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!
Yes! We will visit a Giant Tortoise preserve on our first day in the 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!
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.
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)
Most hotels will have laundry services available for an additional fee, however, availability may vary.
There will also be laundromats available on the islands.
Since we're staying in 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Tipping is not expected though it is greatly appreciated, especially since tourism and hospitality are one of the leading industries in Galapagos. Adding 10% gratuity at restaurants is a suitable tip.
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
Depending on your spending habits, bring cash with you for additional expenses such as, snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest about ~$200 USD.
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.
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!
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.
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.
-Spanish is the official language of Ecuador.
-English is spoken in many tourist areas and hotels.
-Visit The Mitad del Mundo monument
-Take a dip in Las Termas de Papallacta
-Teleferiqo up toward Pichincha Volcano
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.
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