unique paradise! One of the main reasons to travel to Ecuador is a visit to the Galapagos Islands, and if you are looking for Galapagos Family packages there are a couple of things to have in mind before you book your holiday. The first step will be to find a trusted expert on the area to give you the best advice, a Galapagos package that suits your family needs.
The first thing to know about the different types of packages available to see the islands; you can either sail on a cruise, or you can do daily visits and spend the night at a hotel as part of a hotel based package. Both are amazing options that will fulfill your expectations and offer you a great and unique Galapagos Family Holiday.
A Cruise in the Galapagos will take you to the farther islands, and it might be the best option when your kids are getting to their tens, as many boats have policies against accepting younger kids. Several boats now offer special departures for family vacations in Galapagos; they have special menus and redecorate the rooms with attention in details for kids. The layout and distribution of the cabins is also thought for the parents to be close to their children at all times during your Galapagos cruise.
A fantastic option for a Galapagos family holiday is the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Yacht, with 8 expert guides on board and an Expedition leader, the crew will make sure to assemble equal groups for the excursions, which means you will be paired with other travelers with kids making the experience much richer for the young ones in your family.
In addition to this, there will be special challenges for the kids to develop through the cruise; they will have a list of animals to check off when they see one, they will learn about the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands, and have meal options adapted to their little tummies.
On the other hand, a Galapagos Hotel Package can be a better option for younger kids, or not so experienced travelers. If this is the first trip with your family, you want comfort not sacrificing the experience of visiting the Galapagos Islands. Being based at a hotel gives you the chance to plan more activities for children; you can do biking, snorkeling, hiking and even kayaking. The best thing about this kind of tour, is that you will have the flexibility to request a “custom-made” itinerary to help you go with your family instead of adjusting to a set schedule.
Another important step will be to calculate your budget; most Galapagos cruises will offer discounts for kids under 12 years old, the average discount you will get is 25% of the quote you receive for an adult. Flight tickets will also be a little cheaper, around 30% less than the full amount you get for each adult. With hotel packages, you will get a general price, which is usually significantly less than a cruise, it is not common to receive discounts for kids with this type of experience, but worth checking with your local expert advisors to see if you can get a deal.
The adventure of traveling, besides discovering amazing places, also invites you to learn about other parts of the world and step out of our comfort zone. In Ecuador and the Galapagos islands, people do their best to make you feel at home, but there are cultural differences that you should be prepared to face and that will make the trip an unforgettable experience.
Although security of our visitors is always a main concern for travel agencies and tour operators, don’t expect strict rules as in other countries. An example is that kids don’t usually have a seat car, and actually there is not a law that obligates the drivers to have one available. If you think this is a must during your tour, please check with your travel advisor before booking to make sure they have this service ready for you.
The Galapagos are a once-in-a-lifetime-trip, and there is nothing more special than sharing this amazing opportunity with your loved ones. Of course information about the islands will always come in handy, especially if you have young ones to take care of.
Contact our expert and local travel advisers specialized on family holidays and their needs, get in touch and we will plan a fantastic Galapagos Family trip for you!