High School Program

Discover the unparalleled biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands after a glimpse into Quito’s rich colonial history. Dive deep into sustainability, conservation, and local interactions, from encountering ancient tortoises to championing marine preservation efforts.

Environmental Conservation

The Galápagos Islands face many environmental threats including ecosystem degradation due to climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, or the introduction of invasive species. There are several local organizations working to protect the vulnerable ecosystems found on Galápagos by conserving species, restoring habitats, and driving sustainable solutions. This program delves into the successes and challenges of environmental conservation in the Galápagos and offers opportunities to contribute to breeding programs, the eradication of human-introduced species, data collection, and cleaning up the ocean.

About The Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands make up one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. This program begins with a flight to Ecuador’s capital, Quito and offers optional activities on the mainland such as a colonial history tour of the Old Town before continuing onto the Galápagos. This small island chain is the perfect place from which to delve into sustainability, climate, conservation, and culture. Whether it’s coming up close and personal with a 200-year-old tortoise, contributing to marine life preservation efforts, or engaging with local changemakers, this experience will be unforgettable.

Theme alternatives

Fully customizable authentic experiences

At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.

With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.

What's included

All our trips include:

Program highlights

  • Connect with local changemakers. Whether they are guides, partners, or community at large, Galapagueños are incredibly proud and passionate about their unique habitat.

  • Walk among the giants. Spend a day or two alongside giant tortoises with partners that work tirelessly to conserve and protect their environment and population.

  • Take a snorkeling trip that will forever change how you see marine life. From sea lions to sea turtles, small and harmless sharks, and unparalleled fish populations, a snorkel trip in the Galápagos is not to be missed.

  • Experience some of the Galápagos’ famous beaches. Unwind and enjoy the idyllic white sands of the islands as you embrace the tropics.

How it works


Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.

Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.

With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.

Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).

Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!

Sample Itinerary

  • Travel to the capital of Ecuador, Quito, and transfer to your hotel for the evening
  • Begin your first morning in Ecuador by exploring the historic Old Town of Quito filled with colonial churches, museums, charming streets, markets, and some of the city’s most important buildings, like the Presidential Palace. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at Crepes & Waffles, a social enterprise empowering women who are heads of households and come from low income communities in Latin America. 
  • Begin your Galápagos adventure by taking a 2.5-hour flight from Quito to the island of San Cristobal. After a midday arrival, head to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center and take a short hike to Frigatebird Hill, a lookout point frequented by frigates. Learn about the local, unique ecosystem while taking in views of the islet of Sleeping Lion, Isla Lobos, Cerro Brujo, Puerto Baquerizo, Shipwreck Bay, and others. In the afternoon, explore life under the turquoise water of Darwin Bay.
  • In the morning, participate in a guided beach clean up to learn about the main sources of plastic pollution in the Galápagos and its impact on local ecosystems. Then, visit Hacienda Tranquila, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the importance of conserving the natural wonder that is the Galápagos, and understand the social, economic, and environmental impact that both visitors and locals can have on this fragile ecosystem. Take part in hands-on activities such as environmental conservation work, organic nursery maintenance, cattle and horse care, tree planting and maintenance and more!
  • In the morning, head to the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve to learn about a breeding program led by park rangers to protect the species. 

  • The “Chinese Hat” Island is a tiny island made up of lava and spatter cones. Its volcanic landscape and clear waters contrast beautifully and you are invited to enjoy and relax on the beach. Keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins who sometimes make an appearance on the rocks. 

  • In the evening, take a short hike along a volcano crater in the highlands of San Cristobal. El Junco is a freshwater caldera pivotal to the development of life on land in the Galápagos.

  • Head to the dock at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and sail to Kicker Rock, also known as León Dormido, or sleeping lion, because the rock formation resembles different shapes from different viewpoints. The boat trip itself along a beautiful channel with calm waters, is memorable and there are many opportunities to stop and snorkel or observe fauna such as blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions, and sea turtles. Pick out a bay for a picnic lunch and then enjoy time to explore the sand dunes and the beach.
  • Today, wrap up your time in Galápagos with a guided debrief on our experience and how it informs our understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals of focus, Life on Land and Life Below Water. Then, board your flight and head back to Quito. In the afternoon, head to the Quito Artisan Market and Pacari Chocolates for some souvenirs.
  • Begin your journey home.

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