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November 7, 2018
12 Things to Do on a Galapagos Land Tour
Galapagos Scenery

Are you an adventure junky? Do you love wildlife?

A Galakiwi land tour in the Galapagos keeps you busy hiking, biking, snorkeling and exploring the islands. We also show you the amazing wildlife that can only be found here. We don’t do cruises here, so when you are hungry, we take you to the best restaurants in the Galapagos. When you are tired, you stay in fun, local family-run hotels.

A Galapagos land tour with Galakiwi allows you the freedom to explore the islands in a different way, while benefiting the local economy and learning about the important conservation efforts being done to ensure the islands remain the wildlife paradise they are today.

What would you most want to experienceย on a Galakiwi land tour in the Galapagos?ย 

12 – Learn about Lonesome George & Conservation in the Galapagos

Lonesome George Exhibit in the Galapagos

Lonesome George Exhibit in the Galapagos

A famous symbol of the Galapagos, when Lonesome George died recently, his species of tortoise went extinct. Learn about the current conservation efforts in the Galapagos and what you can do to help make sure the islands stay as pristine as possible!

11 – Sleep in Small-Family Run Hotels

Small Hotels, Big Charm!

Small Hotels, Big Charm!

There is no better way to understand a place you visit than to chat with the locals! Stay in small-family run hotels and meet the interesting people that call the Galapagos home, without worrying about getting seasick on a rocking boat.

10 – Hike up an Active Volcano on Isabela Island

Success! On top of a Galapagos Volcano.

Success! On top of a Galapagos Volcano.

Sierra Negra volcano and Volcan Chico are highlights for anyone who loves hiking. Strange colours, stunning views and the chance to see some special Galapagos animals such as vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks or land iguanas. One of the longest hikes available in the Galapagos!

9 – Enjoy some Traditional Ecuadorian Food

Llapingachos!

Llapingachos – A classic meal from Ecuador

Llapingachos, frittada and bolones are a few of the foods you can enjoy around the Galapagos. We also know where you can get some special crispy rice dishes, or the best fresh tuna steaks or coconut lobster. Don’t want the traditional? If you prefer pizza, sushi or a burger you’ll be surprised what you can find in the Galapagos!

8 – Snorkel or Dive with a Shiver of Sharks

Friendly Galapagos Sharks

Friendly Galapagos Sharks!

Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos Sharks, and reef sharks are abundant in the Galapagos Islands. Some of the places we snorkel and dive are deep water sites, where you can spot shivers of sharks! (You did know a group of sharks is called a shiver, right?)

7 – Go for a Sunrise Walk, or a Sunset Drink

Marine Iguana at Sunset

Marine Iguana at Sunset – Can’t get this photo on a Galapagos Cruise!

Freedom! Since you’re not stuck on a cruise ship for 12+ hours a day, you can stick to your morning yoga/running routine, or evening reading/sundowner routine. How does an early morning paddle board session sound? Or perhaps you’d rather sleep in a bit, or go to bed early. The choice, and freedom, is yours.

6 – Kayak with Penguins

Galapagos Penguin

Yes, Penguins really are in the Galapagos Islands!

How many people do you know can say they have gone kayaking with penguins? The world’s most northern penguin species is often hanging out around Puerto Villamil, where we like to do some kayaking in the bay. Who wants a penguin selfie!?

5 – SUP & Swim with Sea Lions

Sea Lion SUP

What’s SUP Sea Lion?

If penguins aren’t your thing, how about curious sea lions? The juveniles are especially inquisitive and love checking out swimmers. Of course, sometimes they just want a free ride and may even jump up on your SUP if you leave it unattended!

4 – Travel with the Best Galapagos Guides

Galapagos Naturalist Guides

The Best Galapagos Naturalist Guides work with Galakiwi

There was a time when people thought the best guides were on cruise ships in the Galapagos. We know that isn’t true, as Galakiwi has an amazing team of Galapagos Naturalist Guides who happen to also be great storytellers, bring the history and nature of the Galapagos to life. In fact, one of our guides recently received the Top Conservation Guide in the World award!

