9 daysActivity Level
ModerateOur moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Come aboard a small cruise ship and hop around from island to island in the world’s most protected archipelago, the Galapagos. On this Galapagos family vacation not only will you cruise to several different islands but also get to experience the rich culture of the Andes and mainland Ecuador.
Recommended Age: 8+
Cruise Around the Galapagos Islands
Avoid packing and unpacking and moving hotels and just relax on a small cruise ship as you explore the Galapagos Islands.
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.
Explore Several of the Galapagos Islands
Experience a wide array of islands, discovering the different intricacies and what makes each island special and unique while searching for blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, sally lightfoot crabs, albatrosses, marine iguanas, sea lions, and fur seals.
Discover Otavalo Market
Visit one of the largest craft markets in South America and shop for hand crafted goods from sweaters and ponchos to paintings and jewelry.
Visit a Village in the Highlands
Experience a cultural connection that will stay with your family forever as we take you to visit a school in the Andean Highlands to meet local kids.
THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY
Itineraries vary depending on travel dates. Please give us a call for specifics.
Fly to Quito, Ecuador
Sorcerer's Mountain (Cerro Brujo), San Cristobal Island
After arriving in the shadow of Cerro Brujo – the “Sorcerer’s Mountain” – on San Cristóbal Island, we will go to the beach for swimming and snorkeling. Wildlife sightings include blue footed boobies, brown pelicans, coastal birds, and Darwin’s finches.
Explore Sea Lion Island
Sea Lion Island, also known as Isla Lobos, is a long islet parallel to the coastline of San Cristobal Island. This calm waterway has become one of the best spots in the Galapagos for snorkeling and kayaking!
Punta Suárez - Discover the Wildlife
Explore the archipelago’s southernmost island, Española, at Punta Suárez, one of the most spectacular spots in the Galaìpagos that’s home to sea lions surfing the breaking waves, groups of iguanas basking in the sun, and masked and blue-footed boobies nesting along the walking trails.
South Plaza Island
A large colony of sea lions, numbering about 1,000 bulls, cows and pups, occupy the smooth rocks here. Along the cliff edge nesting swallow-tailed gulls are the predominant seabirds, along with tropicbirds and shearwaters.
Santa Fé Island
Here, sea lions lounge in the bay, and two species can be found that don’t exist anywhere but this small island: the Barrington Land Iguana and the Santa Fé Rice Rat.
Angla School Visit
Head to the little town of Angla to visit a local school where your family can spend some time with kids and teachers and, time permitting, help with their daily activities.
At our hacienda, we’ll go on an exciting treasure hunt around the beautiful grounds. There will be puzzles to solve and a real life treasure chest to find!
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!
Lunch at a Rose Plantation
We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at the Hacienda la Compania de Jesus as we take a break from exploring the gorgeous property.
Depart Quito / Arrive home in the US
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.
Guaranteed DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
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.
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.