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Your family will experience the rich culture of the Andes and the amazing natural history of the Galapagos on this truly incredible family vacation.
Our journey begins in the rolling highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes. Wevisit with villagers and artisans, learning about their ancient culture and shopping for crafts in colorful markets, and go on a beautiful hike withspectacular views of the valley
Then we head west into the Pacific for our nature cruise among theGalapagos Islands, one of the planet's most fascinating ecosystems. Each day we disembark on a different island to explore, swim and view the almost tame wildlife. We offer two cruises, including a four-night cruise for those times of the year when families have longer vacations.
If you have an extra week of vacation time to take advantage of while you’re in South America, go on our Peru extension. A family adventure that includes the Galapagos Islands AND Machu Picchu can’t be beat.
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|07/25 - 08/02||$5,290||$5,590||$5,890||$700|
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Our 9 day itineraries have 3 nights on the Galapagos Islands, and 10 day itineraries have 4.
Child Discount (<12): $100-$300, depending on departure date
Triple Discount (child under 12 with 2 adults) = $300
Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices
Price includes: All entrance and park fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide while on the mainland and a Galapagos National Park guide on the cruise, area specialists, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Prices are based on the number of people in your party.
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This trip is great in combination with one of our Peru adventures. International air to/from Lima and Quito not included.
Every journey is unique!
The exact order of locations and activities varies from departure date to departure date, due to Galapagos National Park regulations and boat itinerary schedules. See the dates at the bottom for a breakdown of which dates follow which itineraries.
Ancient Cañari and Inca ruins dot the landscape of rolling green pastures and valleys, glacial lakes, and mountains. And right in the heart of this Andean highland region sits the charming city of Cuenca, a colonial jewel featuring cobblestone streets, craft markets, and Spanish churches.
- El Cajas National Park hike
- Cojitambo Mountain activities and ruins
- Rock climbing
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
- Cuenca walking tour
- Ceramics workshop
- Pumpapungo Inca ruins
In this biological dream world, sea lions play in the water and lounge on the rocks; blue-footed boobies perform bizarre mating rituals; and giant tortoises and prehistoric-looking iguanas slowly make their way through sand, grass, and sea. As you and your family explore these enchanting volcanic isles, you’ll be swimming, snorkeling, hiking and exploring an amazing array of physical environments rich in unique wildlife.
- Walk and boat through a tropical mangrove reserve
Here is the breakdown for which spots are visited on which dates. Specific information about islands in the Galapagos is listed below.
Feb. 15-23, 2014 (9 days) – Guayaquil, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolomé, North Seymour, Cuenca (2 nights)
Mar. 15-23, 2014 (9 days) – Guayaquil, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolomé, North Seymour, Cuenca (2 nights)
Mar. 23 - Apr. 1, 2014 (10 days) – Guayaquil, Cuenca (3 nights), San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Daphne Island
Mar. 29 - Apr. 6, 2014 (9 days) – Guayaquil, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolomé, North Seymour, Cuenca (2 nights)
Apr. 12-20, 2014 (9 days) – Guayaquil, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolomé, North Seymour, Cuenca (2 nights)
M/V Santa Cruz:
Jun. 20-29, 2014 (10 days) – Guayaquil, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Santa Cruz, Española, Cuenca (3 nights)
Jul. 4-13, 2014 (10 days) – Guayaquil, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, Santa Cruz, Española, Cuenca (3 nights)
Dec. 25 - Jan. 3, 2014 (10 days) – Guayaquil, Cuenca (3 nights), Santa Cruz, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé, Genovesa, San Cristobal
The Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel is conveniently located a 5 minute drive from the airport. Each of the hotel's 294 rooms features broadband and wireless internet, plasma TV, air conditioning, coffee maker and hair dryer. Other highlights of the hotel include 5 restaurants, fitness center, spa and an outdoor pool.
The Hosteria Uzhupud is a charming hotel set in the midst of a working hacienda estate, about a 40 minute drive outside of Cuenca. A popular weekending spot amongst the locals, Hosteria Uzhupud boasts an outdoor pool, tennis and volleyball courts, steam baths, and a sauna. Other amenities include cable TV, room service, and internet access.
The M/V Galapagos Legend offers 4 decks and 58 cabins for not more than 100 passengers. Fully renovated in 2011, there is a pool and solarium, jogging track and game room. All cabins have air conditioning, private bath, and lower beds. Prices are based on Standard Plus cabins.
The 222-foot-long M/V Santa Cruz has 47 cabins, each with a private bathroom and shower and a porthole or window offering views of the surrounding ocean. The boat has air-conditioning, a sun deck, a restaurant and bar, and it even contains a glass-bottom boat perfect for snorkeling excursions. Prices are based on Main Deck cabins.
Why Ecuador and the Galapagos?
Why Ecuador and the Galapagos with Thomson?