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GALAPAGOS

Eco Volunteering and Adventure 

April 30-5/10/2025 

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Make a difference

"Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands is not just a journey, but a purposeful odyssey, where your efforts to protect and preserve this unique paradise become the voyage of a lifetime."

  • Group total: 12  including Wanderlust Explorations We will be with the IOI Intercultural Outreach Initiative that is a non profit organization that supports local communities and efforts to protect their environments. They lead our adventure to comply with the legalities of volunteering. 

  • Trip Fitness level #3- 5 lots of walking around but there are many adventure options such as kayaking, hiking, biking, that could increase the fitness level. This is a YOU choose adventure.

  • TYPE OF TRIP: Join us on an Eco Volunteering adventure that includes fundraising for marine conservation. This may mean little to no sleep. Volunteer days are early morning and middle of the night shifts.  Excursion days will be early but many nights are free. This is a physical labor job as we will be working 3 days and the excursions are the cultural experience to support the local economy.  

  • DATES: (includes 4 travel days) 4/30-5/10/2025

  • LIMITLESS MEMBERS COST: (without air) $3000 with Air ($3800)

  • NON-MEMBER COST: (without air) $3300 (with air) $4200

  • NON REDUNDABLE PRE BOOK FEE:  $100.00

  • Payment schedule is listed at bottom of this trip page as well as cancellation policy

Pricing is per person and double occupancy. Add $1000 to the trip for single occupancy

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ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

Embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure to the enchanting Galapagos Islands for 7 days/nights, where conservation meets exploration in a journey that leaves a lasting impact. Join our expedition for a truly unique and transformative experience that seamlessly blends eco-volunteering, awe-inspiring encounters with natural wonders, and immersive cultural engagements. Embarking from the mainland of Ecuador, our adventure kicks off with a ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. There, we'll delve into the fascinating world of conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station, gaining insight into the groundbreaking initiatives aimed at preserving the Galapagos' unique biodiversity. A visit to the highlands allows us to witness giant tortoises thriving in their natural habitat—an awe-inspiring testament to the island's flourishing ecosystem.

Our journey continues to Isabella Island, where an enriching volunteering experience awaits us, focusing on nurturing and protecting nesting turtles. In addition to this vital contribution, there's a treasure trove of optional adventures to choose from. Embark on a kayaking expedition, hike through ancient lava tunnels, summit a volcano for breathtaking vistas, or tour a local coffee plantation, where you can assist in farm activities and savor farm-fresh delights. Snorkeling and kayaking in the pristine waters surrounding Isabella offer a glimpse into the vibrant marine life.

As daylight turns into night, immerse yourself in the local community, forging connections and gaining a deeper understanding of their way of life. Our evenings are designed for embracing the warmth and culture of the island, providing an opportunity to make meaningful memories and engage in enriching conversations with fellow adventurers. This expedition promises not only adventure but also a chance to leave a positive mark on this remarkable corner of the world.

Join our expedition and let the Galapagos Islands become a part of your story—a journey where your conservation efforts  and adventurous spirit combine to create memories that will last a lifetime.

As you set foot on these remote and pristine islands, you'll be captivated by the sense of wonder that surrounds you. Here, the delicate balance of nature is on full display, and your role as an eco-volunteer takes on profound significance. You become an integral part of ongoing conservation efforts, working alongside experts to protect the fragile ecosystems and unique wildlife that call the Galapagos home.

But this journey is not just about giving back to the planet; it's also about embracing the spirit of adventure. Explore the dramatic landscapes, from volcanic highlands to pristine beaches, and discover the unparalleled beauty of the Galapagos. Witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat, encounter nesting turtles, and kayak through crystal-clear waters.

Moreover, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Galapagos by connecting with local communities, visiting vibrant towns, and indulging in authentic farm-to-table dining experiences. It's a chance to not only explore the natural wonders but also to understand and appreciate the human connection to these remarkable islands.

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TRIP FEATURES

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 Days volunteering with turtle nesting

  • Local Coffee farm tour with farm to table lunch 

  • Charles Darwin Research Center Tour on Santa Cruz

  • Highlands on Santa Cruz and Lava Tunnel

  • Kayaking on Isabella Island

  • Isabella Island: Concha De La Perla Snorkeling 

  • Optional hiking Volcan Chico

  • Wall of Tears Hiking or biking 

  • Local town exploration 

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INCLUDED

  • Visitor Fees at the Airport in Ecuador

  • National Park fee of $100 p.p

  • Transient Visa to Volunteer 

  • Visa to enter the country/travel

  • All planned excursions (if you choose)

  • Lodgings and transport while in Ecuador

  • Breakfast included 

  • 7 days/nights plus travel days

  • Charter boats/ferry's from mainland to Santa Cruz to Isabella

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare if group option not purchased

  • Transportation to/from airport you fly out of

  • Costs of own exploring on free time

  • any meals/drinks not included

  • Tipping for local excursions, guides/drivers

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Payment Schedule

Deposits for both options of $300 will be due on or before 11/15/2023

Option 1: 14 Monthly Installments of $225 starting 1/1/2024 due on the 1st of each month. Final Payment due 4/1/2025 

Option 2:  $500 due 1/1/2024 

$500 due 3/25/2024 

$500 due 7/1/2024 

$500 due 9/25/2024 

$500 due 12/1/2024 

$500 due 2/1/2025

Final Payment due 3/25/2024 

You can also pay the deposit early and make payments of any amount as early as you want as long as you have the cumulative $$ amount in by each date

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Cancellation Policy

PRE BOOK FEE:  non-refundable

  • 420 days or more: Loss of PREBOOK and DEPOSIT $400 total

  • 270-420 days: Loss of 25% of the total trip cost 

  • 100-270 days: Loss of 50% of the total trip cost

  • 60-100 days: Loss of 75% of cost

  • Less than 60 days: 100% loss of the trip cost. 

Any other unrecoverable costs will be added in if applicable

Travel insurance is recommended to protect your investment

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