Welcome to The Galapagos Islands!
Ecuador, your host country, is the one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It’s truly one-of-a-kind with four different worlds coming together in a spectacular way.
The Pacific Coast, the Andes, the Amazon, AND the Galapagos Islands constitute Ecuador’s geography and cultural identity. These distinct worlds offer a truly mind-boggling array of experiences.
The Galapagos Islands are considered the living laboratory of Darwin's theory of evolution. It's no wonder 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles & land mammals, and more than 30% of the plants are native to only these islands.
Immerse yourself in the wildlife, culture, and unique ecosystem it has to offer. We’ll hike, snorkel, and boat our way across the archipelago as we get to know the wildlife, locals, and remarkable landscapes.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Start: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) -- Quito, Ecuador
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive after 2:00 pm on Day 1.
If you arrive earlier, please plan to meet us after 2pm at the airport for included transportation.
Finish: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) -- Quito, Ecuador
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 8:00 pm on Day 8.
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Ecuador, $100 cash fee to enter the Galapagos Islands on Day 3, and $10 cash fee to enter Isabela Island on day 5
Do you see yourself soaking up the sun in one of the most biodiverse places on our planet?
The Galapagos are a haven for animal lovers, adventure seekers, and nature lovers. You'll have experiences only found on this tiny archipelago as we hike active volcanoes, swim with sharks and turtles, and lounge with iguanas.
WiFi will be available but may be unreliable because of the remote location of the islands. We encourage you to take this opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in one of the most unique places on our planet.
-Age Requirement: 21+
-Group Size: 8-15 travelers
-Physical rating: Moderate. 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.
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Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.
From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.
Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.
Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances, including weather, operation of local ferries, and restrictions to protect the environment.
It's FREE to switch your trip more than 60 days from departure
If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 60 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses.
We are not able to transfer trips or gift experience credits within 60 days of the trip because we will have already purchased your local flight from Quito to The Galapagos Islands.
Breakfasts will be served at your hotel. Dinners will be enjoyed at your hotel or local restaurants a short walk away.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
You will be traveling by private ground transportation, public speed boat, and an included domestic flight throughout your trip.
You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.
Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.
When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.
The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel 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 transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders
Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.
Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
The tap water in Ecuador is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Ecuador beautiful.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.
Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
No inoculations are required to enter Ecuador from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.
More specific Health information for Travelers to Ecuador can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The official currency in Ecuador is the United States Dollar (USD).
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.
We suggest bringing about USD $250 in cash for the duration of the trip.
There will be opportunities to withdraw from an ATM during the trip
Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.
For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.
Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.
Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
Don’t leave valuables unattended.
US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
In Quito, the weather is mild with temperatures between 48 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
We recommend using 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 recommend light clothing, comfortable and water resistant shoes, and a sweater or jacket for some cold nights. We also recommend bringing sunglasses, a hat, bug repellent, and plenty of sunscreen.
Ecuadorian culture consists of a mix of indigenous practices and European colonial influence.
Spanish is the official language in Ecuador, however, as tourism develops in this country you can occasionally find people who speak English. In the highlands you may also find people who speak Quechua, the ancient Incan language.
Two of the most popular leisure activities in Ecuador are soccer and dancing. You can find Ecuadorians enjoying a variety of music like salsa, bachata, and merengue.
Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $250 in cash.
Swimming in Las Grietas: Free
Charles Darwin Research Center: Free
Scuba Diving: ~USD $150
Kayaking: ~USD $30
Bike Rental in Isabela: ~USD $4 per hour
While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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