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GALAPAGOS 2021- Following in the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

Welcome to the 2021 Galapagos STEM/Science Educators’ Expedition Blog

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 … Continue reading “Welcome to the 2021 Galapagos STEM/Science Educators’ Expedition Blog”

Days 1 & 2, July 23-24, 2021: Galapagos Here We Come Via Guayaquil, Ecuador!

We arrived in Guayaquil, Ecuador from five different U.S. airports, late at night or in the wee hours after midnight. Our first day was scheduled on the mainland in case there were any travel delays. After catching a few hours of sleep and breakfast at the Unipark Hotel, we met our wonderful, local guide, Fernando … Continue reading “Days 1 & 2, July 23-24, 2021: Galapagos Here We Come Via Guayaquil, Ecuador!”

Day 3, July 25, 2021: Arrival to the Galapagos Islands! Baltra and Santa Cruz

We boarded a LATAM flight in Guayaquil for the 1 hour 55 minute flight to the Galapagos, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Excitement grew as we gazed out the window and spotted the islands appearing in the vast Pacific Ocean. We exited on the tarmac on the island of Baltra to enter immigration … Continue reading “Day 3, July 25, 2021: Arrival to the Galapagos Islands! Baltra and Santa Cruz”

Day 4, July 26, 2021: Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach, Bucanero Cove, and Egas Point

The morning began as we met in the lounge for coffee and suddenly, Lynn spotted a pod of dolphins! LuLu yelled, “get in the pangas”, – we grabbed our life jackets and were off to follow the dolphins. They “played with us” coming right up alongside the pangas, surfacing and going under us- it was … Continue reading “Day 4, July 26, 2021: Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach, Bucanero Cove, and Egas Point”

Day 5, July 27, 2021: Isabella and Fernandina Islands, Vincente Roca Point and Espinoza Point

After sleeping with the hum of the engine through the night as the Bonita cruised past the eastern side of Isabella Island, largest island in the Galapagos, we awoke at Vincente Roca Point. Vincente Roca Point is located on the chin of the “sea horse” which makes up the shape of Isabella Island. After breakfast, … Continue reading “Day 5, July 27, 2021: Isabella and Fernandina Islands, Vincente Roca Point and Espinoza Point”

Day 7, July 29th, Isabella Island- Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point

This morning we woke up in the calm waters of Elizabeth Bay ready to take off in the pangas after breakfast to see the large colonies of blue-footed boobies and other nesting birds. The rock croppings rising from the bay were covered with blue-footed boobies. All around us the boobies were diving for fish, like … Continue reading “Day 7, July 29th, Isabella Island- Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point”

Day 8, July 30, 2021: Isabella Island, Bay of Puerto Villamil

During the night, which was quite a rocking and rolling cruise through rough seas that kept some of us awake, the Bonita cruised to the southeastern end of Isabella Island, anchoring in Puerto Villamil, a small quaint port village where most of the inhabitants of Isabella Island live. The morning was a bit grey and … Continue reading “Day 8, July 30, 2021: Isabella Island, Bay of Puerto Villamil”


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