Ecuador and the Galapagos for Teens
Straddling the equator, Ecuador has a fantastic range of diversity from lush Amazonian rainforest and impressive volcanoes to stunning coastlines and charming colonial towns. It has everything for nature fanatics and venturesome teens, offering an excellent mix of culture, wildlife and outdoor adventure.
Activities open up more and more as children become older. A varied country, your family can explore indigenous markets full of bright weavings, crafts and unusual instruments, uncover pieces of the country’s fascinating past in colonial towns like Quito and learn cool skills like blow-pipe hunting from the local Huaorani and Kichwa tribes of the Amazon. For even more exciting discoveries, the Galapagos Islands are a must.
Being in the Galapagos you’ll feel like you’re stepping in to a whole new world. It’s as educational as it is adventurous. Your family will have the chance to closely interact with and learn about inquisitive and exceptional animal species (many of which are only found in the Galapagos), like sea lions, blue-footed boobies, lizards and tortoises. Fun family photo opportunities with captivating creatures will abound everywhere you’ll go. Active teens can choose from invigorating activities like kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, biking and hiking around the islands. One of the best ways to explore these islands is by boat.
Travelling around the Galapagos by sea is a fantastic way to experience all that these weird and wonderful islands have to offer. There are many family-friendly boats with interconnecting cabins, plenty of space for the entire family to hang out while on-board and a wide range of activities geared towards teens. Many of these ships offer special family departures around school holidays, which makes planning a trip here even easier, and there will be plenty of other teens on-board for your kids to socialise with.
Activities from these boats include snorkelling, kayaking, glass bottom boat rides, stand up paddle boarding and nature walks all led by experienced guides. There will be no shortage of things for your teens to do while in Ecuador and the Galapagos.
Canoeing along the Napo River
Explore the rainforest deeper as you embark on a journey along the Napo River by traditional paddle canoe. Reach narrow creeks as you search for wildlife with your specialist guide. Look out for monkeys, giant otters and a variety of unusual bird species.
Cerro Puntudo hike
Pass through beautiful scenery and Miconia forest as you hike up to the top of Cerro el Puntudo to take in glorious views of the island of Santa Cruz, and on a clear day views of the neighboring islands.
Explore Quito & the Middle of the World
A private half day guided tour of Quito exploring the colonial center, monasteries and churches, before heading to the "Middle of the World" monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern Hemisphere on the equatorial line!
Family activities at Galapagos Safari Camp
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos
The kids club at Galapagos Safari Camp offers a superb range of family activities, both customizing the activities on and around Santa Cruz, and when you're back at the camp, ranging from beach explorations with a guide to t-shirt painting.
Hiking trails at Mashpi
Mashpi Cloudforest, Nr Quito
The best way to explore the beautiful Mindo cloudforest is on foot and there are various walking trails to choose from here. Accompanied by a guide, learn about the flora and fauna here, looking out for howler monkeys, butterflies, frogs and more.
Ingapirca Inca Fortress
Built by sun-worshippers during Inca times, Ingapirca fortress is the northernmost Inca site in South America and is of great archaeological importance. Explore its courtyards, terraces and temples which will be brought to life by a knowledgeable guide.
Mountain biking Santa Cruz
Enjoy a full-day mountain biking adventure and explore the volcanic landscape of the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife and speeding down rugged paths for a fun-filled alternative to the sea-based activities.
Parrot clay lick
Observe hundreds of parrots and a variety of species at one of the nearby clay licks. Watch as these colorful creatures hang back, planning their approach, before swooping down to indulge in the minerals and salts contained within the clay.
Quito's Hidden Treasures & El Teleferico
Explore the hidden treasures of Quito on this full day excursion, taking in the less visited sites of the city such as San Diego monastery and Santo Domingo church on the far side of El Panecillo, the iconic hill which watches over the center.
Scenic Walking Tour of Quito
Marvel at the art and architecture of Quito as you explore on foot, accompanied by a private guide. Discover Quito's colonial quarter which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and contains innumerable treasures of design and history.
Origin & Theory
Sister ships Origin & Theory are the most comfortable premium-class yachts operating in the Galapagos archipelago, combining modern sophistication with quality guiding and accommodating just 20 guests each. They are both members of Relais & Chateaux.
Otavalo, Central Highlands, Ecuador
Dating from the late 16th century, the historic Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet above sea level, and only two hours north of Quito and one hour from the famous indigenous market town of Otavalo.
Hotel del Parque
Hotel del Parque is set within a meticulously restored 19th Century building in the heart of Guayaquil's tropical Parque Historico. A short drive from Guayaquil airport, Hotel del Parque is a perfect stopover on route to the Galapagos Islands.
Casa Gangotena boutique hotel is a beautifully restored colonial mansion in the heart of historical Quito with a prime position at the corner of Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled square rich with history, stretching back to the days of the Inca.
La Selva Jungle Lodge
A wonderful lodge set at the heart of the rainforest, La Selva offers its guests the chance to discover the fascinating native flora and fauna from comfortable surroundings, in the company of its expert bilingual and native guides. Great for families.
With its striking contemporary design and incredible ‘heart of the forest’ feel, Mashpi Lodge is a sophisticated and relaxing hideaway in the clouds, perfectly situated for exploring the incredible biodiversity of the Chocoan cloudforest.
Galapagos Safari Camp
A new concept to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on a ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, bordering the national park offering magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean.
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel
A charming eco-friendly retreat, the Finch Bay Eco Hotel is located just steps away from the beach on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. It works well as an alternative to a cruise or as a beach stay afterwards.
Napo Wildlife Center
Beautifully situated on the mirrored lake of Anangu, Napo Wildlife Center is a comfortable eco-lodge in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon offering a haven for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Santa Cruz Island Galapagos, Ecuador
Pikaia Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge set in a secluded giant tortoise reserve, nestled on top of an extinct volcano crater on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos. Pikaia Lodge is a superb alternative to a traditional cruise and is carbon neutral.
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