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GEL-Adventures in Biodiversity and Ecotourism in the Amazon and Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
|Program Type:||Global Experiential Learning (GEL)||Areas of study:||Biology, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship|
|Academic area:||Arts and Sciences, Business||Satisfies foreign language requirement:||No|
Program Description: Imagine having the opportunity to walk in Darwin’s footsteps. There's no better laboratory for the study of ecotourism and biology field studies than the enchanted Galapagos Islands. Home to such astonishing creatures as the famous Galapagos giant tortoise, Galapagos sea lions, the adorable Galapagos penguin, blue-footed booby, frigatebird and the Galapagos rosy iguana as well as the finches whose varying beak sizes inspired Darwin. SU students who visit these islands will never forget the experience. From the beautiful blue waters filled with species found only here, to the highlands inhabited by giant tortoises, students will work to understand and protect this fragile ecosystem. In the Galapagos Islands, hikes will take students to beaches, volcanic craters, lava tunnels, and a number of bird nesting sites. Students will have opportunities to swim with Galapagos sea lions (which are very playful), and sea turtles, and visit an active volcano. During our time on the Galapagos Islands, biology students will make their own independent observations of the terrestrial and marine wildlife and habitats. Business students will observe mechanisms that the islands have employed to be at the forefront of ecotourism. Students will then come together to discuss how ecotourism, biology, and research all interact and depend on each other.
Before flying to the Galapagos Islands, the group will experience several excursions around Ecuador, providing an opportunity to see Ecuadorian history and culture. Mainland trips include: a ride on the Quito cable car up Ecuador’s Pichincha Volcano on one of the highest aerial lifts in the world; a trip to Papallacta hot springs in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest; a trip to the Pañacocha Protective Forest and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve; a trip to the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) an Equator monument with different exhibitions; and a trip through Quito’s colonial city center. On a walk around the old town, you will view various palaces, monuments and cathedrals.
Program Cost: $4,670. This cost includes roundtrip airfare, most meals, 3 SU credits, accommodations, excursions and in-country transportation.
Visas: Visas are not required for US citizens in Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands. Other nationalities should confirm with their embassy regarding visa regulations.
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