Galapagos Islands

In 2013, for my final January term class at Chapman, I was fortunate enough to make it into the “Darwin and the Galapagos” travel course to the Galapagos Islands. I actually found out 3 days before Christmas break that I was going to be able to take someone’s spot and I immediately said yes and began preparing for yet another trip of a lifetime.

On January 10th, I arrived at LAX for a 6am flight to Quito, Ecuador with a stop in Miami. The next day we flew to the islands and hit the ground running for our 10 day stay in the islands. I should probably just bullet point the islands we visited and what we did because I have an 80 page notebook documenting everything we did and there’s no easy way to summarize all that!

DAY .5 (Midnight arrival)

  • All I did was arrive in Quito, get picked up in a car, check in at the hotel and go to sleep.

DAY ONE – Arrival in the Galapagos!


  • Airport landing

Santa Cruz*

  • Sightseeing – Lunch – Charles Darwin Research Center (tortoises and other animals)

  • Yacht boarding

DAY TWO – First day on the water


  • Blue-footed Boobies (babies and adults) – Nazca Boobies (eggs, babies, and adults) – Albatross – Sea Lions – Marine Iguanas – Lizards – Swallow Tailed Gulls

DAY 3 thru 10 Coming Soon

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