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Family Galápagos (2018)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 10 | From: $9,595
Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s capital and the gateway city to the exciting Galápagos Islands. Check in to your hotel with time to relax.
Day 2: Guayaquil | Historic Port City
After a private welcome breakfast and briefing, drive to the pretty countryside and the Hacienda La Danesa, a family-owned dairy and cacao farm with over 145 years of rich heritage. All ages enjoy a hands-on plantation visit that reveals the traditional process of growing and harvesting cacao — and rewards with a tasting of premium Ecuadorian chocolate. Return to your hotel after an organic lunch at the farm. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil | Meals: B L D
Day 3: The Galápagos | Setting Sail on ‘La Pinta’
Fly to Baltra, among the volcanic islands of the Galápagos archipelago. Upon arrival, your family is met by a naturalist guide who escorts you to ‘La Pinta,’ your vessel for your exciting six-night voyage through the Galápagos’ Western Islands. Commanding and stable, yet nimble enough to access the Galápagos’ most remote treasures, ‘La Pinta’ is built for both adventure and comfort, complete with spacious cabins and a relaxed atmosphere. She is also equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a glass-bottom boat, and sea kayaks, all of which allow for more intimate and independent exploration. After lunch, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for wetsuit and snorkeling gear for the whole family.
'La Pinta' | Meals: B L D
Days 4-8: The Galápagos | Otherworldly Wildlife
A wildlife haven 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most remarkable and varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose in 1859 that species evolved in response to their environment. Considered the foundation for evolutionary biology, Darwin’s theory also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent, even in his own day — to preserve these islands. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed and protected, allowing your family to experience the environment much the same as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your itinerary is flexible and not fixed. Each cruise day is designed with families in mind, offering everything from an early breakfast with healthy menu choices to twice-daily excursions that reveal the magic of these unique islands at just the right pace for young explorers. Joined by a knowledgeable naturalist guide, each excursion begins aboard a panga (sturdy rubber rafts) that takes you to shore and into a world of natural wonder, where sunbathing sea lions and their barking babies, skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs, and tangles of marine iguanas greet your family in numbers. The Galápagos are also home to a spectacular assortment of seabirds that elevate birdwatching to a new level of all-ages excitement: picture endemic Galápagos penguins swimming in the shade of a mangrove forest, waved albatrosses engaging in an entertaining mating dance, and iconic blue-footed boobies tending to nests on the very trails upon which you walk. Explore alongside your guide, who leads you on family-friendly hikes, swims, and even into the misty highlands to walk amid centuries-old tortoises. Return to 'La Pinta' for a refreshing lunch, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize on deck. Your Resident Tour Director and naturalist guides continue engaging young guests with scavenger hunts, language lessons and specially arranged birthday parties. In the afternoon, step aboard your panga for a second excursion, perhaps with an opportunity to kayak or snorkel. You may meet face to face with the incredible sea creatures that call these waters home, such as giant sea turtles drifting in gentle currents and curious sea lions pirouetting by to investigate. Back on board ‘La Pinta’ for the evening, shower and relax before gathering for a lecture led by your team of naturalist guides who share insight about the next day’s adventures. Beautifully prepared meals in the dining room may be followed by awe-inspiring astronomy talks out on deck, where you witness a show of bright stars that nearly touch the horizon. Once the young ones are asleep, gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries.
'La Pinta' | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Guayaquil | Disembarkation & Farewell Dinner
After a leisurely breakfast, disembark your cruise on Santa Cruz island, and then transfer to Finch Bay on Puerto Ayora, the island’s only beachfront hotel. Relax as a family by the freshwater pool and explore the adjacent beach. Tonight, celebrate an unforgettable voyage at a special farewell dinner.
Hotel Finch Bay | Meals: B D
Day 10: Depart Guayaquil
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.
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