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See the world through the eyes of the locals

It’s our mission to take you on small group tours that feel nothing like what you’ve experienced in the past. Whether it’s discovering hidden gems, meeting the locals or tasting their cuisine, we take care of the finer details so you have the freedom to truly immerse yourself.

About Our Tours

Our tours are designed with your experience in mind. To provide comfort and ease we limit our groups to no more than 12 to 14, however on average you can expect to travel with between 6-10 like-minded people. Adventuring in a small group is a rewarding experience that forms great friendships. And whether you prefer to walk, hike, cycle and even dive, we have several unique adventures that cater to all levels of fitness.

We also include activities designed to provide a unique insight into the cultures and communities we visit. However, this doesn’t mean you’re constantly ‘on tour’. We’re all grown-ups here, and we encourage a bit of self-exploration along the way. It means your small group tour never becomes cramped or uncomfortable. It gives you the opportunity to feel the excitement that comes with discovery in a new place.

We liken our tours to the feeling of travelling with a bunch of friends, rather than being a number in a big group. You won’t be herded from museum to museum or barraged with hundreds of facts and figures. Instead, you will learn about fascinating ancient cultures, people and wildlife in a relaxed, authentic and informal way. Just how a true holiday should be.

Our founder Nicholas White and owner Silvana Gottini have both lived and worked in South and Central America for years. With the support of our local guides, combined we offer decades – if not centuries – of experience; both as independent travellers and adventure tour leaders. Our knowledge and experience ensures you’ll be in the most capable hands from start to finish; and that our handpicked, dedicated team of local guides, porters, cooks and people who help out along the way are all there to provide an authentic experience you’ll never forget.

*All our tours are non-smoking.

Never miss out on an amazing experience!


Galapagos Island Tours

Why Travel with SET? SET is the leader in Galapagos tours, offering both active land based adventures and live aboard cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Surrounded by approachable wildlife, red orange sunsets, and the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Galapagos National Park, an adventure to the enchanted islands will paint your memory for years to come. Playful sea lion encounters, a walk through an ancient lava tunnel, and a hike to one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world are all included. Join us on a Galapagos Island hopping, land-based adventure or live aboard cruise, to one of the most amazing places on the planet.

15 Years of Galapagos Adventure Experience

SET and our Galapagos Kiwi partner, have grown to become the premier land based tour operator in the Galapagos Islands. Founded by Kiwis, we started back in 2004 to meet the demand for adventurous land tours in the Galapagos and our motto was simple: Galapagos Adventure. Kiwi Spirit.

Today, we are a respected Galapagos business, with all of our tours supporting the local economy. We are passionate about the Galapagos Islands and sharing it with each and every traveler that joins a tour. Our head office is based on San Cristobal Island, we’re not a big international company; we’re the local Galapagos experts. We live, play, and work here every day because we believe it is one of the best places on earth.

While we have travellers who have joined us for many Galapagos adventures, we do understand it is usually a special trip of a lifetime when people travel with us. We’re excited to have you join us and we love to hear what made you choose to visit the Galapagos. We’ve learned that everyone has an interesting story! Perhaps you can tell us your story over freshly brewed Galapagos coffee at our office one morning.

Maybe we are slightly obsessed with the Galapagos, but we think that you’ll understand once you visit!

Being a green tour company has always been at the heart of what we do, meaning that we’re always conscious of the ecological impact of our operations, as well as those of our local business partners. We work closely with everyone involved in our operations to ensure our impact on the Galapagos environment is minimised. This philosophy extends beyond our office to the restaurants you eat at, the hotels you stay at, the farms you visit, and the boats you ride in.

This passion we have for the Galapagos can also be seen with all of our local support staff and amazing guides. We truly believe our guides are the best! They’ve all been part of our team for many years and have such a huge knowledge of the wildlife and history of the islands. We’ve seen many of them raise their families in the Galapagos and we consider them all to be part of our family as well.

Yes, we’ve grown over the years, but the heart of our company remains the same: to offer people an affordable and quality land based adventure to one the most amazing places on the planet.

Turtle, Galapagos Islands
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