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Ecuador Galapagos Island Family Adventure Cruise

Wildlife Wonders in the Amazon Rainforest & Enchanted Isles

 

See two of the most incredible and iconic wildlife destinations in the world - the Amazon Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands - on this family trip featuring activities suited for ages 6 and up. In the Amazon, look for monkeys, caimans, and three-toed sloths, as well has hundreds of species of birds and blue morpho butterflies in the middle of a 5,000-acre nature preserve. Then, journey through the Galápagos, where you'll meet 3-foot-long iguanas and 100-year-old tortoises, and snorkel alongside beautiful white-sand beaches under the watchful eye of sea lions. This is a family adventure you'll never forget!

  • Delight in the wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, including toucans, monkeys, caimans, and sloths

  • Sail the enchanted Galápagos Islands and snorkel among brilliantly colored tropical fish

  • Follow expert naturalist guides as you discover a world of sea lions, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises

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  • Arrive in Quito

    Day 1

    Welcome to the historic city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. An MT Sobek representative will meet you outside customs at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After settling in at the hotel, the rest of the evening is free unwind and take advantage of the pool and onsite restaurant. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Quito

    The 4-star Hotel Quito is located close to the city's historic heart, and has terrific mountain and valley views. Its 215 rooms are spacious and well-appointed with stylish details and modern amenities, including TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, and more. Experience the tranquility of the sunlit lobby or head to the pool for splashy fun, before enjoying a family dinner at the hotel's excellent Techo del Mundo restaurant.

  • Tour Mindo & Learn How Chocolate is Made

    Day 2

    After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour to Mindo, a village in the Andean Mountains that's known for its many bird and butterfly species. Visit a cacoa farm and factory and learn how chocolate is made, from harvesting the plants to the final product. Enjoy a welcome lunch surrounded by an incredible diversity of hummingbirds. Return to Quito in the afternoon for an introductory talk and orientation about your trip. In the evening, explore Quito and have dinner on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel Quito

    The 4-star Hotel Quito is located close to the city's historic heart, and has terrific mountain and valley views. Its 215 rooms are spacious and well-appointed with stylish details and modern amenities, including TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, and more. Experience the tranquility of the sunlit lobby or head to the pool for splashy fun, before enjoying a family dinner at the hotel's excellent Techo del Mundo restaurant.

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Journey to Sacha Lodge

    Day 3

    After breakfast, transfer to Quito airport for a short flight to Coca airport, located on the Amazon side of the Andes. From there, take a two-hour motorized boat ride along the Napo River to Sacha Lodge reserve. From the drop-off along the riverside, take a 25-minute jungle walk along a wooden boardwalk to look for monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. Finally, board a dugout canoe for a 40-minute ride through a jungle canal to get to Sacha Lodge, your home for the next few days.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Located within a pristine ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge enjoys a remote rainforest location with thatch-roofed buildings that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. The 26 comfortable rooms have spacious private bathrooms, some of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for an immersive jungle experience. The property is a destination within itself, with thousands of acres of rainforest to explore.

    Activity: 25-minute jungle walk & 40-minute easy canoe ride

    Transportation: 30-minute flight transfer & 2-hour boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest at Sacha Lodge

    Day 4

    Spend the day exploring the 5,000 acres of pristine rainforest at Sacha Lodge reserve, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Watch for roving bands of monkeys, hundreds of species of birds, and the occasional anteater, three-toed sloth, or ocelot. Go for a ride in a dugout canoe, fish for piranhas, and birdwatch from the top of a canopy tower. You can also go on a night walk to look for frogs, spiders, and other nocturnal critters.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Located within a pristine ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge enjoys a remote rainforest location with thatch-roofed buildings that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. The 26 comfortable rooms have spacious private bathrooms, some of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for an immersive jungle experience. The property is a destination within itself, with thousands of acres of rainforest to explore.

    Activity: Rainforest walks & canoe rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit a Native Community

    Day 5

    Enjoy another full day of activities around Sacha Lodge. Visit the Shipati Warmi project - an initiative run by and benefiting the women of the Providencia community of Yasuní - to learn about how they live, the food they eat, and their culture. In the afternoon, climb the canopy-walk tower to experience the rainforest from atop the trees. In the evening, you can go on a night canoe ride to look for caimans, snakes, and other nocturnal wildlife.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Located within a pristine ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge enjoys a remote rainforest location with thatch-roofed buildings that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. The 26 comfortable rooms have spacious private bathrooms, some of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for an immersive jungle experience. The property is a destination within itself, with thousands of acres of rainforest to explore.

    Activity: Rainforest walks & canoe rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Quito

    Day 6

    After breakfast, depart Sacha Lodge and take a return boat ride to Coca. Then, board your flight back to Quito and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax at the swimming pool or visit the Old Town on your own.

    Accommodation: Hotel Quito

    The 4-star Hotel Quito is located close to the city's historic heart, and has terrific mountain and valley views. Its 215 rooms are spacious and well-appointed with stylish details and modern amenities, including TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, and more. Experience the tranquility of the sunlit lobby or head to the pool for splashy fun, before enjoying a family dinner at the hotel's excellent Techo del Mundo restaurant.

    Activity: 40-minute canoe ride & 25-minute jungle walk

    Transportation: 2-hour boat ride & 30-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Fly to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos

    Day 7

    After breakfast, fly from Quito to San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. On arrival your guide will escort you to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where you will board the luxurious Galaxy I. Enjoy lunch before cruising to nearby Isla Lobos — separated from San Cristóbal by a narrow channel, providing opportunities to snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and tropical fish. There is also a short trail great for viewing blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, and the picturesque León Dormido — a huge volcanic monolith located offshore.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels.

