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Photography in the Field: Expedition Galápagos

from $5,250 USD per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • 14 People Maximum
  • Challenging Activity Level
  • Outdoor Expedition
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Trip Overview

With the help of expert wildlife biologists and award-winning photographers, enjoy an island expedition like no other. On this immersive seven-day adventure, you'll get up close with the critters of the “Enchanted Islands” both above and below the waves, have a chance to observe some of the world's rarest species as you hike the islands' volcanic crags, get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats, and enjoy one-on-one guidance on capturing the best the Galápagos has to offer from behind your camera’s viewfinder. 

  • Snorkeling and hiking
  • Photography workshops
  • Luxurious eco-lodges
  • Unique wildlife


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Jason Goldman
Dr. Jason G. Goldman is an award-winning science journalist and expedition leader based in Los Angeles. He’s collared foxes on California’s Channel Islands, been sneezed on by iguanas in the Galápagos, tracked lions in South Africa, rode a yak across Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, and searched for rare lizards in the cloud forests of Ecuador. He's written for Scientific American, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, Teen Vogue, and elsewhere, and is co-author of Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature In and Around Los Angeles. He’s been leading wildlife trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017.
Amanda Hipps
Amanda is a wildlife conservation biologist and science communicator who has conducted research in tropical and subtropical habitats from Madagascar to the Southeastern United States. She spent the last few years roving through the wild scrub of Florida studying the state’s iconic Gopher Tortoises and all the lesser-known and overlooked creatures that depend on this keystone species, including hundreds of different kinds of unique insects. Amanda is currently working on her Masters degree at Florida Atlantic University. She received her B.S. from the University of North Florida, where her undergraduate thesis described the reproductive behavior and distribution of wild Gopher Tortoises in Florida.

Additional Info

Activity Level

We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. You should be comfortable participating in water activities, which include swimming and snorkeling, as well as hiking several miles at a time, as these are highlights of the trip and offer some of the best ways to observe the local wildlife. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about health and fitness level for this trip.

Photography Experience & Gear

This trip is designed for those with a serious interest in wildlife photography, no matter your level of experience. Those who are not interested in photography will have an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience as well, but please note that our pace and our itinerary will be dictated by photographic opportunities.

We encourage you to use whatever gear you are most comfortable with, even if that’s just your smartphone camera! However, to get the most out of this workshop, we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless camera with at least one telephoto lens (such as 70-200mm, 100-400mm, or 75-300mm). You may bring a small tripod or monopod as well. For snorkeling, you might find an underwater housing or a waterproof point-and-shoot camera handy, too. Your guides will have a variety of lenses you may take for a spin as well, all suitable for Canon mounts. Don’t forget extra batteries, chargers, memory cards, and lens wipes.

If you purchase, rent, or borrow new camera gear just for this trip, we encourage you to spend time using it before leaving for Ecuador, so you can become familiar with its basic operation. You don't want to miss precious and spectacular moments busy messing with your camera settings!

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $5,250. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided (subject to availability) for the night in Quito only, at an additional cost of $70. Please contact us to request a single room.

  • Shared accommodations throughout the tour as listed in the itinerary. 
  • All meals during your stay, not including alcoholic beverages.
  • Internal flights between Quito and Baltra Island.
  • Inter-island transfers.
  • The company of two trip leaders who are experts in the field of biology, conservation, and science journalism, as well as a local guide who is an award-winning wildlife photographer.
  • Admission to all proposed areas and activities.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals, snacks, and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Additional tips for trip leaders, guides, hotel staff, and boat crews, as appropriate.
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Trip FAQ

The cost for this trip includes ground and water transportation, domestic air travel to and from Baltra Island in the Galapagos, food, lodging, park entrance fees, local guides, and all activities for a tight-knit group of 14 explorers. We chose the accommodations based upon several factors including sustainability; sustainable and fair ecotourism providers can cost a bit more. By traveling with us, you will also get the rare chance to learn from and nerd out with Jason G. Goldman, a wildlife biologist, skilled photographer, and seasoned science journalist who has traveled the globe in search of gripping stories about the natural world.

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It was amazing. The Galapagos is like nowhere else on earth. Nearly every animal you see is endemic to the archipelago and you don't have to go far to find them. We were even able to swim with green sea turtles right off the coast near our lodge!
—Jennifer C. (June 2018)

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