Galapagos Family Holidays

Once-in-a lifetime experiences for adults, kids and teenagers alike.

Galapagos Family Holidays

Galapagos family holidays make for an amazing, once-in-a lifetime experience for adults, kids and teenagers alike. With its mix of wildlife, undersea adventures, fresh daily insights and activities to suit all fitness levels and ages, Galapagos offers the perfect chance to disconnect from tech and reconnect with each other and the wonders of the natural world.

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We listen to you. We take the time to understand what you want your Galapagos trip of a lifetime to be. We then we use our decades of experience and unrivalled network of local contacts and team of top guides to make it happen.

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Travel in a time of uncertainty…

Now travel has resumed, planning your Galapagos holiday should be a source of excitement, but making sense of all the travel regulations can be a headache. We follow developments in Ecuador, Peru and Galapagos incredibly closely so we have all the latest information on hand.

Having all the latest information and expert teams on the ground helps us take the uncertainty out of your planning and give you the confidence to book, secure in the knowledge we have you covered! If you want to find out the latest advice on travel to Ecuador, Galapagos and Peru please contact us

Guest Reviews

Every single day was brilliant!
Corrina Matt
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It was simply fantastic, every single day was brilliant! All was superbly planned and happened as planned... It has been a magical experience all round.
One of the most exciting holidays
Margaret Tindale
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Ecuador and Galapagos was for me one of the most exciting holidays I have ever experienced. Travelling with Think Galapagos made the holiday even more special.
A seamless memorable trip
Bill and Lillian Lubyk
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The team are passionate about what they do, and have the knowledge and contacts to create the type of journey that fits your travel style. A seamless, memorable trip, even at such short notice.
Absolutely fantastic holiday
Garry and Gillian Hawkins
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An absolutely fantastic holiday! The Amazon was brilliant, and Galapagos was just magical. This has been an absolute holiday of a lifetime for us and we would recommend you to anyone.
Like living in a nature documentary
Dr Kayleigh Wyles
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It felt like we were living in a nature documentary, seeing so many unusual and unique species, but also able to observe their natural behaviour. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, were great in offering vegetarian alternatives for me.


Our hand-picked selection of the very best family friendly Galapagos yachts and catamarans with top guides and exceptional wildlife encounters

When to visit?

Most families travelling to Galapagos with children will be limited to school holiday times. One of our favourite times for Galapagos family holidays would be to coincide with the Easter holidays or Spring Break. March and April are great months in the Galapagos.

The summer is also a good time but we would recommend trying to schedule the trip as early as you can in the summer holidays in July or early August, as by the end of the month in August the seas start to get choppier reaching their peak in September. For families travelling in July and early August we would usually recommend we look for a cruise with a western itinerary as an added bonus at this time of tear is that you get to see whales and dolphins when navigating and west is the best for this. You also get to see all the other wonderful Galapagos wildlife too!

Christmas / New Year is also a great time for family holidays in Galapagos that coincides with school holidays, however you need to plan this a LONG time in advance as these dates get booked up a long time in advance and are the most popular 2 week period in Galapagos.

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Galapagos Family Holiday Travel Guide

The best way to start planning your Galapagos family holiday is to give us a call or contact us by email. We are always genuinely delighted to answer any questions and help get you started planning your trip. But in case it is helpful, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about travel with families to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador.

Are the Galapagos Islands a good family holiday destination?

Most definitely! Kids delight in the close-up encounters with the wildlife in Galapagos. From watching 100 year old giant tortoises amble by to snorkelling with playful sea lions, to kayaking alongside a pod of pilot whales the experiences to be had here for kids are really exceptional. Galapagos really is a laboratory of evolution, and kids can really get the basics of evolution and nature without a text book in sight! Galapagos also works really well as a multigenerational experience as there are activities that suit all fitness levels, and it really does allow the old and young to come together to experience new things.

Is Galapagos a good holiday for teenagers?

A very resounding yes to this one! Having travelled with teens to Galapagos on numerous occasions and talking to other parents who have travelled with us to Galapagos with their teenage children, the amazing awakening when teens disconnect from tech and have direct contact with wildlife and natural wonders is quite something. There is also plenty to keep them physically active during the day… which brings us onto the next question!

Are there enough activities on a Galapagos family trip to keep kids busy?

