Galapagos Islands | Travel & Adventures
As the first company to bring visitors to the islands—we are the Galapagos experts. Since our inaugural charter in 1970 for the Sierra Club, we've become a part of the local Galapagos community with an office in Quito, Ecuador.
Reputation for Adventure. Our Galapagos trips have been featured in The New York Times and USA Today as the best! Whether you're looking for an intimate expedition aboard a small yacht, land-based multisport adventure, or luxury cruise with hiking & snorkeling—MTS has an active adventure perfect for you.
Local Knowledge & Insider Access. Our Galapagos specialists can advise which trip is best for you based on first-hand experience in the Islands. Plus, our Galapagos guides live locally and know every current, beach and cove like the back of their hand. They also know how to avoid cruise ship crowds, so you make the most of your time.
Holiday dates are filling up, so book now! Our Galapagos experts are available by email and phone 1-888-687-6235.
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 Galapagos 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 Galapagos National Park Service for nearly 30 years and is an MTS Signature Guide.
Desiree Cruz lives in the heart of the Galapagos 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 Galapagos 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 in Galapagos.
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 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.
Book now! Our Galápagos experts are available by email and phone 1-888-687-6235.
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Choose your own dates for existing trip itineraries or create your own dream trip! - Year-round departures
Galápagos Islands Land-Based Adventure: Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Land exploration of the Galápagos Islandsdeparting: December 2013 duration: 11 days activities: hiking & trekking, kayaking, multisport, lodge based, snorkeling, family vacations, wildlife, most popular pricing: from $4,095
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 $3,495
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise An expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a comfortable deluxe yacht that would even make Charles Darwin envious!departing: May 2013, June 2013, July 2013, August 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, November 2014, December 2014 duration: 11 days activities: small boat cruising, sea kayaking, kayaking, cruising, family vacations, wildlife, snorkeling, multisport, popular fall trips, popular spring trips, popular summer trips, trips of a lifetime, most popular pricing: from $4,795
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: May 2013, June 2013, July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013 duration: 8 days activities: cruising, wildlife, snorkeling, kayaking, family vacations, most popular pricing: from $6,003
NEW Kayaking the Galapagos & Amazon Explore two of the world’s most unique ecosystems with the Galapagos’ adventure experts by land and by seadeparting: July 2013, December 2013 duration: 11 days activities: lodge based, wildlife, kayaking, snorkeling, most popular, new, new for 2013 pricing: from $3,995