Ecuador
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: $3,148

Galapagos Family Vacation

Volcanic islands animated with quirky flora and fearless wildlife await your curiosity in Darwin’s natural laboratory of the Galapagos Islands, one of the planet’s few World Heritage Marine Reserves. This all-inclusive Ecuador vacation package is sure to delight, surprise and enlighten your senses as you explore these fascinating ecosystems by boat, kayak, snorkel and foot. Our expert guides and skilled naturalists can’t wait to introduce you to the sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and, of course, the blue-footed boobies who call this matchless environment home. On this small group, custom journey, venture from island to island while enjoying the best in regional accommodations and the freshest cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in the enchanting creatures and splendid setting of the Galapagos Islands. Truly an adventure of a lifetime awaits!

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  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

The rugged volcanic landscape of the Galapagos Islands offers truly exceptional encounters with wildlife. Venture out each day with a skilled naturalist by boat, foot, snorkel, or kayak to witness an astounding variety of exotic creatures that have never learned to fear human contact. Your guides will also share with you the history of the pirates, whalers and early settlers who took refuge on the islands of the Galapagos. Discover a land created by volcanic activity where lava fields still dominate the landscape, ash pockets remain untouched, and black sand covers many beaches. Did you know that with over 560 native species, the Galapagos has over 180 endemic species, found nowhere else on the planet? Discover the differences between the diverse and unique ecosystems on and between the Islands. Learn to tell apart the land iguana and the less colorful, but equally impressive marine iguana. Listen to stories of Charles Darwin and the infamous Darwin finches whose evolutionary discoveries led to many present day scientific theories. Seek out the incredibly vibrant marine life of the Islands, keeping a watchful eye out for sharks, sea lions, starfish, turtles, and a wide array of colorful fish. Find out just how blue a blue-footed booby's feet really are! Come explore the Galapagos Islands with the experts in adventure travel!

Snorkel excursion
Photo: Snorkel excursion
Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Quito/Guayaquil, Ecuador

Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil / Santa Cruz
Quito or Guayaquil / Santa Cruz
Meals Included:  L

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport from Quito or Guayaquil, you will be met by your local expert guide who will help you transfer by bus to Itabaca Channel, for a 5 minute ferry ride crossing to Santa Cruz Island.

Travel 45 minutes by bus through a variety of microclimates to the Puerto Ayora, where your lodge is located, eat lunch and head out on your first excursion to Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed chambers that give us a wonderful introduction to the intense power of the forces of nature and the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands.

Next, visit a 600-acre private tortoise reserve where you'll find giant Galapagos tortoises freely roaming, grazing and sleeping. Our last activity of the day brings us to the entrance of a 1,350 feet illuminated lava tunnel which gives us the incredible opportunity to see lava stalagmites, stalactites, sulfur and mineral-colored walls.

Overnight Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

About the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Built in 1995, this lodge located on Santa Cruz Island has a unique architecture designed to blend in with the surroundings and seafront. With stunning views from your room of Puerto Ayora's bay or the mangrove forest, you'll be sure to love your stay at this one-of-a-kind lodge.

The lodge owners are committed to developing an eco-friendly operation and are undergoing a process of certification for sustainable management. Fourteen guest rooms with either mangrove or sea views are all equipped with air conditioning, cable television, private bathroom and hot water. A sea side restaurant with choices of Japanese or Galapagos fusion cuisine offers you the best choice in town.

Day 2: Santa Cruz / Isabela Island
Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, embark on a kayaking tour along the shore of Santa Cruz Island, watching for marine and land mammals as you paddle through the sparkling water. Along the way, take a break with some snorkeling and keep an eye out for sea lions, green sea turtles and countless schools of tropical fish.

After lunch back at the lodge, hop on a transport boat bound for Isabela Island (two hour transfer). Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy a welcome cocktail on the deck overlooking the white sand beach while your guide fills you in on the culture and history of the island.

Overnight Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

About Isabela Lodge
Located on the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by six large volcanic domes fused together, Isabela Lodge is separated from the ocean only by a broad, white sand, palm-lined beach.

This oceanfront Lodge has a beautiful wooden deck by the sea for all to enjoy as well as a roof top terrace with ocean vistas for miles. Isabela Lodge features eight guest rooms, each with two queen beds and private bath.

