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Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
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Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
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Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour
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Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour
Backroads Galapagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s
Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour
Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour
Galapagos & Andes Multi-Adventure Tour

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Galápagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Ecuador's Magical Wildlife, Isles & Peaks

Unleash your sense of wonder high in the Andes. Hike and bike amid volcano-studded highlands where traditional villages, folkloric music and ancient ruins are yours to discover. Then delve into the Galápagos marine sanctuary, snorkeling with sea lions, encountering blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. Ecuador casts a seductive spell.

THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $7,099 - $8,149 pp dbl occ
Plus $700 internal air
($830 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Walk/Hike
Snorkel
Bike
Kayak

Ecuador

Start Cotacachi / End Quito

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Stroll along a caldera rim in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped volcanoes and deep-blue lakes
  • Pedal to white-sand beaches and explore small highland villages where indigenous people continue centuries-old traditions
  • Experience close encounters with extraordinary Galápagos wildlife alongside an expert local guide
  • Kayak and snorkel amid tropical fish, sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and blue-footed boobies
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Hike in the snowcapped Andes and trace the orchid-lined caldera rim around deep-blue Laguna de Cuicocha | Take in magnificent views of surrounding cloud forest, jagged peaks and lush valley far below | Wander through Cotacachi's colonial streets, renowned for its leather goods.

La Mirage Garden Hotel
La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
Cotacachi
| Casual Hotel

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

Days 2-3

Visit with master weavers and see their age-old techniques as you stroll through their studio | Fernando Polanco, grandson of an Ecuadorian president, welcomes us at Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working farm set amid verdant meadows, forested slopes and pre-Inca ruins | ​Check out Condor Huasi, a center reintroducing endangered condors into the wild | For new perspectives and breathtaking views, hike to archaeological sites and along winding roads through the Zuleta Valley's lush pastureland | Visit Zuleta's embroidery shop—local women are renowned for their fine needlework.

Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda Zuleta
Zuleta
| *Premiere Hotel

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.
 

Days 4-5

Fly to the Galápagos Islands for incredible up-close wildlife viewing | With an expert local guide, we venture into a secluded private reserve where many of the island's most notable residents—giant tortoises—hang out | ​Pedal through the highlands and rural Galapagueño villages and visit a local coffee and sugarcane farm | Snorkel, swim or kayak at Tortuga Bay, a favorite spot for sea turtles, eagle rays and white-tipped reef sharks.
 

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
Royal Palm Hotel Galápagos
Santa Cruz Island
| Casual Plus Hotel

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

Days 6-8

Boat from island to island, stopping to kayak, hike, bike and swim with fluorescent fish, sea lions, sea turtles and even white-tipped reef sharks | Marvel at blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches, magnificent frigate birds and lava lizards | Hike through rich Scalesia forests and witness giant tortoises wallowing in mud puddles | Late afternoon, kick back at our lodges or stroll in laid-back port towns.

Golden Bay Galapagos
Golden Bay ​Galápagos
San Cristóbal Island
| Casual Hotel

Set on Playa de Oro beach, this eco-friendly hotel features a modern touch that blends with its natural surroundings. (pool)

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 800 ft. gain
Other
Weaver's Studio Visit (1 hour)
Women's Community Center Visit (45 minutes)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Other
Afternoon Hiking, Embroidery Shop Visit or Optional Horseback Riding (1–2 hours)
Day 4
Other
Giant Tortoise Walk (1.5 hours)
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 1 | 14 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Coffee & Sugarcane Farm Visit (1 hour)
Tortuga Bay Kayaking & Snorkeling (1 hour)
Day 6
Other
Lava Tunnel Walk (45 minutes)
La Lobería Walk & Snorkeling (Half Day)
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Other
Snorkeling Day Tour on San Cristóbal's Coast (Half Day)
Day 8
Other
El Junco Lagoon Walk (1.5 hours)
Trip End Flight from the Galápagos to Quito
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 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

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, Internal Flight & 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. We will be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes. 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, with challenges including slow or nonexistent internet connectivity and ATMs possibly running out of cash. Service at hotels 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 park's environmental protection regulations, hikers must stay in designated areas and be accompanied by our local naturalist.

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