Galapagos Islands family holiday

“Take to the waters in the Galapagos Islands, going ashore to explore volcanic landscapes and view incredible wildlife, and getting underwater to snorkel with sea lions and rays”

Highlights

Quito | Seven nights on board a well-equipped catamaran | North Seymour | Santa Cruz | Charles Darwin Research Centre | Galapagos giant tortoise hatchery | Isabela | Punta Moreno | Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove | Fernandina Island | Santiago Island | Espumilla Beach | Rabida | Genovesa | Daphne Island | wildlife spotting, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, green turtles, penguins and sea lions | snorkel and swim

Description of Galapagos Islands family holiday

A trip to the Galapagos Islands, which sit right on the equator, 1000km west of the Ecuadorian coast, is one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences. This Galapagos Islands family holiday takes you and your brood from the second highest capital in the world to the almost mythical marvels of the archipelago where Charles Darwin found inspiration for his game-changing book, the Origin of Species.

After two days acclimatising in Quito, you’ll join a small group on board the Nemo II, a fantastically equipped catamaran, to explore the islands with the help of an experienced naturalist guide. Over the next seven days you’ll get to know this incredible part of the world, exploring volcanoes, lava fields, cactus forests, mangrove lagoons and biodiverse waters.

Animal encounters are, of course, high on the agenda, and you’ll encounter giant tortoises, snorkel with sea lions and rays, and meet the most northerly penguins in the world during what will certainly be one of the most memorable weeks of your life.

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05 Apr 2018
£ 4549
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26 Jul 2018
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09 Aug 2018
£ 4799
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Galapagos Islands family holiday

Accommodation & Meals:
The majority of the trip is spent sleeping on a first class, motor-sail catamaran with only two nights in a hotel. The Nemo II is an environmentally aware vessel. Whilst expedition cruising in the Galapagos there are tight regulations in place to prevent ecological damage to the National Park. For instance, glass is recycled and plastic waste, burnt oils and other non-biodegradable waste is sent back to the mainland for disposal. All cleaning products (like shampoo, detergent and soap) are biodegradable. These waste management efforts helps to protect the islands fragile eco-system. Staff are also employed locally both in Quito and the Galapagos, therefore providing benefit to the community.

Community:
The Galapagos is renowned for its incredibly unique wildlife and conservation efforts. We try to make as little negative impact on the environment and wildlife as possible, but also to leave a positive impact in terms of community and local economy. We hire guides and drivers from the area, meaning that the state of local employment and economy benefits. Although much of this tour is spent on board the boat or in nature, wherever the opportunity arises clients are encouraged to use local businesses and to engage with people they meet in order to promote positive cultural exchange.

Conservation:
We visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island. This centre is dedicated to protecting and conserving the ecology of the islands and carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Our entry fees help contribute to all the work going on here by improving demand, facilities and creating employment opportunities for scientists. We are also careful to adhere to National Park guidelines, which, amongst other things, ask that we keep a safe distance from wildlife at all times.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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