9 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive 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.
8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Leave the crowds, cruise ships, and well-worn paths behind and spend time with your family actively exploring the Galapagos Islands on this family vacation. You’ll snorkel around mangroves teeming with marine life at Whale Bay, and hike and bike around Sierra Negra Volcano and the bay of El Garrapatero.
Recommended Age: 8+
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.
Hike and Snorkel on Santa Cruz Island
Keep an eye out for blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, and albatrosses on land and snorkel with marine iguanas, sea lions, and fur seals in the water.
Surf the Island’s Swells
Jump onto a board and into the water for a surfing lesson in the calm, serene waters of the Galapagos Islands— the perfect place to learn.
Explore Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands
Spend your entire trip on these two islands to discover the fauna and flora in-depth, gaining a real understanding of the two largest islands in the Galapagos.
Kayak in Academy Bay and Hike the Santa Cruz Highlands
Kayak across Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora alongside sea lions and hike in the Highlands sharing trails with the giant tortoises.
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 Guayaquil, Ecuador
Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Visit a Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and learn about the most famous inhabitants on the islands and the efforts at hand to save them from extinction!
Sierra Negra Volcano Hike
We’ll hike Isabela’s enormous Sierra Negra Volcano, across an alien landscape of fumaroles and lava fields, toward the 6-mile crater and one of the most stunning vistas on the island!
Hop up on a surf board and learn how to catch a wave on one of Isabela’s beautiful beaches!
Wall of Tears Mountain Bike Trip
Enjoy a scenic mountain bike trip past Isabela’s beautiful beaches and striking swamps filled with abundant birdlife toward the “Wall of Tears,” built by prisoners living in the island’s former penal colony.
This is the perfect place to kayak! The excursion is in the bay so it is very enjoyable and easy paddling for everyone. Paddling on the water is a great way to experience the wildflife and birds. Keep your eyes open for the penguins that frequent this area.
Santa Cruz Island
To continue exploring the volcanic origins of the island, we’ll take a 10-minute drive to the entrance of an immense lava tunnel. The tunnel measures over 1,300 feet, and you can walk through the full length of it to the other side.
Visit a Working Sugar Mill Farm
Head to “El Trapiche” (sugar mill) located in the highlands for an introduction on how sugar cane is still being produced in the traditional way. We’ll meet the owner and his family who make this visit so enjoyble it has been a highlight for our families!
Today we have the opportunity to contribute to the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. Native trees, Miconias, are being replanted in the Santa Cruz highlands and today we will participate in a planting.
Santa Fe Island Tour
Through hikes from beach shores to cliff tops, finding wildlife out in the open, and snorkeling in ocean waters, we’ll explore all that Santa Fe Island has to offer!
Whale Bay Snorkeling
Take an unforgettable underwater journey in the gorgeous waters off of Bahia Ballena, snorkeling amid fish, turtles and sea lions.
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.
Enjoy free time to relax at the hotel or step outside to enjoy some of the many nearby highlights, including the Malecon 2000 boardwalk and historic Las Penas neighborhood.
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
02/16-02/24Adult $6790Teen $6790Child $6640Internal Air $750
03/16-03/24Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6540Internal Air $750
04/13-04/21Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6540Internal Air $750
06/22-06/30Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6540Internal Air $750
07/06-07/14Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6540Internal Air $750
08/03-08/11Adult $6690Teen $6690Child $6540Internal Air $750
12/22-12/30Adult $6990Teen $6990Child $6940Internal Air $750
12/26-01/03Adult $6990Teen $6990Child $6940Internal Air $750
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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.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Note: Minimum of four guests to run this departure
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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Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
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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.