Natural History of Galapagos & Ecuador - Travel Opportunities | Briar Cliff University

Natural History of Galapagos

Galapagos Turtle

Spend 11 days in January exploring an ecological paradise — and get class credit for it! In 1959, The Galapagos archipelago (a string of islands) was declared a national park in order to protect its unique flora and animals, including giant tortoises (from which the islands took their name), iguanas, penguins, cormorants and Darwin's 13 species of finches. 

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart for Quito, Ecuador
  • Day 2: Quito, Bellavista Cloud Forest, Excursion to the Equatorial Line
  • Day 3: Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • Day 4-5: Isabela Island (volcano walk, boat excursions, snorkeling, explore where Darwin developed his theory of evolution). 
  • Day 6: Isabela, Floreana & Santa Cruz Islands
  • Day 7: Santa Cruz Island (lava tunnels, Gemelos craters, Tortuga Bay, Rancho Manzanillo Tortoise Preserve)
  • Day 8: Santa Cruz & San Cristobal Island
  • Day 9: San Cristobal Island & Quito
  • Day 10: Antisana Volcano Reserve (Quito)
  • Day 11: Return home

For more information, download the trip intinerary (PDF). 

Course Credit

Course credit is available in CORE 101, ESCI/BIOL 280 or LIBA 420.  You'll participate in field excursions, keep a log of daily activities and complete assignments based on observations. Evening discussions will supplement the daily field trips. Grading will be based on one exam, the trip log, post-trip assignments and participation. More information (PDF) »

Cost Inclusions

The estimated trip cost ($4,800) includes round-trip flights on major carriers, a full-time tour director, air-conditioned motor coaches and internal transportation; superior, tourist-class hotels with private bathrooms, daily breakfast and select meals with a mix of local cuisine. The early deadline to register (and include a deposit) is Feb. 28.

How to Apply

Apply for the trip, or ask any questions related to the trip by contacting the Department of Biology.

Brochure (pdf)  Contact us →

Trip Dates

Jan. 3-13, 2018

Trip Location

Galapagos Islands (Isabela, Floreana, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Ecuador)

Trip Advisor

Brian Hazlett
Brian T. Hazlett
Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Prairie Studies