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.
Recommended Age: 6+
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.
Extension: Take a Trip Into the Amazon
The Ecuadorian amazon is teeming with towering plants, stealthy wildlife, and colorful birds such as toucans and parrots!
Fly to Quito, Ecuador
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-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 ourselves 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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 we 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 Galapagos 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!
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 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!
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 host us this evening.
We’ll say goodbye to our fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as we share our favorite moments of the adventure.
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
03/29-04/07Adult $7740Teen $7740Child $7590Internal Air $750
07/19-07/28Adult $7740Teen $7740Child $7590Internal Air $750
12/25-01/03Limited AvailabilityAdult $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 $8190Teen $8190Child $7990Internal Air $750
12/22-12/31Adult $8190Teen $8190Child $7990Internal Air $750
Smart Traveler Advantages
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$500 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
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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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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.