Quito and eight islands of the Galápagos, September 4-14, 2011

Mention the Galápagos Islands, and someone will invariably mention the giant tortoise or Darwin. And although Darwin’s visit to this idyllic archipelago aboard the H.M.S. Beagle brought about a life’s scientific work, our voyage to these islands could be just as life-altering. Join your fellow Princetonians to experience the flora and fauna of this wondrous place aboard the 40-berth Isabela II, September 4-14, 2011.

Begin the Journey from Ecuador’s highlands with two nights in Quito, the world capital boasting the highest altitude at 9,895 feet. Then fly some 600 miles off the coast to the Galápagos Islands. Animal life varies from island to island, but likely encounters include sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and penguins, as well as a wealth of bird life such as frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos hawks, Darwin’s finches, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and short-eared owls. At Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, visit the highlands and then the Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island for a hike to Darwin Crater. And, on Bartolomé Island, hike past lava tubes and spatter cones.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by those from the American Museum of Natural History. The full group size is limited to 40.

About the Study Leader

David Wilcove *85, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, will serve as study leader for this program.

Appropriately bestowed a dual appointment in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department and the Woodrow Wilson School, Professor Wilcove has long been poised at the intersection of environmental science and policy. His research focuses on the conservation of biodiversity and, in particular, the development of innovative approaches to protect endangered species, migratory species, and wilderness. He has also studied the impacts of global climate change on wildlife. Over the past decade, he has undertaken a number of studies pertaining to imperiled wildlife around the world. His most recent book, No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations, was released in fall 2007. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, he served as senior ecologist with the Environmental Defense Fund (1991-2001) and The Wilderness Society (1986-1991). Professor Wilcove graduated from Yale cum laude with distinction in the major of biology and continued to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in that same field from Princeton.

Trip Details

  • Dates: September 4-14, 2011
  • Cost: From $7,590 per person, double occupancy; $500 off first five cabins booked—call for details
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Trip Resources

View a video post of Study Leader David Wilcove *85, as he shares his reflections on his first encounter with Antarctica during a 2008 Princeton Journeys program.

View photos of the trip

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