A Mesmerising Wildlife Haven
Sea lions chill on the beach, hammerhead sharks cruise the depths and blue-footed boobies soar overhead; welcome to the Galapagos Islands. Experience the richest marine ecosystem on earth, tread Darwin’s footsteps on the volcanic islands that inspired his ‘Theory of Evolution’ back in 1835. Available as an add on to all of our Ecuador volunteer programmes.
The extreme isolation of the islands (around 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador) combined with seismic and volcanic activity has led to the development of abundant animal life. You only have to slap on your snorkel and get your feet in some flippers to come face to face with friendly turtles and inquisitive sea lions, we definitely recommend an underwater camera and loads of memory space for all your photos!
The all-inclusive cost of visiting the beautiful Galapagos Islands includes a jam packed schedule. Accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. National Park entrance fees. Ingala Immigration fees. Snorkelling equipment. All internal transfers. All activities detailed in the itinerary below.
Day 1 Fly from mainland Ecuador – approximately 2.5 hours from Quito – to arrive in Baltra (Santa Cruz) Our plan is to move straight on and then come back to Santa Cruz later, so we’ll head into Puerto Ayora, the island’s capital, ready to take a boat to Isabella island. The boat journey is about 2 hours. After checking into the hotel we can walk through the town to head off to see flamingoes and a giant tortoise breeding centre.
Day 2 Morning: Trek up Volcans Negra and Chico, the world’s second largest caldera. As recently as 2005 there was volcanic activity here, which means you will see fumeroles and even feel the heat of the molten world below.Afternoon: Snorkelling at Concha Perla, where hopefully you’ll get the chance to see tortoises, stingrays and enormous starfish.
Day 3 Morning: a very short boat ride to Las Tintoreras, an area of volcanic rock home to marine iguanas, white tipped sharks, Galapagos penguins and sea lions. Afternoon: we rent bicycles and head off into the wilds. The final destination is El Muro de las Lágrimas (Wall of Tears), a relic from the islands time as a prison colony. We’ll stop off at mangrove swamps and beaches, hopefully seeing wild tortoises going about their business.
Day 4 Morning: An early start to get the boat back to Santa Cruz. Having checked into the hotel we’ll head off to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a working scientific research base which is central to the preservation of these islands and its animals. Afternoon: We’ll head inland to visit Rancho Primicius, where you can see enormous giant tortoises in their natural environment, and then visit the lava tunnels.
Day 5 A walk out to Tortuga Bay. The walk takes us through mangrove forests and along a fantastic beach. At Tortuga Bay you’ll enjoy a few hours on this amazing beach, swimming and chilling.
Day 6 Fly back to Quito – bucket list ticked!
For more information about this exciting addition to your South America trip, please contact the team here at Camps through our contact form. They’ll be happy to talk through your booking and make the necessary arrangements to add this amazing experience to your trip.