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Galapagos Islands Trip Details

Introduction

Ecuador 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 2pm 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
Plan to depart Day 8 after 9:30PM
If you want to spend more time in Ecuador please plan accordingly. We’re happy to help.

What's Included

-Certified Galapagos Naturalist guide for 5 days in the Galapagos
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-Round trip flights to the Galapagos
-2 nights in boutique accommodations in Quito
-5 nights in boutique accommodations in the Galapagos Islands
-7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 2 lunches
-Roundtrip transportation to Quito Airport
-Roundtrip transportation to Baltra Airport in the Galapagos
-Round trip speedboat between Santa Cruz and Isabela Island
-Round trip speedboat between Santa Cruz and an uninhabited island
-Guided tour and entrance to local ranch and Giant Tortoise Reserve
-Galapagos Sustainability Educational Experience with Local Ecology Club
-Snorkeling and hiking experience an uninhabited island
-Experience the largest white sand beach in the Galapagos at Tortuga Bay
-Guided hike of Sierra Negra Volcano
-Snorkeling and hiking Tintoreras Islet
-Countless encounters with native marine life and wildlife
-Guided city tour of Quito
-Galapagos Transit Control Card
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
-Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 60 days out

What’s not included

-$100USD Galapagos National Park Entry Fee (Cash Only)
-$10USD  Isabela Island Entrance Fee (Cash Only)
-5 lunches
-Optional activities

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

Highlights

-Visit four different Galapagos islands
-Get close to giant tortoises in their natural environment
-Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, home of the one of the largest volcanic craters in the world
-Swim, snorkel, and hike with Galapagos penguins, blue footed boobies, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, manta rays, and much more
-Learn how to experience the Galapagos responsibly from local students passionate about preserving the islands

Is this Trip for You?

Do you see yourself soaking up the sun in one of the most biodiverse places on our planet?

The Galapagos are a haven for wildlife, marine life, and nature lovers. You'll have experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world as we hike volcanoes, swim with sharks, and lounge with iguanas.

-Age Requirement:  21+

-Group Size:  8-15 travelers

Community

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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.

Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

Cancelation policy

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

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fruit, yogurt, coffee, milk, eggs, toast

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Dishes will be typical Ecuadorian meals and seasoned in a traditional way
  • An option of a chicken, pork, beef, fish or a vegetarian dish will be available. Dishes will be accompanied by a salad and rice

We do our best to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, or any allergy requests.

Transport

Your local flights to and from the Galapagos are included

You will be traveling on a minibus to and from the airport in Santa Cruz

You will be traveling on a minibus or a typical “Chiva” style bus in Isabela island

You will be traveling with private transportation to and from activities in the Galapagos

You will be traveling via public speed boat between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your 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)

Travel Insurance

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 of 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.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders 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.

Packing List

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 transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Do not forget: reusable water bottlesunscreensandalsbeach towelwaterproof rain jacketsunglasseslight day pack, and a hat!

Passport & Visas

  • 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 US Embassy 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.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a sustainable water bottle, there will be fresh filtered water available at all our hotels.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Ecuador, however the CDC recommends routine vaccinations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Ecuador can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in Ecuador is the United States Dollar (USD).
  • Depending on your spending habits, bring cash with you for additional expenses such as, snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest about ~$200 USD.
  • Call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.  

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

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 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.

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Excuse me -- Perdon
  • How are you?--¿Como estas?
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • Please -- Por favor
  • A beer please-- Una cerveza por favor
  • Chevere/Bacan -- Cool
  • Pana -- Buddy

Optional Activities

Swimming in Las Grietas - Free

Charles Darwin Research Center - Free

Scuba Diving - Apx. $150

Kayaking - Apx. $30

While your trip leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.

General Rules

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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