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breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Leave the crowds, cruise ships, and well-worn paths behind and spend time with your family actively exploring the Galapagos Islands. Snorkel around mangroves teeming with marine life at Whale Bay, hike Sierra Negra Volcano and visit the Wall of Tears. Looking for something leisurely? The calm beaches at the bay of El Garrapatero await.
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.
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
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.
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.
Santa Cruz Island
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.
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!
Panga Boat Ride
Take a fun ride on a small boat that skips across the water!
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.
This time is yours to explore and simply enjoy the amenities of the hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous, step outside and explore many of the city’s popular highlights. Walk along the Malecon 2000, offering plenty of shopping, restaurants and beautiful views of the Guayas River. Or head toward the colorful, historic Las Penas neighborhood, climbing more than 400 steps to the city’s iconic light house.
Say goodbye to your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner as you share your favorite moments of the adventure.
Dates & Prices
06/18-06/26Adult $6990Teen $6990Child $6790Internal Air $800
07/02-07/10Sold OutAdult $6990Teen $6990Child $6790Internal Air $800
07/23-07/31Adult $6990Teen $6990Child $6790Internal Air $800
08/13-08/21Adult $6990Teen $6990Child $6790Internal Air $800
12/24-01/01Adult $7490Teen $7490Child $7290Internal Air $800
03/18-03/26Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
04/15-04/23Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
06/24-07/02Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
07/01-07/09Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
07/22-07/30Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
08/19-08/27Adult $7290Teen $7090Child $6790Internal Air $880
12/23-12/31Adult $7490Teen $7290Child $6990Internal Air $880
Small Group Supplement
A supplement may apply to smaller groups. Please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.
Additional $1,600 for single accommodations.
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 Guard – 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 and snacks in the vehicle.
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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