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    Pacific Discovery: Galapagos Islands Summer Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 12th, PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Hiking
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Spot wildlife, kayak across crystal clear waters, and learn about conservation efforts on this summer program in the Galapagos Islands!

    This summer program in the Galapagos Islands will take your breath away! It is impossible not to be in awe of this incredible country. It has so much diversity for its size, which makes it truly amazing to explore – fascinating indigenous cultures, volcanoes, stunning wildlife, beaches and astounding marine environments.

    You get to follow in Darwin’s footsteps with nature-focused island-hopping through the Galapagos where you’ll learn about environmental sustainability, conservation and work alongside local scientists and national park rangers. Have incredible, up-close wildlife encounters with sea lions and iguanas, hike the local volcanoes, kayak the turquoise ocean waters and keep your eyes open for turtles. You’ll return from this summer program inspired by all you’ve experienced and learned…and most likely planning your return!


    • Remove invasive plant species during a reforestation project
    • Participate in the efforts to restore local beaches with marine debris clean-ups
    • Snorkel Kicker Rock, one of the best locations for spotting the incredible marine life
    • Mountain bike through the stunning landscape of the Wetlands
    • Swim in the warm waters of spectacularly beautiful beaches like Tortuga Bay 
    • Have close encounters with marine iguanas, sea turtles and giant tortoises – just to name a few!
    • Hike to the top of the active volcano Sierra Negra
    • Learn about Galapagos conservation in action at the Charles Darwin Research Station
    • Kayak to the bay of Tintoreras and keep your eyes peeled for penguins
    • The opportunity to explore the local area, swim and snorkel amongst the clear waters