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For eight weeks this Autumn, between Saturday 16th October 2021 and Friday 10th of December 2021, Toucanto World Schooling Global Community has secured an exciting venue on the Island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, and is inviting World Schoolers the opportunity to join us at incredibly competitive rates. The accommodation offered is self-catering rooms and suites, but with breakfasts included. The modern accommodation has the benefit of a dedicated swimming pool, just for our group. The property is conveniently located in a quiet part of Puerto Ayora, just a few minutes walk from shops and the waterfront. We run a two-week program of activities which we recommend, but accept bookings from one week up to eight -  contact us for details of our discounts available for longer stays!  Arrivals are on Saturdays with departures on Fridays. for those of you choosing to stay for one week, your first week's booking includes six nights in one of our family rooms or apartments with departure the following Friday. Guests booking for more than one week enjoy a further seven nights for the cost of six for each week booked!  We are expecting a high demand for places so early booking is recommended. There will be opportunities to participate in the group activities and organised outings. These include: A visit to Los Gemelos - a pair of giant collapsed magma chambers A trip to a Giant Tortoise reserve A journey underground into a Santa Cruz Lava Tunnel A visit to the world famous Charles Darwin Research Station. A nature walk to Tortuga bay, with snorkelling. A water taxi trip to German beach followed by a gentle hike to Las Grietas for swimming/snorkelling. Evening excursion to the port pier. A visit to Puerto Ayora Fish Market. Spanish Lessons First Aid Course Environmental Class with trip to Renewable Energy Centre During your stay, structured learning opportunities will be available to learn about the human geography of the Galapagos, and the islands drive to become 100% powered by renewable energy sources. This learning will involve group discussion and a field trip to the renewable energy centre in Puerto Ayora. Not feeling like getting out and about? No problem! Just kick back and relax around our very own community pool!  Over the coming days we will be adding optional trips to other islands that we have negotiated at great rates, so make sure you subscribe to our mailing list for all the details! Please note that itinerary dates will vary due to local conditions.  

Itineraries

Highland Tour

On arrival to Baltra you will be met by our friendly local representative at the airport and taken on a short bus ride to the Itabaca channel. Here you will board the Ferry and cross the narrow strait to Santa Cruz. Once on Santa Cruz, your Galapagos adventure will truly begin as you enjoy the unique landscape on your journey to the interior of the island.

Los Gemelos

Los Gemelos, which translates as the twins are situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz and shrouded in rich vegetation. You will discover this pair of giant craters that were formed by the collapse of huge magma chambers - a testament to the island’s violent volcanic history. There are many mosses, ferns and epiphytes to observer in this forested region which is home to many species of bird including small and large tree finches.

Giant Tortoise Reserve

Enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Zona de Reserva de Tortugas, and stroll around the ranch, enjoying the Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.

Lava Tunnel

For the adventurous amongst our group, why not join us and put on some welly boots before climbing down into the earth, where we will walk along a huge tunnel formed by a river of molten lava, thousands of years ago.

Charles Darwin Research Centre

Following breakfast, we depart on foot for our guided tour of the nearby Charles Darwin Research Centre, where you will learn all about their important conservation work, and the tortoise breeding programme. Don't forget to bring your passport, because here you will have the opportunity to receive their famous and much coveted tortoise stamp as proof that you were there!

German Beach, Salt Lakes and Las Grietas

The day starts with a good breakfast before heading to the port for a water taxi ride to German Beach. From here we will take the path for a short hike (approx 2km) to Las Grietas, passing the stunning pink salt lakes on route.

Bahia Boat Tour with Snorkelling

This coastal boat tour is a great way to see some of the best sites in the Puerto Ayora vicinity. It combines hiking and snorkelling and is suitable for adults and children alike. For those who are unfamiliar with snorkelling the English speaking guide is available to help you. Locations: Loberia The visit begins at La Loberia Islet, named after the colony of sea lions that live there. The snorkeling activity allows us to observe a variety of fish species in close proximity and you can swim with the sea lions in the reef! Channel of Love This is a wonderful viewpoint for photographs, where the turquoise water and the geological formations that resemble a natural jacuzzi accompanied by the unique flora make this scene a romantic place. Perros Beach Named for being the habitat of the Galapagos Crab that can grow up to 20 centimeters and are also known as dog crabs. Here, we will also observe colonies of marine iguanas and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Shark Channel Canal de Tintoreras, is accessed by walking along the canal, where we can see white tip sharks (Tintoreras). This location offers us a spectacular view of the entire Santa Cruz island. The Cracks This wonderful landscape is constructed of interesting lava figures that form two gigantic walls, divided by a stream that mixes with the sea water. This location is highly recommended for swimming and snorkelling due to the transparency of its waters.

Tortuga Bay

Few visits to the Galapagos Islands would be complete without a visit to the iconic Tortuga Bay, named for the black turtles that nest here. Although due to the strong currents swimming is forbidden here, there is an amazing cove right next to it, with a sandy beach and amazing mangroves. Here you can swim and snorkel at your leisure enjoying the spectacular marine life, or even rent a kayak!

Trip Includes:

  • Inbound Transfer between Baltra airport and apartments.   Note: return transfer must be purchased separately.
  • 6 Nights (subsequent weeks includes 7) self-catering accommodation in our community apartments. 
  • 6 Breakfasts (subsequent weeks includes 7) 2 Lunches Group Welcome Meal and social evening.

Program of activities including;

  • Spanish lessons 
  • A guided visit to the world famous Charles Darwin Research Station. 
  • A nature walk to Tortuga bay. 
  • Evening excursion to the port pier.
  • A visit to Puerto Ayora Fish Market.
  • First Aid Course.
  • Environmental Lesson Trip to Renewable Energy Centre
  • Water Taxi to German beach with hike to salt lakes and Las Grietas.
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
  • Return Transfers TCT  card fee: $20
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $50 for each child under 12 years, $100 each adult or over 12 years. 
  • Isabella port fee: $10  

Important Note: Entrance Fees to The Galapagos National Park and Isabella port fees where applicable are collected in CASH at your arrival airport. Make sure that you arrive with sufficient cash to pay for your party.

