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Our new Ecuador & Galapagos 17 to Infinity family vacation adventure provides constant options between more active and more relaxed activities. Based around freedom of choice and catered specifically to families with young adult kids, there’s no type of traveler this itinerary can’t please. Whether you’re up for an adventure, tired from your last or just looking to take it easy in some breathtaking settings, our sophisticated new Ecuadorian escape always has something to suit you and your older teens’ and 20-somethings’ moods.
Go on an exploratory bike ride throughout the colonial city of Cuenca, or visit a traditional ceramics workshop and make your own souvenir. Horseback ride through a rustic highland landscape, or opt instead to attend a demonstration in local cooking, learning about the blending of traditional indigenous ingredients and colonial Spanish influence. Swim and snorkel with sea lions around volcanic rock formations, or choose to simply relax and enjoy a good book under a coconut palm on the beach.
This revolutionary Ecuadorian adventure takes the idea of variety to a whole new level, so every member of your maturing family can get the utmost enjoyment out of your visit to this incredibly multi-faceted location.
Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, depending on availability.
Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices
Prices are based on the number of people in your booking party.
Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room; land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, most meals, bottled water & snacks, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
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Welcome to Ecuador! This 17 to Infinity family adventure is based around variety and designed to please every type of adult and young adult traveler. We offer choices between more active and more relaxed activities, so whether you and your older teen and 20-something kids prefer history and culture or action and adventure, there’s always an option for you.
Leaving behind coastal Guayaquil, we’ll venture up into the Andean Highlands. Rolling hillsides nestle the ruins of lost civilizations such as the Cañari, a sophisticated society of astronomers who ruled this area for a thousand years before being conquered by the Incas. The Incas controlled the Andean Highlands for less than a century; the Spanish arrived in the 1530s, and by 1557 the rubble of Incan buildings was being used to create the colonial city of Cuenca. Throughout this trip, we have our days and activities split so that we have something for every interest and activity level.
- Mangrove reserve boat trip for everybody
- Cojitambo Mountain and school trip
- Horseback riding OR local cooking demo
- Rock climbing OR Biblian and Panama hat weavers
- Afternoon hot springs and farewell to Cuenca
Welcome to Darwin’s Enchanted Islands…
Never connected to the mainland of South America, the Galapagos Islands were formed entirely through volcanic activity. Eruptions here can be almost annual, with the majority of volcanic activity being in the younger, westerly islands.
Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos – bigger than all the rest combined. It is comprised of five major volcanoes, two of which are still active.
- Tortoise Breeding Center
- Frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, flamingos, and other birds
- Underwater volcanic caves and tunnels at Los Tuneles
- Hike on Tintoreras, with marine iguanas and reef sharks
- Lobería Chica and swimming with sea lions
- Or... relaxing day option
The Galapagos’ second-largest island, Santa Cruz is very biologically diverse. It is home to the archipelago’s largest human population, a massive array of animal life, and several different vegetation zones, like coastal, arid, transition, scalesia and miconia.
- Daphne Islands visit
- See giant tortoises up close
- Bahia Ballena visit
- Relaxed day option – lounge on the beach
After one more activity in the Galapagos, we say goodbye to these enchanted isles and hello to mainland Ecuador once again!
- Farewell dinner
The Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil is located just steps from the historic Santa Ana Hill, its famous lighthouse, and the Malecon 2000. Guests to this Guayaquil hotel can stay fit at the state-of-art fitness center or relax with a swim in the heated outdoor pool, which proffers glorious views of the city from the 9th floor terrace. Each of its 179 over-sized guest rooms includes thoughtful amenities like plush pillow top bedding, down pillows, minibar, floor -to-ceiling windows, bathrobe, digital safe and 43 inch flat screen satellite TV.
Mansión Alcázar, situated in the center of the quaint, old-fashioned city of Cuenca, oozes all the classical charm and grandeur one would expect from a renovated 1870s mansion. The hotel is beautifully decorated in an elegant colonial style, from the wrought iron balcony to the antique furniture, the crystal chandelier to the fountain and grand piano. Even the enchantingly colonial guest rooms have long drapes and chandeliers. Mansión Alcázar also has a bar called Le Bar and a restaurant called Casa Alonso, with an accomplished local chef cooking gourmet cuisine from Ecuador and elsewhere.
Iguana Crossing is located on the southern part of the island, with only National Park beyond it. The hotel is the only one on Isabela with an oceanfront swimming pool, and each of its rooms features great views of either the beachfront or Sierra Negra Volcano. Iguana Crossing also has central air conditioning, wireless internet, laundry facilities, rooftop Jacuzzi, and a restaurant and bar. Rooms here feature a flat screen TV, alarm clock with an iPod dock, hair dryer, safety deposit box, and tasteful, rustic design.
The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn offers top-notch comfort and all the necessary amenities amid constant reminders that you’re still in the Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique places in the world. The inn was built using lava rocks and drift wood for that authentic Galapagos feel, and each spacious room is equipped with cable television, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Located just a 2-minute water taxi ride from the bustling Puerto Ayora, the property has its own dock and a waterfront restaurant prime for observing sea lions, sea turtles, and marine iguanas.
Why Ecuador and the Galapagos?
Why Ecuador and the Galapagos with Thomson?