Galapagos family vacation, hotel based

“A tailor made, week long vacation based on the Galapagos islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela staying in hotels. Plenty of adventures on land and in the water. Recommended for seven years plus. ”


Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Research Centre | Snorkelling | Boat trip to Isabela Island | Hike up Sierra Negra Volcano |Trek across Chico volcano lava fields | Boat trip to Cape Rosa | Galapagos wildlife

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Multi generational:
This vacation is suitable for grandparents, parents and children.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

The Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979.

It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary. The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.

For every visitor we take on our Galapagos cruises we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust ( who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands, or choose to take up a free one year membership of the Trust, paid for by us.

The boats we use are all locally owned and operated yachts or ferries.

The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile environment and the arrival of more and more inhabitants to the islands, as well as tourist have an impact. Please try to minimise your impact:

Take a water bottle to refill, rather than use a new bottle each time;
recycling your rubbish where possible, not leaving any behind;
Taking batteries back home with you – they cannot be recycled properly in Ecuador;
saving water where possible; and
saving energy by switching your lights off when you leave the room. Electricity on the islands comes from a generator, fuelled by petrol. For the same reason, please think about whether you really need to use your air conditioning.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our hotel-based trips bring vital income to the local Galapaqueños in many forms.

The guides are all Galapaqueños, and live and work on the island, bringing tourist money into the islands and helping to sustain families there. Because all guides have to be Galapaqueños, this encourages locals to train as guides and learn new skills.

We use locally-owned hotels, ensuring tourist-generated cash stays on the islands. Breakfasts provided are all sourced from the islands' shops or fantastic natural resources - fish, fruit, coffee etc, all harvested locally where possible. The circular cash flow means that every penny spent on the islands can stay there and help to redistribute the money that comes to the islands via tourism.

We encourage people to use local restaurants as not all meals are included, and this stimulates the local economy too, providing jobs and salaries for locals.

Indirectly, through our support of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, we help to support Community Projects. For everyone that travels to the Galapagos Islands with us, we donate to the Trust.

Recent projects include restoring populations of critically endangered species, monitoring fish stocks, researching the impact of building new homes and discussing possible future water shortages - and all of these involve every local community on the Galapagos.


3 Reviews of Galapagos family vacation, hotel based

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

For me was swimming with a shark in the Galapagos, for the kids the snorkeling and biking adventures . But even more so the swimming pool at the albatros hotel and the Jakuzi... but overall was also hiking on the volcanos and visiting cities ... each day was memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you want to do the tunnels in Isabella make sure you book as you arrive or ahead of time. If you are able to book at least one private tour do so, specially for the kids. Otherwise all the tips given to us on departure were perfect. And Fausto our guide really guide and I formed us well. ( my daughter says : do not leave pizzas in the reception fridge in the iguana hotel for your breakfast at 5 am ... the reception is locked at that time and you will have to leave it behind and miss breakfast as they do not pack breakfast pack.... :-)) )

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We did pay lot of attention to clean and not leave any rubbish behind. We used bio degradable sun screen and made sure we buy from the local Indians and not in shops at airports . We ate local food in local restaurants, and did not try to negotiate in price we artisanal people as we know this is what help them survive. We bought their products as much as possible. We cannot say that we did supported conservation as such but hopefully the taxes collected by the government from our trip will be used to that effect.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I loved snorkeling with the sea turtles and Cape Rosa was very beautiful. Our guides (William, Faby, Carmen) were incredibly knowledgeable and explained in-depth about the animals and vegetation of the Galapagos and the threats they face (i.e. invasive species). It was great to see how much they care about their islands. Daario was an outstanding guide, we would have liked to spend more time with him - but we wish him all the best with his exciting lawyer career :)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

A trip to the Galapagos in general requires a good amount of research e.g. things to bring (reusable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, 2 bathing suits, sea sickness pills etc) things to not bring (food, seeds etc). For snorkeling you absolutely need a wetsuit. The agencies take you to rent one before heading out to the boat but we brought our own.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. The Galapagos National Park entrance fee goes towards the conservation and protection of the islands so we were happy to help with that. All our naturalist guides and drivers were local people and we stayed in local hotels (which were very clean, comfortable, and provided healthy, fresh, homemade breakfasts)

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a very memorable trip, thank you.

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

My eight year old granddaughter, Haley and I loved every moment of our Galapagos Island Hopping Tour. For her, she especially enjoyed her free time to
swim in the hotel pools and in the ocean. I loved it all, especially watching the sea lions lounge freely in the hotel area.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would endorse this trip without question and for travelers to stay in close contact with their travel adviser. Tom Shearman was so helpful and gave me
many useful bits of advice.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The vacation was beneficial to both parties. I was able to witness how the residents are recycling and doing everything within their means to maintain a
healthy environment for future generations.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Our Galapagos Island Hopping Tour exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful in every aspect. The tour guides were punctual and very responsible,
especially Andrea and Valerio in Puerto Ayora. My eight year old granddaughter and I felt safe and cared for at all times. I would give this tour and our travel
advisor, Tom Shearman, the highest of ratings.

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