Day 3: Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Early departure to Sierra Negra Volcano, the second biggest active crater in the world. Take a short hike up to the rim of the caldera, continuing the walk alongside this magnificent spectacle.  After enjoying a rest under a Jaboncillo tree, continue onward to Volcan Chico, an otherworldly landscape featuring fumaroles and amazing lava formations.

Lunch takes place on a beautiful, organic farm called Campo Duro, where you can walk among the fruit trees or nap in a hammock enjoying the peace of the place. Return to the lodge and relax on the beach, swim or discover Isabela on your own.

Overnight Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

Day 4: Isabela
Sea Turtle on the Galapagos Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

All aboard! This morning we board our boat en route to Los Tuneles. On the way, make a short stop at Roca Union where you'll see masked boobies, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions from the boat. Los Tuneles, a breathtaking site formed by lava arches on the water, is where we stop to go snorkeling. Experience close encounters with many species of fish, rays, sea turtles and if you're lucky, the Galapagos penguins.

Return to the lodge for lunch and check out the Galapagos National Park Isabela Breeding Station, where you'll learn the differences between Galapagos tortoise species and their growing process from newborn to century-old individuals. Take a walk via boardwalk through the Isabela wetlands, keeping an eye out for flamingos and other stunning seabirds.

Before returning to the lodge, stop by Playa del Amor (Love Beach) to look at the neat mangroves and discover the town of Puerto Villamil on your own.

Overnight Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge

 

Day 5: Isabela / Santa Cruz
Galapagos Las Tintoreras
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Depart Isabela via small craft to Las Tintoreras. Embark on an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of nesting marine iguanas and sea lions, to a shallow canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. The black, treacherous lava field; emerald green sea; intertwining mangroves; and cloud-capped volcanoes of Isabela will create an out-of-this-world backdrop you're not likely to soon forget!

Snorkel the warm, shallow bay for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface. After lunch back at the lodge, depart for Santa Cruz (2 hour transfer).

Enjoy a tour of the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where you’ll learn about one of the most successful reptile breeding programs in the world.

Overnight Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Day 6: Santa Cruz / Guayaquil or Quito
Santa Cruz / Guayaquil or Quito
Meals Included:  B

After breakfast, transfer to the Baltra Airport for your flight from Santa Cruz back to the mainland for your flights onward or home.

No overnight

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: $3,148

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please arrive in Quito no later than the evening prior to your trip (we recommend arriving a minimum of 2 nights to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection).
  • You will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands, arriving between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to Baltra airport, depending on your flight schedule.
  • Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will be greeted and escorted by a Red Mangrove representative.
  • A short bus ride to Itabaca Channel, followed by a 5 minute ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island will bring you to your private charter bus. This bus will take you south to the town of Puerto Ayora and the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge, your home for the evening.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Baltra airport, on time for your flight back to the mainland. From Quito or Guayaquil, you can make your post trip connections.
Activities
  • Hiking 1 to 5 miles per hike, easy to challenging terrain.
  • Snorkeling Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
  • Kayaking Equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary.
  • Boating Inflatable Zodiac touring with naturalist guide.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary & soft drinks during meals.
  • Excursions with a Freelance English speaking Naturalist guide, provided by Galapagos National Park.
  • All snorkeling gear and equipment.
  • Transport and guide from Baltra airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • 10% service charge as per Ecuadorian law.
  • When in Puerto Ayora and Isabela, free use of bikes.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 International visitors). Must be paid in cash.
  • Control Visitor Card ($10 per person). Must be paid in cash.
  • Air ticket to/from Galapagos (flight schedules / prices may vary).
  • Optional gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

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  • 1. The penguins: You don’t need to be wearing a jacket and freezing your nose off to see a penguin in the wild. Over 1500 aptly-named Galápagos Penguins live, swim and waddle around these islands each day!
  • 2. Swimming lizards: Cross this sight-to-be-seen off the bucket list because the only marine-going lizards in the world, the marine iguanas, are found in the Galápagos.
  • 3. Natural laboratory: Charles Darwin was 26 when he first saw the Galápagos Islands. His observations about life on the islands eventually led to his famed theory of evolution.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
  • 5. Did we already mention the wildlife? Most of the animals seen on our Galápagos adventure tours can only be found in this group of beautiful islands.
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