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A Bonding Trip: Stanford University Visits Galapagos

Here on the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruises we are always pleased and delighted to offer our guests the best of the best when it comes to this amazing and magical archipelago. As a result, crew members aboard the Santa Cruz II are proud and always eager to help our guests discover the islands by guiding them to discover the magic that exists here. Regardless of size, group, or nationality, our crew aboard the Santa Cruz II goes well beyond the call of duty when it comes to accommodating the needs and desires of our guests. In the case of our cruise during this itinerary, we had a very special group of guests aboard, and this is the story of what happened exactly.

Explorers from Abroad: The Stanford Guests in Galapagos

It just so happens that throughout this itinerary, our ship was chartered entirely for a large group from Stanford University. Their tour group consisted of 90 guests from practically all age groups. It was a huge bonding experience for them, as they all came to a band of strangers in a strange land that was both novel and magical. They were completely thrilled to be cruising and visiting a site filled with so much wonder, that every evening was charged with excited conversations and stories involve what each of them had seen that day.

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Surely, this whole trip would serve as a bonding experience for them all, bringing them together as a result of sharing something so unforgettable. Not only were they able to see the unique landscape and come in close contact with some of the most representative animal species from the archipelago (like iconic species such as the Galapagos giant tortoise or blue-footed booby) but our guests were also able to play educational games onboard and learn about the Charles Darwin’s renowned theory of evolution.

The End Result

After spending five wonderful days going around several different islands and partaking in various adventurous activities (deep and shallow water snorkeling, kayaking, riding on our glass-bottom boat and even riding mountain bikes for nearly four kilometers!) our guests were incredibly pleased with their experience of the islands and the adventures they had. They were so content that they really wanted to document the magnitude of this whole experience, and what better way to do that than with a group picture?

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So we decided to get everyone together (all ninety guests!) which was not an easy task but, in the end, we managed to organize them all in a grassy field after our lovely lunch on Santa Cruz Island and proceeded to capture a fantastic group picture. After all, a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

Martín Barreiro

Martin Barreiro, born and raised in Quito in 1982, began studying photography as soon as he got out of high school. Soon after this, he found himself with the opportunity to live in London, England, which is where he continued his career in photography while experiencing the European culture. Afterwards, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he got a degree as a Professional Commercial Photographer.

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