Galapagos Multi Sport

from $5,295

Enjoy exotic and abundant wildlife and unique, scenic locations—without the crowds as we sail through Ecuador’s volcanic Galápagos Archipelago on a deluxe, 80 ft catamaran.

Galapagos Multi Sport

A Galapagos Island cruise by upscale yacht, combined with snorkeling, hiking and photography is the best possible way to explore the Galapagos Island Archipelago and Bio Bio Expedition’s Galapagos adventure vacation is the most active way to do it.  Sail, snorkel, sea kayak, surf, and hike your way around this fascinating group of islands in Ecuador. We know that our guests prefer not to be crammed into a large Galapagos cruiseship with hoards of people or stuck in a sea kayak all day. They’d much rather be photographing a sea turtle or sharing a glass of wine and the day’s stories on the deck of a private catamaran. On this unique Galapagos Cruise itinerary, you can pick and choose you own activity levels while our local guide and Level III Naturalist takes care of all the details.

Photograph and learn about the Galapagos animals from blue-footed boobies, to marine iguanas, friendly sea lions, giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos penguins. Relax on the expansive beaches of the Galapagos Islands and enjoy lingering sunsets, gourmet cuisine and outstanding adventure— all aboard or accessible from our private first-class catamaran.

Enjoy exotic and abundant wildlife and unique, scenic locations—without the crowds as we cruise through Ecuador’s volcanic Galapagos Archipelago on a deluxe, upscale catamaran.  Days are spent bobbing with blue-footed boobies, swimming nose-to-nose with friendly and playful sea lions, snorkeling and kayaking with sea turtles and observing breath-taking marine, bird and wildlife.  Additional activities may include riding, hiking and surfing. Evenings feature plenty of time to lounge aboard our private yacht while savoring delightful regional cuisine prepared fresh daily by a talented chef.

What’s Included?

• Skilled professional guide service
• Fully crewed sail boat with naturalist
• 3 nights lodging in Quito / 7 nights lodging on catamaran (based on double occupancy)
• All meals from breakfast Day 2 through breakfast Day 10
• All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary

What’s Not Included?

  • Transportation to/from Quito, Ecuador• Excess baggage charges
  • International airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee $100 US per person, $70 US per child under 12 (cash only)
  • Single supplement – by choice or circumstance ($2000)
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel and mandatory medical and evacuation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of personal nature (a complete packing list will be provided)
  • Gratuities

International and internal flights are not included – We will purchase your flights to Galapagos from Quito and add to your bill.

Itinerary Snapshot

Itinerary at a glance:
Day 1 (Fri) Arrive Quito and overnight at hotel

Day 2 (Sat) relaxing day in Quito with options for a city tour or full-day excursion to Otavalo and Ecuador’s largest open air market

Day 3 (Sun) Flight to Galapagos (Baltra Island), hike and snorkel on Bachas Beach

Day 4 (Mon) San Cristobal Cerro Brujo, Kicker Rock, Isla Lobos for swimming with sea lions, snorkeling, kayaking, San Cristobal surf and dive option

Day 5 (Tues) Gardner Bay snorkeling, beaches and kayaking, Espanola waved albatrosses, blow holes, marine iguanas

Day 6 (Wed) Hiking and snorkeling Floreana and Post Office Bay

Day 7 (Thurs) Hike to see tortoises, scuba option, Tortuga Bay for swimming/surfing or kayaking, Darwin Center

Day 8 (Fri) Santa Fe hike, snorkel, kayak, SUP

Day 9 (Sat) Sombrero Chino and Bartolome hike, kayak and snorkel at Pinnacle Rock, penguins, sharks

Day 10 (Sun) Arrive Baltra, Mosquea and flight back to Quito
Please note: guests flying home on Delta may depart this evening from Quito
Day 11 (Mon) Flights home or onwards to other adventures in Ecuador
What’s Included:

  • Skilled professional guide service
  • Fully-crewed deluxe, upscale catamaran with naturalist and ROAM/BIO BIO adventure guide
  • 3 nights lodging in Quito
  • City tour or full-day trip to Otavalo Market
  • 7 nights lodging on upscale yacht (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals from breakfast Day 2 to dinner Day 10 (except where noted)
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary

Sample Itinerary for Adventure Sailing (Southern Route):

Because of the Galapagos’ famed natural history and remarkable creatures, these remote islands are revered the world over. In an effort to protect and preserve these “enchanted isles”, that literally changed the world, access is restricted and regulated. On this sailing adventure, our special permit allows us to visit these protected sites

Day 1 (Friday) – Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Upon arrival in Quito, you will take a short taxi ride to your hotel. Unless told otherwise, tonight you will overnight at Hacienda La Jimenita which is approximately 20 minutes form the new airport.

Day 2 (Saturday) – Day in Quito

Today you can sleep in a little and enjoy the great breakfast at this family-owned and operated hacienda. Later in the morning, we depart for Papallacta Hot Springs to soak and unwind after the flight to Ecuador. It’s about a one hour scenic drive but a wonderful way to see the countryside. In addition to the private hot pools, we will have lunch and some may choose to do some hiking while others may opt to get a massage or other spa services.

Tonight we will all rendezvous for a welcome dinner and go over the morning departure details.

Day 3 (Sunday) – Flight to Baltra, Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz

After breakfast, we will transfer back to the airport for your flight to Galapagos. The domestic terminal is small but we will want to arrive at least 1.15 hours prior to your flight from Quito to Baltra (which is adjacent to Santa Cruz).

Once in Galapagos, your guide and naturalist will take you to our yacht moored in the harbor. Our boats are based out of Baltra and this will save you commuting 1.5 hours across to Santa Cruz where most other trips begin. While the majority of visitors are taking a bus, ferry, another bus and a dinghy ride, you will have already checked in to your cabins and be under sail before we serve you lunch.

Soon after we set sail we will visit a beautiful beach where we can explore and test out our snorkel gear. The name Bachas is spanglish for “barges” which were wrecked offshore during World War II. A common first landing site, there is a delightful swimming beach and lagoon. The lagoon hosts great blue herons and small waders such as sanderlings and semipalmated plovers. The beach is a nesting area for green sea turtles (especially November to February). The expansive white sands here are also home to sea lions and flocks of blue-footed boobies demonstrating their acrobatic dives. Pelicans, tropic birds and herons may also be part of the mix. Later in the day we’ll gather for the first in a series of congenial on board dinners as we navigate our way to San Cristobal.

Day 4 (Monday) – Snorkeling, SUP’s & Sea Kayaking – Cerro Brujo, Leon Dormido and Isla Lobos

Today we awake to new scenery on the north side of San Cristobal Island and a beautiful site known as Cerro Brujo. We will be welcomed by friendly sea lions, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and marine iguanas. Soon after we will cruise Leon Dormido better known as Kicker Rock. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles. manta rays and the many birds overhead. This volcanic tuff cone rises almost 500 feet straight out of the ocean and provides a wonderland for marine life. If the currents are in our favour, we will dawn snorkeling gear and explore this popular dive site. We will drift along allowing big schools of fish to pass and try and keep track of all the species we will see as there are 450 of them in Galapagos! For those who are more adventurous one of the sites has hundreds of sharks that we may get to snorkel with. Optional dives can be organized for those who are certified. We will also have an opportunity to launch a few sea kayaks for exploration and for surfers, San Cristobal is also home to some of Galapagos’ largest surf breaks.

All the snorkeling and paddling will work up an appetite and we will re-fuel our bodies with a delicious lunch before heading to Isla Lobos where we can jump right off the catamaran to swim with playful seal ion pups. Also known as Sea Lion Island, Isla Lobos is a haven for these playful creatures and the more you mimic their aquatic acrobatics the better the performance they put on for us. Tonight we will dine on board and evening cruise to our next spot in paradise.

Day 5 (Tuesday) Hiking at Espanola and snorkel/kayak Gardner Bay

This morning we arrive at Gardner Bay. Here we will find two brilliant white beaches separated by a rocky outcrop. We will take our time here and let the wonders of the Galapagos surround us. This is a great place to kayak and explore the bay. The inquisitive Hood mockingbird and Galapagos hawk may approach and you may see tank-like tracks of nesting sea turtles (Jan to April). As we snorkel through crystal clear waters near Gardner Island we may see these turtles among the beautiful fish and sea lions. Watch the sunset over this spectacular bay before we return to the boat for the evening.

