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. You will explore four very diverse Islands, included an uninhabited island, to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos. With evenings free and suggested self-guided excursions you gain access to the park through your guided excursions while still keeping your autonomy to enjoy and explore the islands on your own. A couple of days in Quito before the Galapagos round out your adventure.
The 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 adventure, 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.
You will discover the incredible wildlife of the Islands with top naturalist and adventure guides. You’ll have a different guide on each of the three islands that you visit. Each guide specialized in running active, challenging tours and to do it safely. 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.
Take a day tour to Española Island. Considered one of the oldest islands, it’s teeming with wildlife. You’ll enjoy a gorgeous white-sandy beach (one of the most beautiful in the Galapagos) strewn with sea lions basking in the sunlight, with brilliant turquoise water beckoning you for a swim. Swimming there is a great idea as it is a good place to snorkel with these frisky critters! Español is also the only island to see the waved Albatross, and they are worth the trip alone. They are on the island from April – late December, nesting on the ground. You’ll also spot blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, finches, Galapagos hawks, and colorful sally light-foot crabs.
By overnighting 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 small port towns, or just kick-back in quality, choice hotels.
The trip includes two nights in Quito at the beginning of the trip. You’ll stay in a local hotel in Old Town Quito. Airport transfers are included as well, so you’re all set with what you need in mainland Ecuador before your Galapagos adventure.
LOCAL OPERATOR: NeoTropic Expeditions
A pioneer of the multi-sport experience in the Galapagos, Quito-based NeoTropic Expeditions (formerly Ecuador Adventure) provides meaningful, fun and safe eco-adventure experiences reflecting the company’s strong commitment to sustainable eco-tourism in Ecuador.