Family Land Galapagos 8 Days
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary has been designed as a family adventure for groups travelling with children between the ages of 6 and 17. As such, there must be at least 1 child in your group who fits in to this age category. Should there be no children in your party we will be happy to suggest a similar trip more suited to adult groups.
The ideal introduction to Galapagos for all the family, this thrilling itinerary offers up multiple adventures based in and around the enchanting wildlife-rich islands of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. Experience unforgettable encounters with the Galapagos Islands’ famous wildlife whilst enjoying snorkelling and kayaking excursions, adventurous hikes and walks, swimming in the sparkling Galapagos seas, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and an unforgettable excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild. With good standard accommodation throughout, a brief stay in Quito before and after your trip, and a program designed for children and adults alike, this is the perfect itinerary for the whole family to enjoy the wonders of Ecuador and its remarkable Galapagos Islands.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- The perfect Galapagos itinerary for the whole family
- Experience the islands’ famous wildlife in abundance, including giant tortoises in the wild
- Enjoy adventures including snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and hiking
- Take a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Centre
- Learn all about the islands’ geology, wildlife and history
- Stay in the historic city of Quito before and after your trip
- 7 nights in high standard accommodation with all breakfasts and two lunches included
- Internal flights from Quito to Galapagos and return
- All transport between destinations and included activities
- Snorkelling and swimming trips to Isla Lobos and Lobería
- Kayaking excursion in Tortuga Bay
- Giant tortoises in the wild excursion
- Visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station & a Wildlife Interpretation Centre
- Certified naturalist guide while in the Galápagos Islands
ITINERARY7 Nights 8 Days
- Day 1 | Quito
- Day 2 | Fly to The Galapagos
- Day 3 | San Cristóbal - Isla Lobos Snorkelling
- Day 4 | Santa Cruz Island - Giant Tortoise Excursion
- Days 5 - 6 | Santa Cruz - Kayaking & Boat Tour
- Days 7 - 8 | Back to Quito
Today you will arrive independently to Quito, the historic capital of Ecuador, where you will meet your tour representative at your included hotel. Here you will be able to meet the rest of your group for the first time and find out more about what’s in store over the next week. You should then have time to discover some of this UNESCO World Heritage Site city at your leisure, before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.
Fly to The Galapagos
After breakfast this morning you will join your included transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost and one of the most historic islands in the Galapagos archipelago. After checking in to your hotel and enjoying lunch on the island we will venture out for our first taste of the Galapagos with an included visit to the island’s wildlife interpretation centre. Here you can learn all about the history of the Galapagos, from its volcanic beginnings, to its association with Charles Darwin, right up to its current conservation efforts. You and the family can take an enjoyable journey through the human and wildlife history of the islands as you start to discover first-hand what makes the Galapagos so remarkable.
The rest of the afternoon and evening will be yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may wish to spend some time chilling out on Mann Beach in the company of the resident sea lions and frigate birds, taking a bike ride around the island or renting some snorkelling equipment for your first underwater Galapagos experience. The principal town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno offers up some good dining choices for this evening.
2 nights’ accommodation on San Cristobal island with breakfast included.
San Cristóbal - Isla Lobos Snorkelling
After breakfast this morning it will be time for your first included snorkelling adventure as you take a quick boat ride Isla Lobos for some underwater adventuring. This scenic islet is populated by large numbers of sea lions which certainly adds to the fun element of a day snorkelling here. You can spend the day snorkelling among the families of sea lions in search of sightings of even more marine wildlife, whilst keeping an eye out for birdlife including the famous blue-footed boobies and nesting frigatebirds.
In the afternoon the boat will take you back to San Cristóbal where you can enjoy some more free time this evening.
Santa Cruz Island - Giant Tortoise Excursion
Today you will travel by boat from San Cristóbal to Santa Cruz Island where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. After checking in to your hotel we will set off into the highlands of the island on a search for sightings of the Galapagos’ famous giant tortoises in the wild. This unforgettable excursion will allow you to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat whilst also looking out for other Galapagos wildlife and birdlife. The evening will be free for you to explore at your leisure.
3 nights accommodation on Santa Cruz island with breakfast included.
Santa Cruz - Kayaking & Boat Tour
On day 5 of your itinerary you can enjoy an exciting kayaking adventure through the mangroves of picturesque Tortuga Bay. Consistently named as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the stunning blue waters here are home to an abundance of marine wildlife including sea turtles, rays and colourful reef fish. After a busy morning paddling on the waters you may want to spend some time relaxing on this picture-perfect beach, keeping a keen eye out for the resident iguanas, or if you’re after more adventure you could choose to take an optional surfing lesson.
On your last full day on the islands your included boat tour will take you to the areas of Playa de los Perros, Las Grietas and Lobería where you can partake in some snorkelling in the crystal clear waters which are home to sea lions and an abundance of other marine wildlife species. In the afternoon you can enjoy your included visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center where you can observe great numbers of marine iguanas and various species of tortoises. You will have the unforgettable opportunity to see the Galápagos tortoise up close and learn all about how this remarkable animal was brought back from the brink of extinction, as well as finding out more about the host of important scientific research that is continuously being carried out on the islands in order to preserve the sensitive ecosystem.
Back to Quito
As your thrilling Galapagos family adventure comes to an end you will join your included flight back to Quito where you can enjoy some time to explore this incredible city at your own pace. Accommodation is provided in a city centre hotel tonight and the following morning it will be time to bid a fond farewell to your new found friends as you head onwards or homewards.
What Our Customers
• Although we thoroughly enjoyed the Galapagos it was mainland Ecuador which really took us by surprise with such a diversity of landscape and wildlife and incredible hospitality everywhere we went. Our local guides were so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Manuel had a terrific sense of humour. We had some fantastic birding at both Mashpi, Le Selva and of course our day trip to Paz de Las Aves Reserve where we were lucky enough to see both the ‘Cock of the Rock’ and the giant antipitta. The devil nose train journey was as thrilling as we hoped and we even got lucky with Cotopaxi and got some lovely clear photos so all in all couldn't ask for more.
• This was an excellent trip from start to finish. Bellavista Lodge was a particular favourite of ours, so tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Ecuadorian hospitality. Our guide, really knew his stuff and was so passionate about his job ,in fact all the local guides were excellent. I have to say a special word about Juan, our driver, who was so charming and funny, he really added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ecuador to other keen bird watchers.
Fantastic holiday with more wildlife than I was expecting. The Napo Wildlife Centre was wonderful, we were looked after with such care and attention and our guides’ knowledge of the areas’ and flora and fauna was outstanding, what they didn’t know probably wasn’t worth knowing. The food was so varied and they coped amazingly with my food intolerances, better than most European restaurants!!! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys will always live with me as will seeing my first Kinkajou, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Thank you for an amazing two weeks.
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.
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