ROW's Galápagos Islands Adventure Tour, "Galápagos Unbound," is a multisport vacation and the first of its kind offered in this tropical archipelago. This trip gets you off the typical cruise-based Galápagos tour and allows you to see the diverse wildlife and scenery of these islands from behind a paddle. Snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking through the Galápagos gives you the most intimate journey possible in this incredible island chain.
The Galápagos Islands have been a national park of Ecuador since 1959. Organized tourism began in the 1960s, and the Galápagos remains a far-flung and iconic destination. Because of their famed natural history and remarkable land and marine species, these remote islands are revered the world over. In the effort to preserve and protect the Galápagos, access to the islands is strictly regulated.
Most Galápagos Islands tours are cruise-based, carrying from 10 to 100 people. ROW's Galápagos tour, the only of its kind, allows our small groups to visit sites off the main tourist routes. We walk and sea kayak where other, more intrusive travel, couldn't take us; our reward is not only what we see, but also the pleasure we have in getting there. ROW's Galápagos adventure is also the only tour that gives you the opportunity to camp on island beaches and to hike to the rim of a recently active volcano. Our trip is designed to give you intimate contact with a stunning, wholly unique world.
Our Galápagos Islands adventure vacation is the most sustainable eco-tour of the Galápagos you can support. First of all, compared to a cruise, this trip uses a fraction of the fuel (based on per person consumption) and thus has a much smaller carbon footprint. Second, a much larger percentage of your trip fee actually stays in the Galápagos Islands compared to cruises. This means your presence has a much stronger economic benefit to the local communities. Third, this is the only trip in the Galápagos that includes camping on an island beach and our camping site is approved and regulated by the Galápagos National Park Service. We are proud that we have developed minimum impact camping techniques that exceed established “Leave No Trace” practices.
Few places on earth allow for such close contact with wildlife as the Galápagos Islands. Words simply cannot describe the intense wonder you experience while exploring these oceanic islands where the birds and animals have little fear of humans.
On this superlative Galápagos adventure you'll play in the water with sea lions, get within a few feet of blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and the giant Galápagos tortoises. You'll watch pelicans and boobies dive for fish, snorkel in transparent water rich with sea-life, and even swim with sharks if you dare.
Our stable and speedy expedition sea kayaks are for one or two paddlers and specifically equipped for the conditions we encounter in the Galápagos. All kayaking portions of the trip are supported by a panga, or small launch, that ensures everyone's comfort and safety while on the water. Although we recommend that participants have some paddling experience, we begin each Galápagos sea kayaking trip with practice and a safety orientation.
Our Galápagos Islands tour takes us to five islands for a wealth of wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Every journey is more than its destination, and we are thrilled to offer a Galápagos adventure unlike any other.
Visit this page, Galapagos weather, to get a month to month description to best fit your travel preference. Further, if you need to purchase some gear before your trip, ROW has assembled the more common items at our ROWear online store.