Leap beyond the pages of travel books on this 12-day adventure from the highlands to the islands. By any standards, the Galapagos Islands are a dream come true adventure. Even a few days exploring this volcanic archipelago are enough to see why the area was considered Charles Darwin’s living laboratory. Revered for its incredible wildlife viewing—some animals cannot be found anywhere else in the world—our journey will inspire us to see life from a different perspective. We begin in the volcanic highlands north of Quito, where we take a gorgeous crater rim hike along Laguna Cuicocha. Revel in bursts of color inside the indigenous market of Otavalo. Soak in the day’s adventure in thermal pools at Papallacta Hot Springs. Kayak clear waters teeming with marine life, swim with friendly sea lions and hike along the flanks of active volcanoes. On Isabela Island we bike to the historic Wall of Tears, built by prisoners using huge blocks of lava. Discover natural history, rich biodiversity and endless adventure on this bucket list-worthy excursion. This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens. If you're traveling with younger children, check out our Amazon Basin – Galapagos Islands Family Adventure.