GalapaGO BLUE!

Trip Region: South America
Country(ies): Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands
Partners Trek? Yes
Trip Cost: $2500
Airfare Estimate: $800
Nightlife: 6   •   Activity: 8

Get ready for a trip with a great balance of activity, relaxation, nightlife, and empanadas. Explore the beautiful Galapagos Islands and then spend a couple relaxing days on the beach in Montanita.

Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 15

Today is the day we head South from Ann Arbor to the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador! Upon arrival, we check in to the hotel and get rested for an active week!

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 16

First full day in Quito! After breakfast at the hotel, we will spend the morning taking a walking tour of the city and check out a giant statue supposedly on the equator. The afternoon is yours to relax or continue exploring the city! We will round out the day with a Welcome Dinner where you will get a chance to choose which couple will be the first voted off the trip, survivor style… just kidding. :)

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 17

Today we hop over to the Galapagos Islands! After a short flight and boat ride, we will drop our bags at the hotel then head over to the Highlands area where we will ride, I mean look at, the famous Galapagos Giant Turtles! We will also visit the Charles Darwin Nature Center where Charles will be doing a book signing - everyone be sure to bring your copy of “On the Origin of Species”! (If you can’t tell, trip leader Sean is a bit of a jokster). At the end of all this, we will head back to the hotel in Puerto Ayora where you will have the evening to explore the town.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 18

Today after breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and then take a boat over to the amazing Isabela Island. Pack a bathing suit because we’re hitting the water in Isabela! University of Michigan Alumnus Michael Phelps will be guiding us as we snorkel with all the amazing aquatic life that inhabits the island. Late afternoon we head back to town where we will relax on the beach and watch the sunset.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 19

Volcano Day! Lace up your hiking boots because we are climbing the Sierra Negra Volcano. Fun fact: this is the very same volcano used to film the scene in Dr. Evil’s lair in Austin Powers. The hike will be challenging but the views from the top are more than worth it. Post-hike we will get the chance to unwind on the beach and hopefully eat a few empanadas to get our strength back.

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 20

After breakfast we will check out and take a speed boat back over to Isla Santa Cruz. Once we arrive, we will drop our bags then make our way over to Tortuga bay where we can snorkel, kayak, or strap on some water wings and just float in the crystal-clear water. This is our last day in the Galapagos so take the opportunity to learn as much about evolution as you can and maybe try to find a nice exotic pet to bring home.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 21

Today we travel to the Ecuadorian surf town of Montanita. Once we arrive we will have time to explore the town and hang on the beach. Montanita has some of the most vibrant nightlife in Ecuador so get ready to spend the night dancing with your 20+ new best friends.

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 22

BEACH DAY! Today we will have a full day to hang out at the beach! We will have an optional yoga class and a chance to build up a tan that needs to last you the entire 8-month Michigan winter. We will round out the day wandering through the town and eating delicious food. We really, really hope there will be pina coladas.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 23

Remember what we did yesterday? Well, today we are doing the same thing only we also will have the chance to surf. After beach bumming all morning, we head back to the hotel for an afternoon pool party where Michigan Ross Associate Professor of Marketing, Pitbull, will be hosting a private show for us. Enjoy this last day in paradise! We end the day with a farewell dinner where the couple voted out on night 1 will finally rejoin our group.

Departure Day — Monday, Aug 24

After breakfast we will gather our things, wring out our bathing suits, and sneak in one last empanada before heading to the airport and back to Michigan. Pat yourself on the back, you accomplished a lot this week.

Sean Geier & Krista Stanoch

Name: 

Sean Geier

Hometown: 

Rockville, MD

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Arlington, VA

Childhood nickname: 

Seanie

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Linkin Park

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

The Tough Choice: Go Badgers or Go Blue?

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Juicy IPA

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

Krista is fluent in Egyptian Hieroglyphics

What is your hidden talent?

Woodworking

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Uh ya no doubt

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Hike a mountain and see some sweet nature, then grill out with a beer and a bonfire on the beach

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Barcelona

How would your partner describe you?

Good at fixing stuff

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Home depot –  give me all the tools

What are your pet peeves?

When people reach over the glass to point to ingredients at Chipotle

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Crab Cakes

Favorite thing about Ross:

Everyone is an expert on something so it is great to learn about new and interesting things from all the classmates.

Anything else we could know?

I have seen Ocean’s Eleven over 40 times

 

Name: 

Krista Stanoch

Hometown: 

Victoria, MN

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Washington, DC

Childhood nickname: 

K-Money (K$)

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Fall Out Boy

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

Must Love Dogs

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Oaxaca Old Fashioned

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

Nothing, he’s perfect! (Jk definitely his obsession with watching YouTube videos on picking locks )

What is your hidden talent?

