There are several options for tours of the Galapagos Islands for kids. This is one sample itinerary for an island hopping tour. Stay on two of the inhabited islands and discover the amazing wildlife of the islands during day tours. Of course a tour to the Galapagos islands for kids can also be a cruise. Contact us and we will find the perfect offer for you.
Number of days: 6
Interests: Family Tour, Nature & Wildlife
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises):
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Day 1 – Flight to Baltra
The Galapagos Islands belong to Ecuador. But they are far off the mainland, which means you have to fly there. You can take a plane in Quito or Guayaquil. It takes you in about 3.5 hours to the tiny island of Baltra. On Baltra there’s only the airport. And some iguanas. From the airport you go by bus for about 3 minutes to the Itabaca Channel. This Channel separates Baltra from the larger island of Santa Cruz. Crossing it by ferry takes about 2 minutes. Now you are on the northern tip of Santa Cruz and have to cross the island by car to reach Puerto Ayora, in the south.
On the way you will go on a first exciting expedition: Visit the Giant Tortoises that only live here on the Galapagos Islands. They are real giants and usually spend their days munching grass.
Day 2 – Uninhabited Island
In the Galapagos there are four islands with people on them. On all the many other islands and tiny islets only animals live. The animals have never learned to be afraid of humans, so you can get really close, when you visit one if these islands today. The Galapagos Islands are a National Park. The Park’s administration has the job to protect the islands and make sure there are not too many visitors on each island. That’s why we can’t tell you for sure which one of the uninhabited islands you will visit on today’s boat tour, but it’s going to be awesome! You will see sea lions, iguanas, birds, maybe lava rocks. If you go snorkeling keep your eyes open for sharks (don’t worry, they’re harmless), turtles, colorful fish, and giant rays.
Day 3 – Bay Tour with Kayaks
In the morning you have some free time. Walk to the beautiful Tortuga Bay Beach to chill, or visit the super interesting Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see some more giant tortoises and learn about the Galapagos Islands and their history.
Better eat a big lunch, because you will need all your strength in the afternoon: By Kayak you paddle to a place called Punta Estrada. There is a crack in some rocks (called Las Grietas). From there you can look for whitetip reef sharks. Also check out the nesting marine birds on the cliffs.
There are wooden stairs down into the crack. In the channel that is formed by the rocks you can swim or snorkel. Then you paddle back to German Beach, close to Puerto Ayora.
Day 4 – Boat to San Cristobal
Spend a last relaxed morning on Santa Cruz. Then you get on a boat which will take you from Santa Cruz to San Cristobal. Sometimes the boat ride can be a bit bumpy, if the sea is rough. Try to sit outside and look towards the horizon if you start feeling nauseous. Or bring some pills or wristbands that help with seasickness.
In San Cristobal the main town is called Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It’s actually the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Someone will pick you up at the dock and take you to your hotel.
What’s great about San Cristobal is that everywhere you go, you will meet some sea lions: crossing the street, taking a nap, or looking for a snack.
Day 5 – Kicker Rock or Junco Lagoon
Today you can choose your tour:
Option 1: Kicker Rock
This is a boat tour which takes you to one of Galapagos’ most famous sites: Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido. The Spanish name means “sleeping lion”, because some people thought that’s what the rock formation looks like. There are actually two rocks that are separated by a channel. It’s a great spot for snorkeling, but you should be a good swimmer. You can look for hammerhead sharks, rays, sea lions, sea turtles and a variety of fish passing below.
Option 2: Junco lagoon, Galapaguera tortoises, and Puerto Chino Beach
A taxi takes you in about one hour through the highlands of San Cristobal. Pay attention: do you note any difference to Santa Cruz? There’s actually a huge difference: San Cristobal is the only one of the islands that has fresh water. The fresh water lagoon of El Junco is your first stop. You can go on a short hike and look for frigate birds. They are actually very funny, because the males have a kind of red pouch on their neck that they can blow up with air.
After that, you visit some more giant tortoises in the Galapaguera before you visit Puerto Chino, a beautiful beach.
In the afternoon you have free time. You can walk to the beach of La Loberia where you can see even more sea lions, or visit the Galapagos interpretation center to learn even more about the islands.
Day 6 – Return
Say goodbye to the sea lions of San Cristobal and fly back to the mainland.
Price per person: US$ (see below)
(based on 2 people traveling)
Price per adult: US$ 2,350
Price per child (5-11): US$ 1,325
(with 2 adults and 2 children traveling)
- Accommodation in family rooms (where available) or 2 double rooms, with breakfast
- English-speaking naturalist guide
- all transportation
- flight Quito/Guayaquil – Galapagos – Quito/Guayaquil
- international flights
- meals not specified
- entrance fees to museums, churches, etc.
- personal expenses
- optional excursions and activities
- personal travel insurance
- entrance Galapagos National Park and migration card
- water taxis
Accommodation consists of two superior hotels.
Day 1 – Santa Cruz – Galapagos Inn
Day 2 – Santa Cruz – Galapagos Inn
Day 3 – Santa Cruz – Galapagos Inn
Day 4 – San Cristobal – Casa Opuntia
Day 5 – san Cristobal – Casa Opuntia
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