Sally Lightfoot crabs are everywhere on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Photo via Flickr:oliver.dodd

Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Bike Tours

Volcanic islands, biodiversity and amazing adventures!

Get ready for a ride! This bike tour in Ecuador in the Galapagos Islands has the perfect blend of challenging cross-island rides, leisurely downhill rides, and other activities to intrigue and fascinate you. This multi-adventure tour includes biking, hiking, snorkeling, and some boating thrown in for good measure.

The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, is a province of Ecuador, lying about 1,000 km off its coast, and considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. This tour is geared towards experienced cyclists who want a tour to a unique part of the world. From wandering around picturesque Puerto Villamil on Isabel Island and visiting a local coffee farm on San Cristobal, to communing with marine iguanas and sea lions, your 10 days of exploring the islands will keep you busy every step along the way.


  • Cycling more than 100 km across four very different islands
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles, sea lions, and amazing underwater life
  • Hiking up an active volcano and one of the biggest calderas in the world
  • Famous giant tortoises and marine iguanas in their natural habitat
  • Visiting the pirates caves on Floreana Island
  • Traditional Ecuadorian cuisine
  • Local Galapequeño culture and history

*This tour is also available as an adventure tour with less biking and other activities. See dates and itinerary below.

Tour Dates

Cycling tour:
Fridays: May 13 and October 21, 2016

Adventure tour:

Fridays: January 1, January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11,  March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 9, September 16, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16, December 19*, December 22*, December 23*, December 30*, 2016

*Special holiday departures. See pricing.

Fridays: January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, and June 16, 2017. 

*Special departures can be arranged for groups of 4!

*Please ask us about the pre and post trip extensions:

  • City tour of Quito
  • Museums tour
  • Cotopaxl National Park
  • Otavalo Market
  • Cotopaxi Biking
  • Two day Devil's Nose Train
  • Papallacta Hot Springs
  • One day Rafting tour
  • Two day raft 'n ride
  • Horseback riding

*Special dates can be arranged for groups of at least 4.

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate to difficult (depending on the type of tour, biking or multi-adventure) and is designed for the experienced cyclist and the adventure seeking at heart. Road conditions play an important role at the time of cycling as well! A support vehicle is available for you to take a break from pedaling and experienced guides are always nearby to encourage and assist. The multi-adventure is very flexible and suitable for anyone, with varying skills of biking, snorkelling, kayaking, etc.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation levels vary slightly between the two tours but overall, the hotels in the Galapagos are small establishments of 20 rooms or less. Each hotel looks and feels unique.
Bike Tour: Comfort Hotels: boutique accommodations
Adventure tour: Standard Hotels: small family run establishments

What’s Included

  • Cycling Tour:
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All land, air, and sea transport in Galapagos
  • Internal flights to and from Galapagos
  • Cycling guide and Naturalist guide authorized by the GNP
  • Mountain bikes, wetsuits, bike helmets and snorkeling equipment
  • Meals daily as specified in itinerary
  • Water stations to refill your reusable water bottles
  • Tips for hotel staff, boat crew and drivers
  • Adventure Tour
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All activity fees
  • Meals daily as specified in itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Internal flights to and from Galapagos
  • Tips for local support crew
  • Transportation between and on islands

What’s Not Included

  • Cycling Tour
  • National Park Entrance Fee $100 - cash only! Due note that there are no ATM machines in the airport in the Galapagos
  • Ingala Fee $20, cash only
  • Airport Transfers (Available upon request)
  • Optional Diving (Please inquire in advance)
  • Drinks other than water (Soda, beer, etc.)
  • Meals not specified in Itinerary (Budget $5-$15 per person per meal)
  • Tips for Tour Leader/Naturalist Guide
  • Bike pedal clips and gloves
  • Adventure Tour
  • $100 park entry fee - cash only
  • $20 ingala fee - cash only
  • Meals not specified in Itinerary (Budget $5-$15 per person per meal)
  • Drinks other than water
  • Snacks
  • Tip for tour leader/guide
  • Optional Diving (Please inquire in advance)
Length10– days
From$4199 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Cycling tour:

Day 1:  Arrival in Quito
Day 2:  Fly to San Cristobal.  Loop around Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, 7. 5 mi. (12 km)
Day 3:  Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Puerto Chino, 16 - 25 mi. (25 - 40 km)
Day 4:  Puerto Chino
Day 5:  Boat to Floreana and bike to highlands, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 6: Boat to Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, 9 mi. (14 km)
Day 7: Sierra Negra Volcano, 13 - 19 mi. (20 - 30 km) 
Day 8:  Santa Cruz, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 9:  Charles Darwin Research Station. Fly to Quito. 
Day 10: Depart for home or arrange extension

This itinerary is designed to be as informative and accurate as possible. However, changes may be necessary due to weather, or other circumstances beyond control. Safety is the number one priority. The tour must also comply with all rules set forth by the national and local governments, no matter how convenient or inconvenient they may be. Rarely does the itinerary require drastic changes and our agent is very adept at dealing with the challenges of operating this remarkable adventure.

