Ecuadorian Family Holidays

Ecuador is a traditional South American country, and a nice place to spend a few days' exploring Andean life before flying over to the internationally recognised, UNESCO-protected spectacular; the glorious Galapagos Islands.
Whether you have seen David Attenborough's documentaries, read Origin of Species by Charles Darwin or heard tales of ths enchanting archipelago abundant with native andendemic wildlife, a trip to the Galapagos always far exceeds your expectations. Visiting these islands is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a family experience to treasure forever. 

What are the best family friendly Ecuadorian hotels?

If you are looking for some luxury in the capital city of Quito, then the former presidential palace of Casa Gangotena is the place to stay. A little more subtle and affordable, is the Patio Andaluz. A couple of hours' drive from Quito is a charming working hacienda, high in the Andes; Hacienda Zuleta is a beautiful option after a cruise, a great place for a few days on land for some rest and relaxation.

Which are the best family friendly Galapagos cruises?

There are so many boats that cruise the Galapagos islands, and we will talk to you about the various best ones. We always recommend the smaller boats with capcaity for 16-20 people, as your experience will be private and more intimate than on one of the boats that cater for up to 100 people. One of the most luxurious and well managed boats is the MV Origin, with its main unique selling points being that the guide to passenger ratio is 1:10, whereas most boats have a 1:16 ratio. A more economical boat that is still very comfortable and with good staff is the Seaman Journey. There are lots of Galapagos cruising boats that we can talk to you about to best suit your family's needs.

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How old do you need to be to visit the Galapagos?

For most Galapagos cruises there is a minimum age of 7 years old. You can visit the Galapagos Islands by staying on one of the land based hotels with younger children, but from experience we believe it is better to wait a few years until your children are at least 7 so really make the most of the experience and be truly inspired by this extraordinary place.

Is a Galapagos family cruise expensive?

There are a number of boats that cater to different budgets. A week's cruise on an boat with a naturalist guide and all your meals included will generally cost from around $4,000/£2,960 per person. 

How long do families stay in the Galapagos for?

Most cruises last eight days, 7 nights. There are shorter options, but we think if you have made the effort to get to the Galapagos, it is worth taking the time to explore, rather than just sample the landscape, if you can.

Does this sound your family's ideal trip?

If you like the idea of an Ecuador and Galapagos family holiday, and for more information about the Galapagos, please do give us a ring, ping us an email or come and visit us for a chat in our London offices.




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