Galapagos Islands | Travel & Adventures
For eons, the Galápagos Islands were untouched by humanity, letting Mother Nature’s imagination run wild with such magical creatures as the giant Galápagos tortoise, the flightless cormorant, the blue-footed booby, the marine iguana, the winged albatross and playful sea lions in splendid isolation. Charles Darwin’s discovery of the Enchanted Isles in the 19th century was the basis for his opus, The Origin of Species, opening the doors for others to discover this exotic and otherworldly paradise.
Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park has become highly protected land to be enjoyed by responsible travelers all year long. Mountain Travel Sobek was the first North American company to bring visitors to the islands with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970. Over more than four decades, we have forged long-term relationships with the park, the top expert guides (all engaged, knowledgeable, and certified Galápagos National Park Class III Naturalists), and the local community—relationships we cemented by opening in office in Quito, Ecuador to best serve our respected clientele.
Whether you're looking for an intimate expedition aboard a small yacht, land-based multisport adventure, or luxury cruise with hiking & snorkeling, we have the perfect adventure right at your fingertips. Either by land or by sea in our exclusive well-appointed inns and private charter yachts, you’ll journey through a real-life never-never land, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking among magnificent wildlife. The islands are the perfect playground for families, too, so bring the kids along! Join us for a scheduled departure or give us the dates you'd like to travel and we'll send you a custom itinerary!
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Choose Your Own Dates. Join us for a scheduled departure or give us the dates you'd like to travel and we'll send you a custom itinerary!
Stay on Land or at Sea. Choose a land-based trip for an active adventure with hotel accommodations. Select a yacht-based cruise for the ultimate mobile expedition. With either option, you’ll journey through a real-life never-never land—hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking among magnificent wildlife.
Private Trips. The Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime adventure—why not make it truly special by booking a private trip or charter? Take your family aboard a private yacht, or round up wildlife-loving friends for an epic expedition with your own dedicated guide and uniquely-crafted itinerary.
Certified Naturalist Guides. Your appreciation for the ecology of the Galápagos Islands will increase 10-fold under the scholarly guidance of our guides, many of whom are local to the islands and have earned a highly coveted Class III naturalist certification from the Galapagos National Park.
Luis Die was born in Seville, Spain, and is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with degrees in environmental biology and ecology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in the Galápagos for more than 20 years. Luis is a born teacher and enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galápagos with people of all ages. In addition to guiding trips and running the local MTS office, Luis has authored two field guides about wildlife life in the Galápagos, and moonlights as a professional nature photographer. Luis lives in Quito with his wife, daughter, and twin sons, and works exclusively for MTS as our Lead Naturalist Guide with Class III naturalist certification.
Born in the US, Greg Estes first arrived in Galápagos in 1982 leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary Galápagos Expedition to conduct research on the feeding ecology of marine iguanas. After graduating from the University of London with an honors degree in Biology, Greg and his wife, Thalia, retraced Darwin’s footsteps through Galápagos using information from his original notebooks, and later published a book, Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World. Greg has served as a Class III certified naturalist guide for the Galápagos National Park Service for nearly 30 years and is an MTS Signature Guide.
Desiree Cruz lives in the heart of the Galápagos at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she received her B.S. from the University of Guayaquil in Biology with a specialty in Botany. Desiree has been a certified naturalist guide in Galápagos since 1987, and is the former Deputy Director of the Galápagos National Park Services. Desiree is fluent in English, Spanish, and German. Between guiding MTS trips, Desiree serves as an advocate for conservation in Galápagos and works part-time teaching naturalist guides.
Patricia Stucki has been guiding diving trips in Galápagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and is an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galápagos, she will be able to give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.
Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise
Luxury Cruise Aboard the La Pinta
Galapagos Land-Based Adventure
Kayaking the Galapagos & Amazon
Private & Custom Trips
Choose your own dates for existing trip itineraries or create your own dream trip! - Year-round departures
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Hidden Galapagos: A Private Adventure to the Galapagos Islands A Private Adventure to the Enchanted Islandsduration: 9 days activities: sea kayaking, hiking & trekking, kayaking, wildlife, most popular pricing: from $3,995
Cruising The Galápagos Islands: Short Excursions An active, expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a deluxe yacht in one of the most exotic places on earth—ideal for families!departing: June 2015 duration: 7 days activities: small boat cruising, sea kayaking, hiking & trekking, kayaking, family vacations, cruising, wildlife, quick escapes pricing: from $3,195
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise An active, expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a deluxe yacht in one of the most exotic places on earth—ideal for families!departing: November 2014, December 2014, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015, June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, December 2015 duration: 11 days activities: small boat cruising, sea kayaking, kayaking, cruising, family vacations, wildlife, snorkeling, multisport, popular spring trips, popular summer trips, trips of a lifetime, most popular, popular winter trips, popular fall trips pricing: from $4,995
Galápagos Aboard La Pinta Cruise in high style aboard a small cruise ship, while enjoying all the unforgettable wildlife encounters you’d expect from an MTS Galápagos voyagedeparting: September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2014 duration: 8 days activities: cruising, wildlife, snorkeling, kayaking, family vacations, most popular pricing: from $6,255
Kayaking the Galapagos & Amazon Explore two of the world’s most unique ecosystems by land and by sea with the Galapagos’ adventure expertsdeparting: December 2014 duration: 11 days activities: lodge based, wildlife, kayaking, snorkeling, most popular, new, new for 2013, popular winter trips pricing: from $4,295