Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure
Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

12 days

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

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!

Highlights of the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

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.

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From $2,595USD
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12 days
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Guided
Hotels, Wilderness lodge, Camping
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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

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Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure Price and Dates

This guided multisport family tour is run as a custom or fixed-departure tour, and the price always depend on whether you are joining a mixed group or travelling with your group only.

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.

Custom Tour on the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Have a tour for your group only! Please note that the prices below are per person and children up to 12 years old will have a discount of 20%:

  • Guided groups of 2+: $2,595 USD per person

Join a Group Tour on the Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

Make new friends and join a group tour! There is a maximum of 10 spots available for each departure and the tour takes place every Sunday. Prices below are per person:

  • Guided groups of 2-10: $2,800 USD per person
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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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

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 are available, please request prices and availability
  • Spa treatments can be added at an additional cost during your visit to the Papallacta Hot Springs, please request pricing in advance
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Galapagos and Amazon Family Adventure

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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Is this tour for me?

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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