Open to alumni and friends, the MIT Alumni Travel Program offers dozens of exciting trips each year to destinations all over the world led by MIT faculty. In just the last year EAPS professors led trips to Antarctica, Peru, the Galapagos, Iceland, Greece, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, and the Windward Islands. Below are some upcoming opportunities to join EAPS faculty and MIT alumni on some of their global adventures. If you have questions on any of our trips listed below, please call 800-992-6749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you trip information once it becomes available; trips and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit the MIT Alumni Association travel page: https://alum.mit.edu/travel.
Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World
March 5-13, 2019 With MIT Professor Andrew Babbin
Discover the vibrant reefs of Belize and the dramatic Maya ruins of Tikal on a comprehensive land-and-sea expedition. Snorkel, kayak, travel by Zodiac, and paddleboard along the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere. Venture to Tikal to explore stone temples swathed in the rain forest teeming with wildlife.
Total Solar Eclipse: Chile (Waitlist)
June 28-July 10, 2019 With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
On July 2, 2019, northern Chile will be our location to view the total eclipse of the sun for two minutes and 25 seconds of totality. Accompanied by MIT Professor Richard Binzel, witness the eclipse and experience Chile’s world-class observatories and its richly diverse, legendary landscape. Visit the seaside city of La Serena, Las Campanas Observatory, Paranal Observatory, and explore the spectacular Atacama Desert.
July 23-August 2, 2019 With MIT Professor and EAPS Department Head Rob van der Hilst
Discover Iceland’s remarkable natural history and rich cultural heritage while traversing an astonishing land.
Family Adventure in the Galápagos
August 2-11, 2019 With MIT Professor Andrew Babbin
Join fellow MIT families for an exploration of the Galápagos, where life-altering encounters with animals—curious or sublimely indifferent to human presence—happen like nowhere else on earth.
August 22-September 4, 2019 With MIT Professor Richard P. Binzel
Unearth the ancient world’s grandeur on this journey combining Greece’s premier archaeological sites with the beauty of the Aegean and her isles.
Patagonia: W Trek in Torres de Paine
November 1-9, 2019 With MIT Professor Daniel J. Cciczo
Located in the far south of Chile, Torres del Paine National Park is the ultimate Patagonian experience. Its towering peaks, sprawling glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes are a paradise for any adventurer or nature lover.
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
December 7-20, 2019 With MIT Professor Leigh Royden
Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. Every facet is thrilling and heart-achingly stunning. Its vastness and the ice in all its myriad forms are both humbling and uplifting.
Department head Rob van der Hilst climbs up a lava tube. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.
In January 2016, EAPS Head of Department Rob van der Hilst led a group of 20 MIT alumni on a “Geology in Motion” trip to Hawaii. The trip took them to Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, the Big Island. Highlights of the tour included visits to Waimea Canyon and National Wildlife Refuge at Kilauea Point, both on Kauai, to the top of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, and to the Volcanoes National Park (with the active eruption of Kilauea) and the volcano Hualalai on Hawaii.
Rob van der Hilst and fellow travelers in the Volcanoes National Park, where the plume of the Kilauea eruption and Mauna Loa shield volcano in the background on the right. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.
Contemplating Climate Change at the Ends of the Earth - an interview with John Carlson about his January 2015 trip to Antarctica. Carlson's concerns about climate change prompted him to work with EAPS, in particular to support the Carlson Lecture, the Lorenz Center's annual public lecture series about climate change held each fall at the New England Aquarium. (Spectrum Magazine) more
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