Day 1:  Arrive in Quito
After you arrival in Quito, Ecuador and check in at your first hotel, you can settle in, perhaps explore a bit and get ready for the evening tour briefing and group introduction normally scheduled at 6:30 pm at the hotel.  Ask reception upon your arrival for details. Sitting at just over 9,000 feet above sea level, built on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito is a fascinating city. Perhaps you will want to arrive a day or two early and cycle down Cotopaxi Volcano. The Old Town showcases magnificent cathedrals and colonial architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  El Panecillo or 'the Little Bread Loaf,' is located high atop a hill in the Old Town and is a major Quito attraction boasting a panoramic view of the city.  Museums are scattered throughout the New and Old Town as well as local artisan markets that are great for picking up souvenirs.  The New Town is teeming with cafes and restaurants and is a vibrant mix of locals, expats, and fellow travelers. Pre tour actiivities can be arranged for you if you would like. Just ask!  (D)

Day 2: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, 7. 5 mi. (12 km)
After a short morning flight to the one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos archipelago, San Cristobal, your adventure begins in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, a small town of around 6,000 people and administrative capital of the Galapagos. After sampling some of the local cuisine, you will be fitted with a mountain bike and head off on a bike ride to La Loberia Beach, home to a large number of curious sea lions! Dress accordingly and be prepared for you first activity as somtimes you will not be able to check in to hotel first.  You’ll have plenty of time to photograph them sun bathing on the beach and swimming in the water.  After a short ride around town, you will spend some time at the Interpretation Center, a visitor center just outside of town. Here you will learn about the interesting history of the archipelago, everything from mysterious deaths and penal colonies to the impact the islands had on Charles Darwin. As the sun sets, you will return by bike to town for a welcome dinner at a small local restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3:  Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Puerto Chino, 16 - 25 mi. (25 - 40 km)
Yesterday was just a warm up. Today will be a challenge!  You will confront the rolling hills of San Cristobal Island. Puerto Chino, the day's destination and perhaps the most beautiful beach in the archipelago, will be your reward.  If there is time, a visit to coffee farm can be scheduled. (Coffee is the largest export from the Galapagos Islands). At El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos, you’ll have reached an elevation of 600 m. After a picnic lunch break and with the allure of soft, sandy beaches ahead your cycling journey presses on towards Puerto Chino. A break at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado will signal that you're almost at your destination! This site is located only a few km from Puerto Chino and is home to giant tortoises and endemic plants of the Galapagos. Upon arrival at Puerto Chino, you’re free to relax on the beach or cool down and go swimming, before taking a relaxing truck ride back down to town. If interested, you have the option to cycle back to town at your own pace. (B, L, D)

Day 4:  Puerto Chino, San Cristobal Island
Today you will have a respite from the bike but a full day awaits. It will be a day of discovering the underwater wonders of the Galapagos Islands. By boat, you will navigate the coastline towards Frigatebird Hill, looking for sea birds including the Great Frigate and famous Blue-Footed Booby. Anchoring in some calm waters near the coast, you’ll get your fins wet in search of rays, damselfish, puffer fish, and, hopefully, curious sea lion pups. Marine iguanas are commonly seen here as well, sunning themselves on the lava rocks along the coast. From here, you continue to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) to explore the final remains of an impressive volcanic tuff cone that rises more than 143m out of the ocean! Along the edge and through a channel of this compacted ash formation, you’ll be on the lookout for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, chocolate chip starfish, and, perhaps a Galapagos Shark or two. Each trip to Kicker Rock is different; other rare encounters travelers have enjoyed seeing out here include dolphins, and hammerhead sharks!

