Meeting new feathered friends in Ecuador.

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… Read More

Our trip leader Nikki removing a bird from the mist net.  Photo by student Sydney S.

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. And before making the drive down to the cloud forest,… Read More

Photo by trip leader Emma Nolan-Abrahamian

We had an incredible time exploring Quito, Cotopaxi and Mindo.  Here is our group’s top 10 favorite moments from the mainland! 1. Bird-watching in Mindo. 2. Learning the “mysteries” in one of the oldest convents of Quito while Pope Fransisco was in town. 3. An early morning hike in Cotopaxi to photograph the sunrise. 4.… Read More

July 15, 2015 | High School

Isabela Island 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… Read More

August 5, 2014 | High School

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!… Read More

A chestnut-crowned antpitta. (Photo: Expert Taylor Edwards)
July 14, 2014 | High School

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… Read More