The Galapagos Islands

Trip Leader(s)
Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology, CWRU
October 11 – 18, 2022
Trip Description

Join us on an 8-day journey to the Galapagos, as we visit the extraordinary archipelago Charles Darwin called "a little world within itself," and surround yourself with swimming-basking-flying examples of perfect adaptation.


Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.

<See trip highlights in this brief video.>

Program Highlights:

During a full-day tour of Quito, marvel at the gold leaf interior of the Jesuit Church of La Compañía—a fine example of the mix of European influences and indigenous art called the Baroque school of Quito; enjoy a lunch of Ecuadorian specialties, and view a curated collection of pre-Columbian art.
Observe with remarkable proximity the diversity of endemic species such as the Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies; giant tortoises; marine iguanas; and the famous Darwin’s finches.
Discover the myriad of aquatic wildlife in the clear waters of the world's second-largest marine reserve.
Snorkel with sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles—or observe them through a glass-bottom boat.
Explore secluded inlets and stroll sweeping white sand beaches such as Gardner Bay, where sea lions lounge and Española mockingbirds sing.
Visit dramatic and historic places, including the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the perfect habitat to see the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, and Cerro Brujo, one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:               2 or 3

SHIP:                                     Isabela II

GROUP SIZE:                      Ship accommodates 40 guests

CO-SPONSORS:                 TBD

PRICE:                                Cabin prices start at $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy. 

                                            Single occupancy cabins start at $8,495.


Optional Mashpi Lodge Pre-tour and Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley Post-tour



Trip Term and Conditions

For more information about this trip, please contact:
Sarah Doody at 904.432.3141 or email

LUMINARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: CWRU’s Luminary Society members may receive additional discounts on CWRU Educational Travel programs. For further information on Luminary Society travel discounts only, please contact The Office of Strategic Giving or 216.368.4460.