Discover the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands with your children and grandchildren. Snorkel with sea lions, learn about giant tortoise conservation and sail through mangroves on this incredible Galápagos adventure.

Adult starting at: $6,290
Child starting at: $6,790
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Galápagos Adventure: A Family Journey

9-10 days from $6,290

Discover the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands with your children and grandchildren. Snorkel with sea lions, learn about giant tortoise conservation and sail through mangroves on this incredible Galápagos adventure.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was an excellent adventure for all ages! The amazing sights of the Galápagos combined with excellent facilities, service and superb local guides made for a close to perfect family trip. The camaraderie among passengers and tour staff will result in lasting memories and friendships. 

- Katie C.

I took this trip with my children and parents. It met everyone’s needs; going fast enough for 9 and 11 year olds, while not too strenuous for the grandparents. The excursions were well thought out and provided much educational information about the animals and geology of the Galápagos. It will be a trip our family will remember forever. 

- Sarah D.

The most enjoyable outdoor adventure we have ever experienced. At every turn there was opportunity to experience nature at its most astounding.

- Blair S.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Give your family a vacation that provides memories of a lifetime during our active adventure and learning experience in the Galápagos Islands. Stay in inns on Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal Islands and explore these islands plus Santa Fé and North Seymour Islands in depth. Learn about Darwin, see unique wildlife, and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and nature walks. Also, sample delicious Ecuadorian chocolate, dine with a local fisherman and his family, and visit a sugar cane and coffee farm. Then conclude your journey with a day in Guayaquil. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older

This was an excellent adventure for all ages! The amazing sights of the Galápagos combined with excellent facilities, service and superb local guides made for a close to perfect family trip. The camaraderie among passengers and tour staff will result in lasting memories and friendships. 

- Katie C.

I took this trip with my children and parents. It met everyone’s needs; going fast enough for 9 and 11 year olds, while not too strenuous for the grandparents. The excursions were well thought out and provided much educational information about the animals and geology of the Galápagos. It will be a trip our family will remember forever. 

- Sarah D.

The most enjoyable outdoor adventure we have ever experienced. At every turn there was opportunity to experience nature at its most astounding.

- Blair S.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

2016 Itinerary

Day 1 – U.S., Guayaquil

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, your family is met and transferred to the hotel where you can rest and relax.

Day 2 – Guayaquil to Cuenca

After a breakfast briefing, take a boat journey through the Mangalres-Churute Mangrove Reserve, an ecological gem waiting to be discovered. The reserve spans 123,550 acres containing tropical dry forest and the largest mangrove system in Ecuador. After the boat journey, venture by foot into the forest and spot howler monkeys high in the trees. Then drive up and over the Andes, admiring magnificent views until reaching the beautifully preserved colonial city of Cuenca. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Cuenca

Start the day by driving 30 minutes from Cuenca to Cojitambo Mountain where you’ll visit a local school and meet friends. Families will get the opportunity to conduct a classroom lesson for the local children and play a game of soccer. After teaching, try your hand at rock climbing on Cojitambo, led by a local expert. Alternatively, you may opt to visit the city of Biblián to visit the church dedicated to the Virgen del Rocio followed by the meeting of local artisans to learn the art of weaving the traditional and inaccurately named “Panama hats.” (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Cuenca

To start your day, engage in a fun game at the local market. Later, visit the Bellavista Equestrian Center, learning the basics of horseback riding before taking a horse through the hills overlooking the Tarqui Valley. All the horses have been carefully trained and helmets are provided. For those who do not wish to visit Bellavista, learn how to prepare an Ecuadorian dish from a local family. In the afternoon, meander the cobblestone streets of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Galápagos Islands – Isabela Island

After breakfast, take a return flight to Guayaquil, and then, to Baltra, where you board a boat to Isabela Island. After checking in at the hotel, walk to the nearby Galápagos National Park Tortoise Breeding Center. Learn about this unique species of tortoise and how they evolved to adapt to this environment. Before walking through the wetlands back to the hotel, learn about the history of the sextant and how it was used to navigate before modern navigational tools were developed. Along the walk, look for different species of mangroves, shorebirds, and reptiles. This afternoon simply relax on the beach. La Casa de Marita or similar (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Galápagos Islands – Isabela Island

This morning visit the small island of Tintoreras, a unique volcanic formation. During an easy 40-minute hike, you will see young marine iguanas, the world’s only sea-going lizard, view a small colony of sea lions and possibly spot white-tipped reef sharks swimming around the island. Later we board the panga once more to visit a place known by the locals as Loberia Chica. If you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to swim with playful sea lions as well as many tropical fish and sting rays.

