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Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

Walk/Hike
Snorkel
Bike
Kayak

Ecuador's Ancient Culture & Wondrous Wildlife

From $6,648 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $1,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $595 to $620


Hike to villages in volcano-studded highlands and discover crafts, music and ancient ruins. Then enjoy a mind-blowing adventure in the Galápagos Islands. Ever see a frigate bird strut his stuff? Or a seaweed-eating iguana? Alongside a naturalist, witness incredible wildlife behavior right before your eyes.

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Ecuador

Start Cotacachi / End Quito

Ecuador and Galapagos family trip map

Highlights

  • Hike in the Andes with views of snowcapped mountains and visit an award-winning rehabilitation center for Andean condors
  • Explore small, indigenous highland villages, where centuries-old traditions are still thriving
  • Engage the kids making pan flutes with Andean musicians during  a special Galápagos craft activity
  • Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks in the Galápagos—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Ecuador

Start Cotacachi / End Quito

Ecuador and Galapagos family trip map

Itinerary

Day 1 Hike the orchid-lined caldera rim of deep blue Laguna de Cuicocha  |  Enjoy the spirited serenading of musicians playing handcrafted instruments  |  Explore the quaint town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods.

Days 2-3 Visit Ecuador's foremost master weavers | Walk through a eucalyptus forest and the fertile valleys between Cayambe and Imbabura Volcanoes | Learn about daily life from the locals in the community of Angla | Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us to our home for two nights, 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.

Days 4-8 Fly to the Galápagos Islands, an isolated sanctuary for a stunning array of unique plants and animals, and get set for incredible up-close wildlife viewing | With an expert local guide, marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, white-tipped reef sharks, fluorescent fish, sea lions and lava lizards | Boat from island to island, stopping to snorkel, kayak, hike, bike and swim | Spot marine iguanas basking in the sun, unfazed by the Sally Lightfoot crabs that scurry about | Kick back at our comfortable island lodges or venture out to hike, play at the beach and discover quaint port towns.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 June
2018 July

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,648 - $7,248 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $1,600 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $595 to $620


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

La Mirage Garden Hotel
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Cotacachi (1 night)

Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta (2 nights)

Golden Bay Hotel and Spa
Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

La Mirage Garden Hotel

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Cotacachi (1 night)

Peacocks stroll freely in the lavish gardens of this stately inn, which combines Ecuadorian and European styles. (pool, spa)

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

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.

Golden Bay Hotel and Spa

Golden Bay Hotel & Spa

San Cristóbal Island (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

This lovely eco-friendly hotel combines a modern touch that blends with its natural setting. Access Playa de Oro beach or enjoy the view from the hot tub on the panoramic terrace. (pool, spa)

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island (2 nights)

Designed to complement its lush highlands surroundings, this serene hotel features a natural lava tube on its grounds. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

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 (drag to see full )

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 Walking/Hiking 3 200
Kids Flute Making Activity (30 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 4* 1300
Walking/Hiking 7 1300
Other Weaver’s Studio Visit (1 Hour)
Other Women's Community Center Visit (30 Minutes)
Kids Cow Milking (1 Hour)
3 Walking/Hiking 5* 100 4 800
Walking/Hiking 6 800
Other Afternoon Hiking, Horseback Riding or Embroidery Shop Visit (1-2 Hours)
4 Other Flight to San Cristóbal Island (3.5 Hours)
Other La Lobería Walk & Snorkeling (3 Hours)
5 Other San Cristóbal Snorkeling (5 Hours)
Kids Galápagos Craft Activity (1 Hour)
6 Walking/Hiking 2* 200
Other Tortuga Bay Kayaking & Snorkeling (2.5 Hours)
7 Biking 14* 500
Other Lava Tunnel Walk (45 Minutes)
Other Giant Tortoise Walk (1.5 Hours)
Other Coffee and Sugarcane Farm Visit (1 Hour)
8 Other Trip End Flight from Baltra, Galápagos to Quito (3.5 Hours)
 

Note: There is less than 10% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility. 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 shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time & Comfort

Please note that there is an ample amount of travel time on this trip, and we may have earlier mornings than you are used to on Backroads trips—including as early as 4 a.m.—due to our flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galápagos Islands. Once in the Galápagos, the main form of travel is by boat, so be prepared for occasional wet, windy conditions and bring seasickness medication if you think you'll need it. Also, in summer months the waters can be a bit rougher.

Itinerary Changes

The Galápagos Islands are a welcoming and fascinating place, yet complex and at times logistically challenging due to national park regulations. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.

Service Standards

Although the Galápagos Islands are part of Ecuador, they can feel worlds away from the mainland, including slow or no internet connectivity and ATMs possibly running out of cash. Service at inns and restaurants can lack a sense of urgency when compared with other regions. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the island way of life.

Terrain & Trail Support

Some hikes on this trip are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Significant trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking on Your Own

We provide plenty of hiking options and ample trail support so that you can hike at your chosen pace throughout the trip. However, in the Galápagos, in accordance with the national parks' environmental protection regulations, hikers need to be accompanied by our local naturalist and hike in designated areas.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

If It's Good Enough for El Presidente...

Thanks to our 17-year relationship with Hacienda Zuleta, the renowned retreat that was once home to two of Ecuador's presidents, you're welcomed as family and invited to explore all of the spectacular property. Hike panoramic trails (created just for our guests) and savor a chef-made lunch served amid 11th-century ruins. And visit a learning center devoted to protecting the Andean condor, built by the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation in partnership with Backroads.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Ecuador are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Ecuador with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Ecuador have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time & Comfort

Please note that there is an ample amount of travel time on this trip, and we may have earlier mornings than you are used to on Backroads trips—including as early as 4 a.m.—due to our flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galápagos Islands. Once in the Galápagos, the main form of travel is by boat, so be prepared for occasional wet, windy conditions and bring seasickness medication if you think you'll need it. Also, in summer months the waters can be a bit rougher.

Itinerary Changes

The Galápagos Islands are a welcoming and fascinating place, yet complex and at times logistically challenging due to national park regulations. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.

Service Standards

Although the Galápagos Islands are part of Ecuador, they can feel worlds away from the mainland, including slow or no internet connectivity and ATMs possibly running out of cash. Service at inns and restaurants can lack a sense of urgency when compared with other regions. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the island way of life.

Terrain & Trail Support

Some hikes on this trip are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Significant trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking on Your Own

We provide plenty of hiking options and ample trail support so that you can hike at your chosen pace throughout the trip. However, in the Galápagos, in accordance with the national parks' environmental protection regulations, hikers need to be accompanied by our local naturalist and hike in designated areas.
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