Galapagos Islands and Inca Ruins

A 9-Day Thomson Adventures tour starting from $5,290

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Tour Length: 9 Days
Countries Visited: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos
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  • Triple Discount for Children
  • Groups of 6 or more traveling together save money
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Tour Type:
 Family Tours
Tour Category: Latin America Family Travel
Tour Operator: Thomson Adventures
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Cities Visited:
Santiago, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil, Cuenca

Your family will experience the rich culture of the Andes and the amazing natural history of the Galapagos on this truly incredible family vacation.

Our journey begins in the rolling highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes. We visit with villagers and artisans, learning about their ancient culture and shopping for crafts in colorful markets. You and the kids can join in some fun optional activities, such as horseback riding, and we’ll also go on a beautiful hike with spectacular views of the valley.

Then we head west into the Pacific for our nature cruise among the Galapagos Islands, one of the planet's most fascinating ecosystems. Each day we disembark on a different island to explore, swim and view the almost tame wildlife. We offer two cruises, including a four-night cruise for those times of the year when families have longer vacations.

If you have a few more vacation days to take advantage of while you’re in South America, go on our Peru extension. A family adventure that includes the Galapagos Islands AND Machu Picchu can’t be beat.

All entrance and park fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide while on the mainland and a Galapagos National Park guide on the cruise, area specialists, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Day 1 – Depart U.S. /Arrive Guayaquil
Welcome to Ecuador! With a stunning landscape and a history dating as far back as 3,500 B.C., the first leg of your two-part adventure has much to offer. From ancient archeological sites of the Cañari and the Inca to modern villages where locals are happy to share their traditions, you and your family will be immersed in the rich cultural heritage waiting to be discovered in Ecuador.

Days 2 to 4 – Andean Highlands
Leaving behind coastal Guayaquil, we’ll venture up into the Andean Highlands. Rolling hillsides nestle the ruins of lost civilizations such as the Cañari, a sophisticated society of astronomers who ruled this area for a thousand years before being conquered by the Incas. The Incas controlled the Andean Highlands for less than a century; the Spanish arrived in the 1530s, and by 1557 the rubble of Incan buildings was being used to create the colonial city of Cuenca.

  • El Cajas National Park hike

  • Cojitambo Mountain activities and ruins
  • Rock climbing

  • Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)

  • Cuenca walking tour

  • Ceramics workshop

  • Pumpapungo Inca ruins

  • Days 5-8 – Galapagos Islands Cruise
    Board the Galapagos Explorer II for a first-class, four-night cruise through one of the true wonders of the natural world. Our cruise ship is 293 feet long and holds only 100 passengers, so families have plenty of room to spread out and can enjoy the journey without experiencing the motion of a smaller vessel. Experienced naturalists lead two shore expeditions per day to seek out wildlife and help our families learn about the fascinating natural history of these volcanic islands.
    Welcome to Darwin’s Enchanted Islands…
  • Meet giant Galapagos tortoises up close

  • Discover abundant wildlife at Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

  • See the large sea lion population on South Plaza Island

  • Day 9 – Galapagos Islands / Guayaquil
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  • Teen Rate (12-17): $5190 - $5990

  • Child Rate (<12): $4990 - $5690

  • All tour prices are per person, in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

  • Internal Air Discount: Children under 12 subtract $200


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