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, snorkeling, biking and hiking around the islands. One of the best ways to explore these islands is by boat.
Traveling 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 vacations, which makes planning a trip here even easier, and there will be plenty of other teens on-board for your kids to socialize with.
Activities from these boats include snorkeling, 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.