Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps

Marvel at the spectacular wildlife that laid the foundation for how we understand the living world today.

OVERVIEW

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When:

January 7 - 14, 2023
January 14 - 21, 2023
March 11 - 18, 2023
April 15 - 22, 2023

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Where:

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Cost:

$3,255 + a single supplement of $115 for nights in Quito and Isabela Island

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Four nights of accommodation and instruction at the Charles Darwin Research Station, a hub for conservation and sustainability in the Galapagos since 1964.

  • Immersive field excursions with themes of conservation, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable development.

  • Premier cultural activities, like a guided tour to see Isabela Island’s celebrated wildlife and an exciting hike alongside the Sierra Negra Volcano.

  • An on-call customer experience team to handle all the details and ensure your every need is met.

A NATURAL LANDSCAPE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

A visit to the Galapagos is a singular experience. In partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation, WorldStrides gives you the exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with the island’s world-famous wildlife through marine life explorations, species studies, volcanic rock discovery, local cultural activities, and more—all while interacting with field experts in sustainable development, ecosystem conservation, and ecosystem restoration.

In Partnership with The Charles Darwin Foundation

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research. The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to provide knowledge and assistance through research and complementary action to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galapagos Archipelago.

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DAY 1 HIGHLIGHT

Welcome to Ecuador

Your first evening in Ecuador will be spent getting to know your WorldStrides Course Leader and fellow travelers. Rest up – you’re about to begin the experience of a lifetime!

Quito, Ecuador

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHT

The Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, a short flight will take you to Baltra Island, followed by scenic ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Arrive at your home base, the Charles Darwin Research Station for conservation and sustainability, where the local team will introduce you to the Galapagos’ unique ecology. That night, enjoy a traditional welcome party with Ecuadorian food, drink, and customs.

DAY 3 HIGHLIGHT

Conservation of ecosystems

You’ll begin today by hearing from the research team about the importance of biodiversity and coexistence in ecosystems. Then, it’s time to see conservation in action as you snorkel alongside friendly sharks and hike to El Mirador to look for Darwin’s famous finches! Take the evening to yourself before rejoining the group for a nighttime visit to the Boulevard of Puerto Ayora.

Galapagos Darwin Finch

DAY 4 HIGHLIGHT

Ecosystem restoration

Learn from the research team about the recovery of threatened species and ecosystems this morning. Out in the field, you’ll visit the Los Gemelos restoration project for observation, then walk along the giant tortoise migratory routes and stop at a tortoise breeding facility. After dinner on your own, the night is yours to rest or explore the island more.

DAY 5 HIGHLIGHT

Sustainable development

Today’s lesson will be on protecting ecosystems from tourism and invasive species. You’ll get to witness firsthand how the Galapagos limits the impact of tourism on its fragile ecosystem, plus visit the Santa Cruz fish market to hear how they catch sustainably. Just don’t forget to pick out your fresh seafood dinner while you’re there! Later, put on your dancing shoes for a night out at a lively local club.

Fishing and tourism boats around the Galapagos Islands

DAY 6 HIGHLIGHT

Arrive at Isabela Island

This morning, you’ll say goodbye to the Research Station team and board your boat to Isabela Island. At Isabela’s Las Tintoreras, a guided excursion will bring you face to face with more amazingly interesting Galapagos residents: marine iguanas, penguins, green sea turtles, resting white tip reef sharks, and more. After a full day of exploring, play a friendly soccer game with the locals before dinner.

DAY 7 & 8 HIGHLIGHT

Sierra Negra Volcano

At the Sierra Negra, a guide will lead you along the rim of the six-mile-wide crater and across the lava fields and fumaroles. En route, you’ll have opportunities to consider the unique ecological landscape and learn how to correctly identify the different types of volcanic rock. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell beach dinner before one amazing last night on the town!

Sierra Negra volcano, Galapagos Islands
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What's Included

  • Transportation to and from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, as well as all planned events and venues during the trip

  • Transportation to and from Santa Cruz Island and Isabela Island, including internal flights and ferries

  • Four days of lodging and instruction at the Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Admission to all scheduled events and tours, like:

    • Twice-a-day field excursions to explore unique locations and topics

    • A guided tour of Isabela Island’s Las Tintoreras

    • A guided hike and lesson at Sierra Negra Volcano

    • A festive welcome party and farewell dinner with the locals

  • The majority of your meals, as well as any gratuities for covered meals

What's Not

  • Airfare and transportation to and from Ecuador

  • Select meals

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