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Overview

 Highlights


  • Unique wildlife experience viewing animals that are nowhere else on earth
  • Expert naturalist guide hiking
  • Snorkelling and swimming with wildlife
  • Pristine environment
  • Service learning

This trip takes us through this unique wildlife wonderland, where we can appreciate Darwin's theories amongst the numerous species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 major and 6 minor islands plus 42 islets, which all possess an untamed beauty and enchantment, giving the impression that you are on another planet. Rising from the floor of the Pacific Ocean up to 1,700 meters, the islands are a naturalist's paradise, with more than 875 species or varieties of plants and a fish population of 289 species from 88 families, many of them unique to the area. Whether snorkeling with sea lions, searching for giant tortoises or watching the mating dance of the Blue Footed Booby, the Galapagos offers a truly amazing spectacle. We start off by discovering the mainland and the city of Quito before we jump on a flight to Galapagos Islands to explore the islands and give a helping hand to accomplish conservation work.

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Quito

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Welcome to Ecuador! A World Expeditions Schools representative will welcome you at the airport. We get transferred to our hotel for the night. When all have found their rooms, we meet up for dinner. Before bedtime, we have a welcome and safety orientation to get ready for the upcoming trip in Ecuador and the Galapagos islands! Overnight Quito.

Meals:  D

After breakfast, we get ready for a walking tour downtown. We begin by visiting the Old Town Quito and discovering some of the city's most historic buildings as well as the local food culture. We will explore the historic center of Quito, home to some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in the Americas. Quito was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. During the tour of this city, we will visit and learn about historical churches and buildings of this beautiful capital city. We will tour the Monastery of San Francisco and learn about its impressive history from our expert guide. Admire the Independence Monument, Archbishop's Palace and Government Palace while at Independence Plaza. Enjoy a taste of Ecuadorian cuisine during lunch and discover how traditional sweets are prepared. In the afternoon we will visit the middle of the world monument and a local museum. Here we will learn about the historic visit of the French Geodesic Mission in the 18th century. In the Intiñan museum, we will learn about the unique physical phenomena that happens in the Equator, as well as the solar clock. In the late afternoon, we get back to our hostel and freshen up before its time for dinner. We have a debrief and get ready for the next day before it's time for bed. Overnight Quito.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we leave our hostel and get transported to the airport. We will catch a flight to San Cristobal on Island Galapagos. Upon arrival to these spectacular islands, we will visit the Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the islands’ unique natural history and critical importance to conservation. We then have a short hike to Frigate bird hill, which will give us an amazing view over Kicker Rock (León Dormido), Cerro Brujo beach, and Tijeretas Hill. The next stop is Darwin Bay, for those who want, you can snorkel or just enjoy a nice time at the beach. We get settled into our new accommodation and then have dinner in a local beachfront restaurant. It’s been a long day, but before bedtime, we have a debriefing and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure. Overnight San Cristobal.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, you will board a bus to visit the Galapaguera tortoise breeding center, here, you will learn about the efforts to repopulate the islands with endemic tortoises. With a lifespan in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. We break for lunch, and on our way back to the hostel, we will visit El Junco Lagoon where you can get great views of the ocean and the Island. In the late afternoon, we get back to our hostel and freshen up before it's time for dinner. We have a debrief and get ready for the next day before it's time for bed. Overnight San Cristobal.

Meals:  B,L,D

The following four days will include hands-on service-learning work. Each morning after breakfast, we will jump on the bus to get transported to a ranch on the island's highlands. The mission of this volunteer project is to improve the environmental and social conditions of the Galapagos. We will be divided into small working groups and rotate various working stations. We will take breaks during the day for snacks and lunch. This is a great opportunity also to learn more about the local culture and the day-to-day life at a ranch. Our guide and the locals will assist us in the work and how to safely use tools and other equipment needed. Depending on what needs to be done, we will take part in activities like; · Native tree nursery maintenance and seed germination. · Habitat restoration: chop down invasive guayaba trees, clear mora bushes, and dig up other invasive plants. · Tree planting and reforestation with endemic plant species. · Ranch work: maintain the organic garden, pick fruits, milk cows. · Help in the process of growing, drying, and roasting coffee (between November and February). When we return to our hostel in the afternoons, we reflect on what we have accomplished and what needs to be done the following day. We freshen up after a hard day of work and meet up for dinner and reflection before it's time for bed. Overnight San Cristobal.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will take a boat to Santa Cruz, named after the Holy Cross. The island hosts the largest human population in the archipelago and is a volcanic island. After lunch, you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where you will see giant Galapagos tortoises. The Galápagos tortoises are native to seven of the Galápagos Islands and the size and shape of the shells vary between subspecies and populations. You will also explore dry lava tunnels and learn about the unique geological history of the archipelago. When are all settled into our rooms in the late afternoon we will head out for dinner. Before bedtime, we debrief and get ready for the next day. Overnight Santa Cruz.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will head to the Puerto Ayora dock to start today’s adventure. After an hour boat ride, we will be able to enjoy the northern cliffs of Santa Fe Island and discover the Blue Footed Booby. It got its name due to its very distinctive bright blue feet. We will be able to enjoy the unique Galapagos wildlife while snorkeling; this is a great place to get close to playful sea lions as they swim around you. Lunch is served on the boat. On our way back to Santa Cruz Island, we stop at Hidden Beach to observe marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs, and the bird life. During snorkeling, we will see rays, golden rays, sea turtles, and if we are lucky some white-tipped sharks. After the snorkeling, you can enjoy some downtime at this beautiful beach accessible only by boat. We then start our boat journey back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. We get back to our hostel and freshen up before it's time for dinner. In the evening, we gather to share our highlights from today’s adventure before it's time for bed. Overnight Santa Cruz.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will visit the Charles Darwin Station where we will learn about natural history and wildlife conservation in the Galapagos. The station has conducted scientific research and provided environmental education since 1959, and the center remains best known for its breeding program for giant tortoises. Visitors can view baby tortoises in incubators, which are raised here until age four and then released into the wild. Explanations in both English and Spanish shed light on the center's projects and the global goals of conservation efforts. After the visit, we get transported to the airport to catch the flight back to Quito. En route, we make a quick stop at the twin craters. After everyone is settled into their rooms it’s time for our farewell dinner. Before bedtime, we share our highlights from the trip and the memories we will share. Overnight Quito.

Meals:  B,L,D

If time allows after breakfast, we will visit the handicraft market in Quito for some last-minute shopping. Then it’s time to get transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


Inclusions

  • All meals as per itinerary
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All internal transportation in private vehicles
  • Professional naturalist guide and support staff
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Group medical kit
  • Pre-departure Information
  • 24 hours call assistance

  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa costs, vaccination charges, reciprocity fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc

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We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

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Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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