With the help of expert wildlife biologists and award-winning photographers, enjoy an island expedition like no other. On this immersive seven-day adventure, you'll get up close with the critters of the “Enchanted Islands” both above and below the waves, have a chance to observe some of the world's rarest species as you hike the islands' volcanic crags, get a living lesson on ecology and conservation in one of the planet’s most historically important habitats, and enjoy one-on-one guidance on capturing the best the Galápagos has to offer from behind your camera’s viewfinder.
Note: If you're interested in extending your trip, we also offer an Amazon photo expedition from October 13–19, 2019.
We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. You should be comfortable participating in water activities, which include swimming and snorkeling, as well as hiking several miles at a time, as these are highlights of the trip and offer 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.
This trip is designed for those with a serious interest in wildlife photography, no matter your level of experience. Those who are not interested in photography will have an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience as well, but please note that our pace and our itinerary will be dictated by photographic opportunities.
We encourage you to use whatever gear you are most comfortable with, even if that’s just your smartphone camera! However, to get the most out of this workshop, we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless camera with at least one telephoto lens (such as 70-200mm, 100-400mm, or 75-300mm). You may bring a small tripod or monopod as well. For snorkeling, you might find an underwater housing or a waterproof point-and-shoot camera handy, too. Your guides will have a variety of lenses you may take for a spin as well, all suitable for Canon mounts. Don’t forget extra batteries, chargers, memory cards, and lens wipes.
If you purchase, rent, or borrow new camera gear just for this trip, we encourage you to spend time using it before leaving for Ecuador, so you can become familiar with its basic operation. You don't want to miss precious and spectacular moments busy messing with your camera settings!
The cost for this trip includes ground and water transportation, domestic air travel to and from Baltra Island in the Galapagos, food, lodging, park entrance fees, local guides, and all activities for a tight-knit group of 14 explorers. We chose the accommodations based upon several factors including sustainability; sustainable and fair ecotourism providers can cost a bit more. By traveling with us, you will also get the rare chance to learn from and nerd out with Phil Torres and Jason G. Goldman, both of whom are wildlife biologists, skilled photographers, and seasoned science journalists who have traveled the globe in search of gripping stories about the natural world.
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.
The International Ecotourism Society has formally defined ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” In other words, it is an effort to combine sustainable travel with ecosystem-level conservation and the explicit recognition of and respect for the rights of indigenous people. That’s why ecotourism is more than just “nature tourism;" it has the explicit goal of benefiting local communities both environmentally and economically. With financial incentives through tourism, these communities can become empowered to fight against poverty, and in achieving a more sustainable sort of economic development, can better resist other more exploitative industries like mining, agriculture, ranching, or logging. Ecotourism has also motivated the traditional tourism industry in general to move towards more sustainable practices.