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Galapagos Family Travel tour

Galapagos Family Travel

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the galapagos islands
  • Kayak to a beautiful beach then take the catamaran to kicker rock, this is an amazing day of snorkelling
  • Hike of isabela’s sierra negra
  • Visit los tuneles and snorkel
  • A two and a half hour boat ride to santa cruz island
  • Visit bachas chicas for another opportunity to snorkel with multicolor fishes and nesting pelicans

Short Description

Galapagos Family Travel with Galapagos Unbound takes your family on a vacation you will remember forever. A perfect family adventure for those with 12 people or less, our Galapagos Islands Family Vacations are unique in that they specifically cater to families. For 30 years, Galapagos Unbound has specialized in family adventure vacations and our award winning Galapagos Unbound tour has been designed to fit what you are looking for in a family vacation to the Galapagos Islands

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guayaquil
End City Guayaquil

Trip Includes

  • Meals
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Accommodation : San Jose de Puembo

Fly into Quito and begin your Galapagos Unbound adventure. Upon arrival, meet with the hotel’s representative and take their private shuttle to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2: Quito City Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: San Jose de Puembo

After breakfast, venture out to explore Quito. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito offers historic sites such as colonial temples and the monasteries of Santo Domingo and San Francisco. Visit the St. Augustine Convent, the Independence Plaza neighbored by the Jesuit Church of La Compañía, the Municipal Building, the Presidential Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace. Next, we continue our exploration with a visit to the Church of San Francisco, an incredible remnant of the New World known for its elaborate interior.

We take a break with some lunch, after which we stop by the Galapagos Unbound headquarters in Ecuador. Tempt your tastebuds with some of Ecuador’s rich chocolate before gathering for a trip briefing and kayaking orientation. Return to your hotel by mid-afternoon and relax before dinner.

Day 3: Arrive San Cristóbal, Kayak Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Exclusive Beach Camp

Depart mainland Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands with a flight from Quito to San Cristóbal. Our Galapagos National Park’s Naturalist Guide greets us upon arrival. Take in San Cristóbal’s eroded volcanic peaks and verdant vegetation as you travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital. Once there, relax with lunch at a local restaurant before getting fitted for your personal snorkel gear which will allow you to experience the Galapagos' marine world in comfort.

This afternoon, settle in for your first kayaking expedition of the trip with a 6-mile paddle from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manglecito Beach. The paddle takes you past Lobos Island, where you can spot marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and brown pelicans perched on the rocky coast. You may even be able to spot passing sea turtles bopping their heads out of water to take a breath or even mating. 

You arrive to a beach camp welcome from your camp guides, settle in to your tent then either choose to relax and enjoy the view or indulge in more wildlife spotting.

This evening, enjoy camping on a secluded beach and relish the freshly prepared food, tranquil views and the occasional visit by the local wildlife before bed.

Day 4: Kayak Manglecito Beach to Puerto Grand, Snorkel at Kicker Rock

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Exclusive Beach Camp

After waking up to the sounds of waves and wildlife, set off on a morning kayak expedition along the coast to Puerto Grande Beach. Upon arrival, settle in and stretch your legs before hopping in a boat for a ride to Kicker Rock, or León Dormido. Look out for dolphins as we travel, and once there set out for an unparalleled snorkeling experience. Sea turtles, Galapagos and white-tipped reef sharks and eagle rays may be enjoying the narrow channel’s calm waters, and you can expect to see light flicking off hundreds of fish and sea stars clinging to the rocks.

Return to Manglecito Beach by late afternoon and relax with a beverage and a colorful sunset unobscured against the skyline.

*Note: The order of the activities can vary depending on National Park schedules.

