Ecuador & The Galapagos Family Experience
- Community service project with indigenous community
- Stay at a local Hacienda, organic farm on the Galapagos Islands
- On Galapagos: Harvest Legumes, eradicate invasive species and build a green house
- Hike to the base of Chimborazo Volcano
- Quito walking tour
- Tour Quito
- Day on a boat, lunch and snorkeling included
- See colonies of sea lions, marine turtles, blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds up close in the wild
- Deep ocean snorkeling: see sharks, eagle and golden rays, tropical fish and marine invertebrates
- Visit the natural habitat of the Galápagos tortoise
- Spotpintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches, and frigate birds
- Visit a tortoise reserve and learn about the history and preservation efforts
- Enjoy a Lava Tubes Activity
Help sheer alpaca with a Quichua community living in the shadows of 6,000 meter mountain, explore unparalleled biodiversity living in the Amazon Rainforest, help eradicate invasive species and go deep sea snorkeling in the Galapagos!
Working with National Geographic rated eco-lodges, sustainable and organic farms, and indigenous Chichewa communities, Evolve Ecuador will seamlessly immerse your group in all that is Ecuador.
Family trip itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Ecuador
Transfer to our Quito hotel via private bus.
Day 2 - Riobamba
Drive through the Andes and have lunch in Riobamba. Travel to our accommodations in the center of the Pulinqui community, located at the base of the Chimborazo volcano. It is here where the group will participate in local fiestas and daily activities that facilitate sharing cultures and knowledge.
Days 3 - 4 - Volunteer, Biology, & Community Activities
Learn about the local Pulinqui culture. Activities may include: planting indigenous trees and plants to improve soil quality and prevent erosion; help sheer sheep and alpaca and aid in the local clothes production process; participate in cultural and language exchanges with the local community members; and much more. Hiking, adventures, hotsprings, and further activities available.
Day 5 - Transfer back to Quito
Return to Quito and take a walking tour of the Old City. Visit bustling markets, view some of the most impressive churches in Latin America and see Ecuador’s parliament and government buildings. In the evening we will have a traditional dinner.
Day 6 - Transfer to Santa Cruz Island
Fly to the Galapagos Islands. Welcome to Santa Cruz Island, the natural habitat of the Galápagos tortoise. As we explore this area, we’ll also come across pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers, finches, and frigate birds bathing in freshwater lakes. The group will explore lava caves featuring incredible volcanic tunnel formations. Enjoy dinner this evening and stay in a hotel.
Day 7 - Transfer to San Cristobal Island
Boat from Santa Cruz to San Cristobal to arrive at our organic farm. The farm has a soccer field, social areas, bathrooms and showers on the property. After lunch, we will settle into our dorms and spend the afternoon learning from our hosts about the problems that face the Galapagos Islands.
Days 8 - 10 - Working on Ecological Projects
The group will work on projects including: Reforestation and eradicating invasive species such as wild berries, creating a suitable living environment for the reintroduction of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, aiding organic farming processes, or working with the local community or other organizations on the island (depending on group preference and interest). Spend afternoons at the beach and exploring the island.
Day 11 - Boat ride & Snorkeling
Our day is spent on a private boat, travelling around the island’s perimeter, swimming and snorkeling at various times. Get up close with colonies of sea lions, marine turtles, blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds, dozens of species of tropical fish, clams, starfish, and marine invertebrates. Have lunch on the boat and spend time at a secluded beach.
Day 12 - Transfer back to Mainland and Homeward Bound
Fly back to the mainland. In the afternoon we will take a guided tour of Guayaquil. Enjoy a final meal as a group and board an overnight flight out of Ecuador towards home.
Day 13 - Arrive home
Arrive back in your home city after an incredible trip to Ecuador!
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Quito, Ecuador, and to the Galapagos Islands
BusPrivate bus transportation as needed for duration of trip
FerryHigh speed ferry transportation between islands
Eco LodgeEvolve works with eco-lodges which promote sustainable living practices
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Three meals a day included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
Since the Earth bulges at the Equator, the peak of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the furthest point from the center of the Earth and the closest point to the sun.
Places You’ll Visit
The highest point from earth's center, and near or Quichua community interaction.
Biggest city near where we will be based in the highlands.
Have a day to explore the capital city of the country.
Quick layover city on our way out to the Galapagos!.
Home to our eco hacienda home in the Galapagos.
Bike & explore lava tubes on our second Galapagos island.