Discover the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands with your children and grandchildren. You'll explore four islands, snorkel with sea lions and go on nature walks, and learn about giant tortoise conservation and Darwin's theories. Plus enjoy stays at two island inns.

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 Adults, kids, and iguanas on the Galápagos Islands. Credit: Chris Gamel  Exploring the Galápagos Islands  A family experience on the Galápagos  A pair of blue-footed boobies  Frigate Bird  A lizard sunning itself in the Galápagos  A colorful Sally Lightfoot crab  Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs  Sea turtle goes swimming  Young family member gets up close to wildlife

Galápagos Adventure: A Family Journey

9 days from $6,740

Discover the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands with your children and grandchildren. You'll explore four islands, snorkel with sea lions and go on nature walks, and learn about giant tortoise conservation and Darwin's theories. Plus enjoy stays at two island inns.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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

Join us in the Galápagos Islands for an active adventure and learning experience. You’ll gain insight into Charles Darwin, see unique wildlife, and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and nature walks. Settle into hotel stays on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands and explore these and other islands in depth with your local expert guides, then conclude your journey with a day in Guayaquil. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older

Highlights Include

  • Wildlife and Adventure: Gaze in amazement (and amusement!) at Blue-footed Boobies, flightless cormorants, seals, iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and more during nature walks! Enjoy active adventure as you swim and snorkel amid colorful tropical fish, green sea turtles, and graceful seals.
  • Santa Cruz Island: Spend four magical nights on Santa Cruz Island. You’ll see giant Galápagos tortoises up close at a private farm in the highlands, visit an immense lava tunnel, go sea kayaking, and meet a family at their farm to learn about sugar cane and coffee production. Take short boat rides to Santa Fé and North Seymour Islands, where you’ll look for unique species, go hiking and snorkeling, and meet a local fisherman who will be your host for conversation and dinner.
  • San Cristobal Island: During two nights on this island, learn more about Charles Darwin and see the bay where he first disembarked. Enjoy time kayaking and snorkeling and watching wildlife. You’ll also sample delicious Ecuadorian chocolate at a special tasting. 

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.

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)