Expedition Galápagos - June 1, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Expedition Galápagos

from $4,490 USD per person for 5 days, 5 nights
  • Max Group Size: 14
  • Challenging
  • Outdoor Expedition

In the autumn of 1835, HMS Beagle reached the Galápagos archipelago, with a certain scientist on board. While it would be decades before Charles Darwin articulated the theory of evolution by natural selection, it was there, over two months in the Galápagos, that many of his scientific insights took root in his mind.

On this immersive and action-packed five-day adventure on these storied and breathtaking islands, you'll see, as Darwin once did, that each island has its own unique community of wildlife. Get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into Darwin's world by exploring three of the most impressive islands in the group: Santa Cruz, Plaza Sur, and Floreana. But this isn’t your typical Galápagos tour. With the help of local guides and expert wildlife biologists, you’ll enjoy a tropical island experience beyond compare. You'll get up close with the islands' marine critters by snorkel and kayak, have a chance to observe some of the world's rarest species as you hike the islands' volcanic crags, and get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats. 


We're working with Chase Sapphire® to curate incredible travel experiences near, far and to the places-in-between, like this one to the Galápagos. All cardmembers who book  their travel from 10/1-11/01/2018, receive a custom welcome package inspired by your destination!

  • Island & cave explorations
  • Snorkeling & kayaking
  • Up-close wildlife sightings
  • Unique eco-lodges


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Activity Level

We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. You should be comfortable participating in the itinerary’s various water activities, which include swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, as these are a highlight of the trip and some of the best ways to observe the local wildlife. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about health and fitness level for this trip.


While we can offer a single accommodation supplement for the hotel night in Quito, travelers should be prepared to share a room. Accommodations in the Magic Galapagos Lodge are all double occupancy, and include luxury safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms (think: glamping) as well as four elevated tree houses which share a bathroom building. Showers have hot water, and there is (limited) wi-fi in the main lodge area. Accommodations at Floreana Lava Lodge are all double or triple occupancy, and each room includes en-suite bathrooms and hot water. The lodge is operated by Claudio Cruz, a descendant of one of the island's very first inhabitants. Keep in mind that there is very, very limited wi-fi.

Dates and Prices

Jun 01–06, 2019
Trip Price
$4,490 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $4,490. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $3,990 will be due by February 25, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. Single rooms are available only for your time in Quito. Please contact us for details if you're interested in a single room. 
  • All meals and accommodation during your stay.
  • Internal flights between Quito and Baltra Island.
  • Admission to all proposed areas and activities, including kayaking and snorkeling.
  • Company of two expert guides in the field of biology, conservation, and science journalism, as well as local guides.
  • Tips for the local Galápagos guide.
  • Shared accommodations throughout the trip as listed in the itinerary. (Please note that single rooms are not available outside of Quito.) 
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito, Ecuador.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional tips for lodge staff and yacht crew, as appropriate.
  • Additional meals and drinks, including all alcoholic beverages.

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

Space at these remote lodges is limited, which means you will be sharing a room with one or two fellow travelers. For this trip, we cannot offer a single accommodation option aside from your night at the hotel in Quito.