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      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 01/01/2025 - 01/11/2025

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 11 Days / 10 Nights

      Overview

      This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore – so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. We'll take care of your flight bookings in and out of Quito — with the cheapest flight cost possible. That way you’ll be secure in knowing you've saved money, giving you plenty of time to explore the islands of Floreana, Isabela, and Santa Cruz as you spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays, and the Galápagos giant tortoise.

      Galapagos Multisport map
      What's Included:
      • Kayak and snorkel excursion at Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)
      • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion(Santa Cruz Island)
      • Fausto Llerena Breeding Center visit (Santa Cruz Island)
      • Snorkeling at Black Beach and Loberia (Floreana Island)
      • Biking excursion (Isabela Island)
      • Sierra Negra volcano hike (Isabela Island)
      • Giant Tortoise Breeding Center visit (Isabela Island)
      • Otavalo Market + Lunch at the Hacienda
      • Quito City Tour and Equator
      • Isabela Municipal Tax
      • Quito to Galápagos return flights
      • Local Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park)
      • G Adventures representative in Quito
      • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners – allow $200-$275 USD for meals not included
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by local flight, speed boat, van, pickup truck, local buses, panga boats
      • Arrival & Departure Transfers
      • Hotels (8 nts), G Adventures-supported community guesthouse (2 nts)
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Quito together with your group. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to our start hotel. Located 2,850 m (9,348 ft) above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate even though it is only a few miles south of the Equator. The old city is full of historic buildings and churches. We recommend spending an extra day or two in Quito. See our optional activities information below for a better idea of what there is to see and do. Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Mercure

      We begin our day with an early morning transfer to the airport in Quito and a flight to Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos, where we meet our friendly staff and check into the hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible wildlife.From this elevation, the panoramic views of the other islands are stunning. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle and plane Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Coloma

      Walk from Puerto Ayora along a 2.5 km raised causeway to the stunning white sand beach of Tortuga Bay for snorkeling and kayaking. Jump in and explore the underwater world where schools of yellowtail surgeonfish, king angelfish, and parrotfish dance in the gentle waves. Spot turtles, friendly sea lion pups, and small, docile, whitetip reef sharks. While kayaking, keep an eye out for nearby pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and other seabirds. Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened. This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community. Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Coloma

      After a free morning, depart Santa Cruz and head to Floreana Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and the magnificent albatross along the way. The history of Floreana Island (also called "Charles") has gradually evolved to reach near mythic proportions. Many of its residents have been living there for the past three generations since the islands were first colonized. Its 150 residents have tried to benefit from the tourism boom, but since most tourism is marine-based and the boats don't stop in the village, they have struggled to find any opportunities. Our partner tour operator G Adventures is investing in community training and infrastructure to develop the first ecological, community tourism program in the Galápagos Islands that sees both the island's small entrepreneurs and its unique wildlife as the primary beneficiaries of this project. To further benefit the community on Floreana Island, G Adventures has provided training to residents for all aspects of tourism, including food preparation and service. The community will provide your meals while staying on this small island. The meals are rotated between different community members in order to spread out the benefits of tourism. While eating at the community restaurants you will be contributing to the self-sufficiency of the first community tourism operator in the Galápagos. You'll have time this afternoon to go snorkeling straight off the black sands of Floreana. Immerse yourself in the waters of the Galápagos and meet some of the local wildlife. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by speed boat Please note: Seas can be rough during this voyage, so please bring sea sickness medication to use as necessary. Scheduled Hotel: G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse

      Today, we start by walking along a black-sand beach to Loberia, where we enjoy snorkeling immediately off the beach and get up close to the diverse wildlife in the waters around the Galápagos. Please be aware: the water here can be rough and the currents strong, making swimming difficult (but not impossible!) for even the strongest swimmers. We then head up to the seldom-visited highlands of Floreana, where we will hear tales about the pirates, whalers, seal hunters, and buccaneers who once lived in this isolated and unique landscape. We will also learn about the birds, plants, and animals found on this small island. Scheduled Hotel: G-Supported Floreana Community Guesthouse

