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Galapagos watersports and giant tortoises
Go kayaking, snorkelling or paddling in crystal clear waters, and visit a giant tortoise reserve.
This fun activity is a great experience at any time during your visit to the Galápagos, and a good choice for you when you first arrive in the archipelago, as you plunge straight in to an adventure on the water where you’ll make your first acquaintance with wildlife above and below the surface.
The Itabaca Channel separates Baltra, where the international airport is located, from Santa Cruz Island. There, under the watchful supervision of qualified guides, you can go kayaking, snorkelling or riding a stand-up paddle, all the time enjoying the opportunity to observe up close wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea -lions, brown pelicans, herons and white-tipped reef sharks. Glide through red mangrove forests and along rocky lava cliffs fringing water so clear you observe marine life scuttling through the shallows.
After a couple of hours on the water and then head up into the verdant highlands of Santa Cruz Island to view giant tortoises grazing in the wild.
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Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.