WHY THIS TRIP
For the adventurous family this is the ultimate active Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu adventure. Designed with families in mind, you will travel with other families to hike, bike, sea kayak and snorkel your way through the Galapagos Islands, before experiencing the best of Machu Picchu and the Cusco area with whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, chocolate making, traditional barbecues, and Inca ruins, including arriving on foot into Machu Picchu on the 1-Day Inca Trail trek.
- Hike, bike, sea kayak and snorkel your way through the Galapagos Islands
- Stay on 3 different islands in the Galapagos
- Experience a true multisport adventure with top adventure guides and equipment
- Arrive to Machu Picchu on foot via the Gate of the Sun, even if permits are sold out for the full Inca Trail trek
- Full Day exploration of Machu Picchu
- Hike on Inca trails to explore popular and lesser know Inca sites with your knowledgeable local guide
- Relax each night at a comfortable hotel
Starting with an overnight at a scenic and interesting hosteria (local inn), you will know upon arrival that you are off on a charming adventure that is perfect for the whole family. From there you he Galapagos Family Adventure is the perfect choice for those wanting to explore the amazing flora and fauna of the Galapagos, but who don’t want to be cooped up on a boat, and want more action than just slow-paced naturalist walks. 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.
The itinerary has been set up to take advantage of the best parts of each Island. Thus, on San Cristobal, you’ll kayak along the North Coast to see sea lions, blue footed boobies, and marine iguanas, and snorkel with sea lions, white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, and more. 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 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.
Next, in Peru you will get off the beaten path to explore the most interesting Inca sites and local villages on an itinerary set up to keep you away from the main tourist crowds on an adventure trip specifically designed for the needs of the modern adventurous family. With education, plenty of activities and enough time to relax, this trip will appeal to everyone from 8 to 80 years old.
Cusco, the former Inca capital where Spanish colonial architecture is built on top of Inca stone foundations, is your base for this great multi-activity adventure. Cusco is a fascinating city full of culture, history and good restaurants, cafes, and bars. From Cusco you explore rarely visited ruins on horseback, raft and canoe the scenic, fun and safe Rio Urubamba and descend by mountain bike into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You trek the famous one-day Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
This trip is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the most demanding teenager who is looking for non-stop action as well as the younger more relaxed crowd looking to try some fun and stimulating sports. At the same time, the trip builds in enough time for relaxing that even the parents feel they have had a vacation.
LOCAL PERU OPERATOR: AMAZONAS EXPLORER
For more than three decades Amazonas Explorer has led high-quality trips and alternative adventures throughout South America. Based in Cusco, its professionally trained guides, cooks and support crew bring their passion and skills to the travelers they serve and, in turn, build rewarding careers for themselves. This talented staff of local experts is focused on providing you with safe and comfortable adventures, all centered on making your holiday as memorable as possible.
LOCAL GALAPAGOS 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.