Back at the hotel tonight, return to the beach for a night of stargazing. The Galápagos night sky is usually clear and allows for some spectacular stargazing—it is possible to see millions of stars, constellations, satellites, and the entire Milky Way. La Casa de Marita or similar. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Galápagos Islands – Santa Cruz Island

Take a motor boat to the island of Santa Cruz. When you arrive, drive 40 minutes into the highlands to visit private farms that have set aside parts of their property for giant tortoise conservation. As you walk the farm trails, you’ll be able to get very close to these amazing creatures and take some great pictures. The giant tortoises of Santa Cruz belong to a group best known for their dome shaped shell and gigantic size. Next, continue exploring the volcanic origins of the island by discovering an immense lava tunnel. This tunnel measures over 1,300 feet, and you can walk through the length of it to the other side. Afterwards, head to Puerto Ayora to check-in to your hotel for some relaxation. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Galápagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island

Build your sextant and use it to navigate, with help from the sun, from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to Bahía Ballena like in the old days. Land at a sandy beach where you will observe Galápagos sea lions lounging and marine iguanas basking in the sun. The endemic Darwin’s finches and yellow warbler subspecies will fly among candelabra and prickly pear Opuntia cacti to search for food and nesting sites. Here you will see different species of mangroves growing among the lava fields, providing nutrients to the water that attract colorful tropical fish. As you snorkel, you’ll observe such fish as kingangel fish, barberfish, striped salemafish, damselfish with yellow lips and blue eyes, surgeonfish, and gnarled sea cucumbers. The water at Bahía Ballena is approximately 30 feet deep and in many places there is a sandy bottom, where Pacific green sea turtles often rest or gracefully swim to find their food. At the end of the day, go fishing in search for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Galápagos Islands, Guayaquil

Depart early this morning for the airport and the flight to Guayaquil on the mainland. Transfer to your hotel where there will be time to relax. Then reconvene for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Guayaquil, U.S.

Families will be transferred to the airport for their departing flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2017 Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive in Guayaquil

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, your family is met and transferred to the hotel where you can rest and relax. 

Day 2 – Guayaquil to Santa Cruz

After a breakfast briefing, fly from Guayaquil to Baltra Island (flight time approx. 1.5 hours). Transfer to the Itabaca Channel for a five-minute ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Drive approximately 40 minutes into the highlands to reach private farms that have conserved parts of their property with native and endemic vegetation to share their land with the giant tortoises of the Galápagos. Walk the farm trails to see and photograph these amazing creatures up close. Continue exploring the volcanic origins of the island by taking a 10-minute drive to the entrance of an immense lava tunnel. The tunnel measures over 1,300 feet and you can walk through the full length of it to the other side. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Santa Cruz and Santa Fé Islands

Take a boat to the nearby Santa Fé Island, making a wet landing on the island’s northeast coast where sea lions lounge in the bay. Look for the the Barrington Land Iguana and the Santa Fe Rice Rat, two species that are only found on this island. You'll hike along two trails leading from the beach to a scenic cliff-top viewpoint. Following the hike, return to the beach, where you can either go snorkeling or view the deep sea from a glass bottom boat. Return to Santa Cruz Island later in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Santa Cruz Island

Explore Santa Cruz Island in more depth taday. Visit  El Garrapatero, a bay with idyllic beaches perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is also a lake frequented by shorebirds such as pink flamingos, herons, and stilts. On the way to El Garrapatero stop at a farm where a local family produces sugar cane and coffee. A family member will share their experience of living from farming in the Galápagos and demonstrate how coffee is made from beans. They will also teach about the extraction of the sugar cane juice and its distillation into a drink known as “Galápagos Moonshine.” Later drive to Cowbird (El Garrapatero) Beach, the perfect point of departure for a short but exciting sea kayaking excursion. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Santa Cruz and North Seymour Islands

Take a boat to North Seymour, a small, flat island composed mainly of rocks and a long sandy stretch where sea lions and marine iguanas lie out next to the surf. The interior has a small Palo Santo and Opuntia cactus forest, where blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds congregate. Drive up the road to meet a local fisherman who will be your host for conversation and an exquisite dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Santa Cruz to San Cristobal Island

Board a speedboat for a two-hour ride to San Cristobal Island, the easternmost island in the archipelago. Upon arrival, stop at Buenaventura House. There will be time for snorkeling or just relaxing. Next, enjoy delicious Ecuadorian chocolate at a special tasting! Afterwards, enjoy the opportunity to kayak around the bay of Puerto Baquerizo and continue north to Darwin’s Bay, the precise bay where Charles Darwin first disembarked on the Galápagos Islands. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – San Cristobal

Enjoy a second day to explore San Cristobal Island. Kicker Rock is what remains of a volcanic lava cone eroded by seawater over thousands of years. Snorkel between the steep vertical cliffs for an experience you’ll never forget! In the afternoon visit Manglecito Beach where you can relax and enjoy the calm water of the bay and the company of sea lions, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. Later, relax at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – San Cristobal to Guayaquil

Fly from Baltra Island to Guayaquil. Check in to your hotel, relax, and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. You may want to go out to Malecon 2000, a scenic boardwalk where local people gather. Later hike up Santa Ana Hill, at the end of the Malecon, with its 444 steps!  Bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner and share your favorite moments of the adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Guayaquil

Families will be transferred to the airport for their departing flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)