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Galapagos & Andes Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • 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 naturalist 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

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  Spin to Peguche and 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 naturalist, marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, fluorescent fish, sea lions, lava lizards and possibly penguins  Boat from island to island, stopping along the way to snorkel, kayak, hike 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.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

Ecuador was an unexpected gem. What a beautiful country with wonderful people! We just loved the hiking and mountain biking.
Sue Floyd - 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!
Lisa Conn - 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.
Denise Pinkston - Berkeley, CA

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.

Aventura Lodge
Aventura Lodge

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos (2 nights) A beautiful waterfront lodge nestled into the mangrove forest.

Isabela Lodge
Isabela Lodge

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

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 $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests $5,598 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $630.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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
1 Biking 8* 200
Biking 20 900
Kids Scavenger hunt at Otavalo market (1 hour)
2 Walking/Hiking 5* 1300 8* 1600 10 1600
3 Walking/Hiking 2* 200 4 200 8 1500
Other Optional hiking, horseback riding or visit to Hacienda Zuleta`s embroidery shop
Kids Cow milking (1 hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 3 100
5 Walking/Hiking 3 400
Kayaking Itabaca Channel kayaking & snorkeling with wildlife viewing (3 hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 1 100
Other Los Tuneles boating, hiking, snorkeling and wildlife viewing (4 hours)
Other Las Tintoreras boating, hiking and snorkeling and wildlife viewing (3 hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 5* 400 11 700
Other Campo Duro Ranch tour (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 55% dirt and 45% 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

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.


Casual Inns*

8 days, 7 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $5,298 to $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$1,100 for sgl. occ.)
  • Internal Flights:
    $630 to $790
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All meals included

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