Ecuador Travel Study
(including the Galapagos)
Spring 2013
Linda Eshelman
• Ecuador Faculty Lead Program is a joint
venture between the Department of
Biological Sciences and the Department
of Communications.
• You would not only learn about the
natural history of Ecuador including
the Galapagos but also a bit about
Ecuadoran history and culture.
Begin by learning (in the classroom) a bit
• some of the richest and most complex
communities of plant and animal life in
the world.
• many species found nowhere else in the
• Ecuadoran history and culture.
Then the learning adventure begins…
• We will fly to Quito,
Ecuador and from
there we will explore:
Cloud Forests
High mountain biome with
a vegetation composed
mainly of giant rosette
plants, shrubs and grasses.
And then, the Galapagos!
What’s the benefit?
• You can earn 3 credits (study while you
• See things you might not other wise see
• Learn a bit more about yourself
• It’s an experience of a life time!
Tentative Itinerary
Day 1-2
Day 3
Day 4-8
Day 9
Day 11-12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15-19
Day 20
Quito (city tour, San Francisco Cathedral, museums)
Mitad Del Mundo (visit to equator and Otavalo Market)
Forest Adventures (butterflies, canopy walks, waterfalls, etc.)
Patate Indigenous community (dancing, traditional food, etc.)
Cuenca (city tour, museums, shopping at the markets)
Cajas National Park
Mangrove swamps, tour of cacao and banana plantations
Galapagos Islands (dolphin swimming, beaches, sea turtles)
• Eligibility:
Prerequisite: Biology 120 or 141 or Speech 424
Cumulative GPA of 2.5
Signature of Instructor on application
Must be at least 18 years of age
So what is the process?
• Step 1: Look into your finances (costs are estimated to be under $4,000
for 3 week trip), financial aide may be available!
• Step 2: See me to let me know of your interest so I can get your name on
“the list.” We are limited to 30 students!
Linda Eshelman; UH217; (262) 472-1309; [email protected]
• Step 3: Go to the Office of Global Studies to start the necessary
Deadline for completing the paperwork is December 7, 2012
• Step 4: Get a passport if you don’t already have one
• Step 5: Register Spring 2013 for Biology Travel Study 491.
• Step 6: Attend 10 in-class lectures to prepare for the experience.
• Step 7: Depart the week after finals (spring 2013).