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Our new Ecuador and Galapagos for Everyone 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. Whether you’re up for an adventure, tired from your last or just looking to take it easy in some breathtaking settings, our new Ecuadorian adventure always has something to suit your mood.
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 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.
10 or more
2 to 9
|12/20 - 12/29||$5,290||$5,890||$1,000|
2015 Dates: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice depending on availability
Internal Air includes Galapagos National Parks fees
Child Discount:$200 per child under 12
Triple Discount: $500 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
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 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 family adventure is based around variety and designed to please every type of traveler. We offer choices between more active and more relaxed activities, so whether you 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 age 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
- Fishing excursion
- 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
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 La Casa de Marita is a charming little family-run hotel on the island of Isabela, surrounded by white sand beaches, dazzling turquoise waters, and lush vegetation and gardens. The serene hotel is the perfect place for quiet reflection and relaxation, with inviting tropical colors and decorations, and hammocks and parasols on the beach to enjoy the golden sunshine. Due to the mom-and-pop nature of the property, each cozy room carries its own unique, quirky character.
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?