Ecuador and Galapagos family activity holiday

“Ecuador is an active family wonderland, complementing natural wonders - from the Amazon to the Galapagos - with a fascinating human heritage.”

Highlights

Quito | Avenue of Volcanoes | Páramo - hiking and horse riding | Cotopaxi and Tungurahua volcanoes | Llanganates National Park | Avenue of the Waterfalls | Kichwa forest tribe visit | Galapagos Islands

Description of Ecuador and Galapagos family activity holiday

This family-friendly activity holiday discovers some of South America's most diverse wonders in one of its smallest countries. From the dramatic Andes and the Amazon rainforest to vibrant indigenous cultures and ancient Inca memorials, Ecuador offers unforgettable contrasts. This trip offers equally diverse activities too - mountain biking down volcanoes, relaxing in the Papallacta hot springs, horseback riding through the Cotopaxi National Park, white water rafting through the Amazonian rainforest.

The Galapagos Islands, meanwhile, add one of the world's great nature experiences. Your days here - staying in specially designed eco-hotels - offer a chance to snorkel, mountain bike, hike - or go sea kayaking to get close to the islands' stunning marine life, from golden rays to whales. On land, look out for giant tortoises and penguins. There's geological drama too, including a hike to the active Sierra Negra Volcano through stunning landscapes marked by spectacular lava formations and puffing fumaroles.

Ecuador's atmospheric towns aren't ignored either. The centuries-old streets of the humming capital Quito blend traditional Ecuadorian culture and colonial Spanish architecture, while Baños provides a lively jumping off point for the cable car ride to the amazing Avenue of the Waterfalls – a liquid complement to the famous Avenue of Volcanoes! Experience a very different lifestyle, meanwhile, on an eye-opening visit to a Kichwa Amazonian Indian community deep in the forest.


Accommodation:
NIGHTS: 1-2,7,14
Hotel Quito
This family-friendly hotel is located approximately 45 minutes from the airport on the northern edge of the city of Quito, enjoying incomparable views across the city and the surrounding valleys. This hotel is known for its welcoming feel and personal service and offers a wonderful base from which to explore the area., 2 nights traditional Andean Hacienda, 2 nights rainforest lodge, 6 nights boutique style waterfront hotels in the Galapagos.

NIGHTS: 3
Hacienda El Porvenir (Tierra del Volcan)
This friendly Hacienda accommodation is set in 1000 hectares of private land and provides a fantastic welcome that is sure to make you feel like one of the family. Built from locally-sourced materials, the hacienda has been designed to be in keeping with traditional architecture and colour palette throughout. The thatched roof and the unique furniture create a cosy atmosphere and the log fires (in addition to the heating) add to the feel. Families can enjoy stunning views over the Rumiñahui volcano from the accommodation’s privileged position (at an altitude of over 3600 metres).

NIGHTS: 4
Hacienda Leito
Close to the Llanganates National Park and at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, Hacienda Leito is a calm and cosy spa resort surrounded by mountainous beauty. Outside, there are close to five acres of gardens with some 200 different types of local plants. Take in the scenery while relaxing after a day of activities.

NIGHTS: 5-6
Cotococha Amazon Lodge
Located in the upper Amazon basin overlooking the majestic Napo River, this delightful lodge has bungalows scattered across four hectares of jungle environment, allowing families to experience the unique and dramatic beauty of the rainforest. The lodge is as eco-friendly as possible, working closely with the Rainforest Alliance. To encourage this staff will give you guidelines to follow in order to minimise your impact on this wonderful environment during your stay.

NIGHTS: 8-9
Casa Opuntia
Named after the local prickly pear cactus, Casa Opuntia is a small cosy hotel located right at the end of the boardwalk on San Cristobal Island. Its location, only a few metres from Playa de Oro beach, offers one of the best locations on the island in our opinion. The hotel has strong environmental practices, with a focus on recycling and using sustainable resources to help to maintain its unique and beautiful local environment.