3 – See Giant Tortoises in the Wild

Hungry Hungry Tortoise

A Hungry Hungry Tortoise!

Do you know the difference between turtles and tortoises? If not, come to the Galapagos to find out! The Galapagos Is famous for being home to the Giant Tortoises, which can live well over 100 years, and adapted differently on each island they’re found. You can see them on every island we visit, including wild tortoises on Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands!

2 – Bike through the Lush Highlands

Galapagos Biking

Who wants to go for a ride?

Did you know the Galapagos highlands are a lush, green and somewhat tropical climate? Many fruits can be grown in the highlands, which are home to many different species than what you see along the coastlines. The best way to explore the highlands? By bike of course! You might even get to stop at an organic coffee farm!

1 – Photograph Iguanas, Boobies and More!

Blue-Footed Booby

The iconic Blue-Footed Booby

Wildlife everywhere. Blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, marine iguanas and so many more unique creatures are found in the Galapagos. Many of them are endemic, found nowhere else! Every day your Galakiwi adventure tour gives you time to see and photograph these strange animals. Just remember to hashtag #galakiwi when you post them on Instagram!

For an entry into our Great Galakiwi Galapagos Giveaway contest, simply comment on this blog post, saying what you would most want to do or see on a Galakiwi tour in the Galapagos! Be sure to comment before January 1st, 2019 to be entered in the draw! Full contest details can be found here.

58 Comments on this post

Anne Scott
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 2:51 PM

This sounds like it would be the trip of a lifetime! So many wonderful things to do and see!


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Jessica Hewko
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 2:57 PM

I really hope I get to see of these things in real life one day!! ๐Ÿ˜€ D


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Maia Dowling
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 3:11 PM

I would most like to swim with the shiver of sharks! What an amazing experience!


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Melissa Faulkner
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Oh my goodness I was going to comment on. My favorite but this all looks spectacular! My fav is perhaps the swimming with the sharks!


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ellory
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Looks Awesome


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Shawn Unger
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 3:56 PM

would love to experience this!!!!


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jason kinnin
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 3:58 PM

#2 is suited for me but I would be thankful to do any and all of these. Hope I win the contest


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Gabrielle R
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Kayaking with peguins is now on my bucket list!!


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Judy Folk
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 4:41 PM

i would love to kayak with penguins


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Anna Kroupina
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 4:41 PM

On the topic of Ecuadorian cuisine… have you heard of chontacuros?? These are large beetle larvae that are eaten raw or skewered shish kebab style. Certainly not for the squeamish! I’m all for trying at least one ๐Ÿ˜€


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megan h
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 4:47 PM

wow, what a family adventure we would have


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Bianca
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 4:48 PM

This would be an awesome experience!


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Corry L.
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 5:14 PM

Absolute dream-come-true adventure trip for me if I win! Thanks so much for the chance!


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valerie morgan
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 5:35 PM

This would be such a dream come true


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daniella solorzano
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM

I would love this experience!


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Corey Parker
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 6:35 PM

I would jump at the chance to do any of these things! I have always wanted to go here! Absolutely amazing!!!


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Cristina P.
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Every one of these are awe inspiring! What an amazing place and what a privilege it would be to be able to visit there!


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Chris Finn
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 6:40 PM

A trip to the Galapagos would be like every childhood dream coming true at once!


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Dmitri
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:07 PM

To see exotic wildlife of the Galapagos would be interesting. Biking, kayaking, swimming, hiking etc is the nice bonus.


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Macy Childers
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:12 PM

KAYAK WITH PENGUINS!


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suganya maheswaran
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:14 PM

this is making me want to go their. All that wild life, its like the little mermaid ๐Ÿ˜€


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Chris
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Lovely


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Kris w
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:43 PM

This is so amazing! It would be fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine to be able to explore this fantastical land.


