When it comes to Bucket List destinations, Galapagos has long been one of ours. As avid divers, we have always dreamed about diving in the Galapagos, but that’s not the only thing that has drawn us to this cluster of islands off the coast of Ecuador.

Visiting the Galapagos was definitely something we wanted to do as a part of our Before Babies Bucket List. We figured that if we didn’t, it’d be at least another 5+ years before our future kids are old enough to be able to join us on a Galapagos adventure. And selfishly, we just don’t want to wait that long.

So we decided, this is the year!

When we first started planning our trip to the Galapagos, we were overwhelmed. With little information available, we weren’t sure what islands we’d want to visit, what there is to do on those islands and how one might get around the region.

Luckily, along came Galakiwi, an adventure tour company with a focus on sustainability and ecotourism. When we heard about their special edition 11-Day Adventure Tour, we jumped on the opportunity and were thrilled to be invited to join in.

Our Galapagos Itinerary:

We’ll be spending a total of just over 2 weeks in the country. We are flying into Quito where we’ll spend a couple of days getting acquainted with one of the highest capitals in the world (Quito sits at just over 9,000 feet above sea level).

From there, we’ll join our Galakiwi adventure group and head for the Galapagos.

Tagus Cove, Isabela, Galapagos

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First Stop: San Cristóbal Island

We’ll fly over to San Cristóbal and get right into the action with some mountain biking and SUP/snorkeling with sea lions at La Loberia. We’ll also get a chance to snorkel with sharks and sea turtles at Kicker Rock and SUP at Tijeretas Bay.

Sea Lions on Playa de Los Marinos in San Cristobal. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Sea Lions on Playa de Los Marinos in San Cristobal. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Second stop: Floreana Island

Floreana is the least inhabited of the main islands, but one that will offer us an opportunity to SUP, spot more wildlife, and learn more about the island and its residents.

Marine Iguanas in the Galapagos. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Marine Iguanas in the Galapagos. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Encounter with a tortoise on Floreana Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Encounter with a tortoise on Floreana Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Third Stop: Isabela Island

There is lots to see nd do on Isabela and luckily we have 4 days to explore!

Main street on Isabela Island . Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Main street on Isabela Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

We’ll visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, hike up to the caldera of the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkel at Cabo Rosa, one of the most diverse snorkel spots in the entire archipelago, and learn about Isabela’s penal colony past at the Wall of Tears.

Kayaking on Isabela Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Kayaking on Isabela Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Sierra Negra Volcano Hike on Isabela. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Sierra Negra Volcano Hike on Isabela. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Tortoise Breeding Centre on Isabela Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Tortoise Breeding Centre on Isabela Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Fourth Stop: Santa Cruz Island

We’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn more about the conservation efforts in the Galapagos, do some more snorkeling and SUP and say goodbye to our Galakiwi crew as they head back to Quito.

Giant tortoise in the Highlands of santa Cruz Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

Giant tortoise in the Highlands of santa Cruz Island. Photo courtesy of Galakiwi

We decided to extend our stay in Santa Cruz for a few more days to give us a chance to do some diving and explore the island a bit further. From Santa Cruz, we’ll head back to Quito where we’ll end our amazing Galapagos adventure.

Our itinerary is full on, packed with amazing wildlife encounters and adventures and we are so thrilled to be working with the crew from Galakiwi on this trip.

We are looking forward to learning more about their sustainable practices and responsible travel in the Galapagos and will be sharing all about our adventures after we return.

Have you ever been to the Galapagos? Do you have any tips and advice for our visit?

Disclaimer: We’ll be travelign to the Galapagos as guest of Galakiwi, but all opinions expressed in this article and any future coverage of the Galapagos are our own.