Spring Break in Galapagos Islands (Family Adventure)

Quito, Ecuador

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Safarika Travel
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Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2024
Group size: 3 - 12
Spring Break in Galapagos Islands (Family Adventure)
Quito, Ecuador

Safarika Travel
  • Email address verified
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54 reviews

Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2024
Group size: 3 - 12

About this trip

** THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND, YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR DATES FOR A PRIVATE TRIP


Explore a unique ecosystem of enchanted GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. 


From  Quito, the capital of Ecuador and Latitude 0 travel back in time to the era of the Age of Discovery of the New World,  to the remote Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. 


Explore unique endemic wildlife, terrestrial and marine, and landscapes of volcanic-origin enchanted archipelago. Stay in oceanfront charming boutique hotels. 


With our knowledgeable and friendly crew of certified local English-speaking guides and rangers, you will learn a lot about this unique place on Earth.


*This trip works well for families with kids 8+ and can be run on a private basis.

Trip HIghlights

Continental Ecuador (Andes): 


💒 Colonial Quito - start your adventure from the capital of Ecuador, travel back in times, and walk the streets of the city built by Spaniards

🇪🇨 Latitude 0 - Step from the northern hemisphere to the southern and balance yourself in the Middle of the World 

🌟  Quechua culture - Hunt for trophies at the vibrant local indigenous markets


Galapagos Islands Hopping: 

🦀  Following the steps of Charles Darwin, meet and interact with endemic Galapagos wildlife, terrestrial and marine

🐢 Take a 500-pound giant tortoise for a walk! 

🐳 Snorkel in the company of sea lion puppies, colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and rays! 

🦎 Relax and soak in the sun with a family of lazy marine iguanas on the picturesque white-sand beach of Isabela island

🐦 Learn a bridal dance of blue-footed boobies birds, see how Pacific birds raise their chicks in a wild

🐧 Look for Galapagos penguins and pelicans fishing

🚢  Stay in comfortable small hotels by the water on the islands of Santa Cruz and Isabela, and travel by speed boat ferries to visit more islands on day tours. Every single day will be full of ACTIVITIES, such as wildlife watching, easy hiking, and snorkeling.  

Travel entry requiremenents

Ecuador entry requirements:
Effective October 20, 2022, visitors to Ecuador are no longer required to present a certification of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative PCR or Antigen test result.

All visitors must complete a Traveler Health Declaration Form  (one per family) and present to customs upon arrival to Ecuador. Alternatively, a digital form (one per person) can be completed at the following link, https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/.


Galapagos entry requirements:
• INGALA tourist migration card (the form will be provided by the airline before departure)
• Galapagos national park entry fee paid ($100 + 20 USD for adults, $50+20 USD for kids CASH ONLY)

Trip Cancellations

In if the Trip departure is canceled by Organizer, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable;

If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any personal reason, the following penalties will be applied: 

Cancellation 89 to 45 calendar days before departure - up to 50% of the trip cost, including registration deposit 

Cancellation 44 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Altitude and Acclimatizing

At the elevation of the city of Quito (2850m) some people feel mild symptoms of altitude sickness. That's normal. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. With altitude sickness, you may have a headache, nausea or trouble sleeping. 

As a suggestion for successful acclimatizing drink plenty of water and herbal teas, avoid alcohol drinks on the first days of your trip. If you have a headache, take medications immediately.


(!) People with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and pregnant women are strongly recommended to consult a therapist before having a high-altitude trip.

Weather & Packing list

GENERAL ITEMS

A day pack for your personal items (for day tours)

Sunscreen UV 50+

Sunglasses

Personal medications 


QUITO

Altitude 9500 feet, 

Average air temp: 55-70F, Windy, Possibility of rains in the afternoons (low in July)


Casual comfortable outfit for day-tours

Windbreaker jacket

Fleece jacket or hoodie

Comfortable walking shoes


GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Altitude 0-3000 Feet, Average air temp 80-90F

Average water temp: Nov to May ~75-77F, June to Oct ~65-70F, Possibility of light rains


Light pants /Bermudas shorts

A change of loose t-shirts 

Long sleeve loose shirt (for sun protection)

Swimming suite

Sunhat

A light sweatshirt (for breezy evenings)

A waterproof jacket /windbreaker (for speedboat rides between Santa Cruz and Isabela islands)

Quick-dry sandals or tennis shoes for day-tours


Provided gear on day tours (at no extra cost):

Masks and flippers for snorkeling 

Drinking water

Please use ONLY bottled drinking water.  

Tap water is good only for brushing your teeth.

What’s included

  • Comfortable Lodging
    Hotel 4* in Quito, Oceanfront Hotels in Galapagos
  • Day