Eleven curious, adventurous, and COVID vaccinated science educators and nature enthusiasts traveled to the Galapagos in July 2021. Led by Page Keeley (her 9th trip as a science education trip leader for the Citizen Ambassadors Program and Holbrook Travel) and her co-leader, Joyce Tugel. Our STEM Expedition was originally scheduled for July 2020 but due to the pandemic, it was postponed.
With our amazing naturalist/guide who grew up in Galapagos, Lourdes Pesante (LuLu), and the fantastic crew of the Bonita, we had a truly extraordinary experience. Now that Galapagos is opening up again, we were fortunate to be one of the few visitors here as a result of the decrease in travel due to Covid. Now that the Galapagos Islands have vaccinated their small population of residents, including the boat crews, we were ready to visit! Holbrook Travel, one of the best travel companies for Latin American eco-oriented, nature-focused travel, arranged my first trip when I visited the Galapagos in 1997 and once again, they put together an amazing experience for us. This was my 6th trip with Holbrook and 4th trip as a STEM Expedition leader with Joyce Tugel. In this time of the pandemic, we had the unique advantage of so few boats and other groups on the islands we visited. It felt like we had the Galapagos all to our selves and the animals “seemed so happy” to see us! I hope you enjoy this blog, share it with your family and friends, and inspire others to visit this magical, life-changing, unique, and special protected place on Earth. Thank you to everyone who shared their photos from the trip that were used on this blog – every picture tells a story!