The Dazzling Diversity of Ecuador and the Galapagos for Families

15 Days from £6715 per adult.
15 Days
Family Holiday
Snorkelling and Diving

A perfect family adventure for older children, this compact itinerary uncovers two of South America’s greatest natural wonders: the species-rich rainforests of Amazonia and the enchanted isles of the Galapagos. Added into the mix are the colonial splendour of historic Quito and the perfect cone of Cotopaxi volcano to produce a tour of unrivalled variety with elements to suit all the family.

With your excellent naturalist guides, comfortable rainforest accommodation and a charming small ship in which to cruise the Galapagos islands, mental stimulation, natural history education, wildlife fun and wide-eyed wonder (for both parents and children) are assured.

Itinerary

Price from £6715 per adult. £5632 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Morning departure from London and fly to Quito. Evening arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Patio Andaluz. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Quito

Guided tour of colonial Quito. The capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fascinating culture to see and the tour will include visits to museums, monasteries and churches and will highlight the artistic design found within the city. The tour will also include a visit to the Equatorial monument that marks the divide between the southern and northern hemispheres. There will be a visit to the Museo del Sitio Inti Nan which exhibits the cultures of the region’s indigenous peoples. Return to hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Staying at Patio Andaluz. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Cotopaxi province

Depart Quito and transfer south into the Cotopaxi province and the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Rest of the day is at leisure and to acclimatize to the altitude.

Staying at Hacienda Santa Ana. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Cotopaxi

Full day of Optional activities which might include zip lines ranging from 100 to 480 metres, mountain biking through volcanic landscapes, horse riding and hikes.

Staying at Hacienda Santa Ana. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Cotopaxi

Time for more Optional activities in the morning. In the afternoon transfer back to Quito.

Staying at Garden Hotel San Jose. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6 - Sacha Lodge

Transfer to the airport and fly to Coca, transfer by boat to Sacha Lodge. Wildlife such as macaws, toucans, troops of monkeys and caiman may be encountered on the river journey – an adventure in itself.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Sacha Lodge

Full day of guided activities at Sacha. There is a 275-metre long canopy walkway that gives a unique view of the Amazonian rainforest from above. There is also a nearby parrot clay lick, butterfly house, treetop tower, and excursions by canoe and hikes along trails to enjoy. The variety of wildlife at Sacha is immense and many exciting birds, primates, reptiles and amphibians are often seen.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Sacha Lodge

Another full day of inclusive guided activities to enjoy.

Staying at Sacha Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Quito

Transfer to Coca and fly to Quito, met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Garden Hotel San Jose. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - San Cristobal

Transfer to the airport and fly to San Cristobal, Galapagos.

Staying at La Pinta. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - On board Ship

Explore the Galapagos Islands above and below the water (snorkelling) on board La Pinta, a very comfortable, family friendly vessel with trained staff who will enhance the experience and learning for children as well as adults. Above water there are plants and semi-tame animals. The geographical isolation and necessary adaptation to the harsh conditions have led to the evolution of many unique natural histories, including those of marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous Darwin finches. Under the water, cool currents have introduced otherwise cold water species to these tropical seas: penguins, orcas and fur seals happily rub along with parrot fish, turtles and manta rays. Visit a number of different islands and enjoy unique experiences on each one.

Staying at La Pinta. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Guayaquil

Return to San Cristobal and fly to Guayaquil. Overnight flight to UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Quito and return from Guayaquil on Ibera Airlines via Madrid or KLM via Amsterdam.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Although a year round destination, the weather in the Galapagos is cooler and calmer from May to November and the seas are choppier in August.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

I cannot fault the boat, the crew, or the food. I would not go on the big 100 passenger boats as we were first onto the beaches and in easy reach being smaller and closer inshore…The Galapagos is a one-off place where heaven meets the Earth…Your efficiency here and your guides in Quito are of such a high standard that I will not go anywhere without your organisation. Sorry, but you are stuck with us!

Dr N L - Devon

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Patio Andaluz: -0.218548, -78.511232
Garden Hotel San Jose: -0.190641, -78.352083
Hacienda Santa Ana : -0.532463, -78.482710
La Pinta : -0.461421, -90.343323