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Galapagos Islands

Duration:

8 days / 7 nights

early signup:

$2,595

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$2,795

Never any hidden fees!

Is This Trip For You?

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 ecosystems the Galapagos 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. Travel like a local, meet like-minded people and experience the trip of a lifetime!

Start

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) -- Quito, Ecuador
To ensure included transportation: 
Plan to arrive Day 1 at any time after 2:00PM

Finish

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) -- Quito, Ecuador
International flight back home should depart: 
Day 8 after 9:30PM

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities.  Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

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.

Physical Activity:

High

This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Welcome to Ecuador!

Arrive in Ecuador where your Under30Experiences trip leader will welcome you to Quito -- your home base for your first night.

Take included transportation to your boutique hotel where you can decompress after your flight and acclimate to the altitude of Quito, a city high in the Andes.

Relax by the pool with your new friends and enjoy your first traditional Ecuadorian dinner while you take in the stunning landscapes of the mountains around you.

Day 2

Explore Quito: “The Light of America”

Awaken in Ecuador and embark on a guided city tour of Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Founded by the Spanish in 1534 on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito proudly possesses one of the most extensive and best-preserved historic centers of Spanish America.

Explore the marvelous capital city, learn about its rich history from a local guide, and take in the views from El Panecillo.

Afterward head back to your hotel and enjoy a delicious meal together with your new friends before your adventure tomorrow.

Day 3

Welcome to the Galapagos!

Take an included flight 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to the epic Galapagos Islands! Begin your island experience with the opportunity to observe the famous giant tortoise in its natural habitat.

After lunch in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head to Puerto Ayora to learn about sustainability efforts from local high school students passionate about preserving the Galapagos. You’ll discover how to experience the islands responsibly while supporting their environmental efforts.

The rest of the afternoon is open for you to customize your trip and explore the island on your own. Of course, we’re happy to share some of our favorite recommendations like Las Ninfas.

Day 4

Snorkel + Hike an Uninhabited Island

Today, explore an uninhabited island in the archipelago. Swim and hike with the local wildlife and expect to see friendly sea lions, marine iguanas, the famous blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds.

Following your otherworldly snorkeling adventure, experience truly spectacular views as you hike through the island and learn about the history and local wildlife.

Afterward, take a peaceful walk through a beautiful lagoon or visit the local sharks that come to the dock at night.

Day 5

Tortuga Bay Beach Day + Isabela Island

Experience the famously stunning Tortuga Bay beach, one of the largest white sand beaches of the archipelago. Enjoy your option of swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply relaxing in the sand. Keep your eyes out for marine iguanas, sharks, seabirds, and sea turtles.

In the afternoon, take a speedboat to Isabela Island, the largest island of the archipelago. This remarkable landscape has a chain of six volcanoes that are intermittently active.

Wrap up the day with one of the best sunsets in the Galapagos accompanied by a delicious dinner right on the beach.

Day 6

Volcano Hiking

This morning you’ll visit one of Isabela’s most impressive natural wonders, the Sierra Negra Volcano.

Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes of the archipelago and its crater is considered the second largest in the world.

Take a hike to the crater of the volcano while you trek through terrain ranging from forest, to dry volcanic black soil.

After the hike, take advantage of the free time to enjoy some optional activities such as snorkeling in Concha Perla, surfing, or visiting Poza Flamingos.

You will have beautiful views all day and may even spot a giant tortoise walking around.

Day 7

Snorkel with Sharks at Tintoreras Islet

On your last day in Isabela, visit "Las Tintoreras,” a chain of small islets named after the famous Tintoreras sharks that can be seen here.

Cruise around the bay of Isabela to spot the famous Galapagos penguin, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and sea lions. Visit the shark tunnel where sharks come in and rest for the day before going out to hunt at night.

Experience another snorkeling adventure where you’ll likely see sea turtles, manta rays, and sharks.

In the afternoon, head back to Santa Cruz Island by public speedboat for the last night out in Puerto Ayora, or to do some last minute shopping before the final dinner in the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Day 8

Departure

Wake up and enjoy an early morning stroll through these magical islands, or just relax at your hotel.

Say adios to the Galapagos and take your included flight back to Quito as a group.

You’re now a part of the Under30Experiences community and we can’t wait to have you.

Have you checked our neighboring South American adventure to Peru & Machu Picchu!

Day 9

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What's Included

We've got you covered:

-Certified Galapagos Naturalist guide for 5 days in the Galapagos Islands
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-Round trip flights to the Galapagos
-2 nights in boutique accommodations in Quito, Ecuador
-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 uninhabited island
-Guided tour and entrance to Local Ranch and Giant Tortoise Reserve
-Galapagos Sustainability Educational Experience w. 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

*Travelers responsible for $100 cash fee to enter Galapagos Islands on Day 3 and $10 cash fee to enter Isabela Island on day 5
*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from Ecuador

When should I book my flight?

Plan to arrive Day 1 after 2 PM and depart Day 8 after 9:30 PM local time
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details*

Duration:

8 days / 7 nights

early signup:

$2,595

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$2,795

Never any hidden fees!

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