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Natural History of Galapagos
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.
- 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 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) »
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.