Explore the Galapagos Islands and Quito

A Natural History and Photographic Adventure


26 APRIL - 8 MAY, 2014

SealJoin Dr. Margaret N. (Peg) Rees and artist Sharon K. Schafer as we travel to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. You will spend two evenings in Quito, the first city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore Quito’s history, art, and architecture with an included cultural tour of the city. After Quito, we will depart on an incredible ten-day Galapagos experience onboard our privately chartered 16-person catamaran. The catamaran’s small size will allow you a very intimate, comfortable, and personal exploration of the islands.

The Galapagos Islands are a small, rocky archipelago 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, the islands are home to an abundance of unique wildlife. You will cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence. Observe magnificent Galapagos marine iguana, experience up-close encounters with nesting flightless cormorants, watch the magnificent frigate bird in its courtship display, and snorkel amid tropical fish, sea turtles, and sea lions.

galapagos excursionThe Galapagos Islands and Quito adventure is for active travelers. Quito is located at 9,100 feet above sea level, and when exploring the Galapagos Islands, you should be able to comfortably climb in and out of small rubber rafts.

For more information please contact Charlee Zingraf at charlee.zingraf@unlv.edu or phone 702-895-5224 or view the itinerary.



Expedition Leaders:

Margaret N. (Peg) Rees, Vice Provost Educational Outreach, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sharon K. Schafer, Skydance Studio, Boulder City, Nevada

Prices and Policies:

  • $7,489 (Per person, double occupancy)
    Payment in full is due at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy: Refund less $2,500 between Sept.15 - Nov. 29. No refund after Nov. 29, 2013. Trip interruption/cancellation insurance is recommended

Fee includes: 2 hotel nights with breakfast at Patio Andaluz or similar quality in Old Town Quito; half-day tour of Quito; transfer to airport on day 3; round trip airfare from Quito to Galapagos; transfers in Galapagos, Galapagos National Park fee and transit card; 11-day cruise aboard the 16-passenger Archipell I with accommodations in double cabin (6 twin & 2 double bed cabins) with private bath, large window and private air conditioning system in each cabin, snorkeling equipment; all excursions during cruise itinerary; visit with research scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Center; $100,000 in emergency evacuation insurance; and trip health insurance.

Not included: International airfare from Las Vegas to Quito; visa and passport fees; airport departure taxes; pre-cruise or post-cruise meals; wet suit rental; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; gratuities to the staff and crew; trip interruption and cancellation insurance.