*Note: Boat ride to Kicker Rock on Shared Services in groups from 4 to 7 people

Day 5: Kayak Isabela Island

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation : Hotel Albermarle or similar

Early wake up before traveling back to town by boat, no time for breakfast but we will ahve coffee and snacks on the boat. There, catch a flight to Isabela Island—the archipelago’s largest island formed from 6 merged shield volcanoes. Amongst the calderas and lush wetlands, more wild tortoises can be found here than on all the other islands combined, and rare endemic wildlife can be spotted. Despite its soaring volcanic views and impressive wildlife initiatives, few Galapagos cruises make it to Isabela—making this a unique adventure.

Our morning travels take us to Puerto Villamil, where we check in at our evening’s accommodations and enjoy some local cuisine at lunch. Up next, we hop in our kayaks and paddle around Isabela's beautiful bay and beachfront. Wildlife is abundant, especially birdlife, and this is probably our best chance to see the tiny Galapagos penguin as they love to hang out and nest on the rocks here. Bring your snorkel gear along as you will have plenty opportunity to jump in and explore beneath the water. The pure white sand on the sea floor makes this a snorkel paradise.

Note - the checked baggage allowance for these small planes is 25lbs per person - you may have a carry on like a backpack.  If you are over the limit the airline will charge $2 per lb over.

Day 6: Hike Sierra Negra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel Albermarle or similar

Enjoy a fresh breakfast before heading out into Isabela’s highlands for a new view of the Galapagos Islands’ diverse terrain. Our travels take us to the base of Sierra Negra—an active volcano whose last eruption in 2005 left it coated with a remarkable new layer of lava. Hike 6-10 miles to the caldera, the second largest in the world, and enjoy incredible views while looking out for flycatchers, finches and the elusive Galapagos hawk.

Once we reach the caldera’s rim, relax and take in the sweeping views of Isabela laying before you. Then, our hike continues to Volcan Chico, where a lunar landscape of fumaroles and rippling snakes of black lava await you. From the highest points, you can see Isabela’s other volcanoes and the surrounding islands.

After our hike through Isabela’s heights, return to back to town. Enjoy a stroll along the beach, cool down with a swim or explore more of Puerto Villamil before rejoining for dinner. Delicious BBQ is served outside on the beachfront, giving you an excellent opportunity to relax under a Galapagos sunset warmed by a bonfire.

Day 7: Snorkel Los Tuneles, Visit Tortoise Breeding Center, Explore Wetlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Hotel Albermarle or similar

Take a morning boat ride to Los Tuneles, an impressive and unique lava formation comprised of caves and arches dipping in and out of the water. Explore the shoreline and slip on a snorkel mask to explore Los Tuneles’ underwater labyrinth and the Galapagos wildlife that enjoy playing here. From here, we then move to neighboring El Finado, a becalmed inlet once used by local fisherman for respite from their ocean journeys.

At El Finado, we anchor our boat and once again hop into the water to snorkel amongst the reefs, submerged caves and marine life wonderland. A favorite haunt of white-tipped reef shark, vibrant tropical fish and stingrays, El Finado offers plenty to see. Further into the lush mangroves, you can discover wrasses, parrotfish and hogfishes navigating alongside you in this unique habitat. 

After this morning’s snorkel excursions we visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, an initiative by the Galapagos National Park to conserve the many and varied species of these gentle giants. See tortoises at every stage of development and learn about the initiative's work to preserve the species before they are returned to their native habitats.

We return to the hotel via the wetlands, where flamingos add a splash of color to the brackish waters of the tidal lagoons that are home to them as well as four species of mangrove and numerous migratory birds.

This evening, stroll along the white sandy beach and enjoy a leisurely night independently exploring the town.

*Note Boat ride to Los Tuneles in Shared Services in groups from 4 to 7 people

Day 8: Explore & Kayak Santa Cruz Highlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation : Angermeyer Waterfront Inn or similar

This morning, we continue our journey along the Galapagos archipelago with a boat ride to Santa Cruz Island. Sitting in the middle of the Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz also serves as the islands’ social and scientific hub as the Darwin Research Station, the National Park Headquarters and Puerto Ayora—the Galapagos Islands’ largest settlement—all can be found here. Santa Cruz also boasts of a trans-island road, providing rare views of the Galapagos Islands’ lush interior and lofty heights.

