The Galapagos Islands–WAIT LIST ONLY

Trip Highlights

Appreciate the diversity of life first-hand while observing endemic species such as the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, and the famous “Darwin’s finches.” Swim with sea lions, and snorkel among colorful tropical fish or sea turtles. Discover amazing aquatic wildlife as you observe through a glass-bottom boat in the clear waters of the world’s second largest marine reserve. Explore remote coralline beaches and secluded inlets, such as Gardner Bay—where sea lions lounge, Española mockingbirds sing, and Green Sea Turtles make their nests. Visit dramatic and historic places, including the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the perfect habitat for the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, and Cerro Brujo, one of the first sites visited by Darwin.

Dates

October 18 to October 25, 2017

Region

Caribbean, Central & South America

Tour Operator

Orbridge

Physical Activity Level

Moderately Active

Duration

7 Days

Price

$ 3,995.00

Type

Land and Cruise Combo

Make a Reservation

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Itinerary

Day 1: En route from U.S. / Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
After an evening arrival in Quito, transfer to your hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Overnight: Hilton Colon, Quito

Day 2: Quito
Head out for a full-day, guided walking tour of historic Old Town. A local expert will take you through the Quito neighborhood called San Roque, where we’ll visit with local artisans, shopkeepers, hat makers, and sweet confectioners. Next, explore the San Francisco Market—one of the oldest in the capital—up the hill on Calle Rocafuerte. There, learn about the unique fruits and vegetables grown in Ecuador, local culinary traditions, as well as meet herbal healers with shops in the market. Continue your journey downhill to the cobbled street of La Ronda, featuring balconies festooned with colorful flags. Speak with artisans in the workshops, and stop by a chocolatier to taste the finest chocolates of Ecuador! Next, head north toward the political heart of the city. Following a brief narrative, stroll to the Jesuit church of La Compañía to admire its stunning gold-leaf interior. A lunch of Ecuadorian specialties will be served in the beautiful Restaurant Cedrón. In the afternoon, head to the Casa del Alabado Archaeological Museum, within a restored 17th-century colonial mansion, to view its collection of Pre-Columbian art.

Overnight: Hilton Colon, Quito (B,L)

Day 3: Quito / Baltra / Santa Cruz – Embarkation
Arrive by plane to Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. After a short, scenic drive across Santa Cruz Island, arrive in the Highlands to enjoy lunch. Take a late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Isabela II. Join the captain this evening for a cocktail, followed by a welcome dinner and briefing.

Overnight: Isabela II (B,L,D)

Day 4: Floreana
Floreana is perhaps best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers and colonists. After breakfast, visit the historic Post Office Barrel, where, for over two centuries, letters continue to be hand carried to far-flung destinations by other visitors. Perhaps enjoy mid-morning snorkeling off the beach, then following lunch, walk along Punta Cormorant to see the flamingos, stilts, and sandpipers that inhabit a brackish-water lagoon.

Overnight: Isabela II (B,L,D)

Day 5: Española
After breakfast, hike along the lava terrain of Punta Suarez to the blowhole that shoots water 50 feet into the air. Along the way, observe unique sea bird colonies, including the famous boobies and swallow-tail gulls. In the afternoon, disembark at Gardner Bay onto a white coralline beach, where you can watch sea lions, Hood mockingbirds and finches.

Overnight: Isabela II (B,L,D)

Day 6: San Cristóbal
This morning, arrive at the eastern tip of the island for more spectacular wildlife viewing. Take a walk on the beach and, if conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim, snorkel or kayak. After lunch on board, venture out on a panga ride along the shores to Cerro Brujo’s expansive beach to enjoy a coastline stroll and more bird watching.

Overnight: Isabela II (B,L,D)

Day 7: San Cristóbal / Quito
Bid a fond farewell to the Isabela II crew this morning prior to departing San Cristóbal for Quito, where you will spend your final night.

Overnight: Hilton Colon, Quito (B,L aloft)

Day 8: Quito / Depart for U.S.
In the morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. (B)

Led By

Low Photo

Bobbi S. Low is Professor of Resource Ecology in the School of Natural Resources & Environment, and a Faculty Associate of the Institute of Social Research and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Her PhD is in Evolutionary Zoology (U. Texas, Austin), with postdoctoral work in British Columbia (comparative physiology) and central Australia (foraging ecology), and other field work in the Caribbean, southwest US, Mexico, Sweden, and Norway. Her research interests are broad-ranging, and include behavioral ecology, physiology, historical demography, and theoretical issues. For the last 20 years, she has concentrated on human behavioral ecology and demography. She is past president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and the author or co-author of five books and more than 100 papers. She has won awards both for undergraduate teaching, and for distinguished doctoral mentoring, and has chaired or co-chaired the theses of over 80 graduate students. Bobbi and Carl have hosted UM Alumni trips to Central America, Galapagos, and Argentina. They travel extensively through Europe, Asia and the Americas, including a week observing wildlife in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Carl P. Simon is Professor of Mathematics, Economics, Complex Systems and Public Policy at The University of Michigan. He was the founding Director of the UM Center for the Study of Complex Systems (1999-2009) and the Associate Director for Social Science and Policy of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. He is currently Director of the U-M Science and Technology Policy Program. His research interests center around the theory and applications of dynamical systems. He has applied dynamic modeling to the spread of AIDS (in particular the role of primary infection), staph infection, malaria and gonorrhea, and to the evolution of ecological and economic systems. His research team won the 1995 Howard M. Temin Award in Epidemiology for Scientific Excellence in the Fight against HIV/AIDS and the 2005 Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize.

 

 

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