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wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Galápagos: Island Wildlife & Ecology

Quito, Ecuador
wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Galápagos: Island Wildlife & Ecology

Quito, Ecuador
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $6,630 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

On this immersive and action-packed eight-day adventure on “Las Encantadas,” or “The Enchanted Islands,” you'll see, as Charles Darwin once did, that each island has its own unique community of wildlife. Get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into this unique and eye-opening world by exploring four of the most impressive islands in the archipelago. But this isn’t your typical Galápagos tour. With the help of local guides and expert wildlife biologists, you’ll enjoy a tropical island experience beyond compare. You'll get up close with the islands' marine critters by snorkel and kayak, have a chance to observe some of the world's rarest species as you explore the islands in style, and get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats.

Itinerary

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.

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Activity Level

Participants should be comfortable walking 2 to 4 miles over the course of a day. You should also be prepared to participate in the itinerary’s various water activities, which include swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, as these are a highlight of the trip and some of the best ways to observe the local wildlife and geology. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about health and fitness level for this trip.

Accommodations

Accommodations in the Magic Galapagos Lodge include luxury safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms as well as four elevated tree houses, with en-suite toilets and shared shower facilities. Showers have hot water, and there is (limited) wi-fi in the main lodge area. 

Lava Lodge is a rustic hotel steps away from the black sand beaches of Floreana Island. You’ll fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to the barking sea lions, who have a colony nearby. Accommodations are all double occupancy, and each room includes en-suite bathrooms with hot water. Wifi is limited.

Albemarle is a boutique beachside hotel that offers A/C, a swimming pool, and delicious meals. Wifi is complimentary, and available throughout the hotel.

Single supplements are available for an additional cost.

Included
  • Meals, transport, and accommodation during your stay.
  • Domestic flights between Quito and Baltra Island.
  • One experienced local guide with a background in ecotourism, and one expert guide in the fields of biology, conservation, and science journalism.
  • Admission and equipment for all proposed areas and activities, including kayaking and snorkeling.
  • A full briefing packet, including country information, logistical and contact information, recommended reading list, and packing list.
  • Park entrance fees and tourist card.
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito, including airport transfers.
  • Individual travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including all alcoholic beverages.
  • Baggage charges and personal expenses.
  • Tips for boat captains, hotel staff, and local guides.
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip helps to support the vital conservation work carried out by the Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Foundation. Together, these institutions study, manage, and protect the National Park, which covers some 97% of the archipelago's landmass, and the Marine Reserve. This work includes visitor education, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, captive breeding programs, and more. In addition, while most visitors to the islands travel by yacht or cruise ship, we'll stay in lodges and hotels. That means much more of the money we spend on food and lodging remains with local residents rather than international corporations. By providing financial incentives through tourism, local businesses and families are empowered to view wildlife and wild spaces as worthy of protection. You can increase your impact even more by purchasing souvenirs from locally owned businesses and by offering cash tips to lodge staff, drivers, boat crews, and local guides.

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  • Jun 30–Jul 7, 2021
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