Galapagos Islands

In the Galapagos Islands, nature presents itself in its most raw and unfiltered form, where every creature is a marvel and every landscape a masterpiece.

 

Come join Grand Classroom on this incredible journey to the islands that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution! In the Galapagos you’ll encounter some of the most unique and abundant wildlife in the world. Opportunities to snorkel abound, including trips to view sea lions, giant tortoises, and marine iguanas. Local guides will teach your group about the islands’ ecosystems and history, while you hike, boat, and swim in one of the world’s great natural reserves. Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime experience through our sample itinerary.

Sample Itineraries

DAY ONE

  • Flight departs from U.S. airport
  • Arrive Quito, Ecuador
  • Meet Grand Classroom representative at Baggage Claim
  • Depart for hotel
  • Check into hotel

 

DAY TWO

  • Galapagos orientation
  • Hike in the Andes Mountains
  • Visit the Cayambe-Cocoa Ecological Preserve
  • Soak in the Papallacta volcanic hot springs
  • Return to hotel

 

DAY THREE

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Fly to the island of Baltra
  • Boat to Isla Isabela
  • Beach time
  • Dinner
  • Hotel in Puerto Villamil

 

DAY FOUR

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Snorkel in the Concha Perla Lagoon
  • Lunch
  • Cross channel to nearby Islote Tintoreras
  • Walk the island to view marine iguanas
  • Snorkel with penguins, sea lions, tropical fish and blacktip reef sharks
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner

 

DAY FIVE

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Full day tour of the Sierra Negra Volcano - the world's second largest volcanic crater
  • Lunch
  • Visit La Bocanilla
  • Visit Volcan Chico
  • Visit Campo Duro - enjoy time on the farm and observing animals
  • Dinner
  • Return to hotel

 

DAY SIX

 

DAY SEVEN

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Boat to Isla Santa Cruz
  • Lunch
  • Shopping in Puerto Ayora
  • Beach time
  • Darwin Research Center
  • Dinner
  • Check in to hotel

 

DAY EIGHT

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Travel to Baltra Airport
  • Fly to Quito
  • Depart at night for flight home
  • Most groups will arrive home on the morning of Day Nine
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