Connect with Nature Adventures: The Galápagos Islands

  • 8:00am Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 12:30am Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Pinnacle Rock at sunset on Isla Bartolome, Galapagos Islands.

Walking in Charles Darwin’s Footsteps

“Never … a finer chance for [persons] of zeal & spirit!”
—John Stevens Henslow

Trip leaves on Sunday, May 15, 2022 and returns on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Male Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) in the Galapagos.

This 13-day adventure will immerse you in the spectacular landscape, wildlife and geology of the Galápagos Islands! Experience the unique flora and fauna of the archipelago that decisively influenced Darwin’s thinking on the origin of species. Connect the history and impact of Darwin’s Beagle voyage with our current scientific understanding of evolution, extinction and biological conservation. We’ll start our adventure in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, where we’ll spend a full day exploring the markets and colonial architecture of this beautiful city. On the second day, we’ll fly together to the Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador. There, we’ll board our luxurious catamaran to begin an 11-day cruise around the islands. Each day we’ll visit new places and see new sights. We’ll snorkel, swim and scramble over lava rock outcrops. We’ll encounter amazing wildlife such as giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, penguins, pelagic birds, sea lions and more.

An underwater photo of a curious sea lion.

Tickets: $11,925 per person for double occupancy. Current Museum membership required. Fee includes airfare, expert guides, ground and water transportation, hotel and boat accommodations, most meals and orientation meeting in March, 2022. Members must login to their account to register. Not a member yet? Join today!

Registration and final payment deadline is January 15, 2022. Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. If the Museum cancels your trip, you will receive a complete refund of all payments.


All Connect With Nature Adventures will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks. Registrants will be updated on our current guidelines at the orientation meeting. Please note that all trips are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund will be provided in the event of a cancellation.

Marine Iguana

“The chief sound of life here is a hiss.”
—Herman Melville


We will have a mandatory orientation meeting in March 2022. The meeting will offer participants the chance to get to know one another, provide background information on the Galápagos Islands and the trip itinerary, and go over recommended gear and other important preparations for the trip.

Lava Gull, the rarest gull in the world.


Each day in the Galápagos Islands is different. We will be traveling continually between islands to maximize our exploration of scenic landscapes and to increase our opportunities for seeing spectacular wildlife. The itinerary may be modified due to weather conditions or Galápagos National Park regulations.

A Blue-footed Booby performs a courtship dance.

May 15 – Participants arrive in Quito, Ecuador.

May 16 – Day trip to local market near Quito.

May 17 – Arrive at San Cristobal Island. Transfer to the catamaran. Visit the Interpretation Center and Frigate Bird’s Hill.

May 18 – Española Island: Suarez Point and Gardner Bay.

May 19 – Floreana Island: Cormorant Point/Crown of the Devil; Post Office Bay/Peace Haven Highlands.

May 20 – Santa Cruz Island: The Charles Darwin Research Station; the Highlands.

Galapagos tortoise.

May 21 – Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano (or Tintoreras, depending on weather); wetlands/tortoise breeding center.

May 22 – Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay.

May 23 – Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove.

May 24 – Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point. Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point.

May 25 – Santiago Island: Egas Port. Visit the small island of Rabida.

May 26 – Visit the small islands of Chinese Hat & Bartolome.

May 27 – Seymour Island, then transfer to the airport on Baltra Island. Fly back to Quito. We will have some time in the afternoon and evening to explore Quito.

May 28 – Fly home very early in the morning (overnight flight).


Paul Brinkman, PhD

Paul D. Brinkman, PhD – Paul is a researcher and educator at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences with a doctorate in history of science and a special interest in the life and work of Charles Darwin. He has guided numerous field trips for college students to the US West.


Martha Fisk

Martha Fisk – Martha is an educator and naturalist at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in zoology. She has led many public field trips to natural areas throughout North Carolina and the eastern US. Her enthusiasm and experience make her an excellent guide.


Trip Logistics

Activity level: Moderate to Active
We welcome all travelers, but recommend that you be in good health to participate in the Galápagos adventure. This trip will involve considerable hiking (4–6 miles on some days), often uphill, on rocky and/or uneven surfaces, and at elevations up to 4,000 feet. You must be able to be active for a long day (sometimes 12–14 hours) and be prepared and equipped for warm temperatures (ranging from about 70°F to 90°F), high humidity and intense, equatorial sunshine. We will do some water activities, including snorkeling and swimming. You must be able to get in and out of boats, large and small, on your own. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance. Please note that our itinerary cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

A round-trip, group flight will be booked to Quito and then to the Galápagos and is included in the cost of the trip. Arrival and departure times and other travel logistics will be shared at the orientation meeting in March 2022.

We will spend our first two nights in a hotel near the airport in Quito. In the Galápagos, we will travel and sleep aboard the Anahi, a luxury catamaran. There are six cabins with twin beds and two suite cabins. All rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning. No single occupancy available.

Once we arrive in the Galápagos, all meals aboard the Anahi are included.

For more information about this trip, contact Paul D. Brinkman at 919.707.9282 or Martha Fisk at 919.707.9883.

Connect with Nature Adventures are open to Museum members. Travel with expert Museum guides to spectacular locations, explore wild parks and world heritage sites, tour behind the scenes at great museums, mingle with the locals and feast your senses on the wonders of nature. Not a member yet? Join today!

Blue-footed Booby feet.



May 15, 2022 @ 8:00 am
May 28, 2022 @ 12:30 am
$11,925 double occupancy


In the Field

The Galapagos Islands


Andrea Jones