Snorkel with sea turtles and sea lions.
Stay in hand-picked hotels in great locations.
Hike, kayak, snorkel - children and adults love all the activities which get you close to nature and wildlife.
Free time built in so the whole family gets a chance to relax, play on beaches and enjoy the islands.
Flexible itinerary - spend longer, visit more islands, add more activities - Galapagos as you want it.
Less chance of seasickness by sleeping on land, making Galapagos even more accessible.
All in all, a spectacularly successful holiday that was enjoyed by the whole family and will be remembered fondly forever. Thanks so much for all your help in putting it together!
Galapagos far exceeded expectations. The food was good, the guides were great, and the other passengers were wonderful to meet and spend time with.
And the animals -- we saw them all, both above and below the water.
M. Williamson, Galapagos
Fly to Baltra, transfer in, afternoon visit to Charles Darwin Research Centre, hotel.
Boat tour and snorkel, speed boat to Isabela, transfer to hotel (B)
Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes trek, hotel (B,L)
Tunnels of Cabo Santa Rosa (snorkelling), free beach time or kayaking in the afternoon (B)
Transfer to port, speed boat to Santa Cruz, transfer to hotel, free afternoon (B)
Transfer to airport and fly back to mainland Ecuador (or stay longer) (B)
Hotels, transfers and guided trips as listed, English speaking guide on trips, some activities in shared groups (please ask for price for fully private excursions), equipment on organised trips, public speed boats between islands
Galapagos flights (we can look for these), International flights (we can look for these too), services in Ecuador, Galapagos park entry fees, Ingala Tourst card, tips, insurance, optional extra activities, meals not listed, personal items and clothing, kayaking trip on day 4
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Prices From $3,092 / £2,474 per person
Dates: From October 2019 to December 2020
Duration: 14 days
Capacity: 16 people
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Prices From $2,133 / £1,706 per person
Dates: From January 2019 to December 2020
Duration: 4-8 days
Capacity: 42 people
Prices From $5,299 / £4,239 per person
Duration: 10 days
Prices From $2,217 / £1,774 per person
Duration: 8 days
Prices From $1,920 / £1,536 per person
Duration: 3-8 days
Capacity: 32 people
Prices From $4,700 / £3,760 per person
Capacity: 20 people
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Based on four people travelling
2020 price, per person, shared room basis
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$1,828 / £1,462
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We had an absolutely amazing trip and everything was perfect.
Highlights – there were loads of highlights. We loved Quito – especially the morning we went up the Teleferico. We could see for miles over the city to snow capped Volcanoes beyond. Our Ecuador guide and driver were brilliant – Miguel and Memo. They went out or their way to make sure we saw as much as possible – we wouldn’t have seen or learned as much without them. We saw humming bird, toucans, tangers and a fantastic bird of prey sanctuary that wasn’t on the original schedule.
The Galapagos Islands were amazing. Again we saw so much and the guides were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic about their islands, the animals and conservation.
Accommodation etc – the hotels were all excellent. We loved the quirkyness of the hotel in Quito. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The Septimo Paraiso eco lodge in the cloud forest and the Hacienda Las Palmeras near Otavalo were great – the food at Las Palmeras was really excellent. The airport hotel was spotless and friendly but the set meal of Spaghetti bolognese wasn’t great to be honest. We ate in some lovely restaurants and the guides picked some lovely places to stop for food.
Sol y Mar on Santa Cruz was lovely too.
We loved Hotel Albemarle on Isabela. It was a perfect place to spend 5 nights. The rooms were comfy, clean with lovely balconies and views. There were some really good local restaurants, especially Coco surf, recommended by Tania, our Isabela guide.
The company that did our trip to Los Tuneles were fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and determined that we would see loads of wildlife. He took loads of photos with his gopro then downloaded them all for us for free when we got back. The lunch on the boat that day was chicken and rice which all three of my kids said was the best lunch they’d had all holiday. It might have been because they were all cold and knackered – they even took the hot sweet tea on offer.
I hope we benefited the local communities. We enjoyed our trips to the coffee plantation and the chocolate factory and certainly brought plenty of chocolate and coffee back with us. I would like to think that the money we spent goes in someway to help conservation efforts and to keep the cloud forests and the Galapagos Islands as special and unique as they clearly are.
We picked Andean trails because you are based in Scotland and seemed to understand out requirements and came up with a perfect sounding itinerary. Flying from Glasgow via Amsterdam worked well and for us was definitely the quickest and easiest way to get there.
Everything worked out perfectly. We had a totally brilliant time. I think it is all still sinking in...
L. Keany, UK, Aug 2019
» 4-day Ecuador Family Holiday
Too many highlights to mention. Rafting down the Arajuno River; snorkling with giant turtles; having our cycle rides interrupted by sea lions, giant tortoises and marine iguanas, etc etc…There were no low points.
Food: Extremely high standard everywhere- even in “basic” looking places and roadside cafes the quality was much higher than I would have expected
Guides: First class in every respect. Especially Jorge on the mainland (fountain of knowledge), Jan/Angel at Liana (nothing too much trouble), and Tanya on Isabela (who taught the children snorkelling and helped them get over their initial trepidations)
Overall organisation: cannot fault any of it. Tom at Andean was particularly helpful and user-friendly for the prep, and as above all the people on the ground were excellent once we got there.
We wanted to take the children to the Galapagos (they are really into David Attenborough documentaries…). Felt we needed an agency with people “on the ground” if we were going to do something like that. Combination of recommendations and googling led us to Andean for that purpose. We then chose places based on Andean’s recommendations for what would be good to do with children.
Thanks for organising a great holiday and we will definitely recommend you to others.
Paul H, UK, Aug 2019
» Galapagos Island Hopping
How about finishing your holiday to Ecuador with a visit to Puerto Lopez? Here are Kathy's tips on what to see and… twitter.com/i/web/status/12359…
6th March, 2020 5:05 pm
Ecuador’s Cloudforest is a magnet for those in search of wildlife, bird watching and the elusive Spectacled Bear. Sustainable eco-lodges in the cloud forest are a fantastic base to explore the flora and fauna and are so easily reached from Quito, being only a 2 hour car journey away. Here’s Andean Trails’ low down on the best cloud forest lodges… El Monte El Monte Eco Lodge is a truly inspiring set up, run by a highly enthusiastic couple. They may have been running the lodge for over 27 years, but will still treat you as if you are first …
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