This weeklong adventure takes you kayaking with sea turtles, sharks, and sea lions, hiking active volcanoes, mountain biking along coastlines, snorkeling tropical waters alive with beautiful fish and relaxing on sandy beaches next to sea lions and marine iguanas. After long days of fun, return to our eco-friendly boutique hotels for splendid meals and superb hospitality. Your adventure is led by local certified naturalists and the best adventure guides in the world. Our Multi-sport Adventure tour is the ultimate combination of adventure, comfort, and wildlife interaction.
Welcome to Ecuador!
Upon your arrival in Quito you will be greeted by hotel’s shuttle to transfer to your hotel.
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will begin your day by exploring the historic center of Quito. This colonial city was the first to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 due to having the best preserved historic center in the Americas.
The tour will show you the highlights such as La Plaza de la Independencia, La Igelsia de San Francisco and the impressive Basilica de Voto Nacional. During this time you will learn of Quito’s turbulent history as well as taking in the sights and sounds of daily Ecuadorian life.
Afterwards, you will go to Tumbaco neighborhood to begin your bike adventure at El Chaquiñan, where you will explore and enjoy of the biking route, sharing with the nature.
Once you’ll arrive to San Cristobal airport, a Spanish speaking driver will wait for you to drive you to your hotel.
At a coordinate time, you will be pick up to begin your adventure by kayak, it is designed for those of you who are sea kayak enthusiasts looking for a unique way to explore the incredible Galapagos Islands during approximately 2 hours. (B)
Kicker Rock is a rock formation, located on the coast of Isla San Cristobal, a magnificent island in the middle of the sea, and is shaped like a giant sleeping lion, hence its name. The rocks are remnants of a vertical tuff stone conformation, is the favorite place for the shelter of several species of seabirds, and its main attraction is the activity of snorkeling or diving, where many Galapagos sharks observed, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, octopuses and an array of tropical fish, and depending on the season are dolphins and whales. (B)
At a coordinate time (early at the morning), you will be transfer to airport to catch the internal flight to Isabela Island. Arrival and transfer to hotel.
By the afternoon, you will enjoy at “Las Tintoreras,” is a chain of small islets full of cove and hidden beaches. The islet of Tintoreras is situates in the south of Puerto Villamil. It has a bay where it is possible to see sea lions, marine turtle, iguanas, manta rays, etc.
This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In this crack, it is possible to see the sharks from Blanca Point swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions. It is necessary to travel in a boat to get to Tintoreras, and the access and routes are easy. It takes about 10 minutes from the dock of Villamil Port to get to Las Tintoreras.
There, you will find the local Galapagos penguin, as well as reef sharks, marine turtles and sea lions.
THIS TOUR TO TINTORERAS COULD BE WITH KAYAK OPTION, CONSIDERING THAT YOU WILL NOT STOP AT THE ISLET, JUST LOOK AROUND THE PLACE AND THE BAY.
Sierra Negra Volcano: Climbing the Sierra Negra volcanic crater is simply not to be missed for geology lovers and adventure seekers. Since its last eruption in 2005, the geographically unique Sierra Negra Volcano is home to incredible lava paths adorned with the local plant and animal life.
On the way to Sierra Negra Volcano, there is an evident change of scenery as you get closer to the highlands, from volcanic dryness with black soil and little vegetation to a humid forest with local and foreign plants introduced into the environment. Sierra Negra is an excellent place for bird watching (finches and “curracas” among many others). There are two paths to take, depending on the stamina of each person; one is a circuit which goes until the Sierra Negra Volcano lookout.
Shell Pearl (by yourself) is ideal for sports such as swimming or snorkeling site. It is a bay with shallow, calm and clear water that allows observing the fascinating Galapagos marine fauna and you can swim with sea lions and penguins.
This is the most spectacular site for snorkeling in Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. A series of lava-flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated.
It is an exciting boat Adventure to a very unique geological site, a snorkeling paradise and home to various species of the incomparable enchanted islands. There is an extension of 800 meters and an average temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. The large quantities of seabirds such as the Albatros, Flamingos, Blue Footed Boobies, the magnificent frigate bird, are on the banks, where you can also see distinct species feeding such as the tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, manta rays, penguins, lobsters, and sea snakes.
Speedboat from Isabela to Puerto Ayora: At 14h30 please be at the pier to check in on the speed boat. From Isabela pier to the Speed boat you will have to pay the water taxi ($1.00pp). Once arriving in Santa Cruz you will have to pay the water taxi ($0.50pp) from Speed boat to Santa Cruz’s pier. Finally you can take a taxi ($1pp) to get to your hotel.
Today you will have your transfer Out from hotel to airport with a Spanish speaking driver. During the way you will visit Highlands and finally to Puerto Ayora.
The highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green, contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia trees, creating the lush green color.
After we will do, a short ride will take you to a 600-acre private reserve where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze, and sleep. Walking among the tortoises in wild, will be one of the most treasured moments of your trip.
After visiting these prehistoric creatures on their natural habitat, we’ll take a 5-minute ride to the entrance of a 450-meter (1350 feet) illuminated lava tunnel with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.