Trips to The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are one of Planet Earth’s gems; home to a vast and vibrant array of animal, plant and sea life, many of which are endemic to the islands. This is a destination that offers a family adventure like no other!
Our Galapagos Islands trip offers an exciting way for families to discover this remarkable landscape with a carefully crafted combination of wildlife encounters, adventure activities and the chance to delve into the islands’ natural history. Their history is one not only littered with tales of marauding pirates and hunters (tales of which are sure to delight children!), but also one whose importance changed the course of history and modern thinking. For it was here that the young naturalist Charles Darwin, who voyaged here in 1835, began to develop his ground-breaking theory of evolution and natural selection.
Today the Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site with its important biodiversity protected and tourists restricted to certain areas and visitor sites. On our family trips you will be enjoying the company of a highly trained and friendly local guide, seeing more of the islands and its animals alongside enjoying plenty of thrilling activities to fully make the most of your time here.
Adventures on land…
Our family adventure here allows you to explore three extraordinary islands with some unforgettable activities along the way.
What better way to delve into the region and see some of its endemic animals than a hike? On San Cristobel Island you will head up Frigate hill where birds including pelicans, gulls, herons, warblers and mockingbirds fill the air and ground with their colourful feathers and musical calls.Read more
Later in your exploratory adventure your family will head to Isabela Island, the largest and most volcanically active in the archipelago, here not only will you enjoy the magnificent views of the coastline but will explore them by mountain bike, stopping off at white sandy beaches, mangrove forests and lagoons.
Here the wildlife is ever present and you will hopefully catch a glimpse of flamingos and oyster catchers as well as sunbathing sea lions and wandering marine iguanas – a real delight to see!
A tour to Tintoreras, a set of small rocky islets tucked in Isabela Bay is a trip highlight for families as they are teeming with wildlife including sharks, sea turtles and the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives at this latitude.
The final island on our trip is Santa Cruz where a hike will take you to locations frequented by some of the island’s tortoises – these gentle giants are wonderful animals to see as they meander along. Your hike here also takes you to the massive underground lava tunnels which pirates of old used to stash plundered gold!
…and on the water
The Galapagos Islands have as much to offer underwater as they do above; indeed 27,000 square miles of the islands’ surrounding seas are designated marine reserve, second in the world only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Snorkelling in San Cristobel is an excellent introduction to the clear warm waters here, giving your family their first experience of the colourful shoals of fish, tiger eels, crabs and relaxed sea lions that sun themselves on the rocks.Read more
You will also explore the coast using kayaks, paddling across the water to explore the volcanic rock formations and coves. Keep a watch for the famous blue footed boobies, known of course for their colourful feet as well as their entertaining mating dance!
Your family will also enjoy a boat trip to Kicker Rock here where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of white tipped sharks, sea turtles, star fish and hammerhead sharks.
Towards the end of your adventure you will get a chance to go sea kayaking in Punta Estrada, following a calm route which will take you through high walled lava channels, home to a beautiful array of tropical birds and marine iguanas.
Whether on land or on water these fantastical islands are an extraordinary and otherworldly location for a family adventure.