Galapagos Islands Photography Holiday
7-20 Nov 2021 | Galapagos Islands, Ecuador | £3595 per person
During this Galapagos Islands photography holiday and wildlife conservation expedition you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of the endangered landscapes and its wildlife, including the endangered Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguana, Blue footed boobies and hundreds of other bird species.
Why a Galapagos Islands Photography Holiday?
It is impossible to dispute that the Galapagos Islands are some of the most fascinating islands in the world, famed for being the launchpad of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
However, its past treatment has put the islands at great risk, meaning conservation efforts are paramount.
Since Darwin’s visits, humans have caused innumerable problems in the Galapagos, from whalers lowering populations drastically populations to biologists and scientists taking away far too many samples, which as had a detrimental effect, killing off whole strains of species.
In addition, settlers have brought in plant and animal species from the mainland which have spread to the extent that indigenous species are being overtaken and are dying out. This has resulted in 60% of native plants becoming severely under threat.
To face up to this threat, the president of Ecuador declared conservation in the Galapagos Islands as a national priority, and in 2008 Ecuador was the first country in the world to grant legal rights to nature.
We will be joining conservation projects, a partnership between between local communities, the National Park authority and local government, in the Galapagos to help preserve this incredible biodiversity, all the while photographing its enchanting beauty.
Airport: San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)
Arrival day: Sunday 7th November 2021
Departure day: Saturday 20th November 2021
What will I be doing?
Although the project is based on the wonderful island of San Cristobal, we will be taking visiting many of the islands within the Galapagos archipelago. These include La Galapaguera, Isla Lobos, Espanola Las Negritas and La Loberia.
With a huge array of species, such as, Giant Tortoise, Blue Footed Boobie, Waved Albatross, Frigate Birds, Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas, among a huge array of other species, this is a trip of a lifetime.
During the holiday 50% of the days will be purely for photography, whilst the other days will be spent at the project site helping with a range of tasks. However, you will have 2 ‘free days’ and the project finishes at 13:00 on these days for you to spend the afternoons as you wish.
Tasks during project days are varied and depend on the need, but could include:
- Identifying and surveying native flora and fauna, including the majestic giant tortoise and amazing birds
- Invasive vegetation clearing
- Planting seedlings to restore native and endemic species
- Beach clean ups and litter picks in wildlife rich areas
- Assisting on an organic farm to learn about sustainable farming
- Work within the community
- Collecting data on water levels, in conjunction with the local government
- Education programmes in local schools, with the aim to teach children the importance of conservation
Why should I join this Expedition?
The Galapagos is one of the most dreamed-of locations for many travellers who love the great outdoors, wildlife and nature. To be able to contribute to the survival of this astonishing environment is not only important, it is also lots of fun.
No trip to the Galapagos would be complete without exploring, and as such one of the great highlights is exploring the islands – We’ve chartered several boats to various locations to highlight the beauty of this Galapagos Islands photography holiday.
- All Boat Charters and Day Permits
- Meal on first evening
Located in town of La Isla, our private accommodation is a Two-Storey guesthouse with garden and large terrace, overlooking The Sueve. Just 100 Meters from the Beach, and in the foothills of the Sierra Del Sueve, It offers us the opportunity to enjoy the Galapagos Islands on the doorstep.
During your holiday you will get two meals per day, with Breakfast at the project site, whilst, evening 2 course meals and a soft drink are provided by the local resturants.
During the first few days you will receive a thorough induction and supervised training at the project site.
I will be on hand at all times to help with photography or any other tasks.
If you have issues, I will be available 24hrs a day during your time with me.
Your project runs from Monday – Friday, with the weekends free for exploring the island or even further afield. You will also have your afternoons and evenings to relax or go exploring, although you can also get more involved in community life with teaching English locally for example.
There are some fabulous beaches around the area – Playa Mann, just out of the main town, is voted as one of the top sunset spots in the world (probably because of the huge colony of sea lions that gather to watch as well).
There is some great snorkelling to be done just off the coastal paths too so make sure to pack a snorkel and any underwater camera equiptment.
The main town comes to life at night time, and there are usually tourists, friends and families strolling along the harbour wall. There are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants offering happy hour and drinks promotions.
To enter the Galapagos, you need to pay 20USD for a Migration Control Card for the Galapagos Islands. This is purchased in mainland Ecuador, either in Quito or Guayaquil depending on where you are flying from. The airline staff will show you how to get this.
On arrival in San Cristobal, you will need to pay 100USD entry fee to the National Park Authority.
You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry into Ecuador. You will receive a tourist stamp on arrival allowing you to stay for up to 60 days for free.
You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need.
Your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date, it is likely you will need Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
Please follow your doctor’s advice.
Deposit: £300 | Midterm £450 | Balance: £2845
Midterm payment is due 6 months prior to travel with final balances due 9 weeks before travel date.