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Galapagos Kayaking Expedition tour

Galapagos Kayaking Expedition

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Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 4,150 $ 519 / day
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Highlights

  • Explore Guayaquil  which is Ecuador’s largest city
  • Discover Santa Cruz, Visit Giant Tortoise Farm
  • Visit Trapiche and Garrapatero Beach
  • See Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Darwin Bay
  • Enjoy the Kayak Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Manglecito

Short Description

Sea Kayaking Island Adventure. Galapagos Guarantee Special. Not only are we offering $200 off per person, we are also guaranteeing you'll see all of the Galapagos Big 5. This exclusive Galapagos kayak tour is perfect for people passionate about kayaking and want an adventure filled with miles of paddling and nights spent camping under the stars.  This is the only expedition-style kayak tour in the Galapagos Islands that combines 3 nights of camping with kayaking along the shores of two distinct islands - Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guayaquil
End City Guayaquil

Trip Includes

  • Professional ROW Guide and Galapagos Naturalist guide
  • Double accommodation in hotels or tents
  • Meals as per the itinerary above
  • Panga (support skiff) transportation
  • Kayak equipment including fiberglass kayaks, paddles, pfds (lifevests)
  • All camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, self-inflating sleeping pads, kitchen gear, etc.
  • Airport transfers if arriving/departing per itinerary.
  • Visits as noted
  • Bottled water

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Guayaquil  (2018 trips start and end in Quito)

Accommodation: Wyndham Hotel Guayaquil

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and the ideal gateway to Ecuador with frequent flights and a conveniently-located airport.  All flights to the Galapagos stop here, so our tour is designed to take advantage of this convenience.  Once you arrive, you are met by a ROW Adventures representative and transferred to your hotel.  If you arrive early in the day, enjoy your time exploring the waterfront area of Guayaquil, settling in and recovering from your flight. You will receive a welcome letter at the hotel which will let you know the time to meet your guide and the rest of your group the following morning for your flight to the islands.

Day 2: Flight to Santa Cruz, Visit Giant Tortoise Farm, Kayak - Beach Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mainao

A representative will meet you and the rest of the group in the lobby of the hotel to transfer you to the airport for your two-hour flight to the islands.  Upon arrival on the island of Baltra we will meet our tour leader and have a short orientation to answer any last minute questions and from there we will take a short bus transfer, then a 10-minute ferry ride across the Itabaca canal.  We continue by bus to the highlands on Santa Cruz Island to a private farm to see the giant Galapagos tortoise.   Perhaps no animal creates a more iconic image of the Galapagos than these fascinating animals.  You get an intimate view of these lumbering, peaceful-looking creatures, sure to be a highlight of your visit.  While on the farm we also have a delicious lunch of local specialties, then continue on to see one of the more intriguing geological features of the island, the “lava tunnels.”  Created as flowing magma cooled down, these bigger-than-a-subway tunnels are accessed via a stairway and their fascinating formation is explained by your guide.

We will then check-in at our hotel and get ready for our kayak experience. Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora is the perfect point of departure for an exciting sea kayaking expedition. Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas can be observed resting as we paddle from the beach at Finch Bay to reach our final destination: Punta Estrada. Punta Estrada is a calm and beautiful bay where you can kayak close to magnificent mangroves, home to golden cow rays, sally light foot crabs, and lava herons. The kayak trip will take you down a tranquil canal with prickly pear opuntia cactus sprawling from solid rock and common noddy birds nesting nearby. We continue our travels on Santa Cruz Island, one of the 13 main islands of the 61 islands and islets that comprise the Galapagos. By late-afternoon, we check in to our hotel and enjoy a peaceful dinner.

Day 3: Trapiche Visit – Garrapatero Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mainao

In the morning, we will drive through the town of Bellavista, before we reach the beautiful El Garrapatero Beach, there is a farm that specialized in the production of sugar and they do so the old fashioned way. They also produce sugar cane and coffee, unique throughout the region. One of the family members will demonstrate the farming process for coffee and sugar cane, and show us the process for the extraction of the sugar cane juice. We will learn about the distillation process that leads to the final product, the “Galapagos Moonshine”. In the process, we will be able to taste the fruit of the coffee plant in its natural state. From here we will continue to El Garrapatero beach where we will have the opportunity to relax on the beach, swim in the ocean or kayak to explore the nearby mangroves. For a unique experience, today, we will have a special dinner with a local fisherman. He will provide us with deeper insights into the flavor and native lifestyle of Ecuador, as his family prepares a special dinner for us.

Day 4: Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Darwin Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Blue Marlin Hotel

One thing you will quickly notice about being on the equator is that day and night each last 12 hours.  We rise early and after breakfast we catch the 7am boat to the island of San Cristobal and the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno where we check into our hotel and have lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch we choose from a couple of options based on the weather and sea conditions.  We may walk to Cerro Tijeretas where those who desire may swim and snorkel.  Or we may go to La Loberia which is a sea lion colony, to observe the sea lions and swim in the water with them.  Either way, we observe various birds and wildlife, including frigate birds and their antics. Frigates are deservedly known as ʻpirates of the seaʼ because of their behavior of stealing food from unassuming boobies.

After a full and wonderful day, we return to our hotel to freshen up and then enjoy dinner in town.

