GALAPAGOS IS LA NDS
Carolina Friends School End-of-Year Program 2013
TRIP INFORMATION: Our two week trip to the Galápagos Islands will begin with a flight from RDU to Miami and on to Guayaquil in Ecuador where we will stay overnight . The following morning we fly to San Cristóbal Island where we will visit the UNC facility in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and enter the Galápagos National Park. We will take a boat to Isabela Island, landing at Puerto Villamil. There we will spend time birdwatching and also taking a 10-km hike around the rim of the massive caldera of Volcan Sierra Negra. We will take a boat out into the harbor at Villamil to see penguins, marine iguana hatchlings, and go snorkeling. From Isabela we will take a boat to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz. We will spend a full day hiking 10 km to/from Tortuga Bay. Another day we will take a boat across the harbor and walk to Las Grietas, a collapsed lava tube with brackish water, a great place for snorkeling. We will visit the Charles Darwin Center to see the giant tortoises and tortoise-rearing ¡El agua es pens. We hope to hike 12 km in the Highlands to tan fresca! Cerro Crocker through a number of vegetation zones. To round out the trip we may take a day trip past Daphne Major to Bartolemé to experience the volcanic landscape and the fabulous visa of Pinnacle Rock. An amazing alternative would be a day trip to South Plaza where sealion pups frolic just offshore, land iguanas seek shade behind giant Opuntia cacti and you can watch Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls nesting. If our finances allow, we could do both day trips. The trip home involves flying out from Baltra Island, to Guayaquil, Miami, and on to RDU. Throughout, we will learn a great deal of geology, astronomy, biology, practice speaking Spanish as we interact with the islanders and purchase groceries. We will be journaling throughout the experience.
Students on this trip must be prepared to take extensive hiking trips and be comfortable snorkeling. We will prepare our own, simple meals using as much of local products as possible, notably fish. All students will be part of regular cooking and cleaning groups. While knowledge of Spanish would be of benefit, you do not have to be a Spanish student to participate.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Cost: The cost of this trip is $2,500, which includes airfares, transportation throughout the trip, accommodation and most meals. There is a fee of $100 for entry to the National Park.
As you complete your registration form, include: • A statement explaining why this is your preferred trip. • Explain experiences you have had away from home and your parents where you have been responsible for yourself and your belongings for an extended period of time.
Chaperones: Frances [email protected]
Bob [email protected]
Sarah [email protected]
Additional Information: Nothing is booked yet, and there is urgency to commit to this trip right away to get the best deals on flights and secure all bookings with deposits. Students must have passports before we can book airline tickets for them. Those who do not already have passports must commit to getting them in an expedited manner. We would like to hold an information session for all interested families very soon so we can move this project forward. Students must also commit to spending time together during the Spring Term to prepare for all aspects of the trip.
All photographs by Lydia Youngblood and Jim Rose. Map by Google Images