This two-week family holiday suggestion visits some of the most iconic sights in South America - the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands. Unique places packed with incredible wildlife and a whole host of fun things to do.
- Stay in a comfortable lodge in a non-malarial area of the Amazon Rainforest
- Learn bird calls, how to paddle a canoe or find food completing the Junior Naturalist Program
- Travel around the Galapagos like an explorer on a catamaran purpose-built for the islands
- Stay in a hotel with a beach and pool in the Galapagos, time to relax and reflect on the adventures
This holiday in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands takes in three different environments, the Andes, the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. Quito gives the opportunity to explore a beautiful South American city surrounded by high mountain peaks, while the Amazon offers the chance to be an explorer swinging through the vines searching for monkey or sloths. End the holiday in the Galapagos islands, three nights on a boat to explore a selection of islands and wildlife with a specialist guide, followed by three nights in a beachfront hotel to give time to relax and spend time as a family.
Begin your holiday in the UNESCO city of Quito surrounded by active volcanoes and the opportunity to walk across the equator. Keep all family members happy and explore the city in a fun way, go mountain biking, play traditional games on the oldest street in the city or visit a local school and join in with some classes or a game of football.
Quito offers a base to relax after the long flight, a place to get a feel for the country, and with hotels offering everything a family would need including swimming pools, interconnecting rooms, multiple onsite restaurants and fantastic views.
Travel to the Amazon rainforest and stay in a comfortable lodge that has a wonderful selection of facilities and activities for families. Spend time learning how to be a junior naturalist guide and visit one of the indigenous communities to learn about life in the jungle and more often than not there is the chance to join in with a game of football. Endless outdoor activities exist to keep everyone happy including bug collecting, kayaking, swimming, tree climbing and night walks, relaxing is also an option with a spa at the lodge and plenty of hammocks to rest and take in the jungle sounds.
Fly from Ecuador's mainland to spend six nights in the enchanting Galapagos Islands. A place to see wildlife not found anywhere else in the world, with no fear of humans it will not run away, perfect for those with a short attention span. Spend a few days on board a boat travelling around the archipelago. Your specialist guide will show you all the islands have to offer both above and below the water - pirate caves, sandy beaches, volcanic lava tunnels, dancing blue-footed boobies and nostril squirting, prehistoric-looking marine iguanas. Whilst snorkelling with the playful sea lions, don’t forget to blow bubbles at them and see if they do it back. Your floating hotel whilst in the Galapagos, the Cormorant, is perfect for families, with interconnecting cabins, kayaks and snorkelling gear and being a catamaran it is quite spacious.
Finish your time in the Galapagos staying on one of the islands, offering time to relax by the pool, follow marine iguana tracks on the beach, swim in the sea, stake out the giant tortoises, kayak or visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre. The Finch Bay Hotel, named after Darwin’s finches that are always around, is a great family option. There is a peaceful beach on the doorstep, an open-air pool which sometimes gets visits from marine iguanas and herons, and the town of Puerto Ayora is only a short water taxi ride away. If you still have energy to burn, then hop on a mountain bike, jump in a kayak or head back into the water with a snorkel. There are many, many options to keep you and the family busy.
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