Galapagos & Andes Family Multisport Tour
- Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains
- Bike through small highland villages, where Otavaleño Indians continue centuries-old traditions
- A scavenger hunt for kids in a bustling local market
- Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos with a expert local guide
- Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks
Ancient Culture & Wondrous Wildlife in Ecuador's Islands & Highlands
Got your camera? Your sense of adventure? Get set to treat your family to nonstop thrills. Bike and hike amid volcano-studded highlands to traditional villages. Here local crafts, folkloric music and ancient ruins are yours to discover. Journey to the marine sanctuary of the Galápagos. We sail from island to island, explore pristine beaches, and snorkel and kayak in the famous waters. Ever see a frigate bird strut his stuff? Or a seaweed-eating iguana? Alongside an expert naturalist, we observe, inquire and react as fascinating wildlife behaviors occur right before our eyes in Darwin's natural laboratory.
Day 1 Bike through highland villages, where Otavaleño Indians continue age-old traditions Pedal to Otavalo, then the younger set takes part in a scavenger hunt in the colorful outdoor market Enjoy the spirited serenading of musicians playing handcrafted instruments Visit the studio of Señor Miguel Andrango, one of Ecuador's foremost master weavers.
Days 2-3 Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains Walk through eucalyptus forest and the fertile valleys between Cayambe and Imbabura Volcanoes Learn about daily life here from locals in the community of Angla Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us into Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working farm set amid volcano vistas and pre-Inca ruins Hike to archaeological sites and along winding roads through the lush pastureland of the Zuleta Valley Ever milked a cow? Now's your chance!
Days 4-8 Incredible up-close wildlife viewing in the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary for a stunning array of unique plants and animals Accompanied by an expert local guide, marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, fluorescent fish, sea lions, lava lizards and possibly penguins Boat and fly from island to island, stopping along the way to snorkel, kayak, hike, bike, and swim Explore Isabela Island's Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest caldera in the world Spot marine iguanas basking in the sun, unfazed by the Sally Lightfoot crabs that scurry around Come late afternoon, kick back at our comfortable island lodges or venture out to hike, play at the beach or discover unique port towns.
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.
Zuleta (2 nights) Luxuriate at this 4,000-acre working farm and living museum open only to select groups of travelers. Our host is Fernando Polanco, the great-grandson and grandson of former Ecuadorian presidents.
Finch Bay Eco Hotel
Santa Cruz Island (2 nights) A beautiful waterfront lodge near the heart of Puerto Ayora.
Isabela Island (2 nights) Set on a pristine beach near a habitat for flamingos and marine iguanas. (pool)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
Ecuador was an unexpected gem. What a beautiful country with wonderful people! We just loved the hiking and mountain biking.- Bellaire, TX
I loved the part of the trip in the Highlands of Ecuador... Our leaders were enthusiastic, helpful, flexible and kind, and the food was excellent. The scenery and contact with the local people was superb, and I loved the hiking and biking!- Cherry Hill, NJ
Backroads planned an amazing and rich trip, and executed it with polish and good humor. We were extremely impressed and will travel with Backroads on all our future organized travel. Guides were wonderful with guests, kids, dietary and medical restrictions, and at keeping everything moving smoothly. By the end of the trip, we felt our family had grown to include the leaders and other guests.- Berkeley, CA
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2014 FAMILY DATES
- 12/22 - 12/29 ( $5998 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$630 for internal airfare
- 12/24 - 12/31 ( $5998 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$630 for internal airfare
- 12/26 - 1/2 ( $5998 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$630 for internal airfare
- 12/28 - 1/4 ( $5998 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$630 for internal airfare
2015 FAMILY DATES
- 3/15 - 3/22 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
- 3/22 - 3/29 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
- 6/21 - 6/28 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
- 6/28 - 7/5 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
- 7/5 - 7/12 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
- 7/19 - 7/26 ( $5298 per person, double occ., +$1100 for single occ. , +$790 for internal airfare
Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.
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|
|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|
|Kids||Scavenger hunt at Otavalo market (1 hour)|
|Other||Optional hiking, horseback riding or visit to Hacienda Zuleta`s embroidery shop|
|Kids||Cow milking (1 hour)|
|Kayaking||Kayaking & snorkeling with wildlife viewing (3 hours)|
|Other||Las Tintoreras boating, hiking and snorkeling and wildlife viewing (3 hours)|
|Other||Campo Duro Ranch tour (1 hour)|
|Other||La Concha de Perla Snorkeling Excursion 1 Hour|
|8||Other||Conclusion of the trip|
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).
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|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.|
|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.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.