    Activity: 3 hours walking, swimming and snorkeling

    Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Española Island

    Day 8

    Wake to swim, snorkel, sun bathe or take a jog in the company of sea lions on the beautiful, white-sand beach at Gardner Bay - considered one of the best in the islands. After lunch, experience incredible birdlife at Punta Suárez, including the endangered waved albatross (from April to December) and the Nazca booby. In fact birds are everywhere — underfoot, on the trail, overhead, diving into the sea, taking off from cliffs, sitting on eggs, and engaging in ritual mating dances. A great tangle of marine iguanas is usually present nearing our landing site.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and observing wildlife

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Floreana Island

    Day 9

    This morning you will visit historic Post Office Bay for a chance to leave your mail at the famous post office barrel and pick up mail to hand deliver, as was the custom centuries ago. Head for our for an afternoon walk on Punta Cormorant, a sandy beach with green olivine crystals. Spot flamingos, sea lions and blue-footed boobies, and learn about the beach's importance for sea turtle nesting. Next, take a short Zodiac ride (small, motorized inflatable boats) to Devil's Crown. Here the current funnels plankton through the small eroded crater, attracting large schools of tropical fish — creating a perfect place to snorkel. Back on the boat tonight, enjoy a festive farewell cocktail hour and a group dinner with the captain.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and observing wildlife

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Santa Fé & South Plaza Islands

    Day 10

    Wake to explore the beautiful bay and turquoise waters of Santa Fé Island. Here you can snorkel and swim with tropical fish, sea lions and turtles, and see a large colony of sea lions basking on the beach. Along the rocky trail, you will find endemic land iguanas, seeking shade under prickly-pear cactus, and many birds — from Galápagos hawks to Darwin finches. Next it's on to South Plaza Island, home to a colony of sea lions and a large population of Galápagos land Iguanas. The southern part of the trail follows the cliff, where you will see many sea birds nesting or flying, including frigatebirds, boobies, and shearwaters.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and observing wildlife

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See Tortoises in the Highlands & Return to Quito

    Day 11

    After an early breakfast, disembark the Galaxy and transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to see Galápagos giant tortoises in the wild. Then head to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito. An MT Sobek representative will greet you at Quito airport and provide assistance to your nearby hotel. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel-Quito

    The Wyndham Quito Airport is a convenient and comfortable stopover after your journey back from the Galápagos. Excellent food options are available both at the onsite restaurant and for room service. Rooms have large TVs and complimentary WiFi. There is a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from airport.

    Activity: 1 hour walking and observing wildlife

    Transportation: 45-minute private vehicle transfer and 2-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Depart from Quito

    Day 12

    After breakfast, use the complimentary shuttle to transfer to the airport in time for your outbound flight, or opt to stay on in Quito to join us for one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru!

    Meals: Breakfast

Ecuador Galapagos Island Family Adventure Cruise

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galápagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.

Reason #02

We charter deluxe yachts for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert team of naturalist guides and a dedicated Quito office.

Reason #03

This trip is the perfect blend of two South American wildlife treasures, the Amazon rainforest and the Galápagos, joined into one epic family adventure

Meet your guides

Luis Die

Luis Die

Luis was born in Seville, Spain, and graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in Environmental Biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galapagos since 1999. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis has a Master's Degree in Geographic Ecology and is active with conservation groups. A born teacher, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galapagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife, twin sons, and daughter and is MT Sobek's head naturalist guide.

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando is an Ecuadorian marine biologist who has worked and lived in Galapagos for over 25 years. An accomplished diver, he has than 5,000 dives in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Baja California, Palau, Malaysia, Caño Island in Costa Rica. He joined Conservation International in 2005 after working for the Galapagos National Park as Head of the Department of Control and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems. After a few years working in different government institutions and NGOs, Fernando returned to guiding to re-encounter the environment he is so passionate about.

Patricia Stucki

Patricia Stucki

Patricia has been guiding diving trips in Galapagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galapagos, she will be able to give you an insider's viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.

Activities

Light walks, canoe rides, a cultural visit in the Amazon, chocolate tasting, kayaking, and snorkeling. Easy adventures for the whole family.

Lodging

An eco-lodge set in the midst of a 5,000-acre preserve and a luxurious modern catamaran or yacht. Plus comfortable and convenient hotels in Quito.

Climate

June is considered "cool" season in Galápagos with temperatures of 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F. In the Amazon, expect 76-84°F with some rain likely.

FAQ

When and where should I arrive?

Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.

What makes this a family adventure?

This trip includes plenty of wildlife and adventure, but with shorter days than our usual MT Sobek trips. Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families with children.

Do I need a wetsuit for snorkeling in the Galápagos?

With cooler water temperatures, most people prefer using a wetsuit. This way, you will enjoy snorkeling longer. Wetsuits rentals are available for $45-55 pp for the week. Your guide will assist you.

Are insects a problem in the Amazon?

Insects are present in the Amazon, but they are generally not a problem. If you are extra sensitive, bring insect repellant. You may see a few mosquitoes around dawn and dusk.

Are there sharks in the Galapagos?

It is rare to see sharks while snorkeling, and when you do, it is likely to see white-tipped reef sharks that sleep on the ocean floor and in rocky caves. They feed on small fish at night and are not interested in people.

When is the best time to go to the Galapagos?

The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, with something to see and do every month. The water is choppiest in September. Late spring brings the mating season for frigate birds and blue-footed boobies!

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 15 - 26, 2022
    $7,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$900 internal airfare+$700 single supplement (hotels only)+$20 transit control card
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  • Dec 14 - 25, 2022
    $8,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$900 internal airfare+$700 single supplement (hotels only)+$20 transit control card
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • Wetsuit rental
  • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card
  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • Wetsuit rental
  • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card
  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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