This journey has been postponed and will now take place on January 6-12, 2022. Learn more
“A little world within itself,” as Darwin described it, where life-altering encounters with animals—happen like nowhere else on earth.
Princeton Journeys is delighted to invite you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the Galápagos Islands with Princeton's legendary evolutionary biologists, Peter and Rosemary Grant. Discover the magic of this special place by day and learn about the Grants' forty years of fieldwork studying Darwin's finches by night.
Begin the journey in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, then fly some 600 miles off the coast to the Galápagos Islands. From here, climb aboard the 48–berth National Geographic Islander, a true expedition ship. Animal life varies from island to island, but likely encounters include sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and the Giant Tortoise, as well as a wealth of bird life such as penguins, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos hawks, Darwin’s finches, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and short-eared owls. Our intimate Princeton group will have the opportunity to explore many islands in the archipelago, with daily stops for hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, or just sitting on the beach and watching the teeming wildlife. If the Galápagos Islands have been on your “must see” list, there is no better time than now to make it happen!
Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant, Princeton’s legendary evolutionary biologists, will join this program as Study Leaders. The Grants will lecture on their four decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Island of Daphne Major, as chronicled in their Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Their painstaking work over the course of forty years has revealed that evolutionary changes can occur far faster than was ever thought possible and that evolution is a far more dynamic process than Darwin imagined. They have provided the most complete account of how evolution works in nature, elucidating the mechanisms by which genetic diversity is maintained and through which new species originate. The Grants are emeritus professors of evolutionary biology at Princeton, are Fellows of the Royal Society and recipients of the Balzan Award and the Kyoto Prize, two of the most prestigious international prizes in science.