Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure

NUMBER OF DAYS 9

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Leave the crowds of visitors and well-worn paths behind and spend time with your family actively exploring the islands. You’ll snorkel around mangroves teeming with marine life at Whale Bay, and hike and bike around Sierra Negra Volcano and the bay of El Garrapatero. This trip is for the adventurous family that is eager to trade the comforts of a cruise ship for a quaint bed and breakfast in order to discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos in a unique way. 

2016 Dates
Dates 2 to 5
travelers
in your party
6 to 9
travelers
in your party
10 or more
travelers
in your party
Internal Air
08/20 - 08/28 Sold Out
12/17 - 12/25 $7,190 $6,790 $6,390 $700
12/25 - 01/02 $7,190 $6,790 $6,390 $700
Space is Limited!
12/26 - 01/03 Sold Out
2017 Dates
Dates 2 to 5
travelers
in your party
6 to 9
travelers
in your party
10 or more
travelers
in your party
Internal Air
03/18 - 03/26 $6,490 $6,165 $5,840 $750
04/15 - 04/23 $6,490 $6,165 $5,840 $750
07/22 - 07/30 $6,490 $6,165 $5,840 $750
12/26 - 01/03 $7,490 $7,115 $6,740 $750

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

Price includes: Accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are per person and based on the number of people in your party.

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Days 1: Depart Home / Arrive Guayaquil 

Our Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure itinerary offers you and your thrill-seeking family a totally complete experience of the Galapagos Islands.

Days 2-4: Bike to Wall of Tears / Snorkel at Loberia Chica / Take Surf Lessons

Though located on the equator, the weather in the Galapagos isn’t as warm as one would expect most of the year.  

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With average temperatures in the mid to low 70s, the Humboldt Current brings cold water up from Antarctica, the current dominates the surrounding ocean from May through December. Low temperatures and a near-constant mist around the tops of the mountains are known as “garua.”

Days 5-8: See Giant Tortoises / Relax with Sea Lions / Hike and Snorkel in Whale Bay

Santa Cruz Island is the second largest island in the Galapagos.  

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It harbors several different vegetation zones: coastal, arid, transition, scalesia, and miconia. With the largest population of all the islands in the Galapagos, Santa Cruz is home to the bustling port city of Puerto Ayora. After breakfast on your last day on Santa Cruz, head to Baltra’s airport and fly back to Guayaquil.

Day 9: Depart Guayaquil / Arrive Home

Say goodbye to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and share all of your memories with family and friends!

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.

Hotel La Casa de Marita

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. 

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

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?

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.
Seclusion
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?

Get the most out of the Galapagos Islands
With our Galapagos Islands Multi-Sport itinerary, we’ve replaced your typical cruise ship with charming hotel stays on the islands. Leave the crowds of visitors and well-worn paths behind and spend time with your family actively exploring the islands.The extra time will be used to maximize opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploration.This trip is for the adventurous family that is eager to trade the comforts of a cruise ship for a quaint bed and breakfast in order to discover the flora and fauna of the Galapagos in a unique way.
Abundant activity  
This family adventure is packed to the brim with activity; spend your days mountain biking, hiking, surfing, swimming and snorkeling, sea kayaking and exploring some really cool landscapes and wildlife habitats.