Our Worldschooling activities on this trip are aimed at Teens and Tweens and we don't provide creche or nursing facilities for younger children, but if you are happy to supervise your younger child you are welcome to bring them. Please be advised that excursions requiring climbing in and out of boats may preclude small children and no refunds will be made for elements of the program you are unable to participate in.

Single travellers are welcome too! If you decide to come on your own, we will pair you up with someone from the same sex and a similar age group, or if you prefer, you can pay the single person supplement and have the room to yourself.

There will be some climbing in and out of boats on this trip but many travellers in their seventies manage these sorts of trips. There will be some hiking involved so it can be a good idea to prepare yourself for this type of holiday by getting a bit of practise in before you go. Ultimately, it's your call.

If you get seasick in your home country, then it is likely you will get seasick in the Galapagos Islands as these tours do involve quite a bit of time onboard boats. That said, there are many medications and techniques to help combat this problem and your doctor may also be able to advise on how best to reduce this problem.

Internet in the Galapagos Islands is notoriously slow and patchy, although all of the hotels we use do have it. Just don't expect the kind of blistering speeds available in the UK and you won't be disappointed!

Although some tour companies pack you in to maximise their profits, at Toucanto we do realise that you are not a sardine! With that in mind our tours are limited to a maximum of twenty people, unless you are travelling with a club or society tour, where you should know everyone anyway.

Each tour is tailored to be as accessible as possible, but some tours will not be suitable for small children. The ability to swim is an obvious consideration for any tours centred around water-based activities. Each tour will indicate on the booking page ‘Trip Facts’ if it is suitable for families, but as a parent you remain responsible for your child at all times.

Although we are not able to offer extra nights for this trip, it may be possible to change to a longer itinerary before your trip begins. If you wish to explore this possibility, please contact our sales department for more information.

If you have specific dietary requirements we recommend that you contact us prior to booking so that we can verify if we can meet your needs on the trip.

Good question! On the Survival Kit page of this website you can find useful advice about what to pack for your Toucanto trip.

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are widely considered to be a safe location to visit and many thousands of people visit them every year without incident. See our Travel Survival Kit web page for advice on keeping safe when you travel.

In the Galapagos Islands, as well as the rest of Ecuador the US Dollar is the currency of use.

While travellers cheques can be used in larger cities, we recommend a mixture of currency and debit or credit card for the safest way to carry your money. There is a good availability of cashpoints or ATMs in the larger towns and some establishments may also take ApplePay.

Please refer to our Travel Survival Kit for details on this topic as well as links to the latest UK Government Advice. For other countries of origin please contact your medical authorities for this information.

Although there is a hospital in Puerto Ayora, Medical Services in the Galapagos Islands are limited, and serious injuries or illness may require an airlift to the mainland. It is essential that all visitors to the Galapagos Islands carry adequate travel Insurance to cover them in the event of a problem. Should you need medical assistance speak to your guide who will make the necessary arrangements for your care.

If you have a specific query related to your planned trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and you can't see your answer here, please drop us a line using the 'Trip Enquiry' button and we will do our best to answer your question.

Important notes CORONAVIRUS: For the latest information on entry requirements to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, please visit: Travelling to Ecuador from the UK STARTING POINTS:This trip starts in the Galapagos, at Baltra Airport at 11:30am on day 1. The trip ends after breakfast on your last day. Please advise Toucanto no later than 15 days prior to departure, of your flight arrival and departure times. Customer services phone number to call while in Galapagos if any issues: +593 52524587 Whether you are arriving to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil airports, you must purchase your Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD 20) at the Consejo de Gobierno counter in the entrance hall; if you haven’t purchased this card you might be denied boarding. Please be aware that you will need to have cash (USD) with which to pay as credit cards are not accepted Please arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure time as this can be a slow process. Once you have purchased your Transit Control Card you will proceed to check your luggage at SICGAL counter where they seal your check in bags; then go to the check in counter of your respective airline. The Galapagos park fee (USD 100) and Isabela Port fee (USD 10) are payable upon arrival to the islands and again must be paid in cash. These payments are in addition to your trip payment. It is essential to ensure that when you make your booking, your details are correct and match your passport. If your passport and booking details provided to us do not match it could cause issues with your transit card and may result in you being required to purchase a new card at your own expense. Please view our Standard Booking Conditions here. GALAPAGOS PARK RULES: Strict rules apply in the Galapagos Islands designed to protect and preserve its unique biodiversity. Toucanto Ltd totally supports these rules which govern the times of the day that a destination can be visited and regulate the distance to be maintained between people and wildlife. You are advised that the collection and removal of shells or corals from the Galapagos is strictly forbidden and rigidly enforced and baggage is regularly checked on departure to ensure compliance. You will be advised of this information again on arrival by your guide, but the responsibility for observing these rules lies with you. Failure to observe these rules can lead to hefty fines for travellers and can adversely affect our company’s ability to continue offering tours in the Galapagos Islands – these rules must be adhered to by all, without exception. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in being removed from the trip without refund. For more information, please follow this link: http://www.galapagos.org/travel/travel/park-rules/ INTERNET IN THE GALAPAGOS:Please be advised that although our partner hotels in the Galapagos do have internet connections it’s often very slow and may not always be functional. HOT WATER FACILITIES:Please be aware that in the Galapagos hotel hot water services can be limited and as such hot water may not always be available at busy times and cold showers maybe the only option.

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