Hiking

For those travelers seeking a more active Galapagos adventure, the islands offer some truly remarkable hiking excursions. It should be noted, however, that hiking within the national park is strictly regulated and requires permits in order to minimize environmental damage and ensure guest safety. While cruise-based shore excursions generally involve short walks and hikes along designated trails, we recommend booking a designated Galapagos hiking tour for travelers who are interested in making hiking a centerpiece of their adventure. Some of the best hiking opportunities in the islands can be found in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where guests can roam the lush Scalesia forests in search of wild tortoises and a variety of birdlife, and the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island, where a challenging seven-mile hike offers avid hikers the opportunity to peer into the depths of one of the world’s greatest volcanic calderas.

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