WHAT TO DO WITH LITTLE ONES
There are several options for tours of the Galapagos Islands with kids. This is one sample itinerary for an island hopping tour. Land-based tours can give more flexibility for those travelling in the Galapagos with kids, and it allows to discover the amazing wildlife of the islands during day tours. The whole family can enjoy watching an all-star cast of birds, reptiles and mammals in their natural environment as they feed, doze and play around the highlands and coastline of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands. No physical preparation is necessary and all activities will be within reach of each member of the family.
Of course, a tour to the Galapagos islands with older kids can also be on a cruise boat. Contact us and we will find the perfect vacation for you.
Number of days: 6
Interests: Family Tour, Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises):
Day 1 – Flight to BaltraLanding at around midday at the small airport on Baltra island, meet your naturalist guide who will transfer you to your hotel. From the airport you go by bus for a short distance 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: You will venture to the higher part of Santa Cruz to observe giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These fascinating animals can weigh as much as 400 kilograms. After lunch at the ranch and a visit to the lava tunels, you will head to Puerto Ayora to check-in at the hotel and to finish your day relaxing at the pool. Hotel Fiesta (or similar) Meals included: Lunch
Day 2 – Boat tour to an uninhabited Island
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! Highlights include marine iguanas, blue-footed bobbies, Galapagos crabs, frigate birds, lava gulls, whales, dolphins and sharks. You could also get up close and personal under the water by snorkeling with playful sea lions. Hotel Fiesta (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch
Day 3 – Bay Tour with KayaksIn the morning, you will head back to sea in kayaks to explore the unique landscape of nearby Punta Estrada and Divine Bay. As you paddle through towering lava channel walls, you can see rays and white-tipped reef sharks below you in the serene, clear water. You can also paddle right up to the fearless blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, herons, sally light foot crabs, and marine iguanas perched along the cliffs. Note: Two-seater kayaks are available, so parents can join younger children in the water! The afternoon is at leisure for you and your family, free to explore Isla Santa Cruz Island as you please. You might like to go to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This not-for-profit organisation has been operating since 1959. It's great for learning about the local conservation of the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. It also offers the chance for close-up encounters with giant tortoises, and you can see many newborn and young giant turtles too – they're here as part of the breeding program to reintroduce the creatures to their natural habitat. Or you can head out to Tortuga Bay beach, which is a short walk away from town (approximately 45 minutes). Hotel Fiesta (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 – Boat to San CristobalSpend 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. Hotel Miconia (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 – Kicker Rock or Junco LagoonToday you can choose your tour:
Option 1: Kicker RockThis 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 BeachA 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. Hotel Miconia (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch
Day 6 – ReturnSay goodbye to the sea lions of San Cristobal and fly back to the mainland. Meals included: Breakfast
Price per person: US$ (see below)
(based on 2 people traveling)
Price includes: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
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