Ecuador & Galapagos with Kids

Quito, Galapagos and Otavalo
10 nights private tour from $5,800 per person

Discover the rich diversity of the isolated volcanic islands of the Galapagos and the laid back rural countryside of Otavalo. You can fully immerse yourself in Darwin’s wildlife wonderland as you venture out on day trips to neighboring islands and enjoy exhilarating activities whilst observing unique wildlife endemic to the Galapagos. This itinerary is ideal for those who do not have good sea legs as you live on the island of Santa Cruz instead of a catamaran.

Ecuador and Galapagos with Kids
At a glance
  • You will have a myriad of experiences to enjoy on this customized itinerary as you can partake in land and water-based activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and biking whilst observing animals such as sea lions and the blue-footed boobies.

  • Discover the cultural delights of the city of Quito, flanked by the Andes.

  • You’ll be based on the island of Santa Cruz, in the heart of the archipelago where you will have abundant wildlife sightings.

  • Venture through Otavalo, a playground for adventure seekers. Explore on foot, by bike or canter through astonishing landscapes on horseback.

Journey highlights
  • You will have a myriad of experiences to enjoy on this customized itinerary as you can partake in land and water-based activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and biking whilst observing animals such as sea lions and the blue-footed boobies.

  • Discover the cultural delights of the city of Quito, flanked by the Andes.

  • You’ll be based on the island of Santa Cruz, in the heart of the archipelago where you will have abundant wildlife sightings.

  • Venture through Otavalo, a playground for adventure seekers. Explore on foot, by bike or canter through astonishing landscapes on horseback.

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Best time to visit
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There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.

From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.

June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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May $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
June $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
July $6,600 $1,700 plan your trip
August $6,600 $1,700 plan your trip
September $6,600 $1,700 plan your trip
October $6,600 $1,700 plan your trip
November $6,600 $1,700 plan your trip
December $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
January $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
February $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
March $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
April $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
  • May
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
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    $1,900
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
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Itinerary

Fly to Quito
Day 1-4

Quito

Your journey begins in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. You will be met at the airport and transferred to La Casona de la Ronda, located on a cobbled street in the bohemian La Ronda neighborhood. Spend today enjoying the serenity of your hotel after your long-haul flight and relish on the delights of Ecuadorian cuisine. We've then included a couple of extra days for you to absorb the beauty of Quito and its mountain backdrop as you walk through this fascinating city and explore the colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America and also one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. With two full days here you have plenty of time to go at your own pace.

Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda ( 3 nights )
Day 4-8

Galapagos

The Galapagos awaits you. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to the airport. Feel your excitement build as you board a plane to the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, gazing out the window at this fascinating archipelago. You will then be transferred by bus to the port, then an exhilarating boat journey and finally another bus to arrive at The Finch Bay Eco Hotel, your home for the next 4 nights. During your days here immerse yourself in the wild and get up close to the most iconic wildlife in the Galapagos. Explore the neighboring islands on board the Finch Bay’s own motor yacht, the Sea Lion, and observe endemic wildlife such as land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Swim with curious sea lion pups as you watch them playfully tumbling through the water. Paddle around the marine reserve on a kayak and marvel at endemic animals such as a flock of blue-footed boobies. There are a myriad of experiences to enjoy to really get under the skin of the Galapagos and no day will be the same.

Accommodation: The Finch Bay Eco Hotel ( 4 nights )
Day 8-11

Central Highlands

Today after a morning enjoying Finch Bay you will fly back to Quito, before heading out to your final stop the tranquil Otavalo. Enjoy the change of scenery as you head through rural countryside, arriving in Otavalo, famous for its textiles, artisanal crafts and leather goods. Outside of the city, you will check into the charming residence of Hacienda Zuleta, nestled in the Avenue of Volcanoes. You will be blessed with staggeringly beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For the next two days you can really choose the pace: head out on horseback through magnificent landscapes, discover aromatic woodlands and winding mountain trails on foot, and let the world open up before you as you cycle into limitless landscapes. If you fancy some time to unwind, enjoy a craft class led by a local artist or tantalize your taste buds as you learn to cook Andean specialties for all the family with handpicked produce from the local farm. Evenings will be spent lazing around a crackling bonfire, listening to traditional Andean music and devouring toasted marshmallows, under the star-flecked night sky.

Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta ( 3 nights )
Fly home from Quito
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.

From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.

June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galápagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.

Ecuador & Galapagos with Kids
Ecuador & Galapagos with Kids

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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