      After a tranquil night, we bid farewell to the mysterious Floreana Island and set off by speed boat to Isabela Island, where we check into our hotel. Shaped like a seahorse, Isabela is the largest island in the Galápagos archipelago and stretches over 100 km, though it is also extremely narrow. It is also a very active island, with six active volcanoes found on Isabella - Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf. All of these volcanoes, except Ecuador, are still active, and two of them are over 1,700 meters high - Wolf and Cerro Azul. In the afternoon, we lace up our hiking boots in order to explore the Sierra Negra Volcano. As we reach the summit, we will circle the rim of the volcano, looking down into the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos. We will see smoking fumaroles and the "sulfur volcano" (large amounts of sulfur deposited around the fumaroles) along the way. The volcano last erupted in June 2018, making it the most recent eruption in the Galápagos. This hike can be muddy and difficult, so if you aren't in good shape, ask your tour leader whether they think you should go on the hike. After the hike the group will hop on a bicycle and travel downhill for about 12 km by bike with the group. Feel the wind on your skin and the fresh air in your lungs as you coast to the town of Puerto Villamil. This ride will be all downhill along a semi-paved road with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding countryside. Please note that it is not a physically demanding ride. Approximate travel time: 2-2.5 hrs by speed boat Please note: Seas can be rough during this voyage, so please bring sea sickness medication to use as necessary. Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Iguana

      This morning, you can spend free time as you wish. In the afternoon, visit Tintoreras to kayak and snorkel.  Observe the whitetip reef sharks found swimming in the channels between the rocks. Get a close-up view of pelicans, frigatebirds, and diving blue-footed boobies. Watch for manta rays and rare Galápagos penguins, of which only 800 pairs exist. Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Iguana

      This morning we will walk through the town’s wetlands to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. With the giant tortoise on its way to extinction in the late 1950s, this program was established to protect these noble creatures. Around midday, we'll go by boat to Santa Cruz Island and return to Puerto Ayora. After a late hotel check-in, enjoy free time to explore this bustling little town and sample some of the local restaurants and bars, or maybe do some souvenir shopping in one of the many shops. Head to the lively fish market where sea lions, pelicans, and other birds drop by to see the daily catch. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by speed boat Please note: Seas can be rough during this voyage, so please bring sea sickness medication to use as necessary. Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Coloma

      This morning, we take a private van to the ferry terminal on Santa Cruz Island, before taking a short ferry to Baltra. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel. Your group will have free time to relax in Quito. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by plane Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Mercure

      Enjoy a full-day excursion, beginning around 7:30 a.m., to experience the charm and culture of Ecuador's Otavalo Market. Surrounded by the Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda volcanoes, the vibrant and beautiful city of Otavalo is home to a large indigenous population and is known for its handicrafts. Stop in Cayambe on the way to the market to try local bizcochos. Spend some time in the Otavalo Market before heading to the Peguche waterfalls. We'll also enjoy an included lunch at Hacienda Pinsaqi before returning to Quito for the evening. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle Scheduled Hotel: Hotel Mercure

      Enjoy a city tour of Quito, beginning around 8:00 a.m. and ending around 4:00 p.m. Visit the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stops at the Basilica del Voto Nacional, La Compañia Church, San Francisco Square, Plaza Grande, and the Panecillo, a towering statue of the virgin of Quito looking out over a stunning view of the city. Drive 25km (16 mi) north of Quito to the Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Stand with one foot in each hemisphere. Later in the day, the group will be transferred to the airport for the return flight home.

