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Galapagos Island Programs – Instituto Superior de Español

Welcome to paradise! Internationally recognised as one of the top destinations for wildlife watching – the Galapagos Islands most certainly form a relaxed backdrop for your Spanish studies. They are a unique playground for afternoon excursions discovering penguins, iguanas, turtles, mockingbirds, extraordinary plants & a breathtaking underwater world. The volcanic archipelago consisting of 18 main islands, 5 of which populated, is located about 1000km off the Ecuadorian coast. It is renowned for its highly protected natural habitat, home to thousands of unique animal & plant species. The most famous visitor to the islands was without a doubt Charles Darwin in 1835, whose investigations here did contribute to the advancement of his famous ‘Theory of evolution by natural selection’. The Instituto Superior de Español is making sure that you get to make the most of your stay offering Spanish lessons in the morning and exciting guided outdoor activities in the afternoon, combined with comfortable hotel accommodation & a weekly boat trip. The ‘Cruise’ programs also encompass an intriguing 5 days boat tour, perfect for snorkelling, swimming and wildlife exploration. 

Galapagos programs: What’s included?

ENCHANTING GALAPAGOS SPANISH PROGRAM

5 Day Island Cruise & 7 Days on Santa Cruz Island

Lessons: 20 group lessons per week – 4 Spanish lessons per day in the morning

Group size: Max. 4 students

Duration: 11 days

Start: Anytime – reservation min. 4 weeks in advance

Transport: Airport transfer to your accommodation in Quito and on Santa Cruz

Accommodation: Hostel Fernandina in Santa Cruz (7 days/6 nights) – double occupancy with ensuite-bathroom, hot water, aircon, pool, jacuzzi, bar restaurant, laundry service (3-star)

Meals: Breakfast at Hostel included

Boat Trip: 5 days/4 nights Cruise excursion to Discover Galapagos Islands

Activities: 3x guided afternoon trips on the island

Certificate: Diploma or studies – certificate

Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced

Not included: Flight ticket, Immigration card (Ingala card), Galapagos National Park entrance tax (approx. $120), lunch & dinner, drinks, registration fee

 

PRICE   $3499 

SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM 

7 Days on Santa Cruz Island

Lessons: 20 group lessons per week – 4 Spanish lessons per day in the morning

Group size: Max. 4 students

Duration: 7 days

Start: Anytime – reservation min. 4 weeks in advance

Transport: Airport transfer to your accommodation in Quito and on Santa Cruz

Accommodation: Hotel Fernandina on Santa Cruz Island (7 days/6 nights) – single, double or triple room with ensuite-bathroom (shared when you travel with a companion), hot water, aircon, pool, jacuzzi, bar restaurant, laundry service (3 stars)

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel included

Boat Trip: 1 excursion to another island by boat per week

Activities: 3 guided afternoon trips on the island

Certificate: Diploma or studies – certificate

Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced

Not included: Flight ticket, Immigration card (Ingala card), Galapagos National Park entrance tax (approx. $120), lunch & dinner, drinks, registration fee

 

PRICE   $1799

DISCOVERING GALAPAGOS SPANISH PROGRAM

8 Day – Island Cruise & 7 Days on San Cristobal Island

Lessons: 20 group lessons per week – 4 Spanish lessons per day in the morning

Group size: 2 – 4 students

Duration: 14 days

Start: Anytime – reservation min. 4 weeks in advance

Transport: Airport transfer to your accommodation in Quito and on San Cristobal Cruz

Accommodation: Room with Double Occupancy in a cozy hotel (7 days/6 nights) in Puerto Baquerizo/ San Cristóbal Island

Meals: Breakfast at hotel included

Boat Trip: 8 days/7 nights boat trip Excursion to Discover Galapagos Islands

Activities: 3x guided afternoon trips on the island

Certificate: Diploma or studies – certificate

Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced

Not included: Flight ticket, Immigration card (Ingala card), Galapagos National Park entrance tax (approx. $120), lunch & dinner, drinks, registration fee

 

