Ecuador and the Galapagos
Arrive / Quito. Pickup at airport. Hotel overnight in Quito.
Travel over the Andes, stop at the Papallacta Geo-thermal pools, and arrive at the Sachawaysa Kichwa community, dinner and evening introductions.
At Sachawaysa....Morning wayusa ceremony, rainforest walk and swim in waterfall, chocolate preparation, light reforestation, and Kichwa dance group.
Visit to the Churu geologic site, hiking into dramatic canyons, lunch and light reforestation. Evening story- telling.
Trip to the Lagunna Azul and Lagunna Yani sites for river swimming, hiking, and Amazon barbeque.
Trip to the Arajuno River Wildlife Rescue Center and Nature Reserve.
Leave Sachawaysa Kichwa community. Overnight in Quito
Early morning departure for the airport. Please keep in mind that once we’re on the islands, you'll only have brief access to your checked-in luggage before we leave it at our hotel, so be sure to pack whatever you need for the beach in your carry-on. Once we land on Baltra airport, we will visit lava tubes, Chato the tortoise reproduction center and Twin craters
Boat ride to San Cristobal. Visit Loberia Beach and see sea lion. Orientation.
Today we’ll travel through the highlands to the opposite side of the island, traveling through
different ecosystems along the way. We´ll visit Puerto Chino beach, the tortoise reproduction
center, El Junco crater lake and volcano, and the historic town of El Progresso. Return to our
hotel. Evening discussion of island biogeography and zonation.
Visit to San Cristobal island’s Interpretation Center, followed by a short hike to Tijeretas Cove
where we’ll be able to swim and snorkel at our leisure. Here there’s a good chance for seeing
sea turtles in addition to other marine fauna. In the afternoon we’ll have an introduction to the
research projects being carried out by both Ecuadorean and international students here in the
Boat trips to Cerro Brujo, Puerto Grande, León Dormido and Isla Lobos. These are wonderful
sites for snorkeling, swimming and observation of sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, sea birds and
more. Afterwards, we’ll review the species that we’ve seen in the ocean and their ecology.
Free time for shopping in evening.
Early morning travel to Santa Cruz island. Here we’ll see the Charles Darwin Station, visit
lava tubes, and another great beach where there’s a good chance of seeing baby sharks in the
shallows. Afterwards, we can talk about the volunteer and research opportunities available in
Ecuador through Save The Rainforest.
Early morning travel to airport on Baltra for our return trip to the continent. Farewell dinner
in the evening.
Departure for home. Your course leaders will accompany you to the airport and wait for a
short time outside of security to handle any possible last-minute needs.