10 daysActivity Level
EasyYour 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.
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.
Fly to Quito, Ecuador
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!
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.
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.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? At our hacienda experience a chocolate tasting activity with different varieties of 100% Ecuadorian chocolate.
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.
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.
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!
Say goodbye to your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as you share your favorite moments of the adventure.
Dates & Prices
12/25-01/03Sold OutAdult $7940Teen $7940Child $7890Internal Air $750
12/26-01/04Adult $7940Teen $7940Child $7890Internal Air $750
03/27-04/05Adult $7890Teen $7890Child $7690Internal Air $750
06/27-07/06Adult $7890Teen $7890Child $7690Internal Air $750
12/19-12/28Adult $8290Teen $8290Child $8090Internal Air $750
12/22-12/31Adult $8290Teen $8290Child $8090Internal Air $750
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$500 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
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.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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.
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.
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.
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