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Adventure Journeys - Galapagos Family Experience Nature and Wildlife

Child friendly hotel, Galapagos Islands – Child friendly tour of the breathtaking Galapagos Islands

About Adventure Journeys - Galapagos Family Experience Nature and Wildlife

A well-planned amazing eight-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, suitable for families with kids from the age of 8 upwards. Be at one with amazing wildlife - and experience one of the few places on earth to be able to be close to endangered species. Snorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks. The trip includes high quality hotels, and all internal flights and transport.

Highlights of this fantastic trip include:

  • Snorkelling with sea turtles, rays, penguins and sea lions
  • Kayakking and snorkelling in Tintoreras Islet
  • Hiking to Sierra Negra active volcano in Isabela
  • Cycling along the seashore to the 'Wall of Tears' historic site
  • Visiting the Charles Darwin research station on Santa Cruz island
  • Encountering wild giant tortoises
  • Learning about tortoises at the breeding centre
  • Discovering the flamingoes lagoon
  • Relaxing on the white sandy beaches

Day 1: QUITO

ARRIVAL IN QUITO CITY

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered to be the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area.
In the evening, one of the trip leaders at Adventure Journeys will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Your first day is an informational and acclimation day.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel
 

Day 2: Galapagos - Isabela

TRAVEL TO GALAPAGOS

Explore the most amazing archipelago in the Pacific coast and the place where Charles Darwin based its theory of the evolution of species.  Board a morning flight from Quito to the island of Baltra. On arrival, head to the town of Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in Galapagos. From here you will take a fast boat to Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago and the place where the most volcanic activity in the Galapagos is reported. The island is formed by six shield volcanoes, Alcedo, Cerra Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf, five of them still active, and therefore the island is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. During the island crossing, you  may see dolphins and whales (July to October).

Accommodation: Isabela Beach house or similar.
 

Day 3: Isabela Island

HIKE TO SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO

After driving up from Puerto Villamil to the trailhead, you will prepare your backpacks and hike into a young forest ecosystem, a world of recent geological history. Head for the rim of Sierra Negra Crater, an active volcano which last erupted in October 2005.
Upon arrival, take in breathtaking views and explore the circumference of the massive, lava-filled crater, over six miles across at its widest point. And if you feel energetic enough, you can continue your hike to Volcan Chico, a secondary crater that has a wild landscape of puffing fumaroles and colorful lava formations, great examples of the dramatic geological events that have forged the Galapagos Islands over millions of years.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the beach or take your first snorkeling exploration at Concha Perla Bay looking for sea lions, turtles and more sea wildlife. You can also go on an optional surfing lesson in your free time.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar.
 

Day 4: Breeding Centre, flamingo lagoon & tintoreras - Isabela

FLAMINGO LAGOON  & KAYAK-SNORKEL AT TINTORERAS

Heading out on mountain bikes to explore the beautiful coastline on an exclusive trail, your guide will talk you through an incredible ecosystem with a wide variety of wildlife. Starting with a visit to the Wall of Tears, a massive wall built with lava rocks. This site dates back to the 1950s, when Isabela was used as a penal colony and prisoners were forced to build the wall to keep them from going mad, because of the isolation they experienced.
Continuing the ride along the coast, exploring pristine, white sandy beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons. This area is filled with birdlife, including American oyster catchers, herons, flamingos, finches and many shore birds, as well as the ubiquitous sea lions and marine iguanas

In the afternoon, board a kayak and visit Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.

Accommodation: Isabela Beach House or similar.
 

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION VISIT

In the morning, embark on a fast boat from Isabela to Santa Cruz Island. During the island crossing, look out for dolphins and whales (July to October). On arrival, you will check in at the hotel (see below).
You will have time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn more about many of the endemic species you previously met during your trip, as well as the ongoing conservation on the Galapagos Islands. In the afternoon, head to the 'El Chato' Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz, home to the famous Galapagos tortoise. Hiking through El Chato's beautiful scenery with those lumbering giants is an unforgettable experience! You also see other highland wildlife such as pintail ducks, egrets, flycatchers and finches on our hike. You can also observe frigatebirds which gather to wash the salt off their feathers at a fresh water lake. Returning to Puerto Ayora where you will spend the evening in Galapagos' most populated town.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar.
 

Day 6: Free Day in Santa Cruz

FREE DAY IN SANTA CRUZ

Experience the Galapagos at your own pace! As an option, you can go on a self-guided exploration walk through a dry forest to Tortuga Bay (about 3 ½ miles long), a beautiful white sandy beach and nesting site to thousands of marine turtles. This beautiful place invites swimming or snorkelling. Alternatively you can join any of the optional activities (at an extra cost), such as a trip to Floreana Island, Bartolome Island or a scuba-diving day trip, to mention just a few.

Accommodation: Silberstein Hotel or similar.
 

Day 7: Quito

TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT - FLIGHT BACK TO QUITO

Enjoy your final breakfast on the Galapagos Islands, take some last photos of the sea lions, before your transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel
 

Day 8: Quito - Departure

DEPARTURE 

The final day of the trip where you will take your international flight home from Quito after the trip of a lifetime.
 

All EPL guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. They always carry a complete first aid kit on the trips. In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, a minimum of 4 participants for the EPL trip leader service are required.

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