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Galapagos Voluntour

Galapagos Voluntour

Galapagos Voluntour

Trip Details:

Operator:   Bamba Experience
Price From: 1,130 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 10 days

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About this program

Venture to Ecuador and join a Galapagos Voluntour program which helps to preserve native plant species. 

Starting in Quito, you’ll enjoy some free time as well as a trip to the Equator Line.  You’ll then receive a full briefing of what to expect over the next week at your volunteer program and have some time to make any last minute preparations. 

Then, the experience you’ve been waiting for! You’ll travel by flight (not included) to the island of San Cristobal, your home base for the next week. Throughout the week, participate in environmental conservation and help to remove invasive species replacing them with endemic plants. Keep an eye out for various species of wildlife as they go about their days around you! You’ll be a part of the program’s main goals, which are:

  • To eliminate plant species which were introduced to the region and are invasive to endemic plants.
  • To help improve trail systems and paths around the land plots. 
  • To care for and nurture the plants in the nursery before moving to their permanent locations. 
  • To help grow and cut down plants which may be used for food for the Galapagos National Park Tortoise Breeding Centers. 
  • To teach other volunteers about the flora and fauna from the Galapagos and the importance of cultivating native plants. 

Your volunteer experience is not only work! You’ll have the wonderful experience of a free day to explore this natural wonderland! 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Quito

Today you'll be picked up after your arrival at the Quito airport. You'll be transferred to your accommodation in a shared room at a hotel. Settle in and enjoy your free time exploring Quito at your leisure.

 

Day 2: Equator Line Day Trip

You'll start today with a briefing on your volunteer project and the important information about the program. Do not hesitate to ask any questions, as you'll need to fully understand what your responsibilities are for the duration of the program.

This afternoon, you'll enjoy a tour to see the line of the equator! Use today for any last minute preparations before beginning your exciting trip to the Galapagos Islands! 

Day 3: Flight to Galapagos (Not Included)

You'll be transferred to the Quito airport today for your flight to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. The flight is not included in the cost listed.

After arrival, you'll be transferred to the volunteer house. You'll settle into your shared room and get to know the area you'll be staying and working in for the next week. 

Days 4-8: Volunteer Program in Galapagos

This week you will enjoy working on a project that is benefitting the community of which you are working. The project is a private initiative at a farm in the highlands. The project works cloesly with the Galapagos National Park to replace the invasive plants with endemic plants on private and public lands.

Your responsibilities as a volunteer include: removing invasive plants & replacing them with endemic species, working in the nursery and preparing soils. Occasionally you may have the chance to see giant Galapagos tortoises in the field.

 

Day 9: Free Day

Enjoy a free day in the Galapagos and take an optional activity of your choice on your own at an extra cost.

Enjoy your last night in the Galapagos, pack up your belongings for your return flight to Quito tomorrow and rest up at your accommodation.

Day 10: San Cristobal Airport Drop-Off

Today you will take a transfer to the San Cristobal Airport (SCY) in time to catch your flight to the mainland where your trip will come to an end (flight not included). 

Country Fast Facts

Ecuador

Flag Flag_of_Ecuador
Continent:South America
Official Language(s)Spanish
Capital:Quito
Population16,144,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Oceanic (Temperate/Cool), Temperate Mediterranean
Major Airport(s):Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Tourism, Industry

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