After lunch we arrive at Espanola, the oldest and most southern of the Galapagos Islands. We take to the land and walk along the island’s coast to Punta Suarez admiring the wildlife all the way. The coast is lined with marine iguanas, a species found nowhere else on earth. This provides fantastic photo opportunities as we watch them pile up on the shore to sunbathe and excrete salt out the nostrils after feasting on the algae that grows under the sea. Espanola is also the only place in the world that the stunning Waved Albatross, with its 7-8 foot wingspan, touches land. This is the nesting ground and provides the hatchlings a practice area until their first flight, which will take them all the way to Patagonia! Boobies, tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls also breed here. If the tide is right, watch as a blowhole shoots water high into the air in a spectacular show of power.

Day 6 (Wednesday) – Hiking and snorkeling – Floreana Island and Post Office Bay

We take our panga (zodiac) over to Punta Cormorant and disembark on to a beach like no other in Galapagos. The green sand is due to the olivine and the Palo Santo forest leads us to a brackish lagoon that hosts flamingos and then on to a white sand beach known as “flour beach” due to the fine sand. Watch the rays flutter in the shallow water, or if you have unshakable nerves, shuffle into the ocean and let them swim around your feet. This beach is also popular nesting area for sea turtles and we may see countless mating couples in the waves rolling into shore.

Next, we move back to our underwater world and go with the flow of the current as it carries us past steep walls and volcanic formations. This deep blue sea is teeming with large schools of colourful fish. Watch for parrot fish, Sergeant majors, damsel fish and even gentle white-tipped sharks.

Moving back on to land, we learn about the stranger-than-fiction history of Floreana complete with pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. We will visit Post Office Bay established in 1792, but there is no need for stamps. Sort through the piles of post cards and letters left by past visitors of the island and if you find a letter addressed to someone near your home, take it with you and deliver it by hand keeping with this long standing tradition.

Day 7 – (Thursday) – Hike, surf/SUP and scuba options on Santa Cruz

After a glorious breakfast, we will explore the island of Santa Cruz. This morning we will go up to the highlands to see the giant tortoises. Located in a private sanctuary, you have the opportunity to walk around and photograph these massive creatures in the wild. Today we have lunch at a favourite local restaurant featuring fresh fish and seasonal lobster. The afternoon provides a variety of options to consider.

Our personal favourite is hiking into Tortuga Bay for swimming, surfing or body surfing in the waves. Arguably one of the top ten beaches in the world, Tortuga is worth a visit. In either case, you may want to take in a few of the local art galleries or visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre where most of the efforts to protect and preserve the native flora and fauna are developed.

This main center has a variety of dive charter companies and is one of your chances (unless organized in advance) to take in a dive tour. You will need to show current certification and generally can get 2 dives in for approx $250 per person. A single “resort dive” is also available for those not certified but only one dive with an instructor is included for the same price. Please be aware that the diving is extra and is not affiliated with your package. Tonight we will dine on board and then navigate Santa Fe.

Day 8 (Friday) – Hike, snorkel and kayak at South Plaza and Isla Santa Fe

We’ll set sail over to South Plaza just off the tip of Santa Cruz. This is one of the most concentrated wildlife sites in the entire archipelago. We will follow a trail up from a small dock past sea lions, prickly pear and a cliff where we spot the endemic yellow-tailed mullet. This is an excellent place to photograph birds before cruising to Santa Fe. One there, we will visit the north-eastern corner of the island in the sheltered bay where it is possible to view rays and turtles in the shallow clear water. Santa Fe is noted for its large colony of sea lions. We will navigate past the cows and pups while trying avoid disturbing the bull male who is overseeing the harem. We follow a trail winding its way through prickly pear and cotton brush to the top of a cliff with a dramatic overlook of the bay. Here we watch for endemic Santa Fe land iguanas feasting on the cactus fruit below the tress and Galapagos hawks soaring above searching for food. Back at the boat there will be time to snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddle board in these azure waters.