Picking up objects with my toes

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Obv

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Surf lessons, good food, and a post-margarita afternoon nap

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Nepal

How would your partner describe you?

An Iron Chef

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Whole Foods

What are your pet peeves?

Walking slow

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheese (!)

Favorite thing about Ross:

The partners

Ben & Laura Fogler

Name: 

Ben Fogler

Hometown: 

Columbia, SC

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Atlanta, GA

Childhood nickname: 

Little Ben

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Stuntin’ Like My Daddy

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

The Patriot

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Bourbon, neat

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

She tells full-length stories while sleep talking

What is your hidden talent?

Flipping giant omelettes with ease

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Wake up, black coffee with a nice view. Head out and do something active (great hike, snorkeling, explore the town, etc). Grab lunch at a local spot to refuel, beer included. Transition into a relaxing afternoon at the beach with drinks and fun activities. Grab a shower, head to a delicious group dinner with all the meat and cheese. Parlay into post-dinner drinks and see where the night takes us before catching some Zz’s.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Iceland

How would your partner describe you?

Stubborn, good ‘ole Carolina boy

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Total Wine & More

What are your pet peeves?

Driving slow in the left lane, people who don’t know how to go through airport security

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

New York Strip, med rare

Favorite thing about Ross:

Awesome people and endless opportunities to pursue whatever you are interested in or passionate about

Anything else we could know?

Ask me about my bourbon obsession

 

Name: 

Laura Fogler

Hometown: 

Dallas, TX

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Atlanta, GA

Childhood nickname: 

Ladybug

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Coldplay

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

Sleeping Beauty – my sisters say I’m Merryweather : (

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Dry chardonnay

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

He tucks his sweatpants into his socks around the house. Yes, it looks exactly like pantaloons.

What is your hidden talent?

Needlepointing & doing impressions of people

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

According to my grandpa, half the people on earth are aliens

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

See Ben’s

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Iceland

How would your partner describe you?

#1 fan of my own jokes, lover of all things punny, terrible liar, retired LevFin nerd

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Great Harvest

What are your pet peeves?

Not crossing things off my list and slow walkers

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Charcuterie or queso

Favorite thing about Ross:

The people

Anything else we could know?

My goal on this trip is to hold a sloth

Michelle & Alex Erikson

Name: 

Michelle Erikson

Hometown: 

Greensboro, NC

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Washington, DC

Childhood nickname: 

MJ, which stood for both Michael Jordan and Mozart Junior because I played basketball and the piano as a kid

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Avril Lavigne

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

Never Stop Exploring

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Coors Banquet

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

He’s really good at making up voices for our cats 🙂

What is your hidden talent?

Poetry

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Yes

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Sleeping in, group brunch with mimosas, enjoying a challenging jungle hike with a picnic lunch, followed by a date night fancy dinner enjoying the local cuisine, then ending the day coming back together with the full group to enjoy a beach party with pina coladas sitting around a bonfire.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Glacier National Park, Montana

How would your partner describe you?

A kind, adventurous, hardworking cat mom

At which store would you max out your credit card?

REI

What are your pet peeves?

Slow walkers and people not using their turn signals when driving

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza!

Favorite thing about Ross:

The friends we’ve met through MTrek

 

Name:

Alex Erikson

Hometown: 

Rochester Hills, MI

Where did you live prior to Ross? 

Washington, DC

Childhood Nickname: 

Erikson (inventive, I know)

Favorite band when you were in middle school: 

Sum 41

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

Need for Speed 7: Just Slow Enough To Avoid A Ticket (Usually)

If you were a drink, what would you be? 

M-43

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner? 

She’s obsessed with Coors Banquet (aka Coors Heavy) and no one really knows why. It’s great though because I also like cheap-ish American lagers, and everyone knows about how much Michelle loves Coors, so there is usually at least one six pack at most of the parties we go to. Win!

What is your hidden talent? 

It will take a LOT of alcohol for this to come out in front of anyone, but I’m pretty good at doing voices, particularly if I’m making up a voice and persona for an animal that can’t otherwise talk. #weirdo

Does extraterrestrial life exist? 

ET is offended by this question.

What is your perfect MTrek Day? 

