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
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.
After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour to Mindo, a village in the Andes 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, fly from Quito to Baltra Island in the Galápagos. Take a short transfer from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island. Here a private vehicle awaits to take you to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz for a special opportunity to see giant tortoises in their wild and natural habitat. Next, transfer to Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in the Galápagos. Stroll the main street to the harbor, where you will board the Galaxy II catamaran yacht - your floating basecamp for the next few days. Enjoy a welcome dinner onboard with the captain.
Wake for a 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. In the afternoon, 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.
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 also usually present nearing our landing site. After lunch, you can swim, snorkel or sun bathe in the company of sea lions on the white-sand beach at Gardner Bay.
After an early breakfast, disembark from the Galaxy II at San Cristobal Island. Visit the Interpretation Center in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the small town which is the administration center for the National Park. Transfer to the airport on San Cristobal in time for your mid-day return flight to Quito, to connect with homeward bound flights. A hotel room at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel is provided. You can use your hotel room as a dayroom with extended check-out and depart on a late evening flight home, or you can use your room as an overnight room and depart the next day. Ask your Adventure Coordinator for details. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
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.
We charter deluxe yachts for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert team of naturalist guides and a dedicated Quito office.
This trip is the perfect blend of two South American wildlife treasures, the Amazon rainforest and the Galápagos, joined into one epic family adventure
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Light walks, canoe rides, a cultural visit in the Amazon, chocolate tasting, kayaking, and snorkeling. Easy adventures for the whole family.
An eco-lodge set in the midst of a 5,000-acre preserve and a luxurious modern catamaran with sleep-aboard cabins. Comfortable and convenient hotels in Quito.
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.
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.
This trip includes plenty of adventure, but with shorter days than our normal MT Sobek trips. Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families. We include 1-2 evenings for adults to be on their own while children are entertained, and we include menu options for children.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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"MT Sobek provided the perfect Galápagos experience for a multi-generational family trip. The participants could just savor the experience while experts coordinated the entire trip. Thank you!"
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"Having visited the places that Darwin visited for his evolution theory makes you appreciate all we have in this world!"
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