Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Prices

From $2,825USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Wilderness lodge, Camping

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10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

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Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Highlights

Discover the Amazon and Galapagos on a 12-day family-friendly multisport tour

Experience the wildlife encounters of a lifetime when you meet the giant tortoises and famous blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos.

Kayak through amazing volcanic formations along Amazon rainforest waterways.

Hike through the Amazon jungle and look for monkeys, parrots, and more local wildlife.

Learn about the culture of the local indigenous people who invite you into their community.

The guided 12-day Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure is the perfect tour for any bold, nature-loving family! Visiting both the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest means you’ll have the chance to hike, bike and kayak in two of the planet’s most exceptional ecosystems.

Keeping the kids engaged means trying tons of different activities, right? You’ll kayak, snorkel, hike, bike, visit conservation centers, and have plenty of time to look for all the amazing creatures who call the Galapagos and Amazon home. After your family has had its fill of sea lions and blue-footed boobies (good luck with explaining that one to the kids), you’ll head to the jungle to look for monkeys, parrots, caiman, and more! Lose yourself in nature during your camping night, giving the kids the experience of sleeping out in the wild. This family-friendly tour of the Galapagos and Amazon is one you’ll be talking about for years to come!

Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting in Quito

Feel free to explore the beautiful city of Quito today prior to your evening welcome meeting. At 6 pm you’ll meet in the hotel lobby, where you’ll have the chance to chat with your guide and learn about the exciting adventure to come.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Meals
None

Day 2 Travel to Isabela Island in the Galapagos

This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra, followed by transportation by water to Isabela Island.

This island is mostly uninhabited except for its wildlife citizens. Watch the sunset over the water during your first night, enjoying the serenity.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Tortoise Breeding Center and Biking Adventure

Today you’ll be exploring Isabela Island by bicycle during a 5-hour ride. You’ll be travelling the back roads of the island to discover short walking trails that lead to beautiful scenic lookout points.

You’ll then ride to Playa del Amor, which is the home of the largest iguana population on the island. After watching these amazing lizards, you’ll continue your journey to the Tortoise Breeding Center. Here you’ll learn about the conservation efforts being made to help the tortoise population.

Ride past the flamingo lagoon and back into town for a relaxing evening by the water.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Snorkeling at the Lava Tunnels

Your adventure for today is a boat ride to the lava tunnels, or “Los Tunneles.” These amazing volcanic arch-like formations are home to many amazing species, including the famous blue-footed boobies. Explore from the boat and then grab your snorkel to look for white-tip reef sharks and golden or eagle rays.

While you’re eating lunch on the boat, see if you can spot some of the penguins that live in the area.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 5 Kayak and Snorkel at Tintoreras

Enjoy a relaxing morning on the gorgeous island before your afternoon kayaking excursion. You’ll be paddling to Tintoreras, a volcanic rock formation with underwater canyons perfect for your family to explore.

Look for blue-footed boobies and penguins while you paddle, and then jump in the water and go snorkelling with the fish, turtles, and sea lions.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Isabela Island
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Giant Tortoise Reserve

Start the day with an early morning boat ride to the island of Santa Cruz. When you arrive you’ll pay a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation and the special efforts being made to grow the tortoise population. After you’ve learned all about the tortoises, you’ll pay them a visit to their natural habitat at the “El Chato” reserve.

Return to town and the rest of the day is free to explore Puerto Ayora. Check out the boat docks at night and you might catch the sharks and rays playing in the underwater lights.

Overnight Location
Hotel on Santa Cruz Island
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Return to the Mainland

Today will be a travel day as you return to Baltra for your flights to Quito. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy the city for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Kayaking and Camping

This morning you’ll drive to the Amazon Basin. Expect to be amazed as you watch the landscape slowly change into the lush leafy vegetation of the rainforest.

Everyone will load into their kayaks for a three-hour paddle up the Punin River. You’ll stop and set up camp near a local Kichwa community, where some of its members will join the group in the evening to share stories from their lives.

Overnight Location
Camping near Kichwa in the Amazon
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Kayak on Arajuno River

Wake up early for a canoe ride to visit the colourful parrots as they hang out at the clay lick in the jungle. You can continue watching for rainforest birds such as toucans, kingfishers, oropendolas, and hawks as you take your kayaks up the Arajuno River.

Lunch will be a waterside picnic before you continue to paddle to the jungle lodge where you’ll be spending the night.

Overnight Location
Wilderness Lodge in the Amazon
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 Visit Wildlife Reserve and Anaconda Island

Today your family will be visiting the AmaZoonico Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll learn about their important work returning animals to their natural habitat. Then you’ll take a jungle hike to see if you can spot some of the monkeys or other animals they’ve rescued in the past. While you’re there, you’ll also learn about the medicinal uses of some of the plants and some fun jungle survival skills.