Day 9 (Saturday) – Kayak and snorkel – Sombrero Chino and Bartolome Island

Sombrero Chino or “Chinese Hat”, will be easy to identify and will also mark our first snorkeling spot for the day. There are often a group of curious penguins here and they have been known to gaze at the reflection in our snorkel masks then rocket away with impressive speed. Once aboard the boat again, we’ll lunch as we sail to Bartolome, one of the most picturesque islands on the tour. The hike to the top provides many great examples to help us understand how this unique volcanic landscape was formed and lends a stunning view of our boat and Santiago Island to the north. Back on our panga, we we’ll drift past the penguins perched on the shoreline and then its into the water again for snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock amazed by the incredible marine life once again. Back on the catamaran for the night and let the gentle rock of the boat lull you to sleep after a satisfying dinner.

Day 10 (Sunday) – Mosquea and Baltra

Bird life abounds as the morning sunrise lights up pink skies. Reality sinks in that this is our last day in this island paradise as today we will make our way to the airport at Baltra. But first, a last chance to walk on a beautiful and tranquil beach.

Tonight we will be back at the hacienda for a farewell dinner. Please note guests flying on Delta may depart this evening.

Day 11 (Monday) – travel home or start extension excursion

After an early breakfast at the hotel, take a taxi to the airport to catch flights home or get ready for your next adventure in Ecuador.

In Quito

Vieja Cuba Hotel (or similar)

The comfortable Vieja Cuba Hotel is conveniently located in Ecuador’s capital city right in the heart of the commercial district. Once a majestic colonial home, the Vieja Cuba has been converted into a charming 26-room hotel with all the services that modern life requires.

Each room will make you feel right at home and include private bathroom and cable TV. Phone and Internet are available in our communications room. Laundry and ironing service is available upon request.

Vieja Cuba also has its own restaurant and offers cuisine influenced by African, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese gastronomy.
On the Water

We utilize an 80-foot sailing fully air conditioned catamaran with 6 cabins for 12 guests.  Each cabin has private shower/bathroom.  The boat has a comfortable and spacious salon area and indoor/outdoor dining areas.  The width of the cat makes it incredibly stable and also serves as a fantastic snorkeling platform.

Departure Dates:

2016:
May 14
May 27
June 10
July 24
Aug 19
Oct 14
Nov 11
Dec 16
Dec 23
Other dates may be available on request.

Deposit: $1000

Planning Your Trip

This trip planner has been created to help prepare you for your upcoming adventure. We have tried to anticipate questions you might have concerning travel arrangements, what to bring, and getting in shape. If any of your questions remain unanswered, please don’t hesitate to call.

Getting There

Your trip begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. You will need to arrange for your international flights. American, Delta, United and Continental airlines offer direct service into Quito from Miami, Atlanta and Houston respectively. We will make the arrangements for your Quito-Galapagos flights.

Rendezvous

Upon arrival at the Quito Airport you will clear customs and then take a taxi to your designated hotel. Unless told otherwise, your hotel will be:

Hacienda La Jimenita:
Via Pifo , Sector Barrio Andrango Calle S/N
International Phone Calls 24/7 English Speaker: (593) 998750 972
Local Phone Calls: (593) 22 380 285

We will fly to Galapagos on Sunday morning. Our representative will have your e-ticket itinerary printed and your park card ready for you at the hotel. Make sure you have cash for your park entry fee.

When you arrive at the domestic terminal, take your bags through the screening system on the right hand side before you check in at the airline desk. You will need to present passports in order to get your boarding pass.

After Your Trip

Following your nights onboard the catamaran in the Galapagos, we will return to Quito where you will spend one final night at the hacienda before transferring to the airport the following morning for flights home.

What’s Included?

  • Skilled professional guide service
  • Fully crewed sail boat with naturalist
  • 3 nights lodging in Quito / 7 nights lodging on catamaran (based on double occupancy)
  • 4 transfers
  • All meals from breakfast Day 2 through breakfast Day 10
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary
  • Trip to Papallacta hotsprings

What’s Not Included?

