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Photo Credit: Jason Goldman

Photography in the Field: Expedition Galápagos

from $5,250 per person for 7 days, 6 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 14
  • Challenging
  • Outdoor Expedition

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. 

Note: If you're interested in extending your trip, we also offer an Amazon photo expedition from October 13–19, 2019. 

Highlights
  • Snorkeling and hiking
  • Photography workshops
  • Luxurious lodges
  • Unique wildlife

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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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)

What to Expect

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!

Dates and Prices

Oct 20–Oct 26, 2019
The total cost of this trip is $5,250. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $4,750 will be due by July 22, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations for the night in Quito, an additional $70 will be due at the time of the final payment. (Single rooms are not available outside of Quito.)
Included
  • 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.
Excluded
  • 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.
Trip Price
$5,250 per person

Additional Dates

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 Phil Torres and Jason G. Goldman, both of whom are wildlife biologists, skilled photographers, and seasoned science journalists who have traveled the globe in search of gripping stories about the natural world.