Girl Scouts: Galápagos Discovery 2023

Uncover this stunning volcanic archipelago, December 1 - 10, 2023


The Galápagos Islands combine stunning beaches, unique wildlife such as blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas, and local culture. Get up close and personal exploring Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, and the Galápagos Islands. Discover the archipelago with your Girl Scout sisters by your side. Ready? Let’s go!

10 days, from

$3,599

per person. Designed for all travelers 18+.

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
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TOUR DETAILS:

  • Departure Date: December 1, 2023
  • Countries Visited: Ecuador
  • Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights)
  • Single Supplement: $850
  • Transportation: Private Bus, Boat, On-tour Flights
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Minimum 10

Travelers may not be exclusively female

HOTELS:

  • Hotel Patio Andaluz, Quito
  • Villa Laguna Hotel, Santa Cruz
  • Hotel Miconia, San Cristobal

Hotels are subject to change

 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador, a country full of culture and natural wonder. Kick off your adventure as you connect with your Local Leader at a welcome meeting this evening. Afterward, head out for dinner at a local restaurant. (d)

*Please note, Club Adventures and Girl Scouts cannot guarantee that any departure will be exclusively female.

Day 2: Quito

We’ll join our Local Leader to explore the old town in Quito. We’ll admire the famed basilica and stroll down to La Compañia before reaching La Ronda, one of Quito’s most popular neighborhoods. We’ll get a breathtaking vista of the city from El Panecillo’s viewpoint. After, the middle of the world awaits us! We’ll head north of the city to the Middle of the World monument, built during the 17th century when a French expedition defined the location of the equatorial line. Be sure to take a photo with one foot on either hemisphere! Explore the Intiñan Museum where you can get hands on with experiments to prove you are indeed at the Center of the Earth. Tonight, join your fellow Girl Scouts for a “Dessert and Chat” to enjoy some local sweets and bond with your fellow travelers! (b)

Day 3: Quito > Otavalo > Quito

Art and culture await us today! We will travel out of the city to Otavalo— home to one of the biggest Indigenous markets in all of South America. Meet the local women artisans and explore their handicrafts. Be sure to try some leaf-wrapped cheese and local biscuits! After, we will head to Peguche to visit a community weaving co-op to learn more about the Ecuadorian traditional weaving techniques from local women. On our way back to Quito, we will make a stop at a rose farm before returning to our hotel tonight to relax. (b)

Day 4: Quito > Santa Cruz

The Galápagos Islands await us! We’ll say goodbye to our Quito Local Leader as we board our flight to Santa Cruz Island where our Naturalist Guide will be awaiting our arrival. We’ll start our island adventure with a visit to a locally owned ranch where giant tortoises roam free. We’ll walk the trails and appreciate these majestic animals in their natural habitat, a true highlight of our time here. After, we’ll make our way to our hotel to settle in and explore the town. (b)

Day 5: Santa Cruz > Bartolomé* > Santa Cruz

We’ll travel out to Bartolomé Island—known for its distinctive pinnacle rock. We’ll walk along a wooded trail to the top of this once-active volcano, seeing the different lava formations before being rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view across to Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay. As we continue, be sure to keep an eye out for Darwin’s finches perched amongst the lava cacti! After, we’ll hop into a Zodiac to ride around the island to meet the cheeky Galápagos penguins. We’ll disembark at a local beach to enjoy snorkeling where sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, and sea lions can all be viewed. We’ll return to our hotel in Puerto Ayora late this afternoon. (b, l)

*Island subject to change. Inclusions still include land/snorkeling excursions, wildlife viewing and lunch.

Day 6: Santa Cruz

This morning, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The visitor center and museum exhibits house a whole range of information about the islands and the conservation efforts being made to preserve the unique ecosystem here. After, a two-hour cruise will provide opportunities to see marine life en route to San Cristóbal Island. This afternoon, we’ll go snorkeling at La Loberia— a white sandy beach with sun-bathing sea lions, where sea turtles await our snorkeling expedition. (b)

Day 7: San Cristobal > Lobos Island > San Cristóbal

After breakfast, we’ll visit Lobos Island, another excellent location to enjoy fantastic snorkeling! Take a short walk to the beautiful white-sand beach filled with wildlife and curious sea-lions plus Sally Lightfoot crabs, and sea turtles. We will also see small colonies of blue-footed and Nazca boobies and great frigatebirds along the trail and the beach. Enjoy a packed lunch in the amazing surroundings. (b,l)

Day 8: San Cristóobal

Enjoy one of the most amazing experiences in the Galápagos: the iconic Kicker Rock (or León Dormido)— a volcanic cone, eroded by the sea. Snorkeling here is spectacular with opportunities to spot the rare hammerhead shark. This afternoon is unscripted to write your own adventure— perhaps relax at a local beach or explore the island and meet some locals. This evening, we’ll gather once more for our Girl Scouts closing ceremony on the beach. Surrounded by the setting sun meeting the turquoise of the sea, we’ll connect with nature and reflect on the amazing adventure we’ve had together. We’ll toast to our adventure and lifelong friends made. (b, l, d)

Day 9: San Cristóbal > Quito

During a visit to the Interpretation Centre this morning, we’ll learn about the geological, human, and natural history of the Galápagos Islands. After, we’ll transfer back to Quito for our last night together. (b)

Day 10: Quito

Our adventure ends today with an included transfer to the airport. (b)

Private Group Options

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Things to know before your trip

Currency

The currency used here is the USD. ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities across Latin America. Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

Please note that prices for food and beverages in the Galapagos are generally more expensive than Ecuador mainland and other parts of South America.

Health & Safety

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip:
While our Local Leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

MOSQUITO BORN ILLNESSES:
Some regions of Central & South America can experience outbreaks of dengue fever.There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn. If you have a fever or feel unwell, please let your leader know right away. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria by taking measures to avoid insect bites.

ZIKA VIRUS:
There have been reports of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in this region and we advise all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip.

YELLOW FEVER:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

SEA SICKNESS:
Please note that on occasions the water can be rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.

Weather

Being located on the equator, Ecuador is a year round destination. In Quito temperatures do not fluctuate that much throughout the year with average temperatures around 66°F to 75°F during the day with lows of 48-50°F in the evening. There are two 'seasons', the wet and dry. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October through to May. The surprising thing with Quito is its altitude and proximity to the equator means that the sun has a little more kick to it so it can feel like it's warmer than it actually is. Even on cooler days, if the sun comes out make sure you use sunscreen.

Meals & Dietary Requirements

While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.

Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts. Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.

More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, coeliac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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