About This Trip
Get up close and personal with some of the most diverse marine life on the planet while hopping around the Galápagos Islands, snorkeling, and serving the poor. This includes visiting major sites in Guayaquil, Ecuador as well as National Parks and Reserves of the Galápagos Islands.
Each morning you will be helping five parish families with a housing construction project. The afternoons will be your chance to experience the ecology of this one-of-a-kind archipelago. Whether scuba diving, snorkeling, or simply exploring (or relaxing) on the island's beaches, the Galápagos Islands have something for every sort of adventurer.
July 28 - August 6, 2017
$2,997 All Inclusive -- Bring a friend and each receive $200 off!
Galápagos Islands & Ecuador
Inclusions and Exclusions
- international flight from Denver, Colorado
- trip guides
- all lodging
- project costs
- 3 meals/day
- ground transportation
- group activity and entry fees
- donations, taxes, and tips
- passport fees
- required travel insurance
- optional SCUBA diving / certifications
Included Group Flight from Denver, Colorado
|To Ecuador||Flight #||Date||From||To||Departure||Arrival||Arrival Date|
|American Airlines||2413||7/28/17||Denver (DEN)||Dallas (DFW)||12:48 PM||3:45 PM||7/28/17|
|American Airlines||1413||7/28/17||Dallas (DFW)||Quito (UIO)||4:30 PM||9:55 PM|
|To Baltra Island|
|Avianca||1688||7/30/17||Quito (UIO)||Baltra Island (GPS)||1:47 PM||3:00 PM||7/30/17|
|Avianca||1689||8/6/17||Baltra Island (GPS)||Quito (UIO)||3:42 PM||6:47 PM||8/6/17|
|To Denver, CO|
|American Airlines||1177||8/6/17||Quito (UIO)||Dallas (DFW)||11:25 PM||5:30 AM||8/7/17|
|American Airlines||1209||8/7/17||Dallas (DFW)||Denver (DEN)||7:05 AM||8:08 AM|
|Day 1||Evening arrival in Quito, Ecuador|
|Day 2||Tour Quito (including Path of the Seven Churches)|
|Day 3||Fly from Quito to Galápagos; community introductions|
|Days 4-8||Morning mission work / afternoon & evening community visits and/or ecotourism depending on the day (including Tortuga Bay kayaking and “Parte Alta”/Highlands tour)|
|Day 9||Snorkeling/diving at Bartolome Bay|
|Day 10||Afternoon departure to Quito and connecting flight to U.S.|
“I came home with a heart full of the beauty of the created earth, the joy that comes from the gift of self, and the love of God given freely in so many forms.”
Ana | Huaraz Missionary
“The experience was that of a lifetime. I am so thankful to God and to everyone who helped me to get down there..I truly encountered the face of God and I do feel as though my life has been changed from this experience. I understand myself better, and most of all, I understand Love better. And God is Love.”
Anonymous | Creatio Peru Missionary
Missionaries will fly into this historic capitol of Ecuador that boasts several gorgeous cathedrals and historic landmarks. It’s location in the Andes makes it the world’s highest capitol city (nearly 10,000 feet) and also the closest to the Equator. #bartrivia
Isla Baltra/Santa Cruz
Two of the archipelago’s 21 islands are where we’ll spend most of our time in service to the poor and exploring the unique ecology of this fascinating place. The ship that brought Charles Darwin to the islands where he would propose his theory of evolution was the HMS Beagle.
Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.
Creatio is a Catholic organization. Missionaries are not required to be Catholic; however, Ecuador is strongly Catholic in culture. Tours will include churches and religious places that have contributed largely in forming of the culture of Ecuador.
Creatio partners with local communities, families and hotels to host the missionaries and ensure all accommodations are satisfactory throughout the trip. We will be staying one night in Quito at a hostel and the remaining time a the rectory in Galapagos (subject to change). Because this is a mission trip, conditions may not exactly be 5 star, but basic needs for missionaries will always be met (warm place to sleep, blankets, etc).
