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DAYS 1-2: QUITO ARRIVAL PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Today we head up into the Andes to the world famous Papallacta hot springs where we take a nature walk, soak and enjoy a delicous fresh trout or vegetarian lunch. After heading back to our hotel we view a presentation regarding the natural history and conservation of the Galapagos.

DAYS 3-4: GALAPAGOS AND ISABELLA

Travel by plane to the Galapagos. We take our first boat ride across to Isabela. Our guide will provide us with an overview of the region including historical and scientific context to the archipelago. On the first full day here, we learn about the coastal and marine ecosystem and enjoy a snorkel in the Concha Perla with an opportunity to see turtles, manta rays, sharks, and sea lions.

DAY 5: CAMPO DURO TORTOISE PROJECT AND SIERA NEGRA VOLCANO

Next, we visit Campo Duro to volunteer by repairing fences for the tortoise grounds and doing general maintenance for the tortoise breeding program. We also learn about conservation efforts on Galápagos and see the development of coastal ecosystems and examine plant adaptations to different environments we visit. The following day we move inland where we explore the Sierra Negra Volcano, the world’s second largest volcanic crater!

DAYS 6-7: LOS TUNELES SNORKELING AND SANTA CRUZ

Travel 1 hour to the to visit Los Tuneles, an amazing snorkeling site where penguins, turtles, manta rays, sharks, and sea lions are almost always present in crystalline waters surrounding an intricate complex of lava tunnels. This is one of the best snorkeling sites in Galapagos both aesthetically and for viewing sea life. The next day we return to Puerto Ayora. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn even more about the natural history of the Galapagos and conservation work.

DAYS 8-9: QUITO AND DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we return from the Galapagos to Quito for our overnight connecting flight back home.

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