Our day’s activities take us on Santa Cruz’s highway into the highlands. Here, we stop to visit wild Galapagos giant tortoises. These centenarian, massive creatures can weigh between 200-500 pounds. Walk alongside them as they lumber through mud puddles or munch on a snack and discover why they are one of the Galapagos’ most beloved creatures. After, stop by the Santa Cruz lava tunnels—hollow twists that snake through the earth’s crust once formed by hot lava coursing toward the ocean. Step into these tubes and get a unique view at the island’s geologic history.

This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely paddle in a calm shallow lagoon where we spend a couple of hours enjoying the tranquility and watching for rays, mullet and sharks along the rocky coastline.

*Note: Boat ride from Isabela to Santa Cruz on Shared Services in groups from 4 to 7 people.

The kayak activity could vary depending on tides

Day 9: Visit the “Trapiche” or Sugar Mill – Visit Garrapatero and Kayak

Accommodation : Angermeyer Waterfront Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities: Visit the Sugar Mill, relax and kayak on the beach.

Wildlife: Darwin’s finches, Vermilion flycatcher, Saclesia and Miconia forest, frigate birds, manta rays, sea turtles.

After breakfast, we will take a scenic drive towards El Garrapatero. We will pass through Bellavista town, and have the chance to visit a farm that still processes sugar the old fashioned way. The local property owners produce sugar cane and Galapagos coffee, which they then process both in a very traditional manner. One of the family members, who will act as our guide and informant will demonstrate the farming process of coffee and sugar cane and feature the extraction of the sugar cane juice. We will learn of the distillation process until the final product of “Galapagos Moonshine”, and even more exciting, a look and taste of the fruit of the coffee plant in its natural state. Afterwards, we will continue to the beach of El Garrapatero where we will have the chance to relax on the beach, swim on the ocean or kayak to explore the nearby mangroves. In the evening, at to top of our day, we will have a very special farewell dinner. We are invited by a local angler and his family for a delicious dinner with traditional ingredients and the most enjoyable conversation where we can exchange stories and most importantly, have the opportunity to fully immerse in a new culture.

Day 10: Return to Mainland Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands as you travel to Baltra, where you might catch glimpse of the air base used by the US Navy in WWII. Fly back to Quito, where you may catch your international flight home or continue your Ecuadorian adventure with one of our extension tours.

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This was our first trip and definitely won't be our last! The guides are really fun and lunch exceeded expectations. Thanks so much Jake, Ben & Ashley for making this the highlight of our summer!!
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I've had the privilege of working with ROW Adventures all over the world as a filmmaker. Having been on so many trips, both domestic and international, I have a pretty good knowledge as to how this company operates.

A few things stand out on every ROW trip, regardless of destination. First being the guides. These are people who genuinely love what they do. They're passionate, attentive, professional, safety-oriented, friendly, and generally fun people to be around. They're accommodating to individual needs and do their best to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your vacation to the maximum.

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Perhaps their best feature though, is their emphasis on human connection. In the end, these are trips that are very often life changing. ROW is dedicated to curating life changing experiences that draw families closer to each other, create new friendships between guests and guides, and educate everyone involved about how tourism can work to the continued protection of our great outdoors.

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What a great time we had with this group!! We rafted the Lochsa, and it will be a day to remember!! Thanks Chris for giving us a fantastic ride.
If you are thinking about doing a raft trip, perhaps the Lochsa??...do it with this group! They were Fun,entertaining, educational, smart about the river, and lunch was over the top!! This was not our first time rafting, however first time with a guide...well worth every dime. We will be back to do it again!
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Off the Snake for 24 hours sure missing the river, slow pace!
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Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

12 People or less

Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan

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Min. Age: 7

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Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches & 7 Dinners

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