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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. Create family memories while experiencing one of the world’s most unique and pristine destinations.


Our Purpose

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.

Unfortunately, by the time the Galápagos National Park was established in 1959, the islands’ giant tortoise population had been decimated, with only 11 of the 14 original populations remaining. We aim to reverse this terrible trend. To achieve our purpose, volunteer at a tortoise sanctuary helping remove invasive plant species and sowing native bushes and grasses that the tortoises eat. Learn first-hand about protecting the natural habitat of the Galápagos’ most emblematic native species.

(Volunteer Time = 8 hours, or 2 half-days)


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 for giant tortoises, where they live in the wild.  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 – there is a lot of variety that helps create lifelong memories.


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 off Isabela Island to see the famed blue-footed boobie and if you’re lucky, 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 and land iguanas. For those who want to continue the adventure, fly to the Amazon Rainforest on our 4 day/3 night post-trip extension.

  • Galapagos Islands Animals: Galapagos Tortoise
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Optional Post-Trip Extension

You journey doesn’t have to end in Ecuador! For those interested in the Amazon, our post-trip extension has you venturing to “El Coca” to a 5-star jungle eco-resort. Learn how the basin operates from naturalist guides as you stand amongst 400 year old mahogany trees, and climb 120 ft above the forest for an unforgettable aerial view of the rainforest, spotting colorful birds and primates in the distance. Explore the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha alive with giant otters, monkeys, and

birds. Witness an Amazonian sunset from the water in the canoe before a night of stargazing. Ride to the clay lakes and learn about the Kichwa culture from a community member. Travel to Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail before a nocturnal walk through the jungle. Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

The first two nights of the journey will be spent in the cosmopolitan Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Unwind in a centrally-located hotel that puts us within a short drive to many of the city’s main sites. After taking our flight out to the Galapagos Islands, spend the next three nights at a 3-star hotel on the Island of Isabela. Continue on to the Island of Santa Cruz for the last four nights at a 3-star hotel in the charming town of Puerto Ayora. Relax with the hotels comfortable amenities and gardens or stroll into town to explore the shops and take in the slow pace of life on the islands.

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 several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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10 days / 9 nights

Program Cost: $3,995 Adult* / $3,395 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

Nov 17-26, 2018

Dec 26, 2018-Jan 4, 2019

2019 Dates

Jan 19-28, 2019

Feb 16-25, 2019

March 16-25, 2019

Apr 13-22, 2019

June 15-24, 2019

June 29-July 8, 2019

July 27-August 5, 2019

August 10-19, 2019

October 5-14, 2019

November 23-December 2, 2019

2020 Dates

January 25-February 1, 2020

February 15-22, 2020

March 21-28, 2020

April 4-11, 2020

 

  • * 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.
  • Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $400
  • All Dates are Family Friendly

 

See 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

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.

Add a 4 day/3 night post-trip extension to the Amazon Rainforest to any Galapagos departure. Click here to learn more.

  • Venture deep into the heart of the Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest and stay in a luxury eco-resort
  • Travel by canoe along the river looking out for monkeys, parrots, caiman & iguanas
  • Meet with local tribes and experience their traditional way of life
  • Fish for piranha and join your expert conservationist guide on daily walks through the jungle

 


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