The Galápagos Islands

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MAR. 18-25, 2020 From $4,995
Quito, Floreana, Española, San Cristobál, Guayaquil
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The Galápagos Islands

MAR. 18-25, 2020
Quito, Floreana, Española, San Cristobál, Guayaquil
Aboard Isabela II

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galápagos Islands holds a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution. Join fellow alumni on the deluxe Isabela II for a wondrous journey to one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Each island in this volcanic archipelago hosts species that are exquisitely adapted to the available food sources and surrounding environments: the marine iguana, which eats mostly algae and is the only sea-going lizard in the world, and the Galapagos tortoises—some species of which were hunted to the brink of extinction by 18th and 19th century whalers.  Also observe how species have evolved to interact with each other; certain Darwin’s finches have developed a symbiotic relationship with land iguanas who will obligingly raise themselves up from the ground so that the birds can more easily pluck parasites from their bellies. Because the human presence is still relatively minimal, many of the animals are remarkably unafraid of visitors. This will allow you to observe and photograph them at very close proximity, either from land, by panga or during snorkeling excursions.

Cost: From $4,995
Orbridge
Activity Level: Active
Vigorous pace, frequent movement, extensive walking over uneven walking surfaces, hiking, embarking and disembarking Zodiac watercraft and lack of handicap facilities

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Peggy Fong
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Peggy Fong is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is a marine ecologist who studies human impacts on key coastal ecosystems with a focus on developing solutions to emerging environmental challenges. Much of her work has focused on the ecology of coral reefs, and their susceptibility to global and local stressors, including climate change and overfishing. She has studied reefs of the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), including the Galapagos Islands, for over 25 years through 3 major bleaching and recovery cycles. She has recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to discover the underlying reasons why some coral reefs in the region are so resilient to damage due to El Nino Southern Oscillation. She and her team are discovering that these reefs may be developing novel mechanisms to enhance overall resilience to climate change - a rare “good news” story for coral reefs.

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $850 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Orbridge. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.