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Galapagos for Families
Only in Ecuador & Galapagos
- Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to spot tortoises and iguanas
- Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and other amazing creatures
- Visit the 'middle of the world' and plant a foot in both hemispheres
✓ Easter, October and Christmas school holidays
✓ Culture & Education, Wildlife
✓ 5 years+
Ecuador is geographical proof that size isn't everything...Dwarfed by its Latin American neighbours, Ecuador packs one heck of a punch into its compact borders; Andean mountains, Amazon rainforest, Pacific coast and the highest active volcano (and capital city!) in the world. Whilst the mainland is impressive enough in its own right, it is the Galapagos Islands that all too often steal the show … unsurprising when you consider the cast involved.
On land the prehistoric looking marine iguanas, the charming blue footed boobies and the frigate birds with their show-off expanding chests are always a hit, but it's underwater the show really kicks off. Snorkelling with sea lions, coming face to face and blowing bubbles at them underwater only for the sea lion to do it back to you is thrilling whatever your age, and swimming amongst turtles quite breathtaking. Add to this the spectacular displays of courtship (with dance routines worthy of strictly come dancing) from the magnificent waved albatross to the erratic behaviour of the penguins who skip between land and water, and you'll struggle to find anything anywhere in the world to match this natural spectacular. Best of all, none of the wildlife you encounter will be the slightest bit worried about your presence –on land you're politely ignored, and underwater largely treated like a bath toy … just something else to play with!
Equipped with all the gear (kayaks, wetsuits, flippers and masks) you'll need for your aqua adventures, the best way to explore this equatorial archipelago is by boat. With onshore excursions each day you'll visit some of the most fascinating of the islands, and get up close to this treasure trove of endemic species. The Galapagos Islands are renowned for natural wonders and unique wildlife and our guides are some of the best in the business –both in terms of their knowledge, and their ability to bring the islands to life for young explorers. For many travellers, the Galapagos Islands are a bucket list destination –this will certainly be a trip your children will remember forever.
And when you're done with the islands? Well then it's time to visit the mainland with its colourful markets, charming haciendas, colonial architecture, cloud forests, jungle, national parks and beaches. We really weren't joking when we said Ecuador packed a punch!
Did you know...
- The Galapagos Islands are estimated to be between three and 10 million years old
- Five ocean currents converge at the islands, which explains
the unique and varied mix of marine life
- Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands for five weeks
in 1835 and wrote On the Origin of
Species based on his findings
- Lonesome George was the only surviving Pinta Island tortoise
and was known as the rarest animal in the world until he died at the age of 100
- The islands are volcanic and there are around 60 eruptions
- The albatross can spend years at sea without touching land
- Marine iguanas are native to the islands and are the only
lizards on Earth that can swim underwater
- The islands are home to a giant centipede that can grow up
to 30cm long. It feeds on rats and lizards!
- The name Galapagos is an old Spanish world for 'saddle', and was originally used to describe the island's tortoises
The Boring Bit
- Airline routes – London Heathrow to Quito, domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands
- Flying time – 13+ hours (GMT -5 - 6 hours)
- Visas – Not required
- Health considerations – Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an infected area. Please consult your GP
Family itineraries in Galapagos
Family Ecuador & Galapagos
Nights: 12 | from £4,995
Enjoy mainland explorations discovering markets and musicians before cruising the iconic Galapagos Islands, surely the best classroom zoo in the world and thrilling for all the family.
Our preferred family accommodation in the Galapagos
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Discover Galapagos & Ecuador
Nights: 14 | from £5,180
Combine a trip to the incomparable Galapagos Islands with a journey through the beautiful highland regions of Ecuador, discovering its artisan crafts and markets in the shadow of snow-capped volcanic peaks.
Highlights of Ecuador
Nights: 9 | from £3,050
A thrilling exploration of the UNESCO-listed city of Quito and a cruise to the Galapagos Islands in search of owls, land iguanas and sea lions.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in the Galapagos
Napo Jungle Lodge
Las Tanusas, Puerto Cayo Manabi
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