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July 26th-August 4th, 2006 - Galapagos Islands

This page has been moved from "Upcoming Events" and will eventually be turned into a "Trip Review" page.

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Doug Geddes
(859) 224-3197   

Dates:

26 JUL 06 to 4 AUG 06 Main Trip - Galapagos Islands
4 AUG 06 to 8 AUG 06 Side trip - Sacha Lodge

Accommodations:

Galapagos Islands - Galapagos Aggressor - Liveaboard
Side Trip - Sacha Lodge

Dive Operator:

Galapagos Aggressor - Liveaboard

Transportation:

Continental Airlines (Lexington - Cleveland - Houston - Quito)
Tame Airlines (Quito - Baltra & Return)
Tame Airlines (Quito - Coca & Return if taking side trip)
Continental Airlines (Quito - Houston - Lexington)

Itinerary:

Date: From: To: Flight: Leave: Arrive:
Note: Flight numbers and times are for illustration only.
LEX to UIO on 25 JUL 06 and return 8 AUG 05 updated as of 11/12/2005
Other flight and times are still TBD
25 JUL 06 LEX IAH CO 2544 06:45 08:09
IAH UIO CO 653 17:50 22:59
Over night in Quito, Ecuador
27 JUL 06 UIO GPS EQ 193  09:30 11:30
27 JUL 06
3 AUG 06
 Galapagos Aggressor - Liveaboard
3 AUG 06 GPS UIO EQ 190 10:30 14:30
Over night in Quito, Ecuador
4 AUG 06 UIO IAH CO 1257 06:55 12:45
IAH LEX CO 2714 13:10 16:31
If Taking Optional Side Trip
4 AUG 06 UIO  OCC EQ 211 16:45  17:15
4 AUG 06
7 AUG 06
  Sacha Lodge
7 AUG 06 OCC UIO EQ 208 09:45  10:15
Over night in Quito, Ecuador
 8 AUG 06 UIO IAH CO 654 06:40 11:50
IAH LEX CO 2405 13:10 16:32

Costs:

Airfare from Lexington to Quito, Ecuador & return Estimate
Only at
this time:

$4600.00
2 to 3-day pre-trip stay in Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Aggressor - Liveaboard
Over night stay in Quito returning
Optional side trip - Sacha Lodge $800.00
   
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Notes:

Flag of Ecuador

Text on Ecuador and small South American map excerpted from and Copywrite© by Donoho Design Group, Inc.
Text on Galapagos excerpted from and Copywrite© by Cornell University.
Text on Sacha Lodge excerpted from and Copywrite© by Discover Amazonia
La
rge Ecuador map from CIA World Fact Book

Ecuador:  The coastal region and the high Andean basins of what is now Ecuador were inhabited by Indian tribes when the first Europeans reached the area's Pacific coast in 1526. The Inca Empire extended over the highland region to an area near to Quito. The first Spanish settlement in Ecuador was established in 1534 at Quito on the site of an important Inca town of the same name. Another settlement was established four years later near the mouth of the river Guayas on the site of Guayaquil. Expeditions initiated by Francisco Pizarro, who discovered and conquered Peru, founded the settlements and extended Spanish rule over the highland basins and coastal lowlands. Ecuador was part of the Viceroyalty of Peru until 1740, when it was transferred to the Viceroyalty of New Granada (together with Colombia and Venezuela). With hardly any gold or silver, Ecuador did not attract many Europeans settlers during the Spanish colonial period, which lasted until 1822.

Map of EcuadorThe first uprising against Spanish rule took place in 1809, but only in 1822 did Ecuador gain independence as part of the Federation of Gran Colombia, from which it withdrew in 1830.  A long period of strife and instability followed, caused mainly by struggles between conservative and liberal elements, clerical and anticlerical movements, and large landowners and owners of small farms or plantations.  The country was run by dictators, and the army played an important role in internal politics.  During the first century of its independence, Ecuador had changed its constitution 13 times and only a few of its presidents had managed to serve a full four-year term.

The economic development associated with the cocoa boom at the end of the nineteenth and the first quarter of the twentieth century helped to improve and stabilize the country's administration, despite the frequent turnover in rulers -18 presidents between 1897 and 1934- and 25 presidents between 1934 and 1988.

Galapagos Islands:  Perhaps more so than any other place in the world, the fauna of the Galapagos are unique.  Charles Darwin's observations of these unique animals, their remarkable adaptation to a hostile environment, and the subtle variations between races of the same species living on different islands led directly to his theory of natural selection.  The theory explains how the vast multitude of species on the Earth have evolved from a simple, singled-celled ancestor.  The theory remains the single most important one in biology.  Thus we can look back at nearly five centuries of human contact with the Galapagos and say that, without a doubt, the most important event in the human history of the Galapagos was Darwin's visit in 1835.  Even without Darwin, though, the tale of human contact with the Galapagos is a fascinating one, and the Enchanted Islands, as the early mariners called them, have meant many things to many people from many lands.  To find out why click HERE.

Sacha Lodge Amazon Tour:   Sacha Lodge is rated as one of the top five ecotourism lodges in the Amazon Rainforest! And it is an incredible place.  This jungle lodge lies 50 miles downriver in the heart of the wilderness between the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park.  Blessed with a stunning lakeside location and experienced and enthusiastic personnel, the lodge provides a base from which to appreciate the raw beauty of the rainforest and a relaxing retreat in which to enjoy the comforts and services available...

Links to information on:

Galapagos Aggressor - Dive Operator/Accommodations in Galapagos
Sacha Lodge Amazon Tour - Optional Side trip
U.S. Department of State - Consular Information on travel to Ecuador
Tame Airlines - Transportation from Quito, Ecuador to Galapagos & Coca
Natural History of the Galapagos Islands
Map and Details of Baltra Island - Location of Galapagos Islands Airport
The Naturalist Net - Baltra Page
Galapagos Online
Weather in Quito
Time in Ecuador
- Standard time -0500 UTC
Time in Galapagos
- Standard time -0600 UTC
ScubaDiving.com - Trip reports on Galapagos
Sacha Lodge - Visitor Reviews

 

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