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kelsie
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 7:51 PM

OMG those penguins!!!! i would love to kayak with them and see the sunrise/sunset


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carmen
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 8:18 PM

I want to try them all. Beautiful!


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Brian Hwang
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 9:06 PM

Going to Galapagos is a dream of mine! There is so much to do there and it looks beautiful!


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Gerri Tennant
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 9:18 PM

So many species and such a unique place to visit. Your blog made it very appealing, thanks.


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Karen Gilmore
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 9:51 PM

This trip has been on my bucket list for a long time. It all sounds amazing especially the water part.


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Meagan Gravitt
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Sounds like an absolute dream trip. Shane and I have been tossing around the idea of visiting for an anniversary celebration in the next year or two!


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Joy Armour
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:34 PM

Wow, the Galapagos looks right up my street – abundant in rich vegitation and fabulous wildlife. Such a great place to explore – a once in a lifetime experience! Joy ๐Ÿ–’


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Joy Armour
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:36 PM

Stunning country – and wonderful list of must-do’s!


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Cliff T
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:44 PM

Woah… the diving with sharks sounds like it’d be fun!


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Shira
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Wow! The Galapagos looks like an amazing place to visit! I love wildlife and nature.


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Melinda Carroll
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 10:58 PM

I have been wanting to go here for such a long time! I was thinking probably the only way I would be able to go is to win a trip!!


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Rae Rushing
Commented on November 7, 2018 at 11:29 PM

Oh my goodness! We would love to dive here! Beautiful!


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Rebecca F
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 12:54 AM

Kayaking with penguins looks AMAZING! I love all the wild animals and natural settings.


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Jeremy Lowe
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:01 AM

Its always been on my bucket list to go to these island. The wildlife you’d see would be second to none.


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Jerred P.
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Amazing article.


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Ruben
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:26 AM

A need to be there!!!!!


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DonnaBeeGood
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:36 AM

It would be wonderful to see while we still have wonders on this earth!


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Barbara Lowe
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 2:13 AM

I would enjoy walking with the Giant Tortoises and swimming with the Sea Lions.


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Lisa Cho
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 2:14 AM

Amazing photos! I would love to SUP with a sea lion.


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Saegan Anderson
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 2:46 AM

I SO want to kayak with penguins and swim with sea lions!


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Elliott
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 2:55 AM

So much amazing stuff to do here. I think Kayaking with sea loins might be a favourite though ๐Ÿ™‚


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Alicia Pea
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 3:29 AM

This is my dream trip!


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Diane Harris
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 3:42 AM

swim with a “shiver” of sharks, first time I’ve heard that.


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Terrie Tooms
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 3:42 AM

This is a phenomenal trip. I cant imagine what it would be like. I hope that I get to experience it one day.


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Kate Morris
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 3:52 AM

SUP with Sea Lions? Yes, I’m down for that!


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Hilary
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 5:32 AM

This would be a dream come true


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Allison B
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 11:46 AM

WOah! This is a dream come true


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Janice Cournoyer
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 12:22 PM

This would be a trip of a lifetime. Has been on my bucket list for so many years. Swimming with Giant Tortoises and swimming with the Sea Lions.m seeing those lovely little penguins would be a highlight!!


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Peter J Mogish
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 12:54 PM

So much to do; But mainly want to see the huge tortoises.


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Penny
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:21 PM

my dream come true


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Stefanie Sanford
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:23 PM

To be able to enjoy those beautiful sunrises and sunsets would be magical! I can’t wait to learn about the conservation efforts and to experience the food!


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Jeremy Harris
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:34 PM

Would love to do them all


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Marcus Harris
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 1:39 PM

So beautiful


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Donna Doyle
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 3:17 PM

This sounds amazing. Hiking up an active mountain, small family run hotels, snorkelling, kayaking the food. All of it.


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Megan Dumm
Commented on November 8, 2018 at 4:37 PM

I would love to swim with Sea Lions!! Thank you so much for the chance!!


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