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Galapagos Islands Conservation Photography Expedition – Nov 2021

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14 Days
Availability : 7th - 20th Nov 2021
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Max People : 6

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS IN SRI LANKA

Galapagos Islands Wildlife Photography Holiday

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 to the islands have imported flora and fauna species from the mainland which have spread to the extent that native species are being overtaken and are quickly dying out.  Resulting in over 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.

What will I be doing?

Although the project is based on the wonderful island of San Cristobal, we will be taking visiting many locations 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.

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE HOLIDAY

Itinerary

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.

Accommodation

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.

Conservation Photography Expedition Information

Expedition Guide(s): Scott Latham

Departure & Return Location: San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)

Price Includes
Accommodation
Award Winning Photographer Tour Guide
All transportation & Boat Charters + Day Permits in destination location
Meals and soft drinks at the project site
Full training, Orientation and Briefings
Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
Local support in Sri Lanka from English speaking staff
Certificate of Recognition (on request)

Price Excludes
Flights
Insurances
Sundries, Meal on first evening, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £50 per week depending on lifestyle)

How to book a photography holiday

Booking on our Galapagos Photography Holiday is simple. Please complete the booking form on this page with you full name, email, and details on your booking, i.e number of people etc. A member of our team will then be in contact with a booking confirmation email. If you have selected pay deposit only option, your balance will be due upon the payment terms below. Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form and we’ll respond to your email ASAP.

Tour Cost: £3595 per person | Deposit: £300 per person

Payment Terms

Deposit: £300 due upon booking
Mid-Term: £450 due 6 months before travel
Final Balance: £2845 Due 9 weeks before travel

Any flight arrangements made with our partners through us need to be paid in full at time of flight booking.

Important information

Please be aware that this trip will mainly be spent volunteering with the conservation team, getting fully involved in the project and conservation of the species at the reserve. Photography opportunities will arise regular for both all the species and the documentary style photographs of the team. We also have addition photography only days during this trip.

By booking this conservation expedition you are agreeing to our Payment Terms (as above), Terms & Conditions & Responsible Travel Policy.

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