WHY THIS TRIP
Families who love to recreate outdoors will love the Galapagos Family Adventure as it is designed for kids of all ages to experience the Galapagos islands’ famous wildlife while paddling, hiking, biking, and snorkeling. Travel with other families to keep both kids and parents happy. You will explore three very diverse Islands to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos.
This Galapagos Family Adventure is the perfect choice for active families who want to travel with other families to explore the amazing flora and fauna of the Galapagos without being cooped up on a boat. On this Galapagos Multisport, you will be hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and mountain biking alongside the world famous wildlife of the Galapagos, spending more time out in nature recreating than on any naturalist cruise. All of the activities are designed an operated to accommodate people of all levels of activity so that younger kids can paddle, peddle, hike, and snorkel along with their older siblings and parents.
You will discover the incredible wildlife of the Islands with top naturalist and adventure guides. Each guide is trained in running active, challenging tours and to do it safely with people of different ages and abilities. These guides are trained as both naturalist guides (certified by the National Park) and as adventure experts, so you get both interpretation of the Islands’ natural wonders and the expertise to run a truly thrilling tour. Groups are kept small, around 12 travelers or less, to make sure everyone can stay close to the guide and not miss any of the wildlife sightings they point out.
By over-nighting on three different Islands in local lodges, you get a bit of time to yourself and a feel for each Island’s particular culture. Since you don’t travel to new Islands every day, you spend more time visiting sites and less time traveling. But you also travel enough to really get a sense for the diversity between the Islands to see how the animal and plant life evolved independently. You’ll be active all day, and in the evenings you have time to explore the small port towns, or just kick-back in high-quality, choice hotels. You will have your choice of restaurants each night (on your own).
The itinerary has been set up to take advantage of the best parts of each Island. Thus, on San Cristobal, you’ll be snorkeling at Kicker Rock and Lobos Island (both sites that are off-limits to cruise passengers!) where you have a good chance of swimming with hammerhead sharks, rays, sea lions, tropical fish, and sea lions. On Isabela, you’ll visit Tintoreras; considered one of the best sites to see many of the highlight animals you associate with the Islands, like penguins, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks. Also on Isabela, you’ll also take on the challenge hiking up Volcan Chico, making it a far more rewarding and exhilarating hike than the shorter hike most cruise passengers do to the caldera. On Santa Cruz, you’ll be hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling to see Giant Tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and the famous Darwin’s finches.
The Galapagos Multisport Adventure is an ideal vacation for active travelers who want to see the Galapagos and want to have fun in the process.
LOCAL OPERATOR: ECUADOR ADVENTURE
A pioneer of the multi-sport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based Ecuador Adventures provides meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experiences reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism in Ecuador.
DAY 1: Arrive Quito, overnight local hosteria near airport
DAY 2: Arrive Galapagos. Hike to Frigate Hill and Snorkel Punta Carola
DAY 3: Kayak and Snorkel In San Cristobal’s Northern Coast
DAY 4: Mountain Bike and Explore Tintoreras
DAY 5: Volcano Discovery Hike in the Isabela Highlands
DAY 6: Research Station Visit, Hike With the Giant Tortoises and Explore Los Gemelos
DAY 7: Sea Kayak in Punta Estrada and Hike to Tortuga Bay – Santa Cruz
DAY 8: Depart Galapagos, overnight Quito in local hosteria near the airport
DAY 9: Depart Quito for home or continue to the Amazon or Peru to extend