Galapagos family holiday, hotel based
Various hotel standards available. Includes accommodation, land and sea transport, transfers, English-speaking guide, 5 x b'fast, 1 x lunch. Does not include flights.
Description of Galapagos family holiday, hotel based
This Galapagos family holiday is a tailor made tour, based on a carefully crafted itinerary that makes sure you and your children experience the wildlife and natural heritage of these unique islands. There is plenty of adventure and fun as well as time for chilling out at some of their most exquisite beaches and small hotels.
Starting on the main island of Santa Cruz, home to the Charles Darwin Research Centre, you can learn what the Galapagos’ natural heritage is all about. Then, relax at the beach, snorkel to see the island’s marine life just outside Puerto Ayora and keep a lookout for the island’s famous sea lions.
The second island of your stay is Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos but also the newest geologically and home to six active volcanoes. It is also home to flamingo filled mangroves, penguins, and marine iguanas, sea turtles and penguins, some of which you will hopefully see on a boat trip around the island to Cape Rosa.
With one more night on Santa Cruz Island before flying back to Ecuador from its airport at Baltra, enjoy some more chill out time at Tortuga Bay where you can swim, surf or just soak up the wonders of this Galapagos trip of a lifetime.
Please note that we recommend this itinerary for children of seven years and above. However as it is tailor made, we can tailor the itinerary to shorten days or trips, depending on your interests and age ranges.
3 Reviews of Galapagos family holiday, hotel based
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020 by Cecile MeintjesThe most memorable part of the holiday was hiking on the volcanos and visiting cities ... each day was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019 by Cindy FungI loved snorkeling with the sea turtles and Cape Rosa was very beautiful. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jul 2019 by Tamara WeldonOur Galapagos Island Hopping Tour exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful in every aspect. The tour guides were punctual and very responsible, especially Andrea and Valerio in Puerto Ayora. Read full review
PlanetThe Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979.
It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary. The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.
For every visitor we take on our Galapagos cruises we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (www.gct.org) who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands, or choose to take up a free one year membership of the Trust, paid for by us.
The boats we use are all locally owned and operated yachts or ferries.
The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile environment and the arrival of more and more inhabitants to the islands, as well as tourist have an impact. Please try to minimise your impact:
Take a water bottle to refill, rather than use a new bottle each time;
recycling your rubbish where possible, not leaving any behind;
Taking batteries back home with you – they cannot be recycled properly in Ecuador;
saving water where possible; and
saving energy by switching your lights off when you leave the room. Electricity on the islands comes from a generator, fuelled by petrol. For the same reason, please think about whether you really need to use your air conditioning.
PeopleOur hotel-based trips bring vital income to the local Galapaqueños in many forms.
The guides are all Galapaqueños, and live and work on the island, bringing tourist money into the islands and helping to sustain families there. Because all guides have to be Galapaqueños, this encourages locals to train as guides and learn new skills.
We use locally-owned hotels, ensuring tourist-generated cash stays on the islands. Breakfasts provided are all sourced from the islands' shops or fantastic natural resources - fish, fruit, coffee etc, all harvested locally where possible. The circular cash flow means that every penny spent on the islands can stay there and help to redistribute the money that comes to the islands via tourism.
We encourage people to use local restaurants as not all meals are included, and this stimulates the local economy too, providing jobs and salaries for locals.
Indirectly, through our support of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, we help to support Community Projects. For everyone that travels to the Galapagos Islands with us, we donate to the Trust.
Recent projects include restoring populations of critically endangered species, monitoring fish stocks, researching the impact of building new homes and discussing possible future water shortages - and all of these involve every local community on the Galapagos.