NIGHTS: 10-11
Iguana Crossing
This boutique-style hotel boasts a beautiful location opposite one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands, which, as you would expect from the name, is home to native marine iguanas. These animals can regularly be seen crossing the road to take a quick dip in the lagoon behind the hotel before wandering back into the sea when the tide changes.

NIGHTS: 12-13
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
This hotel is based in the south of Santa Cruz Island, sat looking out over the water at the town of Puerto Ayora. Just a short walk from Alemanes Beach, it has its own docking area for taxi boats and can only be accessed by water. Built around the famous Angermeyer ‘Cave’, a home constructed by early Santa Cruz settler Gus Angermeyer, the hotel keeps its heritage very much alive, welcoming families from all around the world.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
* Flights: Internal return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands and one inter-island flight is included
* Transfers: Group airport and activity transfers (private airport transfers may incur a supplement) as well as inter-island ferry transfer are included
* Accommodation: 14 nights hotel accommodation: (4 nights Hotel Quito, 1 night Hacienda El Porvenir (Tierra del Volcan), 1 night Hacienda Leito, 2 nights' Cotococha Amazon Lodge, 2 nights' Casa Opuntia, 2 nights' Iguana crossing, 2 nights Angermeyer Waterfront Inn)
* Meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
* The following activities are included: Quito City Tour, páramo hiking and horse riding through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cotopaxi Volcano cycling, mountain bike descent of Tungurahua Volcano and Baños town visit, white-water rafting in the Amazon Basin, Papallacta Hot Springs visit, Frigate Hill hike and snorkelling at Carola Beach, sea kayaking, snorkelling and Kicker Rock visit, Wall of Tears mountain biking and Tintoreras Islets visit, Sierra Negra Volcano hike, hiking with giant tortoises and lava tunnel visit on Santa Cruz, sea kayaking and Tortuga Bay, Charles Darwin Research Station visit (the order of activities subject to change)
* All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors
* Services of our representatives or local guides

NB: International flights are not included to or from Ecuador. Please contact us for a quotation

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Responsible tourism: Ecuador and Galapagos family activity holiday

Environment

Ecuador and the Galapagos islands are regularly used as examples within the industry of how tourism should be controlled and used to benefit the local community as much as possible, whilst also ensuring tourists get the best possible sustainable experience.

17% of Ecuador’s land is protected within 44 national parks and reserves across the country. These are all heavily monitored and regulated to protect the stunning natural areas for generations to come. In 1998 UNESCO named Ecuador as one of only 17 countries in the world classified as “mega diverse” due to the four clearly defined regions in this small country – the stunning Galapagos Islands, the warm and sunny Pacific coast, the majestic Andes mountain range and the Amazonian rain forest.

To take part in any guided activity in the National Parks, including the Galapagos Islands, by law you must be accompanied by a fully trained native guide along with your Ecuadorian guide.

During the activities the guides always monitor their guests closely to ensure that no damage is done to the natural environment or wildlife. Before any activity commences specific briefings are given to advise clients of the rules in each area and also the consequences to the environment if these rules are broken. This educational approach works much better as we find that people are happy to take responsibility if they understand the rules they are given. The activities are always carried out in designated areas which are free to use under supervision by guides. This ensures that other areas of this beautiful country are not damaged and natural habitats for animals and resources protected for as long as possible.

Community

To live on the Galapagos Islands you must either have been born there or to have married one of the natives. This ensures that all employment generated by tourism directly benefits the local communities. Building of hotels in the Islands is heavily regulated to ensure they are environmentally friendly and as beneficial as possible to the local community as possible. You will see clear evidence of this during your visit including only native employees, use of local produce wherever possible and recommended guidelines for behaviour from the hotel guests.

The haciendas we have chosen in Ecuador have been owned by the same families for generations and have allowed them to use their fascinating heritage to continue their lifestyle in this stunning area. The lodge in the Amazon Rainforest is recommended by the Rainforest Alliance and considers protecting the local environment of utmost importance. The Hotel in Quito which is independently owned has won awards for its environmental policies.

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