Birds shoot at Puerto Villamil, Galapagos, Ecuador. Flickr:Pedro Szekely

Sally Light Foot Crab on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Flickr:Murray Foubister

Galapagos Islands Bike Tour

Ecuador Bike Tours

Volcanic islands, biodiversity and amazing adventures!

  • This bike or multi-adventure 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. Get ready for a ride!


    • 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.

  • Cycling Tour:
    Double/twin:  £ 4435 $ 9,832 5220 $ 7865 NOK 49158 kr 45377 $ 5,899 Single supplement: £ 751 $ 1,665 884 $ 1332 NOK 8325 kr 7685 $ 999

    Adventure Tour:
    Double/twin:  £ 3759 $ 8,332 4424 $ 6665 NOK 41658 kr 38454 $ 4,999 Single supplement: £ 751 $ 1,665 884 $ 1332 NOK 8325 kr 7685 $ 999

    Adventure tour (Holiday departures)
    December 20, December 23, and December 27, 2019:  £ 4041 $ 8,957 4756 $ 7165 NOK 44783 kr 41338 $ 5,374

    extra options

    Pre and/or Post tour extensions, from: £ 50 $ 112 59 $ 89 NOK 558 kr 515 $ 67

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Quito

    Local Travel

    Upon arrival at the international airport in Quito, we recommend taking a taxi to your first hotel. There will be taxis waiting and the hotel will be expecting you. It should cost around $25-$30 dollars and you should negotiate a set price BEFORE you get in the taxi. If you have paid for an airport pick-up, a representative will be waiting for you. It is best to arrive early on the tour start date and even better - a day or two before to see some of the sights in Quito.


    Due to the confluence of cold water currents from the west and the south, the Galapagos archipelago has an uncharacteristically dry and moderate climate for the tropics and is generally classified as sub-tropical. This makes Galapagos travel a year-round vacation option. Galapagos weather is considered equatorial, cooled by the Humboldt Current, and is characterized by two main seasons: warm, wet season (late December to June) and the cool, dry season (late June to December).


    Maximum size in group: 16

Tour Dates

Adventure Tour:
Fridays: August 9, August 23, September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13, December 20, December 23, December 27, 2019
Bike Tour:
Fridays: August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, 2019

*Special departures can be arranged for groups of 4!

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

  • City tour of Quito
  • Gastronomy city tour of Quito
  • City tour and Equator line
  • Twilight city tour of Quito
  • Museums tour
  • Cotopaxl National Park Hike
  • Otavalo Market
  • Mindo Day Tour
  • Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • 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 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 in Quito(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)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
Length10– days
From$4999 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Galapagos Islands Map

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 your 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: Fly to San Cristobal Island, Bike to La Loberia, visit Interpretation Center,  9 mi. (15 km)
After a short morning flight (included in your tour price) 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)

Biking details: Easy, mostly level ground.

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)

Biking details: Moderate - Difficult. Some lengthy uphill portions.

Day 4:  Puerto Chino, San Cristobal Island, Snorkel at Kicker Rock, Free time to explore town
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)

Sometimes there is opportunity to dive. Please inquire.

Day 5: Boat to Floreana and Snorkel, Bike to Highlands, Visit Giant Tortoises and Pirate Caves, 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)

Biking details: Moderate - difficult. Some lengthy uphill portions.

Day 6: Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, Bike to Wall of Tears, Visit Tortoise Breeding Center, 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)

Biking details: Easy - moderate. Mainly flat with some sandy portions.

Day 7: Sierra Negra Volcano Hike, Downhill Biking from Highlands,  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)

Biking details: Easy - moderate. Mostly downhill, some rough road.

Day 8: Morning walk, Boat to Santa Cruz, Highlands Bike Tour to Lava Tunnel, 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)

Biking details:  Easy-Moderate. Mostly downhill, some rough road patches.

Day 9: Charles Darwin Research Station. Flight to Quito
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 (included)  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 noon)  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 (D)
Day 2: San Cristobal Island (B,L,D)
Bike ride, swimming at La Loberia, overnight at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 
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,  Kayak in bay, Giant Tortoise Breeding Center (B, L, D)
Day 6: Isabela 
Hike Sierra Negra Volcano and volcano Chico Lava fields or snorkel at Los Tuneles (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, D)
Day 10: Departure

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