Galápagos: Wildlife Odyssey | Cultural Explorations with Discover Corps

Galapagos – Wildlife Odyssey

Marvel at the unique must-see wildlife, world-class snorkeling, and experience off-the-beaten-track locales of the islands.

From the land to the sea, experience firsthand how humans live in harmony with nature in one of Earth’s most fragile ecosystems.


The Place and The People

The Galápagos archipelago is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth, but the ecosystem is fragile, and understanding how to interact with the islands is crucial. The islands, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and are home to unique animals such as the Galápagos shark, marine iguana, Galápagos penguin blue-footed boobies, and of course, the Galápagos giant tortoise. You’ll experience firsthand how humans live in harmony with nature, balancing human development and preservation of the nature and wildlife that call the Galápagos home.


What You'll Do

Split your time between the land and sea. Have lunch with a fisherman and his family to learn more about how they live and respect the nature around them, visit markets to see how the islands inspire the artwork and textiles of the people, and visit an organic farm to learn more about coffee harvesting, fruit grown on the islands, and otoy (food grown for the giant tortoises). Spend the rest of your time with must-see wildlife and off-the-beaten-track locales of the islands.

This trip will take you to countless different beaches and landscapes, all with spectacular snorkeling and bird watching. Search for blue-footed boobies at Kicker Rock, relax at the beach of Tortuga Bay, snorkel in search of the Galápagos iguana and shark at the world famous Pinzon and Daphne Islands, and see tortoises in their natural habitat at the Galapaguera Breeding Center.


What You'll See

Before heading off to the islands, you will experience panoramic views of Quito aboard the Teleferico Complex, a 4,050 meter cable car located on the summit of Cruz Loma. Keep your eyes open for the 14 peaks of the Andes, or the “Avenue of Volcanoes” during your journey. On the mainland, you’ll also visit Otavalo and their famous artisan markets.

Jet off to the islands in search of wildlife you can only find in the Galápagos – blue footed boobies, the Galápagos iguana and shark, frigate birds, the Galápagos giant tortoise, and so much more. Marvel at the craters of Daphne Island, the expansive and pristine shoreline of Tortuga Bay, lava ground, and more.

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Itinerary Overview

Start your journey in the city of Quito full of panoramic views and artisans markets. Once off the mainland, wake up early to island hop in search of the unique wildlife that Galápagos has to offer. The day typically starts with a snorkel or hike, followed by a relaxing day on the pristine beaches of the islands. Throughout the journey, meet with the local community to learn more about how they work with the nature and wildlife around them to create a sustainable way of living with conservation at the center.

Spend one day getting to know a local farm – learning about coffee harvesting, recollecting otoy for the tortoises, and gathering fruit for a fresh lunch. Spend another evening having dinner with a local fisherman and his family before you’re back out on the beaches snorkeling in some of the most biodiverse waters in the world.

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Where You'll Stay

In Quito, live in luxury in a 5-star hotel near the Quito Cathedral, Independence Square, and just steps away from museums. This colonial house was renovated with furniture and art made by local artisans and includes a winery, restaurant, lounge area, and complimentary wifi and breakfast each morning. Continue your travels to San Cristobal Island where you’ll experience and ocean view room in a 4-star hotel with lots of wildlife, such as sea lions, living right outside your window. On Santa Cruz Island, live in the middle of all the action. Another 4-star waterfront hotel, you’re just a 10-minute walk to Playa de los Alemanes, Las Grietas, and the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Karen D.

Aurora, IL

Traveler's Journal

“The Galápagos Islands have been a bucket list destination for us for quite some time, but it was important to us that we were traveling responsibly given the history of the islands. We felt that we got a very deep look into how the people of the Galápagos work together with nature to preserve the land, plus, the wildlife (and especially the snorkeling) was absolutely incredible. An awesome idea for a family vacation!”

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: $4,895 Adult* / $4,395 Child*

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

2019 Dates

January 12-21, 2019

March 23-April 1, 2019

May 25-June 3, 2019

June 1-10, 2019

July 13-22, 2019

August 3-12, 2019

September 7-16, 2019

December 14-23, 2019

2020 Dates

January 11-20, 2020

March 28-April 6, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $895
  • Price does not include the required supplement fee covering a roud trip flight from Quito to Galápagos and the Galápagos tax and entrance fee. The cost varies based on local regulations and will be added to your invoice. Currently, the cost is $600/person .
  • Although unlikely, prices, dates, and accommodations subject to change with a 60 day notice from Discover Corps
  • All dates are Family Friendly
  • W = Women-Only Dates
See What's Included
  • Meals included throughout the trip with the exception of one dinner
  • 9 nights lodging in superior level accommodation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including snorkeling, dinner with a local family, hiking, a cable car ride, and more
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals & baggage
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Additional meals and beverages outside of those included in the itinerary (including all alcoholic beverages)
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls
  • Required supplement fee covering a round trip flight from Quito to Galápagos and the Galápagos tax and entrance fee. The cost varies based on local regulations and will be added to your invoice. Currently, the cost is $600/person.

What's Included

  • Most meals included: 24 total
  • 7 nights lodging in premium level accommodation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including time at an elephant sanctuary, coffee plantation, a cruise along the Mae Ping River, and more
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals & baggage
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature & turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • One breakfast and one dinner
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls
  • Required supplement fee covering a round trip flight from Quito to Galápagos and the Galápagos tax and entrance fee. The cost varies based on local regulations and will be added to your invoice. Currently, the cost is $600/person .

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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