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.
-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)
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions
-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
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
-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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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
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, or any allergy requests.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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