For example during your day you might cycle past farmland dotted with sheep and since you are on a bicycle, you will be able to hear the sheep chatter or if a bald eagle fly's over you, you can listen to the whisper of his wings. It is not uncommon to hear the blow of an orca whale as one surfaces for air while cycling along the west-side of San Juan Island. You can enjoy the scent of the earth as you cycle through a forest or pass a patch of sweet smelling blackberries or the crisp salty coastal air. You can stop anywhere along the way and if you buy some pottery at the local artisan shop or vineyard, we are happy to store anything you purchase in our van. What better way to get in touch with nature while enjoying activities that you love? You won't compromise comfort because you will be staying at the finest inns or being treated to first class camping and dining on the most exquisite food available; therefore giving you experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Anytime you get the chance to see a new place through the eyes of a local, you are guaranteed to have an enhanced overall travelling experience. TerraTrek is owner operated by second generation islanders who know where to find the best of the best and can easily modify a tour if necessary because we are local, know the land, and have established an excellent reputation with other local businesses in our community. We have been providing bicycle tours in the San Juan Islands since 2001 and offering kayaking tours since 1994.
We take small groups of 10 or less on our standard tours and offer a low participant to guide ratio, normally 5 to 1 or less, giving our trips a personal touch. This allows our guides to focus on our guests' individual needs and desires, therefore providing them with a superior TerraTrek experience.
All TerraTrek vacations include a variety of activities such as hiking, sea kayaking, whale watching, wine tasting and plenty of bicycling. Most of the time you can do these activities for no additional charge while on the tour with us. For those individuals who would like a private or custom trip, TerraTrek can accommodate you. Just ask us and we'll arrange one for you.
The TerraTrek team of employees is among the best in the business. We feel that the main ingredient that distinguishes a great tour company is their staff. For this reason we invest a lot into our team from the office staff who organize your tour to the smiling faces that you see on your vacation. We reward them for their levels of excellence and commitment, always challenging them to outdo themselves. All of our groups are van supported and guided by naturalists.
The safety of our guests and employees is the main factor which governs all of our activities. We are a well-established organization with a spotless safety record. All of our guides are trained in first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In addition, our guides have full authority to re-route or modify a tour when the conditions aren't adequate.
We are always looking for ways to improve our tours and ensure the highest quality possible. One of the many ways which we do this is by using the very best equipment and gear, providing meals made with fresh local ingredients, knowing what is current and 'best of the best' regarding accommodations and restaurants. We provide all of the gear you will need or you may bring your own bike. We specialize in small groups so we can be flexible to our guests needs.
TerraTrek supports our local community through buying from small local businesses, farms and the local co-op. We serve local wines, hire local staff when possible and through community involvement such as volunteering on environmental projects and donations to local causes like scholarships for high school students.