December 27, 2011 – January 6, 2012
In 1831 Charles Darwin came upon a remote land where some birds do not fly, tortoises can weigh 500 pounds, Antarctic penguins live on the equator, and Blue-footed Boobies perform elaborate dances for their mates. Darwin’s discovery would prove to alter his life, and the world at large. What he saw on an isolated group of Pacific islands prompted an intellectual voyage that spanned 20 years, and culminated in the revolutionary theory that living things are shaped by the world around them. This 11-day program aboard M/Y Floreana invites you to explore and cruise through the serene volcanic landscape of the Galápagos Archipelago. Your journey to this remote destination will be as eyeopening as Charles Darwin’s was. As an educational travel specialist, Holbrook ensures opportunities for exploring natural history, culture and adventure to immerse participants in the diverse global environments. Led by University of Mississippi Associate Professor Dr. Debby Chessin, this program is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.
Highlights for the Academic Travelers:
- Discover the magical biodiversity and biogeography of this world famous archipelago.
- Walk in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the sites that inspired his legendary theory of evolution.
- Learn about conservation initiatives and research programs at the Charles Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz.
- Get up close and personal with Blue-footed Boobies, Galápagos tortoises, and Marine iguanas.
- Observe and discuss the effects of development on the islands.
- Enjoy hiking on the islands and stargazing aboard the M/Y Floreana.
- Snorkel with sea lions and other marine wildlife.
- Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of the world’s most inspiring ecosystems!
The Academic Traveler Galapagos Explorer program cost is $3715 per person (based on double occupancy). The registration deadline is July 21, but space is limited, so register early to secure a space. Payroll deduction is available for University of Mississippi faculty and staff. Painlessly pay for your trip over up to 12 pay periods.
Included in the program cost:
- Pre-departure educational material
- Pre-departure lectures
- All accommodations and most meals
- Group ground transportation in Ecuador and the Galapagos
- Expert local guides
- All group educational activities
Excluded from the program cost:
- Transportation to and from the U.S. airport
- International airfare
- Passport fees
- Departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Single room - $1200
- Day excursion to Otavalo - $35