Ecuador (Galapagos)

Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $6590PP

    Duration

    9 days

    Activity

    Level 2

    Meals

    8 breakfast, 6 lunch, 7 dinner

    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 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 isalnds 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!

    Surf Lessons

    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.

    Kayaking

    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.


    Days 5-7

    Santa Cruz Island

    Lava Tunnel

    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!

    Tree Planting

    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 Fé Island has to offer!

    Whale Bay (Bahia Ballena) Snorkeling

    Take an unforgettable underwater journey in the gorgeous waters off of Bahía 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 hosts us this evening.


    Day 8

    Guayaquil

    Free Time

    Enjoy free time to relax at the hotel or step outside to enjoy some of the many nearby highlights, including the Malecón 2000 boardwalk and historic Las Peñas neighborhood.

    Farewell Dinner

    We’ll say goodbye to our fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as we share our favorite moments of the adventure.


    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    02/17-02/25

    Adult $6790PP
    Teen $6790PP
    Child $6640PP
    Internal Air $750

    03/17-03/25

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6590PP
    Child $6440PP
    Internal Air $750

    06/16-06/24

    Adult $6690PP
    Teen $6690PP
    Child $6540PP
    Internal Air $750

    07/21-07/29

    Adult $6690PP
    Teen $6690PP
    Child $6540PP
    Internal Air $750

    08/18-08/26

    Adult $6690PP
    Teen $6690PP
    Child $6540PP
    Internal Air $750

    12/22-12/30

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

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $500 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Groups 

    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.

    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, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Guayaquil

    The Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil is located just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill, its famous lighthouse, and the Malecon 2000. Guests to this Guayaquil hotel can stay fit at the state-of-art-fitness center or relax with a swim in the heated outdoor pool, which proffers glorious views of the city from the 9th floor terrace. Each of its 179 over-sized guest rooms includes thoughtful amenities like plush pillow top bedding, down pillows, mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathrobe digital safe and 43-inch flat screen satellite TV.

    Hotel La Casa de Marita

    Hotel La Casa de Marita is a charming little nineteen room family-run hotel on the island of Isabela, surrounded by white sand beaches, dazzling turquoise waters, and lush vegetation and gardens. Due to the mom-and-pop nature of the property, each cozy room carries its own unique, quirky character. Amenities include hair dryers, air conditioning, restaurant, bar/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 Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique places in the world. The inn was built using lava rocks and drift wood for that authentic Galapagos feel, and each spacious room is equipped with cable television, 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.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be 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 Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.