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Galapagos & Andes Family Breakaway Multisport Tour

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  • Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains
  • Bike through small highland villages, where Otavaleño Indians continue centuries-old traditions
  • Condor Huasi, a center that reintroduces Andean condors into the wild
  • Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos with an expert local guide
  • Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks

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Ancient Culture & Wondrous Wildlife in Ecuador's Islands & Highlands

It doesn't take a PhD to know that whatever comes to the Galápagos is forever changed. But the Andean highland arts and culture, mountainous landscapes and pre-Inca history have a similar effect. And as you rub shoulders with indigenous Otavaleños, commune with condors, hike along the rim of a volcanic crater, snorkel the famous waters, encounter blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises, and watch the sun drop into the Pacific from your beachside lodge, you'll realize that Ecuador and its islands have done it again. You're forever changed.

Days 1-2 Bike and hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains  Visit the studio of master weaver Miguel Andrango Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us at Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working farm set amid volcano vistas and pre-Inca ruins.

Day 3 Condor Huasi, a center reintroducing endangered condors into the wild  Hike to archaelogical sites and along winding roads through the lush pastureland of the Zuleta Valley for new perspectives and breathtaking views. 

Days 4-8 Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary for a stunning array of unique plants and animals Local expert guide at your side, marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, fluorescent fish, sea lions and lava lizards  Boat and fly from island to island, stopping to snorkel, kayak, hike, bike, and swim Explore the rim of Sierra Negra volcano's expansive caldera - at nearly six miles across, it's the second largest in the world  Marine iguanas bask on warm rocks, unfazed by the Sally Lightfoot crabs that scurry across them Late afternoon, kick back at our lodges or stroll in laid-back port towns.

Casual Inns*

Hacienda Cusín
Hacienda Cusín

San Pablo del Lago (1 night) Located in the Ecuadorian sierra, this restored Andean estate traces its history to 1602, when the land was purchased from the King of Spain.

Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda Zuleta
* Premiere Inn

Zuleta (2 nights) Once home to a former president of Ecuador, "This beautiful late-17th-century hacienda is much more than a place to stay; it's a full cultural-immersion experience," according to Condé Nast Traveler.

Finch Bay Eco Hotel
Finch Bay Eco Hotel

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos (2 nights) A beautiful waterfront lodge near the heart of Puerto Ayora.  

Iguana Crossing
Iguana Crossing

Isabela Island, Galápagos (2 nights) Take in stunning sea views from the large deck of this lodge, separated from the ocean by a white-sand beach and palm trees.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

Guests Reviews About This Trip

What could be better than biking, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking your way through two of the most spectacular regions of South America: the Andes Mountains and Galápagos Islands of Ecuador? And you'll be sharing the experience with other fun-loving, like-minded travelers. Talk about instant camaraderie! We've hand-picked this trip - one of Backroads most popular adventures - for its appeal to adventurous families with older kids.
Michelle Muench - Regional Manager, Latin America

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 DATES
December 2014
2015 DATES
January 2015
June 2015
December 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 8* 200 21 900
Biking 13 300
2 Walking/Hiking 5* 1300 7* 1600 10 1600
3 Walking/Hiking 4 800 6 800
Other Optional hiking, horseback riding or visit to Hacienda Zuleta`s embroidery shop
4 Other Kicker Rock Visit (2 hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Kayaking Kayaking & snorkeling with wildlife viewing (3 hours)
6 Other Las Tintoreras boating, hiking and snorkeling and wildlife viewing (3 hours)
7 Biking 10 0 22 0
Walking/Hiking 3 400
Other Campo Duro Ranch tour (1 hour)
Other Optional Concha Perla Snorkel (1 hour)
8 Other Conclusion of the trip
 
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On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 25% dirt and 75% paved).

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $630.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Ecuador tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.

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Biking, walking/hiking, kayaking and more

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San Pablo del Lago, Ecuador /Quito Airport, Ecuador

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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