Location
  • Ecuador
    • Galapagos
    • Amazon
Length
2 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Activities
Animal Viewing Bird Watching Camping City Exploring Hiking Kayaking Rafting Snorkeling Swimming Trekking
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Host Family Hostel Hotel Lodge
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
22

Pricing

Starting Price
6975
Price Details
Program fee inclusions:
All in-program travel and transport (not flights)
All accommodation
All meals
All expeditions, activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary
Experienced Program Instructors and local guides
Environmental education and volunteering projects
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Tour Guide Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Dec 23, 2021
Sep 19, 2016
15 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

This summer program in the Galapagos Islands will take your breath away! It is impossible not to be in awe of this incredible country. It has so much diversity for its size, which makes it truly amazing to explore – fascinating indigenous cultures, volcanoes, stunning wildlife, beaches and astounding marine environments.

You get to follow in Darwin’s footsteps with nature-focused island-hopping through the Galapagos where you’ll learn about environmental sustainability, conservation and work alongside local scientists and national park rangers. Have incredible, up-close wildlife encounters with sea lions and iguanas, hike the local volcanoes, kayak the turquoise ocean waters and keep your eyes open for turtles. You’ll return from this summer program inspired by all you’ve experienced and learned…and most likely planning your return!

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Program Highlights

  • Have close encounters with marine iguanas, sea turtles and giant tortoises – just to name a few!
  • Swim in the warm waters of spectacularly beautiful beaches like Tortuga Bay
  • Participate in the efforts to restore local beaches with marine debris clean-ups
  • Snorkel Kicker Rock, one of the best locations for spotting the incredible marine life
  • Remove invasive plant species during a reforestation project

Program Reviews

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Amy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you Pacific Discovery!

Definitely a life-changing experience! I really enjoyed learning about the country including it's culture, food, lifestyle, etc. I also found that I grew as a person due to the experiences I had and the people I met. I would recommend a trip with Pacific Discovery to everyone, no matter what background or experience of traveling. The leaders provide a safe and comforting environment for everyone and give support throughout the entire trip. It made for the best, and most memorable summer I have ever had!

5 people found this review helpful.
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Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

New Perspectives

Overall amazing trip. I went on it the summer between my senior year of high school and first year at college and it really helped me grow into my own person, become more independent and learned so much about the world. The people I met on the trip were awesome and I'm still in contact with most of them.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, nothing. I can't think of anything I would change.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Ana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I think about my trip all the time.

The summer of last year (2014), I went on a month long trip with Pacific Discovery around Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. We did incredible things like fixing a water system in rural Ecuador, hiking up Chimborazo mountain, swimming with sea lions as well as myriad other marine animals near Kicker Rock, and interacting with locals. The food was delicious and authentic everywhere we went, and we learned a lot about the country's agriculture (the cacao farm was so interesting!). Not once did I feel uneasy about safety. Everyone was extremely welcoming and eager to become friends with us. I loved every single member in my group; I have met up with several of them after we got back from the trip, and I still plan on seeing others! To this day, I find myself talking about my trip to people all the time. I will never forget the experiences I had there! I would definitely go on a trip with Pacific Discovery again.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of anything I would change about the program. Seriously, it was amazing.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Tobi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Thing I've Ever Done

The Ecuador/Galápagos program was--hands down-- the most incredible thing I've ever experienced. There is so much diversity and YOU get to experience it. We saw the city, the country, the islands, lakes, rivers, villages, jungles, rain forests, snow, beaches, volcanoes, etc. The wildlife was amazing too (llamas, vicuñas, sea lions, sea turtles, tortoises, sharks, dolphins, iguanas, etc.) Not only do you see and experience amazing things, but you'll meet amazing people. From day one, everyone was hanging out in each others' rooms and getting along wonderfully. You'll be amazed at how close you become with your group in such little time. At the end of the trip, walking each other to our gates at the airport was heartbreaking. Your group members will be incredible, but so will the people you get the privilege of helping. It was so humbling and rewarding. The culture and language immersion was also something that I loved.
When trying to pick a program, I read many reviews. They all seemed too good to be true ("life changing" "time of my life" "made life long friends"). I was skeptical to say the least, but I was so so wrong. I live in Hawaii and have travelled a bit (Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Korea, and more), but nothing compared to what I saw, learned, and experienced on this program.
Please please please feel free to contact me (there should be some way of doing so since I've left my email address here). If you're trying to decide or if you have questions about what to expect/bring if you have decided, I'd love to help!

What would you improve about this program?
I loved every place we visited, but if I had to pick one place to take out of the program, it would be Ciudad Mitad del Mundo. It was all a bit fake and amusement park-y. AND we read that it's not even really the equator.
6 people found this review helpful.
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