9 or 12 days
Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristóbal Island, extension to Riobamba

Known as “that land of craters” to Darwin, the Galápagos surpass expectations on first sight.

The views you’ll get descending upon Baltra by plane offer a glimpse of our Earth at its geological extremes, with Pinnacle Rock cutting into the horizon. On the ground, this kaleidoscope of landscapes becomes real, and the black rock becomes your pathway to a new understanding of the world.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner if arriving before 8pm

  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intinan Museum

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 3: Quito • Baltra • Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Fly to Baltra Island

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 4: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Go snorkeling

    Explore Puerto Villamil beach

    Visit the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Take a boat tour

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 5: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Go snorkeling in Las Grietas

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 6: Santa Cruz Island • San Cristóbal Island

    Travel by boat to San Cristóbal Island

    Experience San Cristóbal Island

    • Hike up Tijeretas Hill
    • Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 
    • Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 7: San Cristóbal Island • Quito

    Enjoy morning activities on San Cristóbal Island

    Fly to Quito

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 8: Quito • Mindo Cloud Forest

    Take an excursion to the Mindo Cloud Forest

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 9: Return home

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  • Day 9: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba

    Visit the Baños hot springs

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Take a day trip to Guamote

    Participate in cultural exchange activities with the local community

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito • Depart for home

    Participate in cultural exchange activities with the local community

    Return to Quito

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 12: Return home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner if arriving before 8pm

  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Santo Domingo Monastery

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intinan Museum

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 3: Quito • Baltra • Santa Cruz Island

    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

    Fly to Baltra Island

    Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to see wild tortoises

    Visit the Twin Craters and the Lava Tunnels

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 4: Santa Cruz Island • Isabela Island

    Travel by boat to Isabela Island

    Visit a pink flamingo habitat

    Go snorkeling

    Explore Puerto Villamil beach

    Visit the Tintoreras Lava Islet

    Take a boat tour

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 5: Isabela Island • Santa Cruz Island

    Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island

    Go snorkeling in Las Grietas

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 6: Santa Cruz Island • San Cristóbal Island

    Travel by boat to San Cristóbal Island

    Experience San Cristóbal Island

    • Hike up Tijeretas Hill
    • Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center 
    • Go snorkeling at La Loberia Beach

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 7: San Cristóbal Island • Quito

    Enjoy morning activities on San Cristóbal Island

    Fly to Quito

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 8: Quito • Mindo Cloud Forest

    Take an excursion to the Mindo Cloud Forest

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 9: Return home

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  • Day 9: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba

    Visit the Baños hot springs

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 10: Riobamba • Guamote

    Take a day trip to Guamote

    Participate in cultural exchange activities with the local community

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 11: Riobamba • Guamote • Quito • Depart for home

    Participate in cultural exchange activities with the local community

    Return to Quito

    Lunch and dinner included this day

  • Day 12: Return home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and water transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Santo Domingo Monastery, Intinan Museum, Charles Darwin Research Station

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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