Galápagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 8+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 8+

From $7,799 - $8,449 /person

+$800   internal air

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Galápagos & Andes Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 8+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 8+

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Aug, Dec

From $7,799 - $8,449 /person

( +$800  internal air )

Ecuador's Magical Wildlife, Islands & Peaks

Hike with your family 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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Walk/Hike
Snorkel
Bike
Kayak

Highlights

  • Hike in the Andes with views of mighty volcanoes and visit an award-winning condor conservation center
  • Explore small, indigenous highland villages where centuries-old traditions are still thriving and bike to local coffee and sugarcane farms
  • Captivate the kids with activities like crafting Andean pan flutes, milking a cow and weaving with a local artist
  • Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks in the Galápagos—a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Ecuador Galapagos and Andes Family Multi-Adventure map

Ecuador

Start/End Quito

Airports & Travel details*

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

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Hike the orchid-lined caldera rim of deep-blue Laguna de Cuicocha with your family • Enjoy the spirited serenading of musicians playing handcrafted instruments • Explore the quaint town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods • Kids enjoy a special Andean pan flute making workshop and a scavenger hunt in the local artisan market.

Accommodations

Night 1

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
Cotacachi
*Casual Plus Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Visit Ecuador's foremost master weavers—kids get a chance to learn the ancient craft firsthand • Experience daily life with the locals in the community of Angla • The family of a former Ecuadorian president welcomes us to our home for two nights, the luxurious Hacienda Zuleta, set amid volcano vistas and pre-Inca ruins • Exclusive opportunities for kids to participate in interactive games at the Condor Wasi, milk cows and see how local cheese is made • Hike along steep-sided valleys to a pre-Inca archaeological site.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Hacienda Zuleta
Zuleta
Premiere Hotel

Luxuriate at this idyllic 17th-century hotel, 4,000-acre working farm and living museum owned by a former Ecuadorian president and his family. (spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-5

Description

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, head to a secluded private reserve where many of the island's most notable residents—giant tortoises—hang out • Bike through the highlands and rural Galapagueño villages to a local coffee and sugarcane farm • Spend the day at Tortuga Bay, with a chance to see sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks.   

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

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)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 6-8

Description

Boat from island to island, stopping to snorkel, paddle, hike and swim • Marvel at blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, eagle rays, fluorescent fish, sea lions and lava lizards • Kick back at our comfortable island lodges or venture out to hike, play at the beach and discover quaint port towns • The younger set gets their creative juices flowing with a special art activity.

Accommodations

Nights 6-7

Golden Bay ​Galápagos
San Cristóbal Island
Premiere Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Travel Time, Internal Flights & Comfort

Please note that there's an ample amount of travel time on this trip, and we may have earlier mornings than you're used to on Backroads trips—including as early as 4 am—due to our flights between the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galápagos Islands. We'll be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes. Note that while the roads in the Andean Highlands are safe, they're not high-speed motorways. 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 subject to national park regulations. Mid-trip itinerary changes are quite common. 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 challenges such as 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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From $7,799 - $8,449 /person

+$800   internal air

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
Cotacachi

*Casual Plus Hotel

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

Nights 2-3

Hacienda Zuleta
Zuleta

Premiere Hotel

Luxuriate at this idyllic 17th-century hotel, 4,000-acre working farm and living museum owned by a former Ecuadorian president and his family. (spa)

Nights 4-5

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)

Nights 6-7

Golden Bay ​Galápagos
San Cristóbal Island

Premiere Hotel

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

From $7,799 - $8,449 /person

+$800   internal air

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

  • Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture it's own line of kid's bikes.
  • Features smaller wheels -- the perfect choice for kids.
  • On our Family Trips, you'll find 20"" and 24"" bikes.
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Backroads Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

  • For children up to 85 pounds
  • Attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort!
  • Ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring.
  • Cannot be pulled by an e-bike.

From $7,799 - $8,449 /person

+$800   internal air

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