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Ecuador and Galapagos for Everyone

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This adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands provides constant options between more active and more relaxed activities. Based around freedom of choice, there’s no type of traveler and no type of family this itinerary can’t please. This revolutionary Ecuadorian adventure takes the idea of variety to a whole new level, so kids and adults of all ages can get the utmost enjoyment out of their visit to this incredibly multi-faceted location. Ecuador and Galapagos for Everyone is perfect for family reunions and all sorts of multigenerational trips, like grandparents traveling with grandkids.

2017 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
Internal Air
12/23 - 01/01 $7,790 $7,490 $1,000
2018 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
Internal Air Special
06/23 - 07/02 $7,740 $7,590 $750

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12/23 - 01/01 $7,940 $7,890 $750

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Smart Traveler Advantages: book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

Triple Discount: $500 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Internal Air: $150 discount for children under 12 

Groups: Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

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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Day 1: Depart Home / Arrive Guayaquil

Welcome to Ecuador! This family adventure is based around variety and designed to please every type of traveler.

Days 2-4: Mangrove Jungle Boat Trip / Go Rock Climbing / Have a Cooking Lesson

Venture up into the Andean Highlands and go to the city of Cuenca. 

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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 age and activity level. You can go horseback riding or enjoy a local cooking class in the morning and then try rock climbing or visit local Panama hat weavers in the afternoon.

Days 5-6: Explore Underwater Volcano Caves / Visit a Tortoise Breeding Center / Swim with Sea Lions

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos. 

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In fact, it’s bigger than all of the other islands combined. It is comprised of five major volcanoes, two of which are still active. Explore the island and look for all of the wildlife imaginable from the famed giant tortoises and playful sea lions to frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and flamingos. Spend the days hiking and swimming, or just relax on the beach!

Days 7-9: Snorkel at Bahia Ballena / Go on a Fishing Trip / Explore Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos’ second-largest island is Santa Cruz.  

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The island 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. There will be plenty of time to venture into these different vegetation zones and relax on its beautiful beaches.

Days 10: Depart Guayaquil / Arrive Home

It’s time to head home from this adventure and start planning the next one! 

Wyndham Guayaquil

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.

Mansion Alcazar

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. 

Hotel Albermarle

Albermarle is a beautiful hotel with spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms. It has all of the amenities to make your stay wonderful- WIFI, A/C, and a pool. The best part about this hotel is that it sits right on the beach! Making the ocean and the wildlife just steps away!

Isla Sol

Just across the street from its sister property, Hotel Solymar, guests at Isla Sol can use all of the accommodations at Solymar including the terrace with amazing views of the ocean. This hotel features 14 rooms, a restaurant, outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge area.  There is free wireless internet available on the grounds. Located in Puerto Ayora, the hotel is a 10 minute walk from Galapagos National Park.

 Why Ecuador and the Galapagos?

Galapagos Islands geography
When you think of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands surely come to mind. Stunning beauty and an abundance of wildlife are the trademarks of these volcanic islands. For years to come, you and your children will reminisce about all of the wonderful species you saw on these islands – many of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Galapagos Islands wildlife
The Galapagos Islands are home to more than 25,000 species of plants, 6,000 species of butterflies and 1,600 species of birds. On Santa Cruz Island, enormous tortoises find refuge at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Tiny Rabida Island is home to pelicans, pink flamingos and pintail ducks in its shallow salt water lagoons and red sand beaches. On San Cristobal, the incredible wildlife includes iguanas and the rare Chatham mockingbird. Walking on lovely, remote Española Island, your family may encounter sea lions, blue-footed boobies or sea turtles as you stroll past lava cliffs where sea water jets high in the air.
Darwin’s Theory
Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 on his return to England after repatriating the Fuegians. He collected various birds, which he took back to John Gould, a famous ornithologist, in England. While Darwin initially thought the birds were not closely related, Gould concluded that the birds were in fact, "a series of ground Finches which are so peculiar" as to form "an entirely new group, containing 12 species." This story made the newspapers and formed the basis for Darwin’s groundbreaking theory.
Culture and history of the Andean Highlands
Famous for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s Andean Highlands are often overlooked. With a history dating as far back as 3,500 B.C. and a stunning landscape, the area north of Quito is a hidden gem. From the rolling highlands and snow capped peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes to the villages where locals are happy to share their ancient culture and traditions, to an indigenous Latin American market where local artisans sell Panama hats, colorful handmade weavings and sweaters, the highlands are not to be missed.
We take family vacations to get away from the daily grind of our normal lives and just be with our families. The Galápagos Islands offer the perfect opportunity to leave it all behind and enjoy each other’s company. Many of the islands you’ll visit are virtually uninhabited by humans, because they are protected lands of delicate ecological splendor, so you will be far away from any kind of hustle and bustle.

Why Ecuador and the Galapagos with Thomson?

 Our Ecuador and Galapagos for Everyone itinerary gives you so many choices, so it’s downright difficult not to have a good time on this trip. Whether you’re in the mood for something active or something more relaxed, there will be an option for you.
Cuenca is a fascinating and very easy-on-the-eyes little city. The mix of cultural influences resulting from Cuenca’s long history makes for such a unique feel, you’ll never want to leave. With a Spanish colonial base, strong French influences, and a history rooted in the ancient Inca and Cañari cultures, Cuenca is as charmingly multi-faceted as this itinerary!
Friends Across Borders meeting
Thomson families love this program! Children traveling with us can choose to exchange letters with a local child of a similar age before leaving on their adventure. In Ecuador, your child will get to meet his or her pen pal through a fun activity like soccer or hacky sack. It’s amazing how much kids learn about one another — and the appreciation they gain for one another’s culture — when they meet through this eye-opening program.
Perfect place for a Family Reunion
When was the last time your extended family got together? A Thomson trip is the perfect way for your entire family – near and far – to spend time with relatives that you might not see as often as you would like. Pick a destination and a date, and we’ll do the rest! Let Thomson help you plan the perfect family reunion amidst the beauty and splendor of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Rock climbing at Cojitambo Mountain
While in the Andean highlands, our expert mountaineers (yes, we even have expert mountaineers!) will show you the ropes and help you learn how to rock climb at Cojitambo – a mountain sacred to the area’s Cañari people. Rock climbing is phenomenal exercise, a rewarding challenge, and an excellent way to experience the region’s scenery.