Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition:
Stories from the Field
Alyssa’s Adventures, Q&A from Three Expeditions!
April 27, 2016
What made you choose these four Student Expeditions trips?
I first chose Ecuador because it seemed like something that was most familiar. I’m Mexican-American, so the fact that I could understand and speak the native language of the country made me feel more comfortable and close to home. Also, the opportunity to visit the Galapagos and get an up-close experience with the amazing nature there through learning about animal conservation really excited me.
Adventures in the High Andes and Ecuadorian Cloud Forest
July 28, 2015
Hello from the warm cloud forest in Mindo! Before arriving here after spending three wonderful days high in the Andes on the slopes of the Cotopaxi Volcano. We spent our first two days hiking and horseback riding along the green, rolling slopes beneath the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Our Top 10 on the Ecuadorian Mainland and a Galapagos Species Spotlight
July 18, 2015
We had an incredible time exploring Quito, Cotopaxi and Mindo. Here is our group’s top 10 favorite moments from the mainland!
Wild, Wonderful Galapagos
July 15, 2015
After an early morning and an easy flight, we finally stepped foot on Galapagos and met our guides, Danny and Jose Angel. Part of the park’s success is due to controlled access – our guides will be with us throughout the entirety of our time here and are a great resource for the students as they learn about life on the islands. We landed on Baltra Island, an old American military base that now is home to the busiest airport in the Galapagos, just off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. After having lunch in town in Puerto Ayora, we loaded up into a speed boat for a three-hour ride from Santa Cruz Island to Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest of the islands, making up about 60% of the Galapagos land mass.
Snorkeling with Sea Lions in the Galápagos
August 5, 2014
While snorkeling in the Galápagos, student traveler Alexandria V. came across a group of playful sea lions who were anything but camera shy! She submitted her video through our new photo- and video-sharing platform Snapshots from the Field. Check out her video below and then submit your own photos and videos!
Bird Watching in Ecuadorean Cloud Forests
July 14, 2014
We are excited to share this fantastic post from National Geographic Expert, Taylor Edwards:
We entered the cloud forest before dawn but it was already full of life. The sounds of calling birds surround us: male Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks displaying to females. Despite the loudness, the birds still remain elusive and fleeting glimpses of their bright red mohawks are all we see against the rising sun. I am part of the bird-watching group this morning and we are on an expedition to see some of the neotropic’s most elusive birds: the antpittas. This group of birds is notoriously difficult to see, but fortunately we are led by our local guide Angel Paz and one of the world’s foremost experts in antpittas, Dr. Harold Greeney. Antpittas epitomize the challenges of viewing wildlife in the tropics because despite being ubiquitous, they are secretive and difficult to see. They remind us that the rainforest is full of secrets that may not be apparent at first, but with a lot of patience can be revealed.