CSU, Chico News

Humanities and Fine Arts Offers Trip to Galapagos Islands

Date: 04-23-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Thomasin Saxe
College of Humanities and Fine Arts

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts, California State University, Chico, is offering a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador, from Jan. 4 through 14, 2008. The faculty-in-residence is Andrew Flescher, professor of religious studies. Flescher has traveled extensively in Brazil and spent a summer studying wildlife in the Amazon River Basin.

The Galapagos Islands represent one of the few geographical locations left on the planet in which nature is pristine. The number of people allowed on the islands of the Galapagos each day is strictly regulated, so that only a relatively few can visit the islands each year. The Galapagos are known for the wide array of animals that live on them, including Darwin’s finches, great lizards and the largest tortoises in the world.

"My interest in wildlife was awakened in the summer of 2000 when I visited the Amazon River Basin in Brazil," said Flescher. "I fell in love with a verdant world populated by both tranquil and ferocious creatures. The most impressive thing about this wildlife was its utter obliviousness to civilization. I suspect that the Galapagos, even more remote than the Amazon, promises this experience to an even greater degree."

The tour will include six nights in Quito and four nights on a cruise ship. In Quito, there will be a guided tour of Quito San Francisco Monastery and an excursion to the equatorial line. There will be a four-day Galapagos cruise to the islands of Bartolome, Fernandina, Isabela, James, Rabida and Santa Cruz.

If you would like more information on this trip, please contact Thomasin Saxe, group coordinator, at tsaxe@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4642.