9-Nights Family Galapagos
Embark on a six-night cruise to the wild Galápagos, discovering its volcanic islands as well as blue-footed boobies, endangered Galápagos penguins and other extraordinary animals not found anywhere else on earth.
- Cruise the Galápagos Islands for six nights aboard 'La Pinta,' an adventure yacht that blends stability, spaciousness and style
- Explore alongside naturalist guides on twice-daily shore excursions - including nature walks - limited to 12 guests
- Encounter some of the world's most unique wildlife, including sea lions at the beach and giant tortoises in their natural highland habitat
- Choose from island activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, light trekking, and exploring local galleries and shops
- Experience child-friendly activities on 'La Pinta' that may include scavenger hunts, Spanish lessons and art-making
- Relax before and after your cruise, enjoying a first day in historic Guayaquil to experience Ecuadorian culture and a final day at a Galápagos beachfront hotel
- Enjoy the convenience of earlier seating at meal times and kid-friendly menus
9 nights from $8995 per person
Supplier: Abercrombie & Kent
The Galápagos Archipelago is a unique world heritage. Situated on the equator 600 miles off the coast of South America, this remote volcanic archipelago remains much as it was millions of years ago. Over the centuries, animal and plant life from the Americas reached the islands and gradually evolved into new forms. Many of its species are found nowhere else on earth. Since Darwin's famous voyage, its marine and terrestrial ecosystems have provided a wealth of information and source of inspiration for people through the world. The "Enchanted Islands" continue to play an important role in our understanding of life on earth. The Galapagos experience offers world travelers a way to step back in time, to visit an isolated, relatively untouched place on earth.
This tropical city of over two million people spreads out along the banks of chocolate-colored Guayas River, about 12 miles from Gulf of Guayaquil. The river, navigable for the largest of ocean vessels, makes this one of the Pacific's most important and best-protected ports. Visitors find the city itself is primarily valued as a gateway for the Galapagos Island and the rest of the country. Ecuador's scenic capital Quito can be reached via a 45-minute flight from Guayaquil. Lush green hillsides, snow-capped volcano cones and brilliant sunshine combine to make the city a charming surprise. Guayaquil offers a rich and interesting history. The meeting of Bolivar and San Martin is commemorated with the colonnaded La Rotunda facing the river. Other attractions include Colon Park where the city was founded, the Santo Domingo Church and the cemetery, often called the White City. With its elaborate tombs and monuments, this is one of South America's most striking burial grounds.
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Kathleen Stahl Travel Services
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