In the afternoon you’ll visit Anaconda Island to meet the family that lives there and learn about their life in the jungle. There may even be a chance to feed the local caiman!

Overnight Location
Wilderness Lodge in the Amazon
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 Relax at the Hot Springs

After a busy trip exploring, today is about relaxation! On your way back to Quito you’ll stop at the Papallacta Hot Springs. Indulge yourself while you soak in the healing waters of these natural volcanic hot springs, and try out the pools at all different temperatures.

Feeling pruny and relaxed, return to Quito for your last evening in the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Departure

Your tour officially ends after breakfast and check-out. Now it’s time to begin your trip home or continue on with your travels!

Overnight Location
None
Meals
Breakfast

Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure Price and Dates

This guided multisport family tour is run either as a group tour or a private tour. Note, children up to 12 years old receive a discount of 20%.
The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Private tour: $3,175USD per person -

    Now $2,695USD per person

Dates and Prices to Join a Group Tour:

Day Of WeekPrice Per Person *
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TuesdayNot Available
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SaturdayNot Available
Sunday
$2,250USD
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* Single Supplement may apply

Accommodation on Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels, a wilderness ecolodge, and one campsite. The hotels offer comfortable rooms with great locations. During your time in the Amazon, the accommodations will be more basic, but the experience of sleeping in the rainforest will likely be one of your family's favourites.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement of 990 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Cormorant Beach House Hotel on Isabela Island

This is the perfect place to watch the sunset across the water after a busy day. You’ll love staying right on a gorgeous stretch of white sandy beach.

Galapagos Inn Hotel in Santa Cruz

This family-run hotel was originally for researchers who came to the island, but now it welcomes all travellers with clean rooms and a swimming pool.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Night 8

Camping in the Amazon Rainforest

Discover the secrets of the rainforest and learn from the people who call it home during your night camping with the Kichwa community.

Liana Lodge in Tena

Fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest at this thatched-roofed ecolodge. Immerse yourself in nature with the jungle right outside the front door.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure?

Meals

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 11 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Quito are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour. Transportation to and from the airport in Quito before and after the tour is not included, as well as any domestic or international flights. The prices of domestic return flight between Quito and Galapagos Islands might vary anywhere between 400 USD to 650 USD per person depending on the availability.

Also Included

  • Experienced certified English-speaking guide
  • Private land transportation
  • Shared water transportation
  • Bike rental, including a hybrid bike, certified helmet, and gloves
  • Paddling equipment, including a sit-on-top double kayak and paddles
  • Snorkelling equipment, including masks and fins
  • Hiking equipment
  • Rubber boots in the Amazon
  • Certain fees for reserves and museums

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Any domestic and international flights
  • Galapagos transit control card
  • Galapagos National Park fee
  • Isabela Island fee
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Tour guide, driver, server, or hotel staff gratuities
  • Optional activities

Optional Extras

  • Day tours in Quito (prices and availability on request)
  • Spa treatments during the visit to the Papallacta Hot Springs (prices and availability on request)
  • Additional nights in Quito before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

How hard is the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. The hikes, bike rides and kayak excursions included on this trip are all kid-friendly. Should you not wish to complete any given activity, there is a support vehicle that can drive you the remainder of the distance.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Is this tour suitable for children of all ages?

This tour is suitable for children of 5 years old or more.

Are meals included on the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure?

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Quito to start this tour?

The best way to reach Quito is to fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You will need to arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel.

Is the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Are children of all ages welcomed on the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure?

This tour has been specially designed for families and welcomes children 5 years of age and older.

What is the group size on the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure?

The maximum group size for this tour is 10 people.

Where does the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure Tour end?

This tour finishes in the city of Quito. You will need to arrange transportation to the airport.

Are equipment rentals included?

Yes, hybrid bikes, helmets, and gloves are included. Paddling equipment, including a sit-on-top double kayak and paddles, as well as snorkelling equipment, including masks and fins, are also included. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ecuador?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour?

The best time to visit Ecuador for this tour is December through May when the conditions tend to be warm and sunny with short-lived showers.

The creation of Activexpedition is to inspire adventure travelers to explore our world from a different perspective. At Activexpedition they prioritize eco-friendly activities in every destination they go, as well as support local people and traditions through sustainability efforts.

Activexpedition’s mission is to deliver educational experiences of a lifetime with stellar service and provide human powered holidays that go beyond typical adventure travel.

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Prices

From $2,825USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Wilderness lodge, Camping

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. The hikes, bike rides and kayak excursions included on this trip are all kid-friendly. Should you not wish to complete any given activity, there is a support vehicle that can drive you the remainder of the distance.


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Local guide

Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

Get in touch

+1 (587) 327-9828

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