Galapagos family adventure holiday

“Beach holidays have evolved. Say hello to giant tortoises, pirate gold, volcano trekking and sharks on this incredible trip to the Galápagos Islands.”


Galápagos Islands | San Cristobal Island | Snorkeling on Charles Darwin Beach | Sea kayaking | Kicker Rock | Internal flight to Isabela Island | Wall of Tears mountain biking | Hiking on Sierra Negra volcano | Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Research Station | El Chato reserve | Tortuga Bay | Divine Bay | Internal flight to Quito |

Description of Galapagos family adventure holiday

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, and take part in quite a few activities the great naturalist would probably never dreamed of doing, with this fantastic Galápagos family adventure holiday. The islands, off the coast of Peru, are a completely unique destination, with a history of pirates, explorers and, you know, shaping the theory of evolution.

Kids will love snorkeling off pristine beaches where turtles, sea lions and shoals of tropical fish can be seen in the water, and where Galápagos crabs prowl the sands. Sea kayaking and boat trips lead you to sheltered bays and volcanic rocks out in the ocean, where marine iguanas perch to look down on sharks, rays and sea turtles in the water.

You’ll mountain bike to the famous Wall of Tears, built from limestone rock by prisoners at an old penal colony, and look for giant Galápagos tortoises and cute penguins. Before leaving Isabela Island for stage two of your trip, there will even be a hike up an active volcano!

An enthralling visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station will inform you all about the precious ecosystems here and how they are preserved. Later you’ll walk through underground volcanic tunnels, where legend has it pirates stashed Inca gold, and after another spot of kayaking and hiking, stretch out on a paradise beach for a few hours before your return flight to Lima.

This is the perfect trip for active families that find regular beach holidays a bore. There’s no shortage of idyllic views in the Galápagos Islands, but they're simply the canvas for a week of unforgettable adventures.

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19 Oct 2020
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26 Nov 2020
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20 Dec 2020
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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. 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.

Many companies choose to visit the Galapagos Islands and use a boat as their base to cruise around the islands. The hotels we use have been purposely built to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The hotels are built to a high standard and to be as sustainable as possible. Some examples of this include sensor activated lights in corridors, timer switches on showers and environmentally friendly products provided in bath rooms in the hotel. Their contribution to the local economy through increased employment is obvious but there are further economic benefits such as using local produce in the meals served at the hotel, the strict recycling procedures all the hotels follow and the environmentally friendly products provided in the hotel bathrooms such as soaps and shower gels which are designed not to harm the environment when they have been used.

The Impacts of this Trip

Tourism has had an effect on the Galapagos Islands and their isolated communities. This development has been handled in such a way that the local community has been hugely involved and have taken on a supervisory role to visitors. Even when accompanied by a native Ecuadorian Guide as soon as the groups take part in any activity on the island they are supervised by a thoroughly trained local guide. This training also extends to the local inhabitants of the islands who, as the vast majority have never left the islands, have no idea just how special this part of the world is.

Since this training has been taking place the islands inhabitants have begun to change their behaviour in order to protect this wonderful natural resource. The local schools have also placed much more importance on protecting and studying the local environment and this has seen a marked change in the behaviour of not only their students but of their families and other people within the community.

The increased numbers of tourists to the islands has generated an influx of small, independently owned bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes. Many of these shops have been established by members of the local community and all employees are local residents due to the strict regulations restricting non Galapaganian individuals working on the islands. There are endless benefits to the local community through the controlled introduction of tourism including taxi drivers for airport transfers, employees at the newly constructed visitor’s centres and employment of all levels in the various hotels and restaurants.


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