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Experience Galapagos Islands

  • Experience 3 different islands
  • Giant tortoises in natural habitat
  • Hike an active volcano
  • Swim, snorkel, & hike
  • See the Galapagos responsibly
Our most immersive wildlife experience yet! 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles & land mammals, & more than 30% of the plants are native to only these islands! We’ll hike, snorkel, and boat our way across the archipelago & get to know wildlife, locals, and remarkable landscapes.

Have a question about the Under30Experiences Galapagos trip?

What type of wildlife can I see in Galapagos?

Since this is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, you're guaranteed to experience wildlife.

In fact, 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles & land mammals, & more than 30% of the plants are native to only these islands!

We’ll hike, snorkel, and boat our way across the archipelago & get to know wildlife, locals, and remarkable landscapes. Some frequently seen animals are giant tortoises, sea lions, finches, frigate birds, sea turtles, penguins, marine iguanas, manta rays, white tipped reef sharks, and so much more!

Every day is a new surprise!

Will I get to see a Giant Tortoise?

Yes! We will visit a Giant Tortoise preserve on our first day in the Galapagos!

When is the best time to visit Galapagos?

The weather in the Galapagos is warmest between November - April and provides abundant opportunities to take advantage of the beautiful beaches and viewing wildlife.

Fortunately this is the time when we run our trips to these epic islands!

What type of weather should I expect?

In Quito, the weather is mild with temperatures between 48 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended to use light clothing during the day, and sweaters or jackets at night.

The coast, including the Galapagos Islands, has warm weather. The average temperature is around 87 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degrees Celsius.

What are the accommodations like?

We will stay in boutique hotel rooms for the duration of the trip.

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

*Private room options are available upon request and subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)

Is laundry available?

Most hotels will have laundry services available for an additional fee, however, availability may vary.

There will also be laundromats available on the islands.

What is the bug situation in our hotel?

Since we're staying on one of the most bio diverse places in the world, there may be bugs around.

However, we’re staying in lovely and clean boutique hotels that should keep most creepy crawlers away from your personal space.

What is Ecuadorian food like?

Ecuadorian food varies, but beef, chicken, and seafood are typical staples and are commonly accompanied by rice and potatoes or lentils. It is customary to start with a soup, have a second main dish, and end with a dessert or coffee.

The vast majority of restaurants on the island are locally owned and serve Ecuadorian food plus some western classics.

What are the food options for vegans & vegetarians?

Most traditional meals can be made without meat or animal product, but if you have strict diet restrictions we recommend bringing your own snacks. We do our best to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as any allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Can I drink the water in Ecuador?

Drinking tap water is not advisable anywhere in Ecuador.

We encourage our travelers to travel sustainably. Please bring a reusable water bottle. There will be filtered water coolers available in all of our hotels throughout the trip!

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.

What activities are optional? And how much do they cost?

We’ve included many activities in the price of the trip giving you plenty to do. However, we pride ourselves in helping you make the trip perfect for you. Therefore we’ve sought out the best activities and vendors to help you have the experience you want.  

And don’t worry, your trip leader can help set up any of the following optional activities for you so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.

-Swimming in Las Grietas: Free
-Charles Darwin Research Center: Free
-Scuba Diving: Apx. $150
-Kayaking: Apx. $30
-Bike Rental: $4 per hour

How long are the hikes?

Most of our included hikes are more akin to nature walks. You shouldn’t expect too much elevation gain, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for a lot of time in the sun.

-The hike on day 4 on an uninhabited island will be apx. 1.5 hours long
-The hike on day 5 to Tortuga Bay will be apx. 1 hour
-The hike on Sierra Negra Volcano will be apx. 2 hours

How much should I budget for food and activities?

Depending on your spending habits, bring cash with you for additional expenses such as, snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest about ~$200 USD.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

What do I need to pack?

Check out our Essential Guide To Packing Like A Pro

It can definitely get chilly in Quito at night because of the altitude so pack a comfy sweater or light jacket just in case.

For the islands, we recommend light clothing, comfortable and water resistant shoes, and a sweater or jacket for some cold nights. It’s also recommended to bring sunglasses, a hat, bug repellent, and plenty of sunscreen.

Don’t forget a rain jacket!

Are the outlets compatible with American plugs, or should we bring adapters?

Ecuador uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the United States. Outlets are typically the 2 pronged flat type so travelers from the United States shouldn’t need a converter or adapter.

Do I need to worry about a visa for Ecuador?

Citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries traveling to Ecuador for tourism, business or to study do not require a visa unless they expect to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days.

What languages are spoken in Ecuador?

-Spanish is the official language of Ecuador.
-English is spoken in many tourist areas and hotels.

I’m arriving a few days before the trip starts, any recommendations?

-Visit The Mitad del Mundo monument
-Take a dip in Las Termas de Papallacta
-Teleferiqo up toward Pichincha Volcano

Will I have WiFi access on the Galapagos Islands?

WiFi will be available on the islands. However, the Galapagos Islands are an isolated group of islands over 500 miles away from South America. Therefore, you can expect WiFi to be slow, and unavailable at times.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in one of the most remote and beautiful places on our planet.

Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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