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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.

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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.

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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.

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Active Ecuador

Quito, Cotopaxi, Galapagos & Otavalo

Ecuador may be small but it certainly packs a punch! Get under the skin of this diverse country; explore the highlands and speed down volcanoes by bike, visit indigenous markets and snorkel with weird and wonderful wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, finishing up at a charming hacienda near the colourful indigenous market town of Otavalo.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Wildlife, Diving

Quito & the Galapagos

Quito & Galapagos

Experience a once in a lifetime cruise around the enchanting Galapagos Islands and observe wonderful and unique wildlife and breathtaking volcanic scenery whilst staying on board the Sea Star Journey a luxurious expedition vessel which affords excellent value. Combine your trip with Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best for: Cruise, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos

Cotopaxi, Quito, Galapagos & Otavalo

From adventures in the Avenue of the Volcanoes to wildlife encounters in the Galapagos Islands, this itinerary explores Ecuador's diverse ecosystems, celebrating its indigenous cultures and showcasing all that this tiny country has to offer. Take in Ecuador's absolute highlights, staying in luxurious accommodation throughout.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Culture, Wildlife

Wild Ecuador

Quito, Amazon & Galapagos

Journey into Ecuador’s Amazon and stay at the amazing Napo Wildlife Center before experiencing the enchanting Galapagos Islands, both on a cruise and on land. Unique wildlife and unforgettable experiences await - an exhilarating adventure for families or couples ticking off two huge bucket-list destinations!

Best for: Cruise, Family, Teenagers, Wildlife

Ecuador for the Family

Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador is a wonderful destination for families, with an incredible array of wildlife to be found, adventure activities galore and short travelling times in between destinations. This itinerary includes time in the mysterious cloudforest and a cruise around the Galapagos Islands where you can get up close to wildlife both on land and in the water...

Best for: Couples, Wildlife, Trekking

Galapagos in Style

Quito & Galapagos

Indulge in a pampering cruise around the Galapagos Islands and experience the unique wildlife from Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, a luxurious ship with highly specialised naturalist guides and personalised butler service. Combined your cruise with a stay on land at the spectacularly located Pikaia Lodge, where giant tortoises can be found roaming in...

Peru & Galapagos in Style

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galapagos

Experience the very best of Peru and Ecuador on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines Peru's breathtaking Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with a Galapagos cruise on board the ultra-luxurious sister ships, MV Origin or Theory. Stay in stylish properties throughout and experience the finest South American hospitality.

Best for: Cruise, Culture, Honeymoon, Wildlife

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