The boat will then head over to Puerto Grande, where you’ll enjoy a boxed lunch meal on the boat (food is not allowed on shore). After eating, jump in the water for a swim or wander around the beautiful beach. Sometimes sea lions and marine iguanas are found along here, while other times an impromptu game of beach volleyball has been known to happen. Upon returning to Puerto Chino, you are free to explore and have dinner on your own! Suggestions will be provided. (B,L)

Day 5: Floreana Island, 10 mi. (16 km)
After breakfast, you’ll depart by boat for Floreana Island, which has a population of less than 150 people. Be sure to be looking for dolphins, whales or the waved albatross during this crossing.  Snorkeling is on the agenda and you may see sea lions or penguins! Puerto Velasco Ibarra is a sleepy little town with plenty of mystery and a fascinating history. After lunch, you’ll have a bit of time to relax on the black sand beach looking for marine iguanas before you clip yourself in for a ride into the highlands towards the Asylum of Peace. You can expect a mostly gradual ascent to around 400 m, passing by farms and shrub lands before arriving in the often misty highlands. From here you’ll visit the Pirate Caves and a Giant Tortoise visitor site. It’s back to town by bike for sunset and a relaxed dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, 9 mi. (14 km)
A morning speedboat ride transfers you to Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After arriving at the pretty town of Puerto Villamil, your cycling adventure begins. Biking to the Wall of Tears is a journey that will take you past some scenic points along the coast on a flat, sandy road. The Wall of Tears was built by prisoners here many decades ago and it is said that thousands of people died building it. Afterwards, you’ll head to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where you’ll see giant tortoises in all stages of development. Almost 1000 tortoises are here, ranging from new hatchlings to 70+ year old giants.  (B, L, D)

Day 7: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island, 13 - 19 mi. (20 - 30 km) 
Today you’ll need both your hiking boots and biking shoes, as the second largest volcanic caldera in the world is waiting.  A van will transfer the group and bikes up to Sierra Negra Volcano, which last erupted in October 2005. From the starting point it is a good hike to get to the immense crater and you can be watching for birds only found in the highlands, including the Vermillion Flycatcher and the short-eared owl. There is a stark contrast in the vegetation here compared to back in town. The cool, misty highlands are perfect for the bike ride back to town. On the way, you’ll explore the highlands and possibly make a stop for lunch at a remote farm or restaurant. Back in Puerto Villamil, the rest of the day is free for you to cycle around town, check out the mangrove wetlands and wildlife or enjoy some drinks at a beach bar. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island, 16 mi. (25 km)
After an optional morning walk and swim to look for marine iguanas around Concha de Perla, it’s off to Santa Cruz Island. After lunch in town, you’ll head into the Highlands, for a scenic bike ride and bit of immersion into the Galapagos rural way of living. Your final bike ride is done at a fairly leisurely pace and you’ll visit a giant lava tunnel as well as some off-the-beaten path places. Wild tortoises may be encountered on your ride. Enjoy some free time before dinner to shop for souvenirs or wander around Puerto Ayora. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Charles Darwin Research Station
Depending on flight times, you could enjoy a final hike or head to the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to numerous Giant Tortoises Species as well as some Galapagos Land Iguanas. Before his death in June 2012, this is where Lonesome George lived, the last giant tortoise of his species. His death represented the extinction of a creature right before human eye.  Flights back to Quito will be early afternoon. There will be an optional final dinner out to say farewell to your new friends.

Day 10: Quito and departure.
Transfer to airport (for flights that depart before noon0  or extension of stay. Please ask us about the day tours that are available including city tours, Bellavista Cloud Forest, Cotopaxi Biking and more!

Adventure Tour: (ask us for more detailed itinerary!)

Day 1: Quito
Day 2: San Cristobal Island
Bike ride, swimming at La Loberia, overnight at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (D)
Day 3: Interpretation Center (B, L)
Snorkel at Kicker Rock, boat ride, Playa Mann or Mann Beach, option for diving is at times available 
Day 4: Floreana Island
Boat ride, Snorkel, visit highlands (B, L, D)
Day 5: Isabela 
Walk through coastal lagoon, Giant Tortoise Breeding Center (B, L, D)
Day 6: Isabela 
Hike Sierra Negra Volcano and volcano Chico Lava fields (B, L)
Day 7: Isabela 
Morning kayak and snorkel, optional visit to Wall of Tears (B, L, D)
Day 8: Charles Darwin Research Center 
Tortuga Bay (B, L, D)
Day 9: Santa Cruz Highlands 
Giant Tortoise Reserve (B, L, D)
Day 10: Departure

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