Queenstown, New Zealand (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
Today eight clients on a 10-day Galapagos tour with Active Adventures South America will snorkel and scuba dive at Kicker Rock, arguably one of the best spots on the planet to view marine life. Typically Galapagos adventure tours stay aboard small cruise ships or live-aboard dive boats, but afterwards this small group of travellers will venture back to shore and continue their exploration of four different islands within the archipelago on foot, by bike and in kayaks while having the luxury of staying ashore each night.
“The people of the Galapagos, especially our local guides, are incredible storytellers and having the chance to spend as much time as possible getting to know them is essential to really experiencing this special part of the world,” says Darren Hill, a South America destination expert at Active Adventures. He says the ‘Tortuga’ Galapagos tour finds just the right of adventure on land and sea.
One of the highlights of the trip is Kicker Rock, named for its resemblance to a boot, which is part of an ancient underwater volcano that lies about an hour by boat off the coast of San Cristobal Island. Here two rocks rise dramatically some 500 feet out of the sea, creating a mild current in the chasm between them that attracts hammerhead and Galapagos sharks as well as schools of vividly colored reef fish, large rays and turtles. The group will also explore nearby Isla Lobos, one of the main sea lion, frigate bird and blue-footed booby colonies in the area, where they can watch sea lions fish for lunch.
“Truly a trip of a lifetime. Active made every minute count. The snorkeling was stupendous, with sea lions playfully doing cartwheels at arms reach. Incandescent blue starfish, stingrays and a family of sea turtles that were underwater with us sent me laughing with excitement! We saw whales during our boat ride (and detoured to follow them) and so many birds, fish, iguanas and even penguins. The hotels were stupendous in their simplicity and location was perfect. The activities were for the young at heart, including the two 70-year-old men in our group. This is THE trip to save up for,” wrote Maria Paillaman-Bello about her trip in October.
About Active Adventures:
Active Adventures is a New Zealand-based tour operator specializing in small group adventures in bucket list destinations. They also run mainland Ecuador adventure tours that are scheduled to coordinate with this Galapagos tour, as well as trips in Peru, Patagonia, New Zealand and Nepal. Call Darren to discuss travel in South America or request a free brochure on 800.661.9073.