Guayaquil and eight islands of the Galápagos, July 28, 2012 – August 6, 2012

Located nearly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands provide a natural habitat for some of the world's most unusual animals. Join your fellow Princetonians July 28, 2012 – August 6, 2012, on a program that provides you the chance to share the wonder of nature with your friends and family.

After one night in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and a short flight to Baltra Island, board the National Geographic Islander for an eight-night cruise. Visiting eight distinct islands, each with its own character, flora, and fauna, you and your family can encounter abundant wildlife unfazed by human observers. Animal life varies from island to island, but likely sightings include sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and penguins, as well as scores of bird species such as the blue-footed booby, the Galápagos hawk, and Darwin's finch. With the chance to swim, snorkel, or kayak every day—not to mention access a floating massage platform—there will be something for everyone in the family on this Journey.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by other adventurous travelers on this program.

About the Study Leader

Leonid Kruglyak ’87, the William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and Professor of Genomics and Evolutionary Biology; and Hilary Coller, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, will serve as Princeton Study Leaders on this program.

During the Journey to the Galápagos, the Princeton leaders will distill the basics of genomics and discuss the new frontiers of genomic and evolutionary research. Their commentary will be complemented by that of Lindblad Expeditions' expert naturalist staff who will be on hand to provide information on each of the islands and their inhabitants.


Trip Details

  • Dates: July 28 – August 6, 2012
  • Cost: $5,550 per adult, double occupancy; from $5,050 per youth 6-18, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Activity Level: Active - Pace
  • Operator: Lindblad Expeditions

Trip Resources

View photos from the 2012 trip.

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