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Sina Städeli

Originally from Switzerland, I found my way to the Galapagos Islands the first time in 2014 when I traveled around Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia. Since then I came regularly to Galapagos & finally moved here in March 2017.

Now I live in Santa Cruz Island with my husband, a naturalist Guide who grew up on the Islands itself. This gives me a very special connection to this unique place & I would like to share this experience with YOU!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"The Galapagos Islands! There is nothing more special like exploring this amazing place by snorkeling with Sealions & sharks, biking, hiking a volcano, surfing, kayaking with penguins, paddle boarding & diving. I am still impressed to see what huge variety the Galapagos offers and its always different.

We specialize in Galapagos Land-based, multi-activity Adventures, this gives you also the opportunity to learn about the culture & the people living in Galapagos."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since we were very little, my parents took my sister & me with our VW Bus around Switzerland & its neighboring countries. With our bikes and Canoe on board we cruised around all summer long. This gave us the possibility to explore new places from a very special point of view. I still love this way of traveling!

After traveling with Friends to different countries, I decided 2014 to explore South America by myself and fell in Love with Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I still remember very well my first day arriving in the Galapagos Islands three years ago. Traveling around Ecuador for about a month already, I planed my Trip to Galapagos quite spontaneously. As I arrived in the Galapagos I was just blown away of this unique Place. The purity of nature, its breathtaking Landscapes & animals - I couldn't stop smiling, it was overwhelming!

Exactly this expression, is what I love to see in travelers arriving & exploring the Galapagos Islands and it always reminds me of my first days in this special place. "

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Isabela Island, Galapagos

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Ziplining towards a waterfall near the town of Baños

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View of Puerto Ayora.

Galapagos Islands Land-Based Adventure Tour: 6 Days

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Pelican and a Galapagos Cruise Ship.

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From snorkeling with sea turtles and hiking up a dormant volcano to spotting giant tortoises and penguins, a journey to the Galapagos brings an array of incredible sights and activities. With a cruise, you’ll get further from the main islands, and there’s no need to pack each day for a new hotel as your accommodation and transportation are combined. Use this guide to get the most out of your Galapagos cruise.

sea lions swimming in the waters of the Galapagos

Galapagos Land-Based Tours: Suggested Itineraries

Planning to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and spot the extraordinary wildlife on the Galapagos Islands? A great way to make this journey is on a land-based tour: sleeping in hotels by night and shuttling between the islands by day. In between, you’ll have the chance to spot giant tortoises in their native habitat, snorkel with sea lions, hike up an active volcano and spend time experiencing the culture of these Enchanted Islands.

Tourists having fun in front of Cotopaxi Volcano

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