PRICE   $4499 

EXPLORING GALAPAGOS SPANISH PROGRAM 

7 Days on Santa Cruz & 7 Days on San Cristobal Island

Lessons: 20 group lessons per week (20 in San Cristobal & 20 in Santa Cruz Island) – 4 Spanish lessons per day in the morning

Group size: Max. 4 students

Duration: 14 days

Start: Anytime – reservation min. 4 weeks in advance

Transport: Airport transfer to your accommodation in Quito and on Santa Cruz

Accommodation San Cristobal (7 nights): Cozy hostel e.g. Hostel Casa Nelly and Casa Blanca (subject to availability) in Puerto Baquerizo room with double occupancy, ensuite-bathroom, hot water, aircon (3-star)

Accommodation in Santa Cruz (6 nights): Hostel Fernandina in Puerto Ayora, room with double occupancy, ensuite-bathroom, hot water, aircon, pool, jacuzzi, bar restaurant & laundry service (3-star)

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel included

Boat Trip: 1 excursion to another island by boat per week

Activities: 3x guided afternoon trips on the island

Certificate: Diploma or studies – certificate

Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced

Not included: Flight ticket, Immigration card (Ingala card), Galapagos National Park entrance tax (approx. $120), lunch & dinner, drinks, registration fee

 

PRICE   $3249

Volunteering

ISE collaborates with several volunteer organisations and is happy to give advise and organise volunteer positions related to humanitarian, educational or environmental projects in Quito, Otavalo, the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. You have to be at least 18 years old, the min. duration is 1 week.

Volunteering organisation fee $100

What students said about this school: 

Amazing experience: very professional and dedicated teachers, friendly and helpful staff. (Ruta, Germany)

Being at ISE was incredible! I feel like I learned a lot and all of the teachers that I had were really wonderful. They all made for a wonderful experience, and made it easy to be excited about learning Spanish! (Natalia, USA)

Things to do in the Galapagos Islands: 

Tortuga Bay: Beautiful white sandy bay just outside Puerto Ayora – register to observe Darwin-finches, a rare bird species, as well as marine iguanas & the local flora.

Surfing: Galapagos also comprises of world class surf spots, mainly along the southwest & northwest coastline of San Cristobal island, which receives both North and South Pacific swell. A visit between December & May is ideal to avoid on-shore winds.

Lava-tunnels: Tube like lava formations which can be explored near Santa Rosa on Santa Cruz Island.

Snorkelling: There is abundant sea life all around, so grab some fins and say hello to sea lions & turtles: Kicker Rock on San Cristobal and Isla Lobos are highly recommended spots.

Albatros viewing: Between April & November you can discover the largest seabird on earth in all its glory: Punta Espinosa on Española Island is the place to go to see them nest.

Charles Darwin research station: Learn about the archipelago’s conservation projects at this interactive museum on Santa Cruz Island.

Info:

One time registration fee is $40. 

To participate in any of the ISE programs or courses, the student is required to organise their medical and life travel insurance and provide the school the necessary information for any case of emergency.

If only 1 student has signed up for the same travel dates & level a private program will be offered at an additional charge of +25%!

Start dates & Holidays: 

Course beginn: Every first and third Monday of the month

School closing dates: The school is operating all year round, except 25th December & 1st January

Getting here

Flights to the Galapagos Islands are departing mostly in the morning & evening from Guayaquil or Quito & take approx. 1.5h.

For Santa Cruz:

Aeropuerto de Baltra (on Baltra Island), 1h4min, 46.6km from Puerto Ayora/ Santa Cruz Island by bus & ferry 

For San Cristobal:

Aeropuerto San Cristobal, approx. 5min, 1.2km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & hotel

Your journey from the airport at Baltra & San Cristobal Island will be accompanied by a member of ISE staff.

There are regular boats between the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana and Baltra. Some of the uninhabited islands can be reached from Baltra and San Cristobal.

There is a small airline called EMETEBE, which offers connecting flights between islands: approx. $120 one-way.

To book your Spanish program with this language school, please fill in the form below and press the submit button. ISE will be in touch shortly. 

Instituto Superior de Español- booking form
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