Ecuador (Galapagos)

Ecuador & Galapagos for Everyone

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $7740PP

    Duration

    10 days

    Activity

    Level 2

    Meals

    9 breakfast, 7 lunch, 8 dinner

    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 Ecuador


    Days 2-4

    Andean Highlands

    Sun Dial in the Middle of the World

    From Quito we’ll head north, to one of the most fertile valleys in the region, to visit a sundial located precisely on the equator. Here, we will meet our astral-archeological 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 ourselves 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 we will have the chance to learn how to make the 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.

    Zuleta Town Visit

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

    Otavalo Market

    You cannot leave Ecuador without visiting Latin America’s second largest indigenous market! At Poncho Plaza we’ll be able to shop for many things. Otavaleños are most famous for their weavings including sweaters, blankets, gloves and ponchos. You’ll also find Panama hats and colorfully embroidered blouses and shirts. Good-natured bargaining is expected here!


    Days 4-6

    Isabela Island

    Giant Tortoise Breeding Center for Everybody

    Visit a Giant Tortoise Bredding 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 Galaìpagos 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 and red mangroves, and filled with whitetip reef sharks and rays!

    Afternoon Beach Time for Everybody


    Days 7-8

    Santa Cruz Island

    Daphne Islands Visit for Everybody

    We’ll venture to the beautiful Daphne Islands, famous for the finch research that’s been conducted there for decades. We’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

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

    Active Bahía Ballena Visit Option

    Spend the day amid a proliferation of wildlife at Bahía 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!

    Dinner with a Local Fisherman

    We’ll travel up the road to meet a local fisherman who is a favorite with our families. Enjoy hearty conversation and an exquisite dinner as he and his family hosts us this evening.


    Day 9

    Quito

    Farewell Dinner


    Day 10

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2017 Dates


    12/23-01/01

    Adult $7790PP
    Teen $7790PP
    Child $7490PP
    Internal Air $1000


    2018 Dates


    06/23-07/02

    Adult $7740PP
    Teen $7740PP
    Child $7590PP
    Internal Air $750

    12/23-01/01

    Adult $7940PP
    Teen $7940PP
    Child $7890PP
    Internal Air $750

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $500 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Groups 

    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.

    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, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Grand Condor

    Featuring free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, Wyndham Quito Airport offers accommodations in Tababela, just 12 miles from Quito. The hotel has a terrace and fitness center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

    Hacienda Cusin

    Hacienda Cusin is a restored 17th-century Andean estate about 90 minutes north of Quito. The hotel features 43 beautiful, individually decorated rooms, each with a mountain-view and most of which have a beamed ceiling and a functional fireplace. The beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel contain countless species of flowers, bushes, and trees, and attract over 50 species of birds. Other highlights include animals, horseback riding, a game room, massages, mountain biking, an internet café, laundry service and a fully-staffed kitchen with a great menu.

    Hotel La Casa de Marita

    Hotel La Casa de Marita is a charming little nineteen room family-run hotel on the island of Isabela, surrounded by white sand beaches, dazzling turquoise waters, and lush vegetation and gardens. Due to the mom-and-pop nature of the property, each cozy room carries its own unique, quirky character. Amenities include hair dryers, air conditioning, restaurant, bar/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. The hotel offers 24 comfortable rooms, quality service, and a lovely atmosphere, with lush gardens and a pristine swimming pool. Amenities include a tourist information center, a dive center, internet and hair dryers. Note that connecting rooms do not exist here.

    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.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.