2021 Bakersfield Galapagos Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Bakersfield Galapagos Conservation Expedition ! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: April 3, 2021 - April 12, 2021
Please register by July 1, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,990 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $650

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There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $3,990

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Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$1,163.34

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* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Team upon enrollment.

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

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights


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

The Itinerary


We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries 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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
April 4thUSA - Quito, EcuadorTonight we will catch an international flight for Quito, arriving tomorrow afternoon.Airplane
April 5thQuito arrivalToday our flight will arrive in Lima, where we will connect onward to Quito. Upon arrival this afternoon, we will head to our hotel in Quito and have a brief orientation meeting and dinner before our morning departure to the islands.Hosteria Airport Garden
April 6thQuito - 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. At night, we'll retreat to our tents and fall asleep under the stars.Cerro Mesa Camp
April 7thSanta CruzToday, we drive down to Puerto Ayora and visit the famous Darwin Research Station. At mid day we will have our first of many delicious meals on the islands before we go sea kayaking in grottoes nearby in search of sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, and more!Hotel Palmeras
April 8thSanta CruzAfter 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 Palmeras
April 9thSanta Cruz - Isabela IslandThe adventure continues this morning as we take a speedboat over to Isabela Island. We'll retreat to a locally-run camp in the highlands where we'll meet a man who raises and cares for giant tortoises.Campo Duro
April 10thIsabelaToday 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 Palmeras
April 11thIsabelaAfter an early breakfast we will go on bikes to visit the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center and to the Muro de las Lagrimas. 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
April 12thIsabela - Santa CruzToday 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 13thSanta Cruz - Quito - USAIn the morning, we'll visit some of the most impressive sites in Quito. We will break for lunch and wrap up the day overlooking the old city. After dinner this evening, we will make our way to the airport to connect onward to the USA. ¡Hasta luego!Airplane
April 14thUSA arrivalWe will arrive to the USA this morning.Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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.

Campo Duro

Campo Duro is a camping area near the Sierra Negra Volcano. This camp site offers a unique take on adventure and accommodations. Tents and bathrooms are separated by gender.  Campo Duro practices ecological tourism with solar panels to heat their water.

 

 

Reserva Cerro Mesa Galapagos

Located on Santa Cruz Island, Reserva Cerro Mesa provides students a unique chance to camp on the edge of a now extinct volcanic crater. Students will sleep in tents with sleeping bags and pads which are grouped together. Adults and students will be “tented” separately. Bathrooms and electricity are available within walking distance of the campsite.

Hotel Tintoreras

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


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.

Carolyn
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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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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