Day 5: Kayak Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Manglecito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Manglecito Beach Camp

Rise and join breakfast as we prepare for our longest paddle yet.  We head north along the coast several miles, with low-lying hills and the central mountains of San Cristobal in our view.  As we paddle, we are likely to be sharing the waters with sea turtles as well as sea lions which observe us and may even follow along for a spell.   Birds circle overhead while fish swim underneath, and plummeting boobies that come up with fish in their beaks add to the natural show all around.

We paddle roughly 7.6 miles today passing Isla Lobos on the way.  By late afternoon we arrive at our lovely beach camp with time to settle in.  This is a magical place and camping in the Galapagos is a rare treat made possible by our special permits.  Before too long it’s time to take a short stroll to watch the sun set over the magnificent Pacific Ocean.  We dine in camp, watch the stars lighten the sky, and fall asleep to the sound of surf.

Day 6: Snorkeling Kicker Rock

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Manglecito Beach Camp

Immersed in all of the uniqueness of nature in the Galapagos Islands, today is a day to get better acquainted with the underwater marvels.  We board a comfortable motorboat that is the perfect platform for our explorations.  We start with a roughly one-hour cruise to Leon Dormido, or Sleeping Lion, a rock formation named by early sailors for its resemblance to that far-off jungle cat.

Locally it is referred to as "Kicker Rock".

By any name, this dramatic geologic formation that soars out of the sea to the sky, is a superb place for snorkeling.   Descending from our boat, we snorkel between two cliffs of rock in waters teeming with fish.  Sea stars cling to the walls, and it’s not uncommon to have harmless Galapagos sharks join us. We return to our beach camp with more time to stretch our legs, revel in another long-lasting sunset and sit down for dinner to share the memories of the day.

Day 7: Kayak North to Next Beach Camp

Meals Included: B,L,D

Accommodation: Puerto Grande Beach Camp

As the sun rises the activity of birds and lapping waves are likely to wake you.  This is a highlight of actually camping on the Galapagos Islands that just isn’t the same when on a boat.  Truly it is a most magical way to wake and know you are truly immersed in the abundant beauty and life found only here.

A hearty breakfast is served, and then we pack up, don our lifejackets, pick up our paddles and ease ourselves into our kayaks.  Today is another superb paddling day along the coast!  The scenery changes as the island’s mountains come into better view.  As always, frigate birds, gulls, pelicans, and boobies provide entertainment and wonder as we paddle.  With luck we see more sea turtles who periscope up their heads to watch us.

After our exhilarating morning paddle, we arrive at our next camp, here we say goodbye to our kayaks.  We'll unpack a bit with everyone’s help camp will be set up quickly and then it’s time for lunch followed by a relaxed stroll on the beach.  We spend a fulfilling afternoon exploring the beach, snorkeling!  Our view to the west allows for an unobstructed view of an equatorial sunset. Then it’s time for dinner and a restful night's sleep.

Day 8: San Cristobal to Guayaquil

Meals Included: B

Accommodation: Wyndham Hotel

This is our last morning in the islands.  After packing your things, we board our boat to return to town.  No time for breakfast this morning but we will have coffee and cookies available on the boat.  Once we get to town we will have breakfast before heading to the airport for the late-morning flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. There’s some time to explore the city before dinner with the group or on your own.

Day 9: Final goodbye or extend your trip!

Meals Included : B

Transfer to airport provided by the hotel. Fly home or to points beyond for other exploration.

Note: many people add extensions to visit mainland Ecuador, the Amazon or Peru.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

How much kayaking should be expected?

On this Galapagos by Kayak trip we spend between one and four hours of kayaking on every day except for one. It is important to recognize that we operate under special permits from the Galapagos National Park Service and the rules sometimes change with very little notice. On the island of Santa Cruz, expect one or two hours paddling over relatively short distances. There is more paddling when we visit San Cristobal where you should expect from two to four hours of kayaking each day. See the itineraries for further details.

What options are there for extending my vacation with you?

Many travelers elect to spend some additional time in Ecuador after visiting the Galapagos Islands. A compact country, it’s easy to see a lot in little time. We work closely with several lodges in the Amazon Basin; haciendas in the Andean highlands; unique lodges in the Cloud Forest and much more. Really, the possibilities are vast. Some people extend their travels on to Peru and Machu Picchu. Our Adventure Consultants know about all these places and are happy to create a seamless itinerary.

What do I need to bring to snorkel and what is the experience like?

The Galapagos is surely one of the best places in the world to snorkel. The flourishing ocean life is an ecological treasure, and one of the main draws to the archipelago. You will have the chance to snorkel every day, sometimes at multiple locations. We do recommend you try snorkeling ahead of time for your trip to get the most out of your experience, if you have never done so. Wetsuits aren’t strictly necessary, but “shorty” wetsuits (knees to elbows) of about 2mm are recommended to keep out any chill. We have full snorkel gear available to rent including wetsuits.

Trip ID#:

GalKayAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Roundtrip international flight to Ecuador
  • Internal flights (Round trip Galapagos) $570– subject to change
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee. $100 – subject to change
  • Galapagos Transit Card $20
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Insurance of any type
  • Personal expenses
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

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