The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago made up of 13 main volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets. The oldest island is thought to have formed between 5 and 10 million years ago. The youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed, with the most recent eruption in 2005.
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador. The islands are distributed around the equator about 600 miles west of Ecuador. They are famed for their vast number of endemic species and the studies by Charles Darwin that led history of evolution by natural selection.
In January of 2008, fourteen faculty members and the Dean of Faculty from Berea College embarked on an eleven day cruise to explore these islands. As promised in the travel brochure, the experience proved to be “a trip of a life time.” The photos in this gallery represent a few of the images captured on this trip.