Ecuador (Galapagos)

Ecuador & Galapagos for Everyone

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $7890

    Duration

    10 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
    Minimum Age

    6

    Ideal Age

    8+

    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

    This adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands provides constant options between more active and more relaxed activities. Based around freedom of choice, there’s no type of traveler and no type of family this itinerary can’t please. This Galapagos family vacation is perfect for whole families, family reunions, and grandparents traveling with grandkids.

    See Giant Tortoises in the Wild

    Quite possibly the most famous inhabitant of the Galapagos, you’ll find the Giant Tortoise lumbering around protected fields looking for food to snack on.

    Snorkel Underwater Cave Tunnels

    Dive in and snorkel through underwater cave tunnels, created from lava flows millions of years ago, and look for turtles and Galapagos penguins hanging out in the caves.

    Treasure Hunt in the Andes

    With coordinates and a handheld GPS, watch your kids navigate the Andes discovering clues on their way to finding hidden treasure.

    Explore Mainland Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

    Split your time between mainland Ecuador, exploring the Andes Mountain range and two of the largest Galapagos Islands looking for blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, albatrosses, marine iguanas, sea lions, and fur seals.

    Visit Bahia Ballena and See Darwin’s Finches

    Visit the Bahia Ballena region on Santa Cruz and see the place where Darwin developed his then theory of evolution and see the finches that were the cornerstone of his study.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Quito, Ecuador


    Day 1

    Quito


    Days 2-3

    Andean Highlands

    Sun Dial in the Middle of the World

    From Quito you’ll head north, to one of the most fertile valleys in the region, to visit a sundial located precisely on the equator. Here, you will meet your astral-archaeological expert, who will provide us with an expert’s explanation of why Ecuador has 12 hours of daylight throughout the year. He’ll also teach us how to orientate you from the equator line at different times of the day in different seasons. You learn something new every day!

    Cooking Class

    Get ready for a wonderful cooking class that will be held in the green areas outside the main restaurant. Here you’ll have the chance to learn how to make famous cheese empanadas, prepare some local trout and delicious fruit-based ice cream, handmade by spinning a large copper vat.

    Pijal Hike

    Take a two-and-a-half-hour hike across Eucalyptus forests, cattle farms, pastures and hills to the magnificent Hacienda Cusin, surrounded by scenic natural beauty. (A vehicle will be available for any guests who prefer to drive.)

    Find a Hidden Treasure with GPS

    After your kids have learned how to use a handheld GPS device, you will put their new skills to work as you set out on a hike in search of buried treasure.

    Zuleta Town Visit

    Visit the nearby picturesque town of Zuleta. You’ll stop by some traditional homes and meet women working on colorful and intricate embroidery while getting a sense of what life is like for local families.

    Ucsha School Visit

    Head to the little town of Ucsha to visit a local school where your family can spend some time with kids and teachers and, time permitting, help with their daily activities.

    Chocolate Tasting

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? At our hacienda experience a chocolate tasting activity with different varieties of 100% Ecuadorian chocolate.


    Day 4

    Quito

    Otavalo Market

    At Poncho Plaza you’ll be able to shop for local crafts and handmade weavings, sweaters and Panama hats in Latin America’s second largest indigenous market.

    Active Morning Option – Kayaking

    San Pablo Lake is one of the most scenic areas in the province of Imbabura. During a two-mile kayak across the lake, enjoy the great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

    Cultural Morning Option - Huarmi Maqui

    The village of Peguche is home to the Huarmi Maqui organization, a cooperative of women that an indigenous leader has organized to support the education and health of the members’ children. Here you will have the opportunity to see some locally made handicrafts and typical Andean products such as corn, peas, beans, potatoes and more.


    Days 5-6

    Isabela Island

    Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for Everybody

    Visit a Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about the efforts to save the Giant Tortoise from extinction at this fascinating science center.

    The Tunnels (Los Tuneles) Excursion

    Explore a snorkeling spot traditionally used by fishermen known as Los Tuneles (The Tunnels), a remarkable lava formation, created a million years ago, with underwater arches and caves.
    See Galápagos penguins, sea birds, eagle rays and sharks up close, and snorkel in a magical underwater world.

    El Finado Snorkeling

    Snorkel a calm inlet of shallow water, El Finado, surrounded by lava rocks, red mangroves and filled with whitetip reef sharks and rays.


    Days 7-8

    Santa Cruz Island

    Daphne Islands Visit for Everybody

    You’ll venture to the beautiful Daphne Islands, famous for the finch research that’s been conducted there for decades. You’ll disembark on the Enchanted Beach for a chance to snorkel, looking for marine turtles and sea lions.

    See Giant Tortoises Up Close for Everybody

    You’ll visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to spot giant Galapagos tortoises roaming free amid thick, green vegetation. Kids will especially love the photo ops with these famous gentle giants!

    Active Bahia Ballena Visit Option

    Spend the day amid a proliferation of wildlife at Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), walking among snoozing sea lions and sunbathing marine iguanas, then go snorkeling among a multitude of colorful fish. Look for long-tailed sting rays and leatherback sea turtles for an extra-special sighting!


    Day 9

    Quito

    Farewell Dinner

    Say goodbye to your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as you share your favorite moments of the adventure.


    Day 10

    Depart Quito


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/25-01/03

    Sold Out
    Adult $7940
    Teen $7940
    Child $7890
    Internal Air $750

    12/26-01/04

    Sold Out
    Adult $7940
    Teen $7940
    Child $7890
    Internal Air $750


    2020 Dates


    03/27-04/05

    Adult $7890
    Teen $7890
    Child $7690
    Internal Air $750

    06/27-07/06

    Limited Availability
    Adult $7890
    Teen $7890
    Child $7690
    Internal Air $750

    12/19-12/28

    Adult $8290
    Teen $8290
    Child $8090
    Internal Air $750

    12/22-12/31

    Adult $8290
    Teen $8290
    Child $8090
    Internal Air $750

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $500 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $1,490 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Grand Condor Airport Hotel

    Located at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, the Wyndham Quito Airport is located 12 miles outside of Quito. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a restaurant, lounge, spa and fitness center.

    Hacienda Cusin

    Hacienda Cusin is a restored 17th-century Andean estate about 90 minutes north of Quito. Most rooms offer a mountain-view, a beamed ceiling and functional fireplace. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, hair dryers, a game room, massages, mountain biking, laundry service and a fully-staffed kitchen.

    Hotel La Casa de Marita

    Hotel La Casa de Marita is a family-run hotel on Isabela Island. Amenities include hair dryers, air conditioning, a restaurant, lounge, Wi-Fi (poor signal) and room service.

    Hotel Silberstein

    Hotel Silberstein is located in the center of Puerto Ayora, the most heavily populated city in the Galapagos Islands. Amenities include an information center, a dive center, pool, Wi-Fi and hair dryers. Note that Hotel Silberstein does not have connecting rooms.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Extend Your Trip
    • Extension
    Starts at

    $1440

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    • Extension
    Starts at

    $1190

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

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Starts at

$6890

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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