In a word … yes! In general days on board a Galapagos cruise are fairly structured to ensure you get the most out of your time and are in the right place at the right time to get the very best wildlife viewing. In general it is quite an early start with breakfast around 7am followed by your first land visit. No trials are longer than around 2.5kms with the chance to walk at a very steady pace to enjoy all the wildlife you will be seeing along the way. Often this is followed by a water based activity. This can be swimming, snorkelling or kayaking depending on the specific visitor site.

You then return to the yacht for lunch and usually have some free time to relax after lunch. Then you often have a second chance for a water based activity in the afternoon followed by your afternoon land visit. Each day is always different depending on the islands and visitor sites you are visiting, but generally the days follow this sort of pattern.

Will other families be on board the yacht?

If you travel during school holiday times, there is a good chance there will be other families on board the yacht too. However, this isn’t ever guaranteed. If you want to ensure you definitely have other kids on board, the best option is to go on one of the dedicated family departures that some of the yachts we work with offer to coincide with the school holiday season.

Is Galapagos suitable for very young children?

We would say, based on our experience that Galapagos holidays are really best for children from around seven years upwards. You can travel with younger children, and we have guests that do, and have experience of doing it ourselves with our children when they were very young. Sometimes for logistical reasons as part of a bigger multigenerational family holiday, families do need to travel with very young children and it works fine and can be a real joy.

However for most families planning a trip to Galapagos our advice would be to wait until kids are a bit older to ensure they really get the most out of their experience. As well as children having a better level of understanding for what they are seeing, they are also physically bigger and more resilient to ensure they get the most out of experiences like snorkelling and walking on the trails on the islands which can often be in strong sun.

Is ‘island hopping’ a good option for a Galapagos family holiday?

No. Our answer to this, as for anyone planning a Galapagos holiday asking for advice about island hopping (that is staying in hotels on inhabited islands and taking day trips out) vs a live aboard cruise would be that a Galapagos cruise is a much better option. Although some people talk about the benefits of island hopping vs a cruise as having more relaxed starts, time on a beach etc, we feel passionately in order to see and experience Galapagos wildlife at its best nothing comes close to a Galapagos cruise. A Galapagos cruise takes you to the most remote parts of the archipelago. Cruises take you away from the areas of human inhabitation and give you a chance to truly experience the pristine wilderness of Galapagos, 97% of which remains completely untouched by humans and largely as it was when Charles Darwin visited.

The Galapagos cruises we work with are perfect for family groups, for up to a maximum of guests, providing the perfect balance of intimacy and independence. You simply don’t get that on island hopping trips which are based out of small towns in the inhabited islands. On island hopping trips to visit uninhabited islands much of your day is spent actually travelling to get there, almost always on small boats which move quite a lot in the water and you don’t get anything like as much time actually enjoying the places you are visiting. Compare this to a cruise when you navigate at night and wake up each morning in a different place so your daytime hours are spent enjoying the wildlife and the remarkable places you are visiting.

Do you get a discount for kids on a Galapagos family trip?
Happy to say yes! Children under 12 years at the time of travel are given a discount on all the yachts we work with. The discount can range from 10% to 50% depending on the yacht and what we can negotiate for your group. Children 12 years and above don’t qualify for any discount unfortunately and the yacht hold pretty firm on this usually. Children under 12 years also get a 50% discount on the flight out to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador.
What are the best places to visit in Ecuador on a Galapagos family trip?

Mainland Ecuador itself has a huge number of things that you can tag on at the start or the end of your Galapagos family vacation. Quito itself, Ecuador’s capital city nestled high in the Andes is definitely worth at least one day and an overnight stay. Quito is a beautiful city and gives a great insight into Andean life and culture. All our Quito guides are parents too and so understand what is needed to make a visit fun and informative.

The Andes themselves provide lots of great activities, from horse-back riding, to mountain biking and hiking in beautiful scenery and with some interesting culture too. The cloud forest, which is just 2 hours drive from Quito makes another great add on for families. Not too much travel (which for some kids is important), and offers a fantastic chance to experience pristine tropical forest.

The cloud forest also offers fun activities such as zip wiring and river tubing both of which are great for teenagers. The Amazon is another great add on with some spectacular wildlife viewing and the chance to do some kayaking. We would usually suggest the Amazon is better for older children as it does involve quite a bit of travel to get there, and conditions with humidity can be challenging for small children.

Pre-Trip Information

This downloadable pre-trip information document will help you plan for your Galapagos wildlife holiday as well as answering some key questions you may have. Despite being quite long it is by no means exhaustive, so please do get in touch with any questions you may have and we would be delighted to help.

Ecuador Experiences for Families


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