  • Transportation to/from Quito, Ecuador
  • Round trip flights from Quito to Galapagos (we will book it for you and bill you)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee $100 US per person, $70 US per child under 12 (cash only)
  • Single supplement – by choice or circumstance ($2000)
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel and mandatory medical and evacuation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of personal nature (a complete packing list will be provided)
  • Gratuities

Money Matters

Ecuador uses US dollars as their currency. Each participant will be required to pay a park entrance fee for the Galapagos Islands ($100 per adult, $70 per child, 12 years and under). Having between $300 and $600 for souvenirs and meals in Quito should be more than adequate depending on how much you like to shop! In the Galapagos Islands, you will most likely need cash as ATM machines are limited and credit cards are not widely accepted. In hotels and shops in Quito you can use credit cards to charge purchases such as food, accommodations, and clothing. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are widely accepted.

Medical Matters

The trip leader is responsible for the safety of all trip members and he or she may evacuate or disqualify a trip member in the field if anyone’s safety is jeopardized. Please be aware that hospital facilities for serious medical problems may be far away, doctors are not always available and that evacuations can be prolonged, difficult and expensive.

Medications

If you are taking any prescription drugs, be certain that you bring a sufficient supply to last through the trip. Do not pack these medications in your checked luggage. You will not find common American drugs in Ecuador. If you have concerns about seasickness, we suggest that you speak with your doctor about available treatments. Scopolamine patches (prescription) or Bonine (over the counter) are common medications for preventing seasickness, while an electro-stimulator worn on the wrist can also be an effective prevention.

Immunizations

Currently, if you fly direct between the USA and Ecuador, no vaccinations are required. However, regulations and recommendations change frequently, so please check with the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/travel/tropsam.htm) for up-to-date information.

Essential Travel Documents

Your Passport – If you don’t have a passport, apply for one immediately because the process can be lengthy. If you do have a passport, find it and check the expiration date. Make a photocopy of the photo page of your passport and carry it separately from your passport. If your passport is lost or stolen, a photocopy will help the local consulate speed up authorization for replacement.

Check your passport for blank pages. If you do not have a least two blank pages in your passport, we recommend that you apply to have additional pages added.

Please do not pack your passport in your check-in luggage. You may be asked for your papers not only upon departure but a various times during your trip, even while checking into the hotel in Quito. If you are carrying a customs form, please keep it in a safe place at all times, perhaps in your pouch along with your other valuables. We do not recommend carrying it in the passport because you must often submit the passport at hotels, where the form can easily be lost.

Visas – Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens to enter Ecuador. For others, please check with the Ecuadorian Consulate.

Travel and Evacuation Insurance

Travel insurance that includes medical emergency evacuation is mandatory in order for you to take part in this expedition. You must provide proof of purchase of evacuation insurance prior to the trip. Purchase information is included in your confirmation packet.  We recommend using Travelex because they offer the best policies at competitive rates.  You can call Travelex at 1-800-228-9792 or visit their website through this LINK.  Coverage for baggage loss, medical protection, trip cancellation, trip interruption is highly recommended. When selecting a policy please make sure you are very clear about what it will and will not cover. No travel insurance covers all scenarios. Proof of insurance will be required prior to your trip.

Special Considerations

Please let us know if you’re having a birthday or anniversary on the trip. We’ll also need to know of any medical or dietary requirements that you’d like us to consider in planning your trip (i.e. if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, or if you have any food allergies.). Please note this on the Guest Registration Form (be specific as to what your needs are) and return it to our office at least 60 days before your trip. If you’re booking your trip less than 60 days before departure, please make sure you’ve discussed any special requests with our office.

Weather

You may want to check one week prior to your trip for an up-to-date weather forecast. We recommend you check the following web sites: www.weather.com or www.wunderground.com

There are two primary seasons during the year in the Galapagos. Each offers a good time for visiting, but the character of each season is somewhat different.

December through June is the warmer time of year, with the highs in the upper 80s to mid-90s. Although the islands receive relatively more rainfall during this time most of the lower elevations of the islands are quite arid and there is plenty of sunshine and blue skies. The sea is at its warmest, and it is usually calmer at this time of year.

