Family Land Galápagos — Multi-Activities

Quito to Quito

8 days from 1,749 pp

Looking to give your kids a crash course in exotic wildlife? What better place to visit than “Darwin’s test kitchen,” the Galápagos? On this multi-activity trip, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, hike, kayak, and swim the islands, as well as visit a giant tortoise breeding centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Who says learning about nature has to be boring?
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8 days Quito to Quito

From 1,749 per person

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Travel Style: Family

Trips built for adventurers of all ages

Just because you’ve settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are through. Family trips explore exciting locales — Tanzania, Thailand, the Galápagos, Europe and more — with age-appropriate activities and hotels that know how to cater to families on the move.

 

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

 

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

 

Age requirement: 6+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative:

The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Quito (or similar)
Day 2: Quito/San Cristóbal Island

Fly to San Cristóbal. Visit the Interpretation Centre in the afternoon to learn about the natural history of the area.

Fly to San Cristóbal, the easternmost island of Galápagos and one of the oldest. The principal town is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos.

After lunch, visit the Interpretation Centre and learn more about the history of the Galápagos, sometimes referred to as “the Enchanted Islands.” Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on Mann Beach or swimming with playful sea lions as the frigate birds glide on the thermals.

In the evening, opt for a dinner and sample some of the island’s fresh fish and produce.

Plane:
Quito – San Cristóbal Island3h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Interpretation Center Visit:
San Cristóbal Island1h-2h

Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

Free Time:
San Cristóbal Island Afternoon

Free time on San Cristóbal gives an opportunity to make the most of the variety of activities available here. Hire a bike for a ride around the island or rent snorkelling equipment and search for marine life. Choose to take a walk around the area and enjoy island life.

 

Accommodation:
Blue Marlin Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: San Cristóbal Island

Snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos to search for marine life like sea turtles and manta rays and swim with sea lions. The afternoon is free to enjoy the beaches and surrounding area.

The day begins with a short boat ride to Isla Lobos, an islet populated by numerous sea lions, which give the island its name. Spend the day snorkelling – a fantastic opportunity to observe the abundant marine life that Galápagos is renowned for. Back aboard the boat, sail to San Cristóbal and have free time to enjoy the beaches and surrounding areas.

Boat:
San Cristóbal Island – Isla Lobos1h

Climb aboard and get your float on.

Snorkelling (Isla Lobos):
Isla Lobos

Snorkel right off the beach at peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

Boat:
Isla Lobos – San Cristóbal Island

Climb aboard and get your float on.

Free Time:
San Cristóbal Island Afternoon

Free time on San Cristóbal gives an opportunity to make the most of the variety of activities available here. Hire a bike for a ride around the island or rent snorkelling equipment and search for marine life. Choose to take a walk around the area and enjoy island life.

 

Accommodation:
Blue Marlin Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: San Cristóbal Island/Santa Cruz Island

Travel by boat to Santa Cruz Island. On arrival, visit the highlands of the island to see Galápagos giant tortoises in the wild.

Speedboat:
San Cristóbal Island – Santa Cruz Island2h46km

Cut swiftly through the water en route to the next stop (and hang on to your hat).

Please note: Seas can be rough during this voyage. Please bring sea sickness medication if you need it.

Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion:
Santa Cruz Island2h-3h

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels. Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

 

Accommodation:
Pelican Bay Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Take a sea kayaking adventure at Tortuga Bay to explore the mangroves. Opt for a surf lesson in the afternoon.

Tortuga Bay Kayaking
Santa Cruz Island2h-3h

Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax after on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun – you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore.

 

Surfing Lesson:
Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.
Accommodation:
Pelican Bay Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island

Head out on a boat tour to Lobería, Las Grietas, and Playa de los Perros, where there’s time for some swimming or snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Start the day on a boat tour of Lobería, Las Grietas and Playa de los Perros, spending time exploring, swimming, and snorkelling in the crystal clear water. Afterwards, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, one of the places where you can easily spot the famous Galápagos tortoises.

Loberia Boat Tour:
La Loberia

Take a boat ride out to Isla Loberia and enjoy the amazing wildlife and scenery at Playa de Los Perros and Las Grietas. Named for the sea lions that inhabit the beach, Loberia is a coral sand beach with an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for the sea lions as they bask on the beach.

Charles Darwin Research Station Visit:
Puerto Ayora45m

Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos’ ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.

 

Accommodation:
Pelican Bay Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island/Quito

Fly back to Quito, where the rest of the day is free to explore the city.

After a transfer over the island of Santa Cruz, arrive at Baltra Island for our return flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel for free time and one last night with newfound friends.

Plane:
Baltra Airport – Quito3h970km

Transfer over the island of Santa Cruz to Baltra Island to catch our flight back to Quito.

Free Time:
Quito Afternoon

Explore the city of Quito at leisure and enjoy the best of this cosmopolitan city.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Quito (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Quito

Depart at any time.

Departure Day:
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Snorkelling trip to Isla Lobos (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Swimming and snorkelling in Lobería (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Tortuga Bay walk and kayaking excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Charles Darwin Research Station visit (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (7 nights).

 

Meals:

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Allow USD270-355 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Plane, speedboat, van, pickup truck, local bus, panga.

 

Staff & experts:

CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.

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