Dr. Dan Kelley, geologist, and educator leads…

Galapagos Islands and Ecuador Andes Mountains

Students, Recent Graduates, Educators, and others

9-17 July, 2022


This nine-day (8 night) field trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands will expand your knowledge of plate tectonics, volcanic activity, and volcanic hazards by visiting two textbook settings. The group will visit a volcanic site high in the Andes Mountains before flying together to spend 7 days in the Galapagos Islands. This trip will provide up close and hands-on exploration of volcanic features on three islands across the chain. Sites will include the rim of a shield volcano, lava tunnels in the tropical highlands, lava flows along the seashore, and snorkeling to see submerged features. While retracing Charles Darwin’s landmark visit to the islands, there will be much to learn regarding ecology and the amazing flora and fauna that inspired the Theory of Natural Selection. As the first designated natural UNESCO world heritage site, the Galapagos Islands are a shining example of conservation and sustainable tourism.

Participants will practice skills of observation and interpretation of geologic features and phenomena ranging from hand sample to the scale of field sites, to tracking plate tectonics. The group will take away life-changing experiences, lesson ideas, examples, and perspectives.

This trip is open to anyone with an interest in geoscience.

Read more about the trip.  Download the trip flyer.

Price $US 3,695 (not including flight to/from Quito.  All other costs, meals, internal flights etc are included)


Refund & Insurance policy –  Galapagos 2022 Trip
Trip payment (including deposit) is fully refundable minus a US$50 administration fee up till COB on February 1,  2022.   Cancellations between February 1, 2022, and 28 February,  2022, will forfeit the deposit (US$500). Full payment is due before March 1, 2022.  There are no refunds after March 1,  2022. All participants must provide evidence for health & travel insurance for the trip period when full payment is made. All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID.

Galapagos Islands and Ecuador Andes Mountains, July 2022 (TRIP FULL)