Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos: Natural and Cultural History: Family Program
Get to know the Galápagos alongside your family as you learn about iconic wildlife, delicate ecosystems, volcanic formations and Charles Darwin’s connection to these historic islands.
Program No. 20873RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

In a family learning adventure that welcomes three generations, study unique animal and plant species in one of the world's most extraordinary settings — the Galápagos Islands. Learn about delicate ecosystems, Darwin's observations and the human impact on the Galápagos.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
The program begins with flying into Quito, a city at 9,600 feet elevation in the Andes Mountains. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early to acclimate to the elevation. Daily activities in the remote Galapagos Islands require wet and dry landings, walking on volcanic terrain, and optional swimming and snorkeling in strong currents.
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Encounter the exotic animals that made the Galápagos famous including Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin finches, giant tortoises, and marine iguanas.
  • Swim and snorkel among colorful fish, rays, and playful sea lions.
  • Examine unique volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones during island hikes.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 8 and up. Because the ship has double-sized cabins, when two adults travel with one child, they will be accommodated in two cabins (child and one adult share a cabin and other adult has single cabin). Every effort will be made to room them in adjoining cabins, but can't be guaranteed. During land portion of program in Quito, all three participants will be in one room. Cruise itinerary and islands visited are assigned by Galapágos National Park and can be changed without prior notice. Please refer to the website for the vessel and visitor sites included in your program. The expedition-style Galápagos vessels on this program hold 16-20 passengers in air-conditioned cabins with en suite facilities. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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