The drier garua season lasts from June or July through November. The garua is mist that forms in the highlands of the islands. Ironically, the garua season provides more moisture at the upper levels of the islands than the so-called wet season. Air temperatures are lower, with highs in the upper 70s. The climate at this time is affected by the strong Humboldt Current, which comes from the south. The water temperature, therefore, is at its coolest during this time, about 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

In Quito, which is about 9300 feet above sea level, the elevation greatly moderates the climate. The temperature ranges from 45 to 70 degrees, with lower temperatures from April to October. Daytime temperatures are warm and pleasant, while evenings are cool and comfortable.

Physical Preparation

This trip is relatively moderate but hiking, snorkeling and kayaking require a combination of cardiac and strength training. Jogging, swimming, and aerobic exercises will help increase endurance for the activities. Push-ups, sit-ups and other weight training exercises that increase upper and lower body strength will ensure preparedness for getting the most out of your experience. Regular exercise prior to your trip will certainly add to your enjoyment.

Hiking

The hikes are moderate and allow you to get up close and personal with the magnificent wildlife in the islands. We recommend that your hiking shoes be lightweight, with sturdy soles, and that they are well worn in. If you are buying new hiking shoes for this trip, be sure to walk them in well in advance to avoid blisters during the trip.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling will expose you to a new world. You may come face-to-face with baby sea lions as they dart playfully past your mask. Penguins flit by in a trail of bubbles and sea turtles glide beneath you. The ecological diversity characteristic of the Galapagos is on grand display beneath the surface of the ocean as much as it is on land. If you’ve never snorkeled before, you’ll want to try it out here as the experience is not to be missed.

Sea Kayaking

The Galapagos is a wonderful place to sea kayak as you glide over a plethora of marine life. The yacht is equipped with one double and a single for exploring the seashore. In the last two years, they have begun to regulate the areas in which we can sea kayak so it tends to vary by the trip and park regulations. In any case, the paddling is always exceptional!

Surfing

The surfing in Galapagos is outstanding, but many of the reef breaks require good surfing skills and waves can be up to 4 meters. However, there are also some more forgiving beach breaks that are ideal for beginners. We have boards available for the group to share. If you are interested in a “surfing only” experience, contact us and we would be delighted to customize something for you.

Mountain Biking

There are a few places in the islands where we have options to bike but this is at an additional cost. It’s mostly mellow road or trail riding.

Suggested Packing List

If you do not already own any of the items on the suggested packing list feel free to call our office for suggestions.

Equipment:

Duffel Bag: Bring your gear packed in a soft duffel bag rather than suitcase
Daypack: For day hikes it should be large enough to carry water bottles, camera and rain jacket and can double as your flight carry-on bag
Spare soft duffel for purchases while in Ecuador (or purchase in Ecuador)
Plastic Bags: Large trash bag and Ziploc bags to separate clean and dry clothes from wet and dirty

Personal Items:

  • Sunglasses with securing strap
  • Toiletries
  • Earplugs: It will sometimes be necessary to motor through the night to make it to the next day’s destination
  • Sunscreen (Waterproof & SPF 15 or higher)
  • Lip Protection (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, moleskin)
  • Spare pair of glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Water Bottles: Heavy duty and minimum 2 quart capacity. For day hikes, hydration systems like a “Camelbak” are great too
  • Headlamp or Flashlight, extra batteries and bulb
  • Camera, batteries, film or memory cards
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Cash for National Park entrance fee, gratuities and souvenirs

Clothing:

Any clothing you bring should be synthetic, quick drying, and breathable. This is a sub-tropical adventure and you will be exposed to sun, wind, and water. Long sleeves, long pants, and wide brimmed hats are recommended for sun protection. In general, you will need loose fitting clothes for the hotter parts of the trip and some extra layering for evenings. Keep in mind that some of what you bring may get sweaty and wet due to the humid climate. You will also encounter dust, sand, and salt, and may feel a little grubby from time to time. No fancy dress clothing is required.

