At Opuntia, we specialize in land-based Galapagos tours that thrill your senses and engage your mind. Our Eco Journeys are designed to give you the ultimate wildlife, nature, and adventure experience on tour itineraries that flow seamlessly and highlight the best of the Galapagos while cutting down on unnecessary travel time and optimizing your time in the Galapagos. We bring you face-to-face with giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas as you follow in Darwin’s footsteps to discover the marvels of evolution.
We’ve created the best way for most travelers to visit the Galapagos with our Galapagos land tours, or as we call it, Island Hopping, on trips of 5 or 6 days.
For active adventures that include sea kayaking, snorkelling, diving, hiking and options of mountain biking and even surfing, see our Active Galapagos tours and Multi-Sport Galapagos tours.
Opuntia operates some of the top Galapagos hotels which will be your home away from home during your Galapagos land-based tour:
Opuntia Galapagos Tours is part of the Neotropic Expeditions group, pioneers in adventure travel in South America, offering tours in Ecuador since 1991 and recently opening adventure tours in Colombia.
Explore, learn and discover… Opuntia style!
Galapagos Travel Guide
El Niño’s impact on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
El Niño historically has been a cruel real-life example of Natural Selection for animals who depend on the ocean for food. Populations of marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins, just to name a few are devastated. Thankfully, the impact on travelers will be minimal.
Opuntia in the Press
Couple wins honeymoon trip to Galapagos with Manhattan Bride Magazine and Opuntia
Bride & Groom-to-be Sarah Montemarano & Jonathan Viaud will honeymoon at Opuntia Hotel’s Casa Baronesa Villa in the Galapagos Islands after their story of their relationship was chosen by Manhattan Bride.
Opuntia featured in several “Best of” articles in 2015
The shower of worldwide recognition continues… Luxuryprototype.com features Opuntia and recommends Galapagos in its article “Where to Go in 2015: Five Destinations Across the Globe”. Epicultureandculture.com gives kudos to Opuntia in “Fusion Safaris: Top 12 Fitness And Food Vacations For 2015”. AtlasAndBoots.com recommends Opuntia as a recommended eco-friendly travel supplier in Galapagos.
Opuntia Tours has been featured in USA Today!
“…Ecuador-based eco-outfitter, Opuntia, is starting to offer a new alternative to the islands’ classic sailing trips with well-constructed tours of the Galapagos’ rugged interiors. They offer multisport adventure tours based out of boutique hotels on three different islands in the Galapagos. Think hiking active volcanoes, mountain biking coastal wetlands, kayaking with sea turtles and sharks, and snorkeling with sea lions.”
Opuntia Galapagos Tours Featured in in-LAN Magazine!
Opuntia Galapagos Tours, including Iguana Crossing Hotel, Opuntia Hotel, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, and Casa Baronesa were all mentioned in this highly regarded On-board airline magazine from LAN Airlines.
Opuntia Tours founder Alfredo Meneses was interviewed in the article. Here’s an excerpt:
“These islands are special because of their isolation and because of the effect of the currents. The California current, the cold Humboldt current and the Cromwell current bring an endless array of species that must adapt to survive. Without a doubt, Rocker Rock has the world’s second richest variety of underwater life, great and small. Number one is probably the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,” explains Meneses.
Download the PDF of the article here.