Island hop, volunteer, and travel all in one experience!
Participants of this program will spend their first week on Santa Cruz Island doing conservation work and visiting local attractions. During their second week, participants will be in San Cristobal Island working in another conservation station. Their main tasks at the stations will be the removal of invasive flora species and planting endemic plants, also they will work in small projects to help the community. The third week, after hard work, they will travel to Isabella Island where they can relax and enjoy tours with local guides and visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center as well as Las Tintoreras Islet (seeing white-tip sharks) and visit the Sierra Negra Volcano! Get involved in this life changing and rewarding experience where you will leave a piece of your effort and care in the Islands, and make a difference!
Best time to go?
Year long. Dry Season is June through December and Warm (and rainy) Season is December through May.
What to Expect?
Week 1: Santa Cruz Island
-Your plane arrives in Quito (Ecuador’s capital city). You will be met by our staff member and transferred to your hostel.
-Have breakfast at the hostel. A member of our staff will meet you at the hostel and take you to our office for a full scientific briefing or the program. Orientation takes about 2 hours. Afternoon free to explore Quito.
-Fight to Baltra Galapagos. Reception at the aiport by one of the guides, visit Los gemelos and Primicias
-Morning tour through the Academy Bay. During the trip you can observe the diversity of the underwater world and with a little bit of luck see some of the bigger inhabitants of the ocean, like marine turtles, white tipped reef sharks or manta rays, Afternoon visit Tortuga Bay Beach, which is one of the most pristine white sanded beaches in Galapagos, overnight at the hotel.
-Morning orientation at the foundation offices in Pto Ayora and starting at the project at the same day. Spend the night at the Project.
-Project (Conservation activities mentioned before).
-Leave the project after lunch; spend the night at the hostel in town.
-Day off to explore the island; Book day tours to smaller islands nearby. Spend the night at the hotel.
Week 2: San Cristobal Island
-Departure (to San Cristobal) at 2:00pm. Arrival at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at 4:30pm, at your arrival you will take a taxi to go to the station (travel time 45min).
-Two days working on the project (Activities described previously).
-You leave the station in the morning, and then you have the day free to explore the island, spend the night at the hotel in the town.
-Day free to explore the Island, book extra tours.
-Departure morning: 7:00am to Santa Cruz, arriving at 9:00am, then at 2:00pm departure from Santa Cruz to Isabella (by speed boat) arriving at 4:30pm, night at the hostel.
Week 3: Isabella Island
-Guided visit to the Isabella Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and Wall of Tears. Tintoreras Islet Tour. From the Wharf you will board a speedboat that will take you for a ride around the bay or the small island of Las Tintoreras (white-fin sharks). From here you will be able to see penguins, sharks, blue-legged piqueros, pelicans, iguanas, and sea lions. There will be some time to snorkel (snorkel gear included) and you will be able to get a great view of the different variety of fish in the area.
-Volcano tour. In this tour participants can admire the beautiful landscape and the different lava formations produced by the most recent eruptions.
-Free day(s) to enjoy the Island snorkel with sea lions at Concha Perla, lay on the beach, watch flamingos and more!
-Early departure (6am) by speed boat to Santa Cruz; catch your flight back to Quito at noon. Overnight at hostel in Quito.
-Transfer to airport and departure.
- Program ID: # 1772
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: Galapagos IslandsEcuador0° 51' 54.504" S, 89° 26' 13.0236" WEC
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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