Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience to the Galapagos Islands. Study Spanish in a traquilo paradise and discover why they call the Galapagos Islands the Enchanted Islands.
Discover the world of Charles Darwin & The Secrets of Evolution at the Amazing Galapagos Islands (15 Days) Itinerary:
15 Days / 14 nights Itinerary
SaturdayYour adventure to the exotic Galapagos Islands starts on Saturday morning. Depart by airplane to San Cristobal Island. After arriving, have a freshly caught lunch and then your first Spanish class for the afternoon. In the evening, have dinner and stroll the boardwalk.
SundayStart with breakfast and spend the morning in Spanish classes. After lunch, you will go snorkeling in the turquoise waters of la Lobería, a favorite hang out for the flirtatious sea lions and sun lounging marine iguanas. In the evening have dinner, go for a walk, and relax.
MondayAfter breakfast, you will have Spanish classes for the duration of the morning. Refuel with lunch and either spend the afternoon surfing with an instructor at Puerto Chino or enjoy lounging on the beautiful beaches of San Cristobal. You can also check out the San Cristobal Interpretative Center. In the evening, have dinner and hang out with the sea lions on the boardwalk.
TuesdayHave breakfast and then classes for the morning. After lunch, adventure to the highlands of San Cristobal. Explore the area, identifying the native plants. You will learn why conservation and eradication of invasive species is vital to the preservation of the Islands. In the evening, have dinner and prepare for departure in the morning.
WednesdayStart with an early breakfast and then depart by boat to Santa Cruz Island, keeping watch for dolphins along the way. Refresh with lunch and spend the afternoon in classes. After classes, enjoy the sunset and have dinner.
ThursdayAfter breakfast, you will have a morning of classes. Grab lunch and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the archipelago in the interactive museum and look at what conservation projects the researchers are conducting. In the evening, stroll Puerto Ayora's boardwalk and have a freshly caught dinner.
FridayFuel up with breakfast and study Spanish for the morning. Then, have lunch and head to the gorgeous, white sand beach of Tortuga Bay, a popular spot for sea turtles to lay their eggs. You will encounter marine iguanas on the beach, so watch your step! Take the path between the beach and the bay through a forest of beautifully, yellow flowering cacti to bird watch. Go for a swim and relax in the bay. You can even rent a kayak to explore. Back in town, have dinner and relax for an adventurous day ahead.
SaturdayStart with breakfast and spend the morning in classes. After lunch, head to the Santa Cruz highlands, a nature lover's delight. Lush, rolling hills cover the extinct volcano of Santa Cruz, famous for its lava tunnels. On a clear day, you might gasp at the spectacular view of the clear waters and extinct volcanic cones. Occasionally, it’s possible to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Return to Puerto Ayora, have dinner, and relax.
SundayHave breakfast and then a morning of Spanish classes at the hotel. Refuel with lunch and then put on some sunscreen because it’s time to head to Garrapatero Beach. Go for a swim in the crystal clear waters and explore the area by kayak. After an afternoon at the beach, head back to town for dinner and relaxing.
MondayFuel up with breakfast and spend the morning in Spanish classes. After having lunch, depart by boat to Isabela Island. In the evening have dinner, go for a walk, and relax.
TuesdayStart with breakfast and then Spanish classes for the morning. After lunch, you will visit el Muro de las Lágrimas, the Wall of Tears, a historical place that was once a penal colony. The wall was constructed by hand in the 1940's by the prisoners, many of which did not survive due to the harsh working conditions. Climb the stairs to the top of the wall for a contrasting view of the wall in the harsh but beautiful environment. In the evening, have dinner and relax.
WednesdayAfter breakfast, prepare to submerge to the underwater world of the Galapagos. Snorkeling, you will see many colorful fish and possibly white tip reef sharks and sea turtles. Back on land, have lunch and then enjoy an afternoon at the Puerto Villamil Beach. In the evening, have dinner and relax for an adventurous day ahead.
Thursday Fuel up with a good breakfast and then hike to the active Sierra Negra Volcano, observing the native flora and fauna along the way. Enjoy a spectacular view of the caldron, the largest in the Galapagos. After a great day, return to town, grab some dinner and relax for an early morning departure.
FridayWake up for an early boat departure back to Santa Cruz Island. Back in Puerto Ayora, have breakfast and then spend the rest of the day exploring the unexplored, relaxing, or shopping. In the evening, have dinner and enjoy your last night on the Islands.
SaturdayAfter breakfast, depart to the Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland.