Dr. Dan Kelley, geologist, and educator leads…

Galapagos Islands Adventure

Students, Recent Graduates, Educators, and others

22-30 June, 2024

Don’t miss out – get on the interest list so you are notified when it opens (this trip books out fast)

This nine-day (8 night) field trip to  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.


Price estimate $US 4,295 (not including flight to/from Quito.  All other costs, breakfast & lunches, internal flights etc are included.  Dinners are not included)

Registration is closed

Register before 1 July 2023 and the price will be $4,295.  The price will go up after 1 January 2024.

Click the registration link below

But wait…

Explore the Andes
(add on adventure)

1-5 July 2024

For those who are interested in a little bit more adventure, we will spend 4 additional days touring classic stratovolcanoes in the continental arc that is the Andes Mountains!  We will visit Cotopaxi and Tungurahua volcanoes, study great examples of their different types of deposited materials, and learn about volcanic hazards and monitoring at the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador.

The add on costs an additional US$995 pp.

This add on trip is only open to registrants of the Galapagos trip.


Some frequently asked questions about these adventures!

Do I need to be a geologist or an educator to join the trip?

This is not a requirement but is in fact the intended audience.  This trip is not a vacation.  The days will be spent discussing geology, ecology, and natural science education. 

How much physical activity will there be?  Am I in good enough shape?

On most days, there will be low to moderate distances and difficulty hiking.  There will be three occasions for snorkeling.  There will potentially be one occasion with horseback riding (no experience required).  There will be one or two occasions with ~4 miles of hiking throughout the day.

Do I need to get any shots/vaccines prior to travel?

A full vaccination for COVID is required of all GEOetc. participants.  There are no vaccines required to enter Ecuador or for re-entry to the US.  You may check the websites of the US Department of state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommendations in order to inform your own decisions. 

Is Ecuador safe?


What if I want to spend more time on my own in Ecuador before or after the trip?

I can most definitely provide you with a lot of advice and recommendations.  I know many hotels, guides, drivers, restaurants, sites, etc.  Please contact me to discuss your ideas about what you would like to do before or after our itinerary so that I can help you to create an experience that is safe and is what you are looking for in terms of activities and budget.

Refund & Insurance policy –  Galapagos/Andes 2024 Trip
Trip payment (including deposit) is fully refundable minus a US$50 administration fee up till COB on January 1, 2024.   Full payment is due before January 30, 2024.  There are no refunds after January 30, 2024. All participants must provide evidence for health & travel insurance for the trip period when full payment is made. 

Galapagos Islands Adventure & Explore the Andes (add-on), June-July 2024
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