Surfing the Galapagos
About this Adventure
Surf in the birthplace of the theory of evolution
When Charles Darwin stopped off in the Galapagos in 1835 it was a huge step in the formulation of his theory of evolution. Modern day visitors are as likely to be surfers searching for some great waves as they are naturalists studying the beaks of finches.
The islands location in the Pacific 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador mean they get hit by waves from the north and south Pacific creating world-class surfing conditions. There are waves all year, but we think the best conditions are between January and May off the coast of San Cristobal, where waves usually reach five feet.
As well as the quality and consistency of the waves the main attraction is the lack of surfers. Also, when you want a break from the waves there is the amazing wildlife of the islands to explore. The range of wildlife is incredible, sea lions, penguins, flamingos, iguanas and giant tortoises can all be found on these volcanic islands and, thanks to the lack of predators, they are incredibly tame, lying still as you approach them.
See below for a proposed itinerary:
DAY 1: Visit to San Cristobal Island’s Interpretation Center, Hike Frigate Hill, Swim and Snorkel at Carola Beach – San Cristobal, Casa Opuntia.
DAY 2: Sea Kayak and Snorkel the Coast, Isla Lobos, and Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) – San Cristobal, Casa Opuntia.
DAY 3: Mountain Bike and Discover Wildlife, Beaches, Mangroves, Lagoons and Islets – Isabela, Iguana Crossing.
DAY 4: Hike Active Volcanoes and Lava Formations – Isabela, Iguana Crossing.
DAY 5: Tortoises, Pirates, Lava Tunnels, and Volcanic Sinkholes – Santa Cruz, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn.
DAY 6: Kayak along Lava Wall Channels and Hike to Tortuga Bay – Santa Cruz, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn.
DAY 7: Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz Island and Return Flight to mainland.
Ecuador Adventure can arrange your unique surfing adventure.