Introduction
What a cool week this will be for you and your family as you go from below sea level to the heights of the Andes—without ever leaving the borders of Ecuador. Starting in the Galápagos Islands, you get ultra-close-up looks at giant land tortoises, iguanas and sea lions. You’ll have fulltime naturalist guides who really know how to have fun whether you’re snorkeling, sea kayaking or flamingo watching. Unlike most visitors to the islands who are stuck on cruise ships, our island-based trip lodges you in luxury boutique hotels with tons of elbowroom, inviting pools, and blue-footed boobies right out the back door. Just as it seems like it couldn’t get any better, things look up, up, up as we return to the mainland and head for the Andes. From a 4,000-acre working ranch, you’ll take walks with snow-capped mountains in the background, saddle up for a horseback ride, see the incredibly rare Andean condor up-close, and visit the Otavalo Market. There’s so much variety in the week—Darwin, wildlife, mountains, indigenous peoples—that it’s hard to keep track of it all. You’ll all be reminding each other of your favorite Ecuadorian experiences for years to come.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - ISABELA
We begin our Ecuadorian family vacation on Isabela Island. A walk through otherworldly volcanic terrain takes us to the awesome caldera of Volcán Chico and a very civilized picnic. Next day, we’ll take a small fishing boat to explore Tintoreras, where we come face-to-face with fearless Galápagos penguins.

DAYS 3-4 - SANTA CRUZ
Giant, 500-pound tortoises are the stars of Santa Cruz Island (3 nights), and we’ll walk among them in their natural habitat in the highlands at El Chato Reserve. In sea kayaks, we paddle over turquoise waters where manta rays and reef sharks glide below. And we’ll take the trail to the fine sands of Tortuga Bay for a swim or maybe even some surfing if you'd like.

DAYS 5-7 - ECUADORIAN ANDES
From Quito airport, we head right out to the Andes and the Ecuadorian highlands, where we make our home for two nights at the hacienda on a 4,000-acre working family ranch. You’ll get to go for a horseback ride to Condor Huasi, the country’s only authorized project for rehabilitation of the rare condors that can have wingspans up to 10 feet. We’ll see the birds and talk to the experts who care for them. Back at the hacienda, there’s time to explore the huge organic gardens and learn how to milk a cow before we see how that milk gets turned into cheese.

On our final day, we save plenty of time to visit and shop Otavalo Market. It’s a cool way to Andean crafts and get a close-up glimpse at the ancient local culture. We’ll also visit one of the last weavers to see how he creates textiles on a kind of loom that dates back to the Incas.

Sea lion in Galapagos
The Kids Will Love...
  • Close encounters with sea lions and giant tortoises
  • Snorkeling and kayaking in clear blue water
  • Exploring a valley in the Andes on horseback
Galápagos & Andes
Family
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Quito - Upon departure of your included flight to the Galapagos

Ending Point: Quito airport & hotels

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Guest Reviews
“The snorkeling was amazing. Kids loved playing volleyball and soccer with the locals on the islands. Alfredo was kind, honest, great with the kids, very informative and very accommodating!”
Kim F., Montville, NJ

“Snorkeling with the sea lions was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Barbara M., Chicago, IL

“Alfredo was always attentive and bent over backwards to accommodate our needs and requests. He made sure the children had their choice of menu items and his knowledge of the locals made our trip even more enjoyable and comfortable.”
Nancy G., Glenside, PA

“Our guide was outstanding!!! He is extremely knowledgeable in all areas and his fluency in English allowed him to share so much with us. He quickly learned all of our strengths, weaknesses and personality quirks and adapted many activities to suit our needs.”
Pamela C., Eau Claire, WI

“Miguel was incredible! He was kind, knowledgeable, articulate, fun, and enthusiastic. He was an absolute joy to be around. In all my travels, he is the best guide I have ever had. You are so fortunate to have him.”
Maureen P.

Galápagos & Andes
Family
7 Days / 6 Nights

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5 Days, 5 Nights
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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
June 24-30, 2018$4995.00$1295.00
July 22-28, 2018$4995.00$1295.00
December 23-29, 2018$5395.00$1295.00
Mar 31-Apr 6, 2019$5195.00$1295.00
April 14-20, 2019$5095.00$995.00
June 23-29, 2019$5095.00$1295.00
July 21-27, 2019$5095.00$1295.00
December 22-28, 2019$5495.00$1295.00
Dec 26, 2019-Jan 1, 2020$5495.00$1295.00


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Internal Air
We will arrange flights between Quito and the Galápagos for $745/person, including Galápagos entrance fee & Ingala card.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
• All activities in the itinerary, including gear for snorkeling and kayaking
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Galápagos & Andes
Family
7 Days / 6 Nights
The weather in the Galápagos remains remarkably consistent throughout the year with an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the highlands you can expect warm, sunny days and crisp evenings.

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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Hotels
Iguana Crossing

The ocean laps at the front door. There’s nothing but National Park (with a live volcano) out the back. This hotel is cool, very close to nature and eco-minded. Amenities include a swimming pool, a roof-deck Jacuzzi and its own excellent restaurant.

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Built of native lava rock and driftwood, this first-class hotel is situated right on the waterfront. Guests enjoy peace and total privacy, plus a perfect chance to experience what the owners call the true 'Galápagos spirit'.

Hacienda Zuleta

Dating back to 1691, this sprawling family property takes in the full sweep of the Andes. Guestrooms feel like rooms in a private home. Hummingbirds dart through the gardens. And you have time to wander the grounds and soak in the magnificent views.

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