Galapagos Spanish Program

Galapagos Spanish Program

Our Galapagos Spanish Program is an incredible opportunity to experience the enchanting beauty of the Galapagos while receiving Spanish lessons. During this program, you will participate in activities such snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and touring the islands in the morning while taking Spanish classes in the afternoons. Check out the details of the program below.

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Accomodation

While on your Galapagos adventure, you will be housed in the Lava House Hostal. The small, family run hostel is constructed with lava stone walls. In addition to the complimentary breakfast, guests also have access to the communal, fully equipped kitchen. Surrounded by gardens, Lava House is located just 500 m. from Pelican Bay and the main square of the harbour town Puerto Ayora. Restaurants, cafes and shops are easily accessible.

Air-conditioned rooms are simply and comfortably furnished and include private bathrooms and televisions.

Accommodation includes:

  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • TV

The Program Includes:

  • 20 hours of Spanish classes with one of our teachers
  • 6 activities led by experienced, local tour guides (4-6 hours each day)
  • 6 nights, 7 days of accomadations at Lava House Hostal
  • Breakfast everyday and snacks on certain excursions
  • All necessary equipment for excursions

Itinerary for the Week

Your language program in the Galapagos includes daily activities that last all morning. Your class hours will be realized Monday through Friday in the afternoon, after the activity.

Departure from the Quito airport in the morning and arrival in Galapagos. This afternoon will be spent exploring the hostal and surrounding area.

Visit to Las Grietas: To get to Las Grietas, you will take a water taxi across the harbor to the opposite bay. From here you wander along a one kilometer long nature trail to Las Grietas gorge – passing the Playa de los Alemanes, a salt lagoon and the impressive Opuntia forest. You can walk down the wooden walkways and swim in the crystal-clear water. We recommend continuing on the nature trail to various viewpoints until you can enjoy a spectacular view of the open sea at the end of the gorge.

Snorkeling at Daphne Island: The island offers a spectacular display of marine life and seabirds. The North West side of the island is perfect place for bird watching with different types of seabirds nesting and preparing for their daily hunt in Daphne’s cliffs. You will be able to see nazca boobies, noddies, swallow-tailled gulls, lava gulls, medium ground finches and frigatebirds. Snorkeling and free diving will take place at the foot of Daphne’s steep walls. Here you will see a variety of underwater animals including manta rays, sea lions, sharks and large schools of tropical reef fishes.

You will have the opportunity to fish at Tiburon Arrecho seamount and make a final stop to grill your catch at Bahia Borrero, a spectacular white sand beach known for the high numbers of breeding sea turtles in shallow waters between December and March.

Galapagos Tour: During this tour you will visit various locations in Galapagos. First you will stop at the Charles Darwin Station which founded in 1959 with the help of UNESCO and conservation organisations from around the world. Directly next door is the Fausto Llerena tortoise breeding station, where you can follow the evolution of the Galapagos tortoise and visit the embalmed “Lonely George” – the most famous turtle in the world.

After this, you will visit Puerto Ayora and the fish market. Here you can join the sea lions and pelicans who watch the fishermen hauling their catch off the boats to weigh, gut and fillet. Right next to the fishermen’s work area, in the fish market hungry guests can try the catch of the day.

Visit to the Playa de los Alemanes: In the morning, after collecting your snorkeling gear, you will take the boat from Puerto Ayora to Playa de los Alemanes where the tour begins. After about 3 km of scenic paddling through calm waters, you will meet the open sea. On the way to the Bay of Franklin, you can spot marine iguanas, sea turtles and sea lions. Seabirds, such as pelicans or herons, can often be found among the mangroves in the Bay of Franklin. As you drive along the cliff you can see the nests of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and seagulls. The journey continues through a shark tunnel to the small beach of Punta Estrada, where you have time for snorkelling in the pristine turquoise waters.

Pause on the beach to enjoy a snack, a drink and the sunshine in the peaceful surrounding before taking a short walk to the beach Playa de los Perros, where very large colonies of sea lions and marine iguanas are enjoying the same activities.

From here, kayak back to Playa de los Alemanes where the boat will collect you for the return to the starting point in Puerto Ayora.

Twin Craters and the Turtle Reserve:
This tour takes you from the port city of Puerto Ayora into the highlands of Santa Cruz. As you venture into the higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets. Here you can observe the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild.

The Scalesia zone between 250 and 600 m. altitude offers the opportunity to discover many endemic tree species not found in the Ecuadorean jungle. The twin craters “Los Gemelos” are also in this zone. However, they are not craters in the technical sense, rather 70 meter vertical gullies, carpeted with lush vegetation.
The highlands of Santa Cruz have a predominantly humid climate. Please keep in mind to pack thick socks and an umbrella or raincoat. Gumboots up to size 45 (US size 12) are supplied.

Surfing lessons at Tortuga Bay beach: On this day we make our way to the famous Tortuga Bay, the walking distance is 2 1/2 km. On our way, we are going to observe some vegetation of the transition zone as the cactus. We will also have the opportunity to see birds likes Galapagos mockingbird, “Maria” canaries and the Cuckoo. When we arrive at our destination, we are going to see a beautiful white sand beach with turquoise water and perfect waves for beginner level surfing; the waves achieve 1,50m. This is going to be an interesting activity since the waves of Tortuga Bay are easy to master and the atmosphere of the place is quiet enjoyable, these qualities make of this wonderful beach a very special place.

You will depart for Quito in the afternoon.

A minimum of 4 students is required to book this program.

The days of each activity may change depending on availability and weather.

Bernhard JeranGermany
After spending three weeks directly at the school, I now do the online course at Vida Verde. And I can really say, this online course is a great replacement for being directly at the school. Actually, it's even better. Because using the computer provides a lot more possibilities and flexibility. For instance: If you don't know the meaning of a word, the teacher can quickly use ``Google`` to find it and show you a picture. Video and Audio quality are really good, so for me it's not a bit harder to understand, what the teachers says than before directly at the school. Exercises and homework are exchanged within a minute and if I have to write something, I can type, instead of writing by hand, which I really appreciate. Since I did the online course I even stopped traveling to Spanish language schools.