Galapagos with kids

Amanda's verdict
You couldn’t dream up a cast of creatures with more child appeal – from marine iguanas that snort water from their nostrils to frigatebirds shaking bright red, party-balloon throat pouches – and it’s all there, right at your feet. The magic continues underwater. The Galapagos are the ultimate wildlife-travel treat – and a cruise/hotel combo is perfect for families.

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent says

Time spent in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is not only hugely rewarding and an amazing family adventure but it also feels like something of a privilege. Nowhere on earth is quite so special if you have even the slightest interest in native life, wildlife and marine ecology.

  • educational
  • trip of a lifetime
  • wildlife encounters

A family holiday in the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – something which will inspire the next generation. You will be travelling a long way and we know that expectations will, quite rightly, be high. Our expert team is passionate about ensuring that you have the best possible time with seamless travel arrangements, the best guides and experiences which will stay with you all forever.

Our top holiday recommendation for families is Discover Galapagos. Your first port of call is Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, where you can relax, acclimatise and enjoy some gentle sightseeing – Seminario Park, better known as Las Iguanas Park, is always a highlight with the chance to get up close and personal with the resident iguanas.

After a short flight to the Galapagos, you will board the Galapagos Legend, a boutique expedition ship which is as comfortable as it is well-equipped – there’s even an on-board pool. Swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the tiny island of Mosquera beckons with the chance to get up close with sea lion, turtle, dolphin and orca.

Day two of your cruise takes in Puerto Egas on Santiago Island where you should see the yellow-crowned night heron and marine iguana. The next stop is the red island of Rábida – brown pelican, nine species of Darwin’s finch and the greater flamingo feature high amongst the wildlife sightings.

A dinghy ride along the coast of Isabella Island should include sightings of the Galapagos penguins and you will also be able to enjoy a fascinating trek on Fernandina Island and time at the Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz.

The longer Rainforest, Amazon and Galapagos trip combines time in Quito with a cruise within the Amazon basin and the Galapagos.

You can travel to the Galapagos Islands year-round. There are two seasons – cool and dry between June and November and warmer but more humid between December and May (the water is a little choppier in August and September).

Find out more about our tailor-made family holidays in The Galapagos Islands.

* See our review of Abercrombie & Kent.

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