Trip Extensions & Island Based Tours
Although the Galapagos Islands are frequently visited by a cruise, there exist multiple high end and more budget friendly options for experiencing the islands based from a hotel. Land-based adventures in the Galapagos can offer a different perspective on this amazing archipelago. Some top options include Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Royal Palm Hotel, an island-hopping program, or several days with multisport activities on Isabela Island.
Combining a cruise with several days post-cruise on one of the islands is another amazing experience – allowing for the opportunity to visit a wide variety of islands on the cruise, and then relax or organize multisport activities while at the hotel. Check out the potential land based options, for more details, or contact us for more information.
Ecuador is an incredibly diverse country. Why not make a trip extension in mainland Ecuador. From the lush Amazon jungle to the breathtaking heights of the Andes Mountains, Ecuador has some amazing destinations – all easily accessed by short flights or drives.
For those fascinated by natural history, a visit to the Amazon jungle can’t be missed. With high end jungle lodges, top local & naturalist guides, visits to indigenous communities, and access to one of the most diverse ecological “hotspots” on the planet – the Amazon is a perfect complement to the natural history of the Galapagos Islands. The Amazon can be included as a several days’ adventure either pre or post-Galapagos, and is ideal for travelers of all ages.
The Andes Highlands are another highlight to see before or after your Galapagos visit. Spend 1-2 days exploring colorful villages & markets, dining on hearty Ecuadorian cuisine, and breathing the fresh air of the Andes Highlands. You’ll stay at traditional haciendas – in some cases hosted by the family that has owned the property for generations – and experience country life amongst the snow-capped Andes.
Horseback riding, hiking, browsing vegetable & handicraft markets, and just relaxing on the extensive hacienda properties are just some of the activities available. And for those with more time, a driving tour through the Avenue of the Volcanoes is an ideal way to visit multiple towns and see a wide variety of scenery. In all cases, we will custom tailor your plans to suit your style of adventure!