August 19. It’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is shorts and a t-shirt. Kidding. First, we wake up in paradise, over a hot cup of coffee or six. Then, grab the hiking shoes, because we’re trekking to the top of a volcano. Afterwards, relax by hopping in the ocean for a swim to cool off after the hot hike before dinner.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to: 

Glacier National Park, Montana

How would your partner describe you:

2 parts adventure, 2 parts kindness, 1 part practicality, a dash of rowdiness, shaken vigorously

At which store would you max out your credit card?

REI, duh

What are your pet peeves?

People who drive in the left lane without actively passing someone.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Peanut butter, literally straight out of the jar

Favorite thing about Ross: 

The incredible community of people we’ve gotten to know. Everyone is super smart and accomplished, but also humble and real.

Anything else we should know?

Most of this MTrek leaders crew went on an MTrek together last year, and it was an amazing opportunity to make great friends and lasting memories – all before school started. We hope you have the same experience too, and we’ll do our best to facilitate that!

Peter & Christine Park

Name: 

Peter Park

Hometown: 

Minneapolis, MN

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Miami, FL

Childhood nickname: 

Spider-man

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Jay-Z

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

BIG

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Moscow mule

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

My partner hates stepping on street grates. Apparently, if she steps on them, she’ll fall into a never-ending pit and fails to return.

What is your hidden talent?

I can ride a bike without using the handlebars.

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Sure, and the world is also flat!

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Spending the morning hiking along the coast with ocean and mountain views. Having lunch at a local restaurant featuring various artisan foods. Having drinks and exploring nightlife at the end of the day with my MTrek fam!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Cinque Terre, Italy

How would your partner describe you?

Nerdy and Funny

At which store would you max out your credit card?

DICK’S Sporting Goods

What are your pet peeves?

Talking at the movies

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A chicken burrito from Chipotle

Favorite thing about Ross:

Saturday tailgates and football games with the coolest MBA crew around.

 

Name: 

Christine Park

Hometown: 

Minneapolis, MN

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Miami, FL

Childhood nickname: 

Chris

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

*NSYNC

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

Lilo & Stitch

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Margarita

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

He likes to act out movie scenes by himself.

What is your hidden talent?

I can eat a lot.

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Nope.

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Going on an unplanned adventure and having a blast!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Cinque Terre, Italy

How would your partner describe you?

A pretty cool person

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Target 4 Lyfe

What are your pet peeves?

Driving too slow in the fast lane or stop walking in a crowded area

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Big juicy burger

Favorite thing about Ross:

The people!

Anything else we could know?

I’m a nice person.

Lindsay Potter & Cory Ireland

Name: 

Lindsay Potter

Hometown: 

San Diego, California

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Washington, DC

Childhood nickname: 

Linds

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Taking Back Sunday

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (I grew up moving a lot, I’ve made a lot of friends all over the country!)

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Hmm, champagne? (Best during the morning-time and bubbly)

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

He always steals my chapstick, Im not mad just disappointed

What is your hidden talent?

I always know what the local weather is going to be for the next week, ask me and I will know!

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

Probably, but whatever

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Coffee with a view, then something active, then something delicious, then more coffee

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Amalfi, Italy

How would your partner describe you?

Goofy, with a dose of the devil

At which store would you max out your credit card?

DSW, lets get some shoes

What are your pet peeves?

When people bite their nails

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Harvest Bowl from Sweetgreen, if you haven’t had one – please go and try

Favorite thing about Ross:

The people. I’ve met some of my favorite people here!

Anything else we could know?

I am a newly converted cat lover from dog lover, Cory and I adopted two kittens when we moved to Ross (Maize and Blue). I will probably show you pictures of them : )

 

Name: 

Cory Ireland

Hometown: 

Indiana, PA

Where did you live prior to Ross?

Washington, DC

Childhood nickname: 

Cory Bear (From Mom)

Favorite band when you were in middle school:

Rise Against

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: 

1 Wheel Short of a Unicycle

If you were a drink, what would you be?

Chocolate Milk – Fun, yet fortifying

What is the weirdest quirk about your partner?

Whispering single words inside of longer sentences!

What is your hidden talent?

I can always guess how many jelly beans are in a jelly bean jar, even if I’m wrong.

Does extraterrestrial life exist?

YES, as documented in ALF.

What is your perfect MTrek Day?

Beach, Turtles, Beers

Favorite place you’ve traveled to:

Florence, Italy

How would your partner describe you?

Overly-Concerned

At which store would you max out your credit card?

Whole Foods Cheese Aisle

What are your pet peeves?

Unnecessarily Long Emails…

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheeseburgers from Le Diplomat

Favorite thing about Ross:

My recruiting experience and the support I received during it

Anything else we could know?

I’m from the Pittsburgh area originally, and I’m very proud of all things black and gold!