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Galapagos Islands Family Adventure

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Widely regarded as the world's foremost wildlife viewing destinations the archipelago is the perfect escape to nature. Our fully customizable Galapagos Islands tour has been designed for families traveling with teenagers or older children. Adventure begins and ends in Quito, where you'll spend 3 days exploring Ecuador's capital city before setting off on an 11-day&nbs...

Widely regarded as the world's foremost wildlife viewing destinations the archipelago is the perfect escape to nature. Our fully customizable Galapagos Islands tour has been designed for families traveling with teenagers or older children. Adventure begins and ends in Quito, where you'll spend 3 days exploring Ecuador's capital city before setting off on an 11-day discovery of the Galapagos Islands. Get in touch with our local Agency and together we'll tailor-make an unforgettable experience for you and your family.


Teens will love...

Learning how to make chocolate by hand (and sampling it) in Quito

• Snorkeling with sea lions and manta rays in the Galapagos Islands

• Meeting giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Centre


Parents will love...

• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time

• The presence of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour

The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador!

Arrival in Quito...

Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel (1h)
• Depending on the time of your arrival, you will have free time to either settle in to your accommodation or begin exploring

Visited:
Quito

Day 2: Quito - Chocolate Workshop & City Tour

Best things in life are sweet...

• Set off on an interactive city tour through Quito’s historic center
• Indulge in a chocolate workshop (3h) led by an english speaking guide
• Free time for the rest of the day

Visited:
Quito

Day 3: Quito

Hiking in Cotopaxi National Park...

Guided walking tour through forested trails of Cotopaxi National Park (6-8h)
• Take in the stunning views of Cotopaxi Volcano, observe wild horses and even play with snow on the Equator!

Visited:
Cotopaxi National Park

Day 4: Galapagos Islands Discovery

Strap in for the Galapagos Islands! 

• Short flight from Quito to Santa Cruz
• Visit the giant tortoise reserve at the Charles Darwin Research Station
Guided visit to the Twin Craters formed by ancient lava domes located in the lush highlands
Transfer and tour time (7h)

Visited:
Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin Station Baltra Island Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora

Day 5: Santa Fe Island

Snorkeling with sea lions & marine iguanas...

• Day of underwater fun on a small group snorkeling tour (6-8h, max 16 people)
Swim with marine iguanas and playful sea lions!

Visited:
Santa Cruz Santa Fe

Day 6: Santa Cruz

Free day! Spend it doing exactly what you want!

Our recommendations:
• Explore Tortuga Bay
Cliff dive at Las Grietas
Spot Flamingos at Garapatero Beach

Visited:
Puerto Ayora

Day 7: Penguins of Bartolome Island

• Next awesomeness: guided walking tour of Bartolome Island (6-8h, max 16 people)
• Have you ever seen lava up close? You’re about to
• Observe a colony of spot penguins

Visited:
Bartolome Santa Cruz

Day 8: Isabela Island

Cruise and flamingo lagoon...

• Today begins with a picturesque cruise between Santa Cruz and Isabela Island (2h30). What happens next is your choice:
• Take a trip to the shimmering flamingo lagoon
Rent a bike to explore the island or...
• a family surf lesson!

Visited:
Isabela Island Puerto Ayora Puerto Villamil

Day 9: Isabela Island

Hike across lava fields...

Private walking tour over the moonscape lava fields of Volcano Chico (5h)
• Discover the second largest crater in the world!
Pick passion fruit along the way
• Eat lunch among giant tortoises!

Visited:
Sierra Negra Chico

Day 10: Isabela Island

Stand-up paddle boarding...

• Spend the day on the water either stand-up paddle boarding or canoeing with an english speaking instructor
Snorkel with Isabela Island’s penguins and white-tip reef sharks (don’t worry they’re harmless)

Visited:
Puerto Villamil Tintorera

Day 11: San Cristobal Island

Flight over the archipelago...

• Board a 6-9 passenger plane to San Cristobal, one of the most scenic plane journeys in the world! (1h)
• Greet the friendly sea lions in town
• Explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the easternmost island of the archipelago

Visited:
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno San Cristobal

Day 12: San Cristobal Island

Swim with Manta Tays...

• Visit a giant tortoise breeding center
Swim with manta rays at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Galapagos

Visited:
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Puerto Chino Galapaguera

Day 13: San Cristobal Island

Snorkeling at Kicker Rock...

Adventure packed day on a small group tour (max 16 people)
Swim with sea lions and snorkel above schools of hammerhead sharks
Spot blue-footed boobies around the world-renowned diving site of Kicker Rock
• Wind down on San Cristobal’s idyllic beaches

Visited:
San Cristobal

Day 14: San Cristobal Island - Flight Back to Quito

• Final morning in the Galapagos
• Fly back to Quito (3-4h)
• Rest up or enjoy one of Quito’s many delicious restaurants

Visited:
San Cristobal Quito

Day 15: Quito Departure

• Transfer to the airport for your flight home (1h)
• We hope you’ve had a truly magical time in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! 

Visited:
Quito

Quito Cotopaxi National Park Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin Station Baltra Island Santa Cruz Puerto Ayora Santa Fe Bartolome Isabela Island Puerto Villamil Sierra Negra Chico Tintorera Puerto Baquerizo Moreno San Cristobal Puerto Chino Galapaguera

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $3,290 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
Adults Children under 12
Low Season (late Jan to early Dec) $3,240 $3,020
High Season (mid-Dec to mid-Jan and Carnival) $3,390 $3,170

Included in price:

  • Domestic flights: return flights from mainland to Galapagos, and flights from Isabela Island to San Cristóbal
  • Accommodation: 14 nights, based on 1 double room and 1 twin room in all hotels/lodges
  • Transfers: all transfers and internal transport
  • Entry: to all sites/parks (including tax)
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the tour (except optional activities on days 6 and 8)
  • Meals: breakfast x 14, plus lunch x 7 (on days 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12 & 13)
  • Accompaniment: an English-speaking guide for tours and excursions
  • Equipment: snorkelling equipment on all boat tours in the Galapagos Islands
  • Online payment fees
  • 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee: USD 100 (approx £75) per person, paid in cash at the airport upon arrival in the Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Registration fee: 20 USD (approx £15) per person, paid in cash at the airport upon leaving for the Galapagos Islands
  • Isabela Island Dock Tax: 10 USD (approx £7.50) per person
  • Travel and healthcare insurance (please note that for entry into Ecuador, healthcare insurance is obligatory as of June 2018)
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wetsuit for snorkelling activities
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the tour programme

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