  • Long Sleeved Shirt: Lightweight and light color for sun protection
  • Long Pants: Lightweight and light color for sun protection (jeans not recommended)
  • Shade Hat or Visor with tie and a spare
  • Bandana
  • Rain Jacket & Pants: A hooded jacket is recommended as well as good secure closures around your head, neck and wrists. Rain pants are optional
  • Swimsuits: 2
  • 1 -2 rash guard tops for snorkeling
  • Underwear: Quick-drying
  • Shorts: 2-3 pair lightweight, and fast drying
  • T-shirts or lightweight fast drying tops
  • Sport Sandals: Teva, Chacos or Keen brand
  • Athletic Shoes or Lightweight Hiking Boots: 1 pair, comfortable and with good tread
  • Hiking Socks: 3 or 4 pair mid-weight
  • Casual clothes for evenings and in Quito (Note: evenings are cool)

Optional Items:

  • Walking Stick: collapsible
  • Binoculars: compact
  • Shortie wetsuit
  • Electrolyte mix for flavoring water
  • Personal snorkel gear (we provide gear but many prefer their own)
  • Cameras
    Bringing the right camera equipment will go a long toward determining the quality of your photographs. If you’re an avid photographer, we recommend bringing a good digital SLR camera that can be used on land and when aboard the catamaran. There are many great underwater digital cameras that are salt-water resistant and protected against sand.Bring more memory card space than you think you’ll need. And don’t forget to pack spare camera batteries or a charger. You should be ready for bright sunlight, so you may want to bring a polarizing filter. Zip-Lock plastic bags help protect you camera against sand and salt. We strongly recommend you take out a rider on you homeowner’s policy to cover your camera -especially if it’s fine equipment.

For Women Only

Even if you aren’t anticipating your menstrual period, come prepared for it. We recommend you bring some sandwich size zip-lock bags. They can be used during the day while you are on the water or hiking and can be disposed of when you reach your overnight lodging. (Hint for tampon users: o.b. tampons are 1/3 the size of regular tampons, tuck discreetly into pockets and have less paper wrapping). Many women suggest bringing a small supply of baby wipes.

Packing Your Gear

We recommend traveling as light as possible! Excess baggage can be a burden to you and to support personnel. On an international flight, you are typically allowed 1-2 pieces of checked luggage at no additional fee but luggage restrictions are changing regularly and vary according to airline – please check with your specific airline to determine luggage allowance. On the flight from Quito to the Galapagos, you will only be allowed 44 lbs. Excess luggage may be kept at the hotel in Quito.

Water

Complimentary bottled drinking water is available at the hotel in Quito. We will provide purified water while in the Galapagos. It is best to bring your own reusable water bottle or hydration pack, in order to limit waste. Do not drink water from the tap as it frequently contains bacteria that can cause stomach problems.

The Catamaran is equipped with a water desalinization machine to provide us with freshwater for daily use. Please limit the number and time of your daily showers, as the machine provides 200 liters of freshwater per hour, and an average shower requires 40 liters. For the same reason, we ask that you do not wash your clothes on the boat.

It is crucial that you stay hydrated while in the tropics, especially when we are hiking, biking and kayaking. Electrolyte powders make water taste better, while replacing salts and minerals lost to sweating.

Electricity

Ecuador is on the 110V AC system. Sockets are the standard US style, either 2 flat prongs or 2 flat prongs and a round ground. There are sockets on the catamaran for recharging batteries. In order to save power, please remember to switch off the light and A/C when not in your cabin.

Avoiding Sunburn

The sun is very strong in the Galapagos. Reapply sunscreen often, and wear your hat and sunglasses.

Staying Healthy

In hot climates, cuts and scratches can easily become infected and take a long time to heal. Prevent infection from coral cuts by immediately washing wounds with fresh water. Use an antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide and an antibacterial like Neosporin. Prickly heat, or salt/heat rash is a common ailment for tropical adventurers. It is caused by salt buildup in the sweat glands. The skin becomes soggy and small red blisters appear. At first sight of the rash, wash with fresh water and apply calamine lotion, dust with talcum powder and change clothes. Until the rash improves, avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Island Excursions

Passengers will be transferred from the catamaran to the islands in a panga (dinghy). The landings may be wet or dry. Dry landings mean you step directly onto rock, while wet landings mean you step into the water and wade to shore. Your guide will tell you ahead of time what type of landing to expect. Either way, crew members will be there to assist you.

Briefings

Your guide will conduct a briefing every evening after dinner. He or she will explain the following day’s activities and talk about what animals and plants might be seen.

Park Guidelines

Please remember you are visiting a national park, and will be expected to follow park regulations. The instructions you receive from your guide are intended for the preservation and conservation of the Galapagos.

Basic Rules:

  • Stay on marked trails
  • Do not touch or feed the animals
  • Do not smoke on the Islands
  • Clean the soles of your shoes to avoid carrying endemic seeds from one island to another
  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints

Snorkeling

Each guest will be given a mask, a snorkel and a pair of fins, in an individually numbered bag, to use for the duration of the trip. Please rinse your gear in freshwater after each use. Snorkelers are asked to follow these simple instructions:

  • Stay with the group; look up every few minutes to check that you are still close
  • Be aware of the location of the panga
  • When getting on and off the panga, stay clear of the outboard motor
  • Have all your gear on before getting off the panga
  • Take off only your fins before re-boarding the panga
  • When diving under be sure to look up before resurfacing
  • If you feel more comfortable in a life vest, you are welcome to wear one

Scuba Diving

For those interested, scuba diving will be an option for an extra fee. The dives are offered at times that will not interfere with the land-based activities. Please bring your diving license if you’d like to participate.

Meal Service

Please inform us of any dietary restrictions when booking the trip. Meals are generally served at these times (subject to change to suit the itinerary):
Breakfast 7:00 – 7:30
Lunch 12:00 – 12:30
Dinner 19:00 – 19:30
Snacks will be offered between meals

Bar Service

There are a variety of soft drinks, beer and liquor available. The bartender will open a consumption card for you; please sign it every time you request a drink.

Note: Due to the fact that there is a bar on board, we ask you do not bring your own alcohol.

Cabin Service

The cabins are cleaned every morning. Towels and sheets are changed 3 times a week. Please do not bring any food or drinks into the cabins.

Boat Safety

Your guide will thoroughly explain safety procedures once you are onboard. Please be sure to check exactly where the life vests are located in your cabin. In the unlikely event that the alarm sounds, you will be expected to gather your personal documents, put on warm clothes, and bring your life vest to the lounge where the crew members will be waiting with further instructions.

Smoking On Board

There are designated smoking areas on deck. Please ask one of the crew members for an ashtray and do not throw butts into the water. Smoking on the islands is not allowed. Toilets

Everywhere in Ecuador, including Quito, the Galapagos Islands and our catamaran, people are asked not to throw anything into the toilets, including toilet paper. A wastebasket is provided for toilet paper and it is emptied often. This may seem strange to North Americans, but please obey this rule and avoid being the cause of a backed up septic system. Thanks!

Laundry

Laundry service is available at the hotel and the occasional location in the islands. Before dropping any laundry check for turn-around times. We recommend lightweight, quick drying articles of clothing that can air dry on the boat.

Time Zones

The Galapagos Islands are in the same time zone as Central Standard in the USA (CST). Quito time is the same as Eastern Standard Time.

Gratuities

The tipping of guides is entirely discretionary, and we feel strongly that gratuities should not be offered to them if they lead anything less than a great trip. However, we expect that our crew will do a great job in making your trip memorable and, when they do, it is not uncommon for our travelers to offer a gratuity. The guides very much appreciate it.

In this regard, we are often asked what is appropriate. As a general tipping guideline, we have found that our travelers will leave $150 per person to the crew (they will share it) and another $100 per person to the naturalist. If you desire, the North American R.O.A.M. guide can be tipped separately as well (similar to naturalist). Once again, tipping is entirely at your discretion and varies by culture.

1 review for Galapagos Multi Sport

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    The Galapagos was incredible. The boat was perfect. Upscale but perfect. Space wise, everything. The other guests were fun and we have met some really interesting people we will keep in touch with from the UK.

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