      Details

      Resources to Learn about Ecuador and the Galápagos
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important to review our Terms and Conditions before signing up for a GEEO program.
      Cancellation Policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in writing by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to the start of your program, all your program fee payments will be refunded excluding your $350 deposit, which is kept on file for future use and never expires.
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      • If you cancel within 30 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive no refund, but your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      Trip Notes
      1. ITINERARY CHANGES: The itinerary is subject to further changes, dependent upon new regulations made by the Galápagos National Park or seasonal points of interest. The Galápagos National Park Service dictates the itinerary to G Adventures and GEEO, therefore the details of this itinerary could change a bit when you arrive. The content will be pretty much the same, but the order of the activities may change.
      2. GALÁPAGOS ISLAND PARK ENTRY FEE: The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galápagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galápagos, as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador’s other National Parks. Entry fees, and the funds they generate for the National Park System, are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
      3. TRANSIT CONTROL CARDS AND TAX: The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) has implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galápagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galápagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galápagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control, and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galápagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago. There will also be a municipal tax of $5 USD per person charged locally upon departure from Isabela Island.
      4. SEA SICKNESS: The water is unpredictable (sometimes choppy, sometimes not), so definitely bring motion sickness pills for the boat rides between islands.
      5. INTERNATIONAL TICKET NUMBERS: Foreign travelers are exempt from paying a tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. To prove that you are indeed a foreign traveler, you must enter your international ticket number (ITN) into the Good To Go check-in system. Travelers who do not submit ITNs at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.
      6. LUGGAGE: The maximum baggage allowance for domestic flights between Quito and the Galapagos Islands is one piece of luggage per person weighing a maximum of 23 kilograms (50 pounds), plus one carry-on piece weighing a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds).
      7. ALTITUDE: Quito is at a high altitude and can be chilly in the evenings. Make sure you check the weather and have appropriate clothing. Also, you may have a headache and nausea when you arrive, which might be caused by mild altitude sickness. The best thing to do is to take it easy and try not to be too active. See a doctor in the rare circumstance that your symptoms are severe.
      8. SAFETY IN QUITO: Please take care when wandering about the city on your own, as pickpockets and purse-snatchers are common, particularly in the Old Town. Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, and cash you don’t need in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most Quiteños are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you 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. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, 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 also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. Some of the optional excursions on this trip require participants to be in good shape, capable of hiking up to five hours. You are of course welcome to skip these optional excursions if you do not feel up for it. Those who choose to snorkel must be cautious that they can handle the water conditions, as some parts of the waters around the Galápagos have strong currents.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Excess luggage can be stored free of charge at the hotel in Quito during your tour, if necessary. The Quito International Airport is approximately 1 hour outside of the city center, where the hotel is located. There are a number of routes the driver may take depending on the time of day and traffic; the route often seems long and indirect. The easiest and cheapest way to get to the hotel is by organizing a taxi at the desk within the airport (approximately $30 USD). Private transfers generally cost more as the cars will need to drive from Quito to the airport and return to the city. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find a taxi stand. We strongly recommend you pay for the car from the taxi stand, which uses a set rate, so that you don't have to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport terminal, where the situation tends to get more chaotic with many drivers vying for few clients. The taxis outside the airport area do not belong to the Taxi Airport Union and may charge higher fares. There is also a shuttle available with the bus company Aeroservicios. Aeroservicios charges $8 USD for a bus ride that will take you from the new airport to the old airport. The buses are new, comfortable, and often include WiFi. From the old airport, a taxi to get to your hotel generally costs $5 USD, depending on the distance and location. If you pay in advance for an arrival transfer, a representative holding a G Adventures sign with your name will be waiting at the airport to meet you directly in front of the arrivals section. There are often many people holding signs, so we recommend taking some time to locate the representative holding a sign with the G Adventures logo and your name. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, you can go directly to the H.A.T.S. counter (Hotel and Airline Transportation Services), which is situated directly in front of the international arrival area, next to the taxi stand, and they will be able to assist you. In addition, you may call our local support line at 0999 506 000. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the hotel via taxi and report the issue to a G Adventures representative at the welcome meeting.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Office - Lima, Peru During office hours (weekdays, 9am-6pm local time): +51 1 241 1650 After hours emergency number: +51 99 758 2712 (WhatsApp Available) If for any reason you are unable to reach the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below to connect with their Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! 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 plus a daypack per person. The maximum baggage allowance for domestic flights between Quito and the Galapagos Islands is one piece of luggage per person weighing a maximum of 23 kilograms (50 pounds), plus one carry-on item weighing a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the traveler. Please note that Galápagos is a protected National Park, so your luggage will be checked before arrival and departure to and from the islands. Don’t bring any food, seeds, or other organic material that could affect the delicate ecosystem of the islands. That said, a participant in 2013 told us, “You can bring any processed food, even packaged nuts—this was very important for someone like me with dietary restrictions. I brought tons of protein bars, nuts, and granola!” Suggested Checklist
      • Windproof/waterproof rain jacket (very important)
      • Personal clothing for cool to hot weather – we recommend packing 7 or 8 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
      • Fleece top – it can fall into the 40s Fahrenheit!
      • Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Two bathing suits and a small quick-dry towel
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • Motion sickness pills – Dramamine, bring both less-drowsy and regular formulas
      • First-aid kit, including contain lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Underwater camera or waterproof phone bag
      • Snorkeling mask (there will be times where you can go snorkeling, but there might not always be a mask rental available)
      • Wetsuit (the water can be chilly, and some have said in the past they wish they had brought their wetsuit)
      • Rubber boots – optional: the hikes can be really muddy
      • Binoculars
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
      • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
      • EUR/USD cash
      • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
      • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary. We recommend packing enough clothes so you don't have to do laundry.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require the participant to have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to travel to Ecuador. Non-American participants should check online to determine if they need a visa.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar, so there is no need to exchange currencies. Make sure you bring plenty of cash to the islands—we recommend around $700-800—as ATMs can be hard to find or out of service, especially on Floreana. Small bills are better, so bring plenty of $5s and $1s. Credit cards are rarely accepted on the islands.
      Tipping
      It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Tipping is also one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the local community. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from $5-10 USD per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, $5-10 USD per person per day would be appropriate.
      Vaccinations
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/), which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      Flights
      This program begins and ends in San Jose. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Quito. You may want to arrive in Quito one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Quito any time on the final day of the program, or stay longer to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      Ecuador uses the same plug design and voltage found in the United States—a type-A plug and 120 Volts—so there is no need for electrical adapters or converters.
      Expectations
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      • We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Weather
      Quito, although close to the equator, is at a high altitude. Therefore, the temperature during the day tends to be in 60s F, and at night it can get into the 40s F. Please make sure you have the proper clothing packed! The climate of the Galápagos Islands is tempered by the Humboldt Current, so you will not experience the extreme heat found elsewhere at this latitude. The warmest weather is from December to June, when temperatures range from 72-90° F, and the water temperature is in the mid 70s F. From July to November, temperatures are cooler and range from 60-75° F (18-24°C), and average water temperature rarely reaches 70° F.
      Advice From Past Participants
      “There are not many alternative activities. If you choose not to do something, you have to sit around and wait for the other people (because tourism in the Galapagos is strictly regulated).” “We did a lot of snorkeling, and I think I would have bought a wetsuit top, if I knew the water was going to be a bit chilly.” "Wetsuits are rentable in the Galapagos." “Quito is a remarkable city and touring it and the surrounding area should not be missed. Visitors should be encouraged to plan to add a day or two to see it.” “It gets cold at night on most of the islands!” “It was much hotter than I thought it would be! I packed more warm things. Also, it is important to have a lot – maybe $700 to $800 – of cash on you. A lot of us ran out of cash, and it was hard to get to an ATM.” “A collapsible walking stick might help with hiking but no need for boots. Bring lots of sunscreen. Also, altitude sickness medicine really helped in Quito. I had a much better time there than other group members because I took it. Also, seasickness medicine is a must for the island boat transfers.” “Be prepared for the hike to the volcano! It was long, and I got soaked by the end, which got cold! Dress in layers. Food in the islands is much more expensive than in Quito. “ “Ecuador and Galapagos are essentially a cash-only destination. Very few places accepted credit cards, and extra activities all had to be paid in cash. I think I spent at least $1,000 in cash during my time in Ecuador/Galápagos. It is very important to emphasize the need to have bills in small denominations.”
      Snorkeling and Diving Gear
      You can bring your own snorkeling gear and wetsuit, or rent gear in the Galápagos. G Adventures provides the snorkeling gear for free and then you would need to rent a wetsuit for $5-$10 a day. They sometimes don’t have wetsuits for larger people or petite sizes. The water can be cold in the Galápagos, but one participant told me that she did not rent the wetsuit and was just fine without it. While our itinerary does not list much snorkeling, I have been told by our group that there were lots of opportunities for snorkeling on the trip and that they snorkeled on four separate occasions. Some of the locations have a strong current and are too deep to stand, other locations are much calmer and easier to handle. You must use your judgment and tour leader’s advice to determine whether it is safe for you to go into the water. If you wish to go diving, there are dive shops on the islands and your tour leader can help put you in touch with one of them.

