Ecuador (Galapagos)

Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $6890

    Duration

    9 days

    Activity Level

    Active

    Active 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.
    Minimum Age

    8

    Ideal Age

    10+

    Meals

    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.

    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.

     

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador


    Days 2-4

    Isabela Island

    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

    You’ll hike to Isabela’s enormous Sierra Negra Volcano, one of the most active in the Galapagos Islands. Sierra Negra has the earth’s second-largest active volcanic caldera whose rim can be seen, and its imposing presence is a stunning reminder of the Galapagos Islands’ volcanic formation.

    Surf Lessons

    Learn how to ride the waves on one of Isabela’s most 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.

    Kayaking & Snorkeling

    This is the perfect place to kayak! The excursion is in the bay, so it is very enjoyable and easy paddling for everyone.

    Concha de Perla option

    For those who do not want to bike or walk the 3 miles to Wall of Tears, there is the option to visit Concha de Perla. Enjoy this bay’s shallow, calm and transparent water that allows you to observe the fascinating Galapagos marine fauna. Or head to the town of Puerto Villamil for some shopping.


    Days 5-7

    Santa Cruz Island

    Lava Tunnel

    To continue exploring the volcanic origins of the island, you’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.

    Tree Planting

    Today you can contribute to the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. Native Miconia trees, are being replanted in the Santa Cruz highlands and today you will participate in a planting.

    Santa Fe Island Tour: Snorkeling & Hiking

    Through hikes from beach shores to cliff tops, finding wildlife out in the open, and snorkeling in ocean waters, you’ll explore all that Santa Fe Island has to offer!

    Whale Bay (Bahia Ballena) Snorkeling

    You’ll enjoy a unique snorkeling adventure near the beaches of Bahia Ballena. Swim around mangroves that provide food for king angel fish, damselfish, barberfish and surgeonfish.

    Whale Bay (Bahia Ballena)

    You’ll land on the sandy beach at Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay). With a short walk you can observe Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas. The Darwin`s Finches and yellow warbler subspecies fly among cacti to search for food and nesting sites. Frigate Birds perch on Mangrove trees and circle the sky to steal fish from the blue footed boobies. Here, different species of mangroves grow among the lava fields, providing nutrients into the water that attract colorful tropical fish.


    Day 8

    Guayaquil

    Farewell Dinner

    Say goodbye to your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as you share your favorite moments of the adventure.


    Day 9

    Depart Guayaquil


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/22-12/30

    Adult $6990
    Teen $6990
    Child $6940
    Internal Air $750

    12/26-01/03

    Sold Out
    Adult $6990
    Teen $6990
    Child $6940
    Internal Air $750


    2020 Dates


    02/15-02/23

    Adult $6990
    Teen $6990
    Child $6790
    Internal Air $750

    03/14-03/22

    Adult $6990
    Teen $6990
    Child $6790
    Internal Air $750

    04/11-04/19

    Adult $6890
    Teen $6890
    Child $6690
    Internal Air $750

    06/20-06/28

    Adult $6890
    Teen $6890
    Child $6690
    Internal Air $750

    07/11-07/19

    Adult $6890
    Teen $6890
    Child $6690
    Internal Air $750

    08/01-08/09

    Adult $6890
    Teen $6890
    Child $6690
    Internal Air $750

    12/23-12/31

    Adult $7290
    Teen $7290
    Child $7090
    Internal Air $750

    12/26-01/03

    Adult $7390
    Teen $7390
    Child $7190
    Internal Air $750

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $500 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $1,890 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.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    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.

    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.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Guayaquil

    The Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil is located on Babahayo River and steps from Santa Ana Hill, its lighthouse and the Malecon 2000. The hotel has a fitness center, heated out door pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, a restaurant, lounge, digital safe and a satellite TV.

    Hotel La Casa de Marita

    Hotel La Casa de Marita is a family-run hotel on Isabela Island. Amenities include hair dryers, air conditioning, a restaurant, lounge, Wi-Fi (poor signal) and room service.

    Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

    The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn offers top-notch comfort and all the necessary amenities amid constant reminders that you’re still in the Galápagos Islands, one of the most unique places in the world. The inn was built using lava rocks and drift wood for that authentic Galápagos feel, and each spacious room is equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, safety deposit box, and a private bathroom. Located just a 2-minute water taxi ride from the bustling Puerto Ayora, the property has its own dock and a waterfront restaurant prime for observing sea lions, sea turtles, and marine iguanas. Amenities include laundry service, air conditioning, mini-bar/refrigerator, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi, and a bar and cafe. Note that Angermeyer Inn does not have connecting rooms and that hair dryers are available upon request at the reception desk.

    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.

  • Extend Your Trip
    • Extension
    Starts at

    $1440

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    • Extension
    Starts at

    $1190

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate


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