Why join us on our "Active Galapagos" Tour?
After having taken a few regular cruises, we realized that
often, the land and water excursions tended to be geared to
accommodate the least adventurous, or the least physically capable
person in a group. At times, we didn't walk to the end of a
trail, or we didn't linger in the water with the sea lions as long
as we wanted to.
We also realized that there were people out there who had been
dreaming of a trip to the Galapagos for a long time - that this was
not just one more place to tick off a list of "must do"
holidays. These people already had a good general
knowledge of what Galapagos was all about. They tended to be
more inquisitive, and as a result, they could be disappointed in
mediocre guiding. They needed a naturalist guide who could
respond to challenging questions, who could nurture a sense of
wonder and who could make you really feel what Galapagos was all
In response to these needs, we created our Active Galapagos
tour, desgined for the inquisitive and physically fit
Some highlights that make this trip unique:
- What we believe are among the best
Galapagos National Park Certified Naturalist Guides that can be
found - this is the most critical component to any
Galapagos cruise. The naturalist guides for this charter go
out of their way to ensure you have the best possible opportunities
to know Galapagos - see our Active Tours details page for more
information on the guides.
- A small group environment on a perfectly
suited, well managed and unobtrusive 14 passenger
ship. The Samba does not impose itself on the sea and
landscapes you are visiting.
- Snorkeling, snorkeling and MORE
snorkeling. The Galapagos Marine Reserve was
declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 for good
reason! Our guides will take you into the water as often as
possible to marvel at the wonderful underwater life.
- One double kayak on board to give you the
chance to explore quiet coves and bays - there is no better way to
spot sea turtles, reef sharks and other coastal/mangrove ecosystem
- Extra land-based time in Galapagos giving you some
personal time to do your own exploring, and a full
day trip in Quito (another World Heritage site) to appreciate what
is commonly considered to be the most beautiful historic
urban centre in all of South America.
- A very good price! A stimulating 13 day trip,
on an excellent ship, with a top guide, including flights, 5 nights
in quality hotels, transfers and more, for a price many will pay
for just a 7 day cruise.
Am I Fit
The ACTIVE cruise will give you greater opportunities to hike,
kayak and swim than with most other Galapagos cruise
experiences. Despite the focus on fitness, you don't have to
be an olympian to join us. The most strenuous of activities
consist of moderate 2 hour hikes, with little elevational
gain. As a result, we have had participants from 15 to 87
years (Indeed! Joining us in 2006, this man was reportedly more fit
than most others on the cruise!) of age on our cruises without a
problem. In all cases, activities are optional and should you
decide to relax on the ship while the party is out hiking, kayaking
or snorkelling, you will be free to do so. When possible,
alternative activities are arranged.
PLEASE NOTE: As is the case for all
Galapagos cruises, we will be out of reach of immediate medical
attention during most of the time at sea. The main town of Puerto
Ayora has a basic hospital, and better medical attention is only
available on the continent, which can, in some cases, be more than
a 24 hour journey back. By joining us on the cruise, you accept
this situation and its potential consequences. Should serious
medical attention be required, the ship captain will do all that is
possible to get a participant to the hospital, or to the airport.
The guide is trained in first aid.
Comfortable, Safe, Clean and
A total of about 80 cruise ships ply the waters of Galapagos,
ranging from 100 passenger mini-Caribbean luxury liners to 8
passenger boats. Of course, quality ranges from dark, humid,
cramped and cockroach infested skiffs to glitter and glamour
vessels. And as usual, one generally gets what one pays for. A
US$250 per person per day cruise may get you a poorly converted
fishing boat, while a US$850 per person per day cruise will get you
a top cabin in a luxurious vessel.
Finding an ideal ship that combines reasonable price with good
quality standards is the challenge. We make a point of
being very familiar with all of the ships that we recommend,
either by having carried out personal inspections ourselves, or
through close inspection by our colleagues in Galapagos (who tend
to be current of former naturalist guides - they know their
Who Will Be My Travel
It's anybody's guess, but our experience has shown that the ACTIVE
Galapagos cruise usually attracts dynamic and inquisitive
professionals and entrepreneurs in their 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's
+. Some have been accompanied by their adolescent and adult
children. A representative sample might include a hospital
administrator from the Canadian arctic, some nearly or semi retired
university professors, their spouses, friends from the UK, a
physiotherapist from Alaska... One of our guides commented "I
had more questions from this ACTIVE Galapagos group on the first
outing of our first day than I usually get during an ENTIRE WEEK on
a regular cruise!!