The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO Natural Heritage site and they are one of the most visited places in Ecuador.  This week the students of the Fall Semester program will have the opportunity to travel around some of the islands of this archipelago.

The students will travel to places such as Puerto Ayora, Baltra and Santa Cruz.  Additionally, they will visit Charles Darwin Station, in which they will see the giant tortoise breeding centers and the land iguana enclosures.   The tour will also include a visit the island Isabela where they will see the Laguna de los Flamingos.

The foreign students will have the opportunity to visit Islote Tintoreras which has a small turquoise bay.  Here they will be able to see sea lions, tortoises and sea iguanas that live together with stingrays and other species from the area.

On top of all this, they will be taking hikes to neighboring places.  The university students will go to Isla Isabela where the volcanos Sierra Negra and Chico are located.  Here they will hike 10 miles and they will see the world’s most important tortoise, iguana and bird reserves.   This is the place where Charles Darwin did his studies in the XIX century to write “On the Origin of Species”

Their last tour is on the Island Bartolome, this is where the famous Panicle Rock is found.  Panicle rock is an enormous formation of black lava that has eroded with time and has become a symbol of the archipelago.  On Saturday they will visit the Lobería on Santa Cruz Island, which is an ideal place to snorkel with a colony of playful sea lions and multicolored fish.  They will also visit Punta Estrada, where they will be able to see a colony of blue footed boobies and pelicans.  Lastly they will go to the Grietas, which is a beautiful crystalline lake.

The Fall Semester students have studying at CEDEI’s International Programs department since the beginning of September.  The group is made up of 15 university students that are from various universities and colleges in the United States, Canada and France.  They are coming back to Cuenca on the 25 of October and they will continue the second part of their studies.