2021 Bakersfield Galapagos Conservation Expedition
March 27, 2021 -
April 4, 2021
Please register by July 1, 2019
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $3,990
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Galapagos Conservation Expedition
Dense Amazonian rainforest, snow-capped Andean peaks, and volcanic islands – Ecuador is a place of many wonders. From Quito’s historic colonial district to the Galapagos Islands’ completely unique wildlife and ecosystems, our programs will fill you with wonder and excitement. You might find yourself swimming with sea lions or tropical penguins during your free time! The Galapagos Islands are the birthplace of our modern understanding of evolution.
From Ecuador you can fly to the islands to spend several days volunteering on a conservation and reforestation project, getting up close and personal with island wildlife like the famous giant tortoises. From here, you can travel to different islands in the archipelago and explore various sites and wildlife including sea turtles, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, giant tortoises, albatrosses, frigate birds and much more. Participants will have the opportunity for plenty of snorkeling and hiking while learning about what makes each island rare – from various colors of sand (black, white, red and even green) to volcanic rocks that are millions of years old!
Conservation Expeditions bring travelers to the heart of the modern-day conservation movement. Whether building nurseries for sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, snorkeling alongside sea lions in the Galapagos or teaching local school children in Thailand about the importance of wild elephants to their ecosystem, these trips make the wonders of our world, and our responsibility to protect them, abundantly apparent.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Volunteer with local scientists to assist in critical conservation efforts
Hike an active volcano
Explore the extensive wildlife in Floreana
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|March 27||USA - Quito, Ecuador||Today we will fly from Los Angeles to Quito, connecting in Houston along the way. We will arrive in Quito this evening, hold a brief orientation meeting for the upcoming adventure and spend the night in accommodations near the airport.||Hosteria Airport Garden|
|March 28||Quito - Galapagos (Santa Cruz Island)||Today we fly 600 miles over the Pacific Ocean to reach the Galapagos Islands. After landing in Baltra, we will take a ferry across the Itabaca Channel and experience a variety of ecosystems as we drive to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island where giant tortoises roam in the mist. We'll be sure to pay a visit to the famous Darwin Research Station today as well.||Hotel Palmeras|
|March 29||Santa Cruz - Isabela Island||The adventure continues this morning as we take a speedboat over to Isabela Island. After lunch we will snorkel on Concha Perla and experience a stunning array of marine life. Our local guide will explain the significance of the Galapagos as an oasis for marine species, and we'll see the evidence firsthand.||Hotel Tintorera|
|March 30||Isabela||Today is our most challenging adventure yet. We'll hike up to the rim of Sierra Negra, the second largest caldera in the world and an active volcano. We'll see firsthand the geological processes that shaped these islands and spot wildlife on the way.||Hotel Tintorera|
|March 31||Isabela||This morning we will go on bikes to visit the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center and to the Muro de las Lagrimas. Later in the afternoon, we'll relax and swim at a beautiful beach to cap off a busy day.||Hotel Tintorera|
|April 1||Isabela||After breakfast, we'll dive into our volunteer work with local authorities. We'll receive an expert lecture, then get into the field to lend a hand on a research project or conservation effort. Projects can range from tracking wild giant tortoises, to biodiversity surveys, to working on a restorative ecology project for endemic plant species. More details on your project will be laid out in the weeks prior to your departure.||Hotel Tintorera|
|April 2||Isabela - Santa Cruz||Today we will enjoy a beautiful sea kayak and snorkel at Islote Tintoreras. After lunch we will return to Santa Cruz Island on a speedboat. We will sit down together as a group this evening and reflect on our experience in the Galapagos over the last week.||Hotel Palmeras|
|April 3||Santa Cruz - Quito - USA||We'll depart the Galapagos for Quito today. Later on, we'll enjoy our final meal together in country near the airport before connecting onward to the USA the following morning.||Hosteria Airport Garden|
|April 4||USA arrival||We will fly to the USA this morning. ¡Hasta luego!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Hosteria Airport Garden
Hosteria Airport Garden is 3-star hotel located outside of Quito. This hotel has modern amenities and can hold 2-4 students to a room. This hotel has a swimming pool and BBQ area open to guests. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Tintoreras is a family-friendly hotel that is walking distance from local stores and restaurants. This hotel is equipped with modern amenities and can accommodate up to 3 guests per room. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Las Palmeras
Hotel Las Palmeras offer clean, comfortable and spacious rooms for guests. Each room can house 2-3 students per room. Some of the amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, hot water and group sitting areas around the property. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
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PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
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Everything was outstanding. The communication, organization, and experience was phenomenal. The program positively impacted my daughters confidence, independence, and maturity.
Parent of Kelsey, traveler on Costa Rica Surf and Service Program
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We Have You Covered.
Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!
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