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Program Fee
      The price of the program is listed on Hogsabroad. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galápagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is not included in the price of our trip. The Galápagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person.
      Optional Activities
      $100-300 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      $600-1,200 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Airport Transfers
      $50-150 USD
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      Tipping
      We recommend $40-60 USD for your local naturalist guide. Budget another $20-30 USD to tip local guides and drivers.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $185-240 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Vaccines
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion. This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Isabela Island
      Islote Tintoreras Snorkeling: $45-50 USD per person Go snorkelling at the islet Las Tintoreras, located south of Puerto Villamil – it's the perfect place to glide along watching the magic unfold under the water’s surface. Enjoy a small calm turquoise bay to look for the whitetip reef shark, which are fairly common in the archipelago. (The sharks are called Tintorera in Spanish, which is where the site gets its name.) Keep an eye out for sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and rays as well as the sharks. Los Tuneles Snorkeling: $140-150 USD per person Grab your swimsuit, a snorkel, and head out to explore the waters to see what’s living under the sea. Head to Los Tuneles about a 40-minute boat ride away from Puerto Villamil. The lava formations and mangroves make this an ideal place for snorkeling. Keep an eye out for eagle rays, sea turtles, and large schools of colorful fish. Wall of Tears Bike Visit (1h-2h): $20 USD per person Cycle to the "Wall of Tears" and tour this somber historical site that pays homage to the prisoners of an on-island penal colony, who were forced to build a wall out of huge blocks of basalt. Many prisoners died during the wall's construction between 1946 and 1959. Concha de Perla Snorkelling $5 USD per person Visit the calm bay of Concha de Perla for a snorkeling experience. Snorkel alongside up to 20 different species of birds as well as tropical fish, sea lions, and maybe even penguins.
      Santa Cruz
      Surfing lesson: $120 USD per person Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters. Tortuga Bay kayaking: $15 USD per person Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax after on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun – you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore.