Expedition Galápagos - October 22, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Expedition Galápagos

from $5,250 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 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 seven-day adventure on “Las Encantadas,” or “The Enchanted 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 four of the most impressive islands in the group: Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela, and Bartolomé. But this isn’t your typical Galápagos tour. With the help of local guides and expert wildlife biologists, you’ll enjoy an island experience beyond compare. You’ll get up close with marine critters by snorkel and kayak, have a chance to observe some of the world’s rarest species, and get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats. 

  • Island and cave explorations
  • Scientific expertise and insight
  • Snorkeling and 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.
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It was amazing. The Galapagos is like nowhere else on earth. Nearly every animal you see is endemic to the archipelago and you don't have to go far to find them. We were even able to swim with green sea turtles right off the coast near our lodge!
—Jennifer C. (June 2018)

Additional Info

Activity Level

We recommend that 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 for the 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.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Quito by 4 p.m. on October 22, and depart from Quito anytime after 7 p.m. on October 27. Should you like to spend any extra days in Quito before or after our week together, we’re happy to arrange extra hotel nights for you. 

Dates and Prices

Oct 22–Oct 27, 2020
Trip Price
$5,250 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $5,250. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $4,750 will be due by July 24, 2020. 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 during your stay.
  • Five nights of shared accommodations throughout the trip; please note that single rooms are only available Quito.
  • Internal flights between Quito and Baltra Island.
  • The company of two expert guides in the fields of biology, conservation, science journalism, and sustainable tourism, and one local guide.
  • Admission to all proposed areas and activities, including kayaking and snorkeling.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito, Ecuador.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Tips for boat captains, hotel staff, and your guides.
  • 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.