The “Galapagos” has been one of the most popular destinations asked about since Thomson Family Adventures started offering trips for families in 1998, and with good reason. This unique volcanic archipelago is home to numerous marine species, birds, volcanic rocks, and gorgeous scenery. An idyllic destination for families, kids and parents alike are fascinated by something when they visit.
There are a lot of different ways to experience a Galapagos family vacation and looking at all the options can be overwhelming at first. The first question is if your family wants to visit just the islands, or do they want to also experience the culture and people of mainland Ecuador. Our Friends Across Borders program here is one of the best, along with incredible hiking, cooking lessons, and some of the nicest people you will have the pleasure of meeting! Several itineraries combine the best of both options with 3 nights in the Andean Highlands and 3 nights in the Galapagos Islands.
Your next decision is how you want to experience the Galapagos themselves. Many people opt for a cruise, allowing you to unpack once and settle in. Because the boat moves throughout the days, it allows your family to see the maximum numbers of islands in a short time. However, it is good to know that the boats have to adhere to strict guidelines set by the national parks. So the visits to the islands are limited in time and activity. On average there are (2) excursions daily, each about 2.5 hours long. The remainder of the time will be spent on the boat. Be ready to spend some time on a boat and don’t expect to be active for 8-10 hours a day when seeing the Galapagos on a family cruise.
Alternatively, your family can choose a land based Galapagos vacation. The amenities may be more limited but there is much more flexibility in terms of activities. While you may not see as many islands compared to a boat trip, you will see so much more of the one or two islands you do visit. Activities can be more active such as biking, longer hikes, and snorkeling in more remote parts.
However you choose to experience this amazing destination your family will be amazed. Call and speak with one of our family travel advisers to help find out which Galapagos adventure is best for you and your family!