
There are one or two opportunities on our trip to arrange for a separate scuba diving experience at an extra cost. Contact us for details.