All missionaries are required to purchase their own traveler insurance. You can compare options and decide what is best for you, but it should include coverage for medical and travel occurrences. A few options are World Nomads or TravelGuard. You must send a copy of your traveler insurance card to Creatio.
In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you.
Health & Safety Information
Due to widespread coverage and worry over the Zika virus in South America, Creatio has thoroughly researched the disease and its prevention in order to make sure our missionaries will be safe while in Ecuador.
Ecuador is currently rated by the CDC at “Alert-level: 2”, meaning that travelers need to practice enhanced precautions.
Precautions include: Regularly applying EPA registered bug sprays, using mosquito nets when possible, wearing long sleeves and pants or wearing permethrin-treated clothing.
Creatio does not recommend that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant go on this mission trip. Creatio also asks that missionaries abstain from any sexual activity during the trip, as this is the only other proven method of Zika transmission.
If a missionary should experience symptoms of Zika infection during or after the trip, they should get tested as soon as possible.
We recommend you undergoing a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the mission trip.
Food safety is an important issue when traveling internationally. Local tap water in Ecuador is not potable. Only bottled or treated (disinfected) water should be used for drinking. Do not use ice, avoid getting tap water in your mouth when showering and brushing teeth, and do not use tap water to wash fruits and vegetables. Meats and fish should be thoroughly cooked. Avoid cheap restaurants or food sold in the streets. If you don’t follow these instructions, you will probably go through an episode of diarrhea that can make traveling a rather uncomfortable (although memorable) experience, to say the least.
Quito: Medical care in Quito is generally good. Hospital Metropolitano was founded by American medical professionals and is the primary hospital here.
Galápagos: Care on the Galápagos is more limited than on the mainland. The primary hospital is República del Ecuador. It is important to make sure your travel insurance includes medical transportation (should you need it) to a more advanced hospital.
For more country-specific health and safety information, visit www.travel.state.gov for details.
Creatio trip leaders have years of experience leading trips to Ecuador. The local guides are fluent in Spanish and English, and are knowledgeable about Ecuadorean and Galápagos geography, history, culture, and safe travel procedures.
During our trip, we will not visit areas that either the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador has categorized as dangerous. Click here for access to the Embassy website containing the contact information of the Embassy and Consular Agent.
Ecuador is a developing country that may go through periods of political and economic instability. Labor-related strikes can occur with some frequency in urban or rural areas, and generally cause serious disruptions to road, air, and rail transportation. Demonstrations are often announced, yet not always. We may have to make some modifications to our schedule due to marches or strikes. Participants should be open to unexpected changes.
Like many large cities around the world, Quito suffers from crime. Pay attention while traveling, despite the fact that we are visiting generally safe places. In these cities we will visit museums, historic places, and other tourist areas that attract large crowds. As you know, thieves operate in places that gather large crowds and therefore you should be especially careful. You are advised to keep your credit cards, cash, and identification in your front pocket or a secure money holder. You should not carry your original passport unless you are traveling by train, bus or plane. If the police request identification, a copy of the passport is acceptable. You don’t want to waste time replacing your driver license, passport, or other identification during your trip. You should limit your cash in hand (just carry what you will need for the day) and unnecessary credit cards. It is better to avoid handbags or objects that hang freely, because those are easy targets for pickpockets.
We urge you to be watchful of your belongings, because if you leave them behind in a tourist area or other location, you will probably not see them again (even if you notice a few minutes later). The idea of a place for “lost and found” objects is unfamiliar in rural areas or shanty towns. During overnight bus or train rides, stay close to your belongings. If you leave the bus during scheduled stops, take your valuable objects with you.
In many cities, you will see plenty of moneychangers in the streets. Even though they may give you a higher rate than the one offered by banks and money exchange agencies, you are advised to avoid them because some of them are a conduit for counterfeit currency.
Pirated goods are widely available. Do not buy them. You will be breaking the law. Additionally, if you bring them back to the US, you could face severe fines (e.g. $ 250,000). Certain drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Ecuador are illegal in the US. Please be sure you check before attempting to bring them back into the US.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Non US Citizens or those traveling from outside of the US:
- Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
- Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.
What To Bring
- Passport (See “Preparation Items”)
- Travelers insurance card
- General insurance card
- Copy of Passport, ID, and insurance cards
- Emergency contact information
- Money for souvenirs, airport meals, personal items, and additional snacks or drinks you might want (See “Preparation Items”)
- Debit card (and PIN) (See “Preparation Items”)
- Pack to carry all items
- Sleeping bag liner, light sleeping bag, or light blanket (Bed bugs are always possible. There are sprays to treat your bag to help keep beg bugs away if you would like.)
- Water bottle or Camelbak (It doesn’t need to be huge – tap water in Spain is drinkable and readily available along our route. If you do bring a Camelback, also bring a water bottle to use in the evenings.) We will also purchase some bottled water along the way.
- Hiking clothes – Recommendation: Bring two sets of clothing. You can wash one each night. Clothes that dry quickly are best – technical/hiking clothes. Avoid cotton.
- 3 shirts – base layer, we will only need a t-shirt most of the day
- 1 long sleeve/outer layer for chilly mornings
- 2 pairs of pants that zip off into shorts (or 2 of each)
- 3 underwear – preferably technical/quick dry (women – same material for bras)
- 2 pair silk liner socks (See “Preparation Items”)
- 2-3 pair non-cotton socks (See “Preparation Items”)
- Light outer shell raincoat
- 1 set of light sleeping clothes – t-shirt and shorts
- Women – one lightweight long skirt for going into churches
- Use layering system, you won’t need a large coat
- Good walking/hiking shoes
- Sandals/flip flops for shower and evenings
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, travel size items or share) Recommend: Dr. Bronner’s soap or similar – You can use it as shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, etc.
- Laundry detergent or bar (easy to buy there as well)
- Toilet paper – just a small roll for wilderness trail times
- Small towel (highly recommend the Pac or swimmer towels that are small and dry quickly)
- Prescribed and non-prescribed medications
- Pack cover (or poncho or garbage bag to keep your pack dry if it rains)
- One small book – Be very prudent with weight! There won’t be a lot of time to sit and read. (Recommendation: The Way or a similar small book with reflections)
- Bible – Again, be prudent with weight. Travel versions are best.
- Magnificat – We will bring a copy of the Magnificat for every pilgrim.
- Camera and charger – Be aware of voltage difference so bring an adapter or share one.
- Phone and charger – Be aware of voltage difference. Most new phones can handle it. Leaders will carry a phone for emergencies so you will be able to leave your phone off during the trip.
- Gold bond powder (chaffing…you’ll be glad you brought it)
- Small pouch for Passport and personal money
- Blister care – safety pins (2), needle, thread, band-aids, first aid tape, Vaseline, moleskin. Creatio will provide some. You can also buy these things along the way if you need them.
- Watch – not necessary, but handy for meeting times and morning alarms
- Stone from home to leave at Cruz de Ferro
- ***Pack light!! Remember you are literally carrying this on your back for 170 miles (wahoo! J). Your pack should be 10-15lbs, not more than 15lbs or 10% of your body weight
- There are shops in the towns. You can buy pretty much anything you need along the way, especially toiletries. Don’t over pack; you can always replenish along the way.
- Talk among one another (or with leaders) about sharing items – toothpaste, sunscreen, moleskin, etc.
- For indications/recommendations for Hiking Boots, Socks, and other details, please see Preparation Items or email the Trip Guide
Paying For Your Experience
Save Your Spot – $100 Nonrefundable Deposit Due at Booking
Pay Your Balance with PayPal – Due Before June 28