The first Galapagos Triathlon began as a private initiative for sports enthusiasts who spent weekends biking around on the roads of Isla Santa Cruz with their families. They soon added swimming and running to their repertoire, and finally on a Sunday in April 2008, they organized the event that has now run for eight years. It has become the most important sporting event in the region, generates the most media attention across the country, and takes athletes on an unforgettable journey through some of the most untouched land in the world.

The upcoming Galapagos Challenge takes place from October 7-9, 2016. The exact start time of the competition is defined by the tides and will be published as soon as the 2016 tides are charted.

OCTOBER 7

Swim clinics organized by Water World Swim

OCTOBER 8

Olympic Distance Triathlon
ITU/CAMTRI Galapagos Sprint American Cup

OCTOBER 9

Cross Island Marathon 42K/21K/10K

For those who like challenges, the Galapagos Challenge will be a combination of the following activities (the best male and female times receive awards):

GALAPAGOS STANDARD CHALLENGE

Olympic Distance Triathlon + 42K Run (marathon) + 3K swim

GALAPAGOS SPRINT CHALLENGE

Sprint Distance Triathlon + 10K run + 1.5K swim

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands (or, officially Colón Archipelago or Galapagos Archipelago) are an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean 972 km off the coast of Ecuador. They consist of 13 large islands with an area greater than 10km², 6 medium islands with an area of ​​1km² to 10km² and other 215 islands of small size, in addition to rocky headlands of few square meters, distributed around the line of Ecuador land.

The islands were declared a World Heritage Site in 1978 by UNESCO. The archipelago has the largest source of tourism income and receives 200,000 tourists a year. Ecuador has also developed eco-tourism in order to preserve the species. The region was home to Lonesome George, the last specimen of Pinta giant tortoise species, which became extinct on 24 June 2012. The islands are also home to species such as sea turtles, iguanas, lizards, cormorants, albatrosses, sea lions, and penguins.

Like the mainland of Ecuador, the archipelago is crossed by the equator, mostly in the north of Isabela Island. The Galapagos archipelago is the second most volcanically active on the planet, second only to Hawaii. It falls into the category of hot spots – the most active volcanoes are Cerro Azul, Sierra Negra, Marchena and La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island, which is the most active of the archipelago and one of the busiest in the world.

Environmental care

Trigalapagos is committed to the natural environment of the Galapagos Islands. We respect the social and environmental surroundings and minimize our impact on aquatic life and natural habitat. We have created alliances with marine biologists, naturalists, and environmental activists Sail’n Tri Galapagos, and put their best effort to contribute to responsible tourism in this fragile ecosystem.