Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos, is the only place in the entire archipelago where extended trekking is possible, and we are one of the very few operators allowed to hike there.
A unique environment, it is one of the last remaining habitats of the giant Galapagos tortoise, is home to many interesting species of endemic wildlife, and boasts five major volcanoes.
As well as trekking on the recently active Volcan Chico in the Sierra Negra, we also make shorter hikes on several other islands, discovering the changing volcanic landscapes and unique wildilfe that characterise this enchanted part of the world.
What makes this trip responsible?
We adhere to the strict rules of the Galapagos National Park at all times during this trip – for example, staying on marked trails, taking all litter with us and maintaining an appropriate distance from wildlife. All services are contracted locally (guides, boats, restaurants, hotels and transport) and all food is bought locally, thus keeping money in the local community.
Our local operator is verified by the Rainforest Alliance and committed to improving their environmental, social and economic practices.
Clients share their images of In Darwin's Footsteps ...
Some of our clients who travelled on this holiday (Nov 2012) offered us a hyperlink to their own website where they have posted their images with a detailed description of the trip. To read more, please visit Galapagos with Exodus.
Countries visited: Ecuador
Fly to Quito.
Morning city tour.
Fly to Galapagos; afternoon visit to the Galapagos Visitors' Centre.
Hike in the highlands of San Cristobal and around El Junco Lake; visit Galapaguera where hundreds of tortoises live in their natural habitat; snorkelling at Puerto Chino.
Sail to Kicker Rock where we can see several species of nesting birds; to Isla Lobos for hike and snorkelling.
Sail to Floreana; afternoon visit highlands, caves and sealion colony.
Visit highlands of Floreana; sail to Isabela; afternoon visit Las Tintoreras to see White-tip reef sharks, penguins and sealions.
Start Sierra Negra Volcano trek across lava fields to Volcan Azufre.
Continue trek to Volcan Chico.
Morning exploration of volcano; afternoon drive to Puerto Villamil.
Visit Wall of Tears and hike back to town; free afternoon.
Sail to Santa Cruz; afternoon visit beach at Tortuga Bay.
Day trip to Plazas Islands or North Seymour; option to visit Charles Darwin Research Centre.
Fly to Quito
Full day visit to Otavalo Market; lunch at Parque Condor.