Galapagos – Scientific Research & Experience
- Scientific Research: Conduct meaningful scientific research
- Learning about and aiding best practices in sustainable farming
- Hike to Laguna El Junco
- Learn about water management and policy on the island
- Visit San Cristobal Interpretive Center
- Retrace Charles Darwin’s tracks and thoughts on a Darwin walk
- Day on a private boat with a park ranger: snorkeling with sea lions, fish, & sharks
- Surf Lesson
We work with National Geographic rated eco-lodges, sustainable and organic farms, and local populations. Evolve Galapagos will seamlessly immerse your group in all that is the incredible island living on the archipelago.
Human/wildlife co-existence in the Galapagos serves as an ideal example for the rest of the world learn from and pursue.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Ecuador
Transfer to Guayaquil hotel, get a quick night’s sleep before we finish travel journey next morning.
Day 2 - Arrive in San Cristobal, Galapagos
Next stop, Galapagos National Park. Welcome to our renowned and sustainable eco-lodge. Learn about the organic farming and sustainable practices taking place on our hacienda, the work that is being done to make the grounds suitable for the reintroduction of the Galapagos Tortoise and how the hacienda works hand-in-hand with the local community to improve the lives of all.
Day 3 - Interpretive Center, Charles Darwin Walk, Introduction to Research Project
Visit the San Cristobal Centro de Interpretación (Interpretive Center). Walk the coastline, bird watch, spot wildlife and explore Darwin’s history on the island. We end our walk at a secluded beach with large iguanas and sea-lions living there. We will have an introduction to the research project that we will be partaking in over the next two days.
Days 4 - 8 - Scientific Research on Island, Additional Activities
Team up with our partners and scientists of Parque Nacional Galapagos and other local experts to participate in meaningful scientific research. Additional activities available in between scientific research include:
- Working with Organic Farmers
- Visiting a Tortoise Sanctuary
- Tour Laguno El Junco
- Surf Lessons
- Snorkeling Trips
- … and much more!
Day 9 - Boat Ride & Snorkeling
Our day is spent on a private boat travelling around the island’s perimeter, swimming and snorkeling at various times. The route that the group takes is home to colonies of sea lions, marine turtles, blue-footed boobies, and frigate birds. Enjoy lunch on the boat and spend time at a secluded beach.
Day 10 - Return to Mainland Ecuador
Flight back to mainland Ecuador. Visit the craft market in Guayaquil, where we will get some final Ecuadorian shopping in before the end of the trip. Debrief discussion to wrap up the trip. Board overnight flight homeward bound.
Day 11 - Arrive Home
Arrive home, excited to see our friends and families after an amazing trip to the Galapagos together.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to mainland Ecuador, and on to the Galapagos Islands
BusPrivate transportation on the Galapagos Islands as needed
FerryHigh Speed ferry transport between islands
Eco LodgeEvolve works with eco-lodges which promote sustainable living practices on the island
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Three meals a day included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants & homes serving authentic cuisine sufficient for teenage appetites.
The convergence of three major oceanic currents brings an incredible mix of marine life to Galapagos.
Places You’ll Visit
Laguna El Junco
The largest fresh water lake in the archipelago.
Centro de Interpretación de San Cristóbal
Learn the natural history of the Galapagos islands.
Explore the lava tubes, and enjoy a bike tour of the island.