Galapagos – Family Volunteer Vacation

Swim with friendly sea lions, snorkel with sea turtles, watch iguanas bask in the sun and meet wild giant tortoises up close while helping out at a tortoise reserve.

On this exciting small-group family trip to the Galapagos, there are activities for everyone: kayaking, hiking, biking, volunteering, and some relaxation throughout it all. Create family memories while experiencing one of the world’s most unique and pristine destinations.

The Place and The People

Arguably the greatest destination on the planet for nature travelers is the Galapagos archipelago. With rare and friendly wildlife found at every turn, these islands unveil the beauty and intricacies of the natural world in a truly unique manner.

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this island chain is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  While there are small towns on a couple of the islands, the strict protection of flora and fauna allows us to experience an ecosystem free of human degradation.

To provide the best family trip to the Galapagos, we keep our group size to around 16 people, focus on interactive and educational wildlife experiences, hire expert naturalist guides, and design a family-friendly schedule that includes time for family bonding.  And like all our trips, your Discover Corps host will accompany you every step of the way.

What You'll Do

We’ll spend a day exploring the colonial city of Quito, and also visit the actual Equator line, before flying to the islands. We’ll use the islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz as our two bases from which we’ll explore some the most fascinating and breathtaking sites on Baltra, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, and Pinzon.  

Spend two mornings volunteering at a nature reserve that is breeding giant tortoises.  We’ll help out by removing invasive plant species and planting native bushes and grasses that tortoises eat. Get up close to these graceful animals while learning first-hand about protecting their natural habitat.

Whether you’re hiking through hardened lava tubes, kayaking out to see blue-footed boobies, snorkeling with friendly sea lions, or simply relaxing and soaking it in – this will be an unforgettable experience.

What You'll See

The Galapagos is home to myriad species found nowhere else on earth.  It was here that Charles Darwin first observed how a species adapts differently to the unique environments on each island. Come, witness first hand the kaleidoscope of flora and fauna that inspired Darwin – and let it inspire your family’s love of nature!

Visit the most famous sites in the archipelago such as Los Tuneles, a series of underwater tubes formed from hardened lava with pristine water that is home to a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles and rays.  Kayak to a remote part of Isabela to see the famed blue-footed boobie as well as the Galapagos penguin. We’ll take day trips out to the tiny, uninhabited islands of North Seymour and Pinzon, great places to see majestic frigate birds, land iguanas, and giant tortoises.

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Itinerary Overview

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador where you’ll be met by your Discover Corps host. We’ll spend our first full day exploring this charming colonial city, strolling its cobblestone streets and visiting historical sites.  Early the next morning, fly to the Galapagos islands and then take a boat to Isabela Island where we’ll spend three nights.

On Isabela, venture out to some its most famous attractions and enjoy cycling and kayaking.  Then, we move to Santa Cruz island where we’ll spend 4 nights. On Santa Cruz island, volunteer at a tortoise reserve and take day trips out to Pinzon and North Seymour.  On the final day, we’ll travel to Baltra island and catch flights back to Quito, and then onward back to your home country.

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Where You'll Stay

Sharon C.

Sonoma, CA

Traveler's Journal

“Traveling to the Galapagos as a family was truly a bucket list item. From the vast array wildlife to our guide’s depth of knowledge to the time spent volunteering with the massive tortoises, this is a trip our family will never forget. Just watching my daughter’s eyes light up as they watched the penguins waddle into the water made the experience worth it.”

Dates and Fees

We offer serveral Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: US $3795*


August 5-14, 2017 (FF)

November 18-27, 2017 (FF)

March 17-26, 2018 (FF)

April 7-16, 2018 (FF)

June 16-25, 2018 (FF)

June 30-July 9, 2018 (FF)

July 14-23, 2018 (FF)

July 28-Aug 6, 2018 (FF)

Aug 18-27, 2018 (FF)

Nov 17-26, 2018 (FF)

Dec 26, 2018-Jan 4, 2019 (FF)

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Does not include roundtrip flight from Quito to Galapagos, or Galapagos tax and entrance fee. This cost varies based on local regulations will be added to your invoice.  Currently, the total cost for this is $600.
  • Single Room Supplement = $400
  • FF = Family Friendly

Interested in 2018 dates? Feel free to contact us and we can check availability.

What's Included?

Our trips includes almost everything which makes your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners (1 free evening)
  • 9 nights accommodations in 3 1/2-star hotels
  • Transportation in private vehicles
  • All scheduled activities and excursions
  • Tips for all day tours
  • Kayak and snorkel rental
  • Bilingual expert naturalist guide for excursions
  • Bilingual Discover Corps program host
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance

Does Not Include

Price does not include mandatory round trip flight from Quito to Galapagos, Galapagos immigration fee and Galapagos National Park entrance fee. This cost varies based on local regulations and will be added to your invoice. Currently, the total cost for this is $600 per person.

  • 1 dinner on Santa Cruz
  • 1 breakfast when flying to Galapagos (snack served on plane)
  • 1 lunch when flying from Galapagos to Quito (snack served on plane)
  • Tip for Naturalist Guide in Galapagos
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages during meals
  • Souvenirs and other personal expenses


Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Custom length programs can be designed for groups of 6 or more.


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