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Tim, Co-Founder of Galakiwi, traveled to the Galapagos in 2001 on a mission to learn Spanish. He had just spent the last five years working in tourism and was ready for a vacation; South America was the destination. After struggling through several countries with minimal knowledge of Spanish, Tim decided he wasn’t leaving until he learned the language. That decision eventually led him to the Galapagos Islands – a perfect atmosphere to practice Spanish as there were hardly any Native English speakers living or visiting the islands at the time.
He was enamored by the wildlife, the weather and the waves and when the idea to start a tour company surfaced, he was ready for the challenge. In 2005, Tim and Nick began guiding a land-based, island hopping tour.
It’s been over a decade since Tim’s arrival to the Enchanted Islands and he still gets excited when it’s time to snorkel – especially if there are sharks involved! He still helps out and joins the occasional tour, but now spends most of his time behind the scenes making sure that every Galakiwi run trip goes smoothly. Tim currently resides on San Cristobal Island where our main Galakiwi office is located.
The x-factor with Galakiwi's tour, being land-based, is the insight you get into real life on the Galapagos. This was what lifted our trip beyond the expected 'trip of a lifetime' to see the natural sights of the Galapagos, to a really meaningful (though short!) experience in another country and culture.
Kath Silvester, New Zealand
10-day Galapagos Adventure, May 2017
We had a great land-based trip with Galakiwi -it as fun being ashore at night and wandering among the wildlife and with the locals in the street. And staying on an extra couple of days gave us time by ourselves but with full support from the Galakiwi team when we wanted it. The best of both worlds with a great professional approach. Thanks heaps as they say in NZ!
Alison Gray, New Zealand
6-day Land Galapagos Tour, March 2016
While I knew I would enjoy the Galapagos, the trip with Galakiwi became for me the highlight of our South American travels.
Jamie Jacobs, November 2015
10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour
We just wanted to write a quick note to say a massive thank you to everyone in Galakiwi who have helped make this trip so memorable for us. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed it.
Chi & Jay, New Zealand
Custom Ecuador & Galapagos Wedding Tour
We spent a month in South America and our time in the Galapagos was the highlight. There were new delightful surprises multiple times a day. Our guide, Pablo, shared his enthusiasm with us and kept us entertained with great stories and fascinating information each and every day. The land based tour from Galakiwi was definitely the right choice. We have spoken to others that took ship based tours and we feel that we made a great choice with Galakiwi. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Chris Urquhart, Canada
10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, June 2016
I had been planning a trip with my family for ages, and when the idea to go to Galapagos emerged, I thought what a better place to reunite with family and induce some very needed bonding opportunity. The fantastic natural setting was super conductive to this goal, but if it wasn't for GALAKIWI's immaculate service and attention it wouldn't have happened. So thanks to you guys for everything!
Duly Lee, USA
Custom Galapagos Family Tour
We are three couples with different interests and abilities, but the trip was great for all of us. The activities were a blast, our guide was top-notch and everything went just as we had hoped. We really loved it and would highly recommend Galakiwi to anyone thinking of a land-based Galapagos trip.
Larry Katz, USA
10-day Galapagos Adventure Tour, December 2015
The Galapagos mountain biking adventure trip was an amazing experience. Having to dodge a giant tortoise in the middle of the road is not something that happens every day. A great way to see these beautiful and unique islands in a slightly more detailed way.
Rachel Mundy, New Zealand
Galapagos Biking Tour