“Two week tailor made family holiday spanning the spectrum of spectacular to more spectacular. Volcanoes, Amazon and gorgeous Galapagos. Stupendous.”
Quito | Andean cloud forest | Visit to indigenous community | Otavalo | Andean highlands and rainforest | Baños | Cotopaxi National Park and volcano | Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Research Centre | North Seymour Island | Bachas Island | Plazas South Island | Bartolomé Island | Isla Santa Fe.
Description of Galapagos & Ecuador holiday for families
This two-week itinerary has been carefully crafted to create the perfect, tailor made holiday itinerary for families and mixed generational groups. It captures some of the most exciting aspects of Ecuador’s rainforest, volcanoes and also its Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is a haven for adventure, wildlife watching and cultural wonders. It is also a very small country, making holidays very accessible for families who don’t want too much time on the road. Within a few days you can travel from the snowy peaks of Pichincha volcano to the UNESCO World heritage capital Quito, go on a guided hike of the Amazon rainforest or meet people from fascinating indigenous communities. Part of the itinerary includes a night in homestay accommodation in rural mountainous Ecuador, a highlight for many families on this holiday.
And then there is the whole other world of the Galapagos Islands, in the water and on land. Swim with sea lions or sea turtles and get up close to iguanas and giant tortoises - just part of the extraordinary wildlife and fun, from dawn until dusk. Water features heavily on the mainland, too - in Ecuador’s mountain rivers, or take a wonderful soak in the famous volcanic thermal springs that are scattered all over the country. The itinerary is tailor made and so we can adapt it to suit your family’s needs and interests, whether they want more adrenalin filled adventure, or tranquil wildlife watching. Ecuador and the Galapagos holidays really do offer it all, and even though there is so much to do in two weeks, you will never feel rushed. This is family time after all.
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Galapagos & Ecuador holiday for families
We work with the Galapagos Conservation Trust protect and conserve the Galapagos islands and give £25 to the trust for each visitor we send to the islands, or offer our customers a one-year membership with the trust.
We are an active member of IGTOA, which is a non profit association of travel companies, conservation organizations, and other groups that seek a lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands. Through IGTOA we contribute to conservation, fund projects, and promote and practice sustainable tourism.
On our trips we encourage passengers and staff to dispose of litter in a responsible way. Recycling facilities are now being installed on the islands in many places and we see it as part of our responsibility to use these and ensure that locals are encouraged to do the same. We strongly emphasise the need to save electricity in the islands by not leaving lights on at hotels and keeping electricity consumption to a minimum. All electricity has to be generator produced in the Galapagos and it is vital that this is pointed out to all travellers.
We remind all passengers of the importance of saving water in the Galapagos islands and Ecuador mainland as water is scarce.
We use shared transport in mainland Ecuador and the islands where, as well as using only shared motor boats in the Galapagos.
The trip employs locals only, so all wages and taxes are kept in country, helping to create a beneficial relationship between tourism and the local community. This also means that locals get great life skills, such as learning foreign languages so as to work in tourism, at home and abroad.
We use small, locally-owned hotels wherever possible and encourage people to use local restaurants, plus tips, which is part of the culture in the country.
In Galapagos all guides are Galapagos residents and trained there, giving them a unique bond to the islands and the protection of the wildlife, plus making sure that the benefits of tourism are felt by those that live on the islands.
Membership of IGTOA means we are actively looking to help to preserve the islands and the way of life for islanders, as well as the wildlife.
A percentage of our profits also go to two charities, the UK registered charity Amantani who run boarding houses in rural Peru, enabling local children to attend school, and the Huchuy Yachaq charity, based in Cusco and providing nursery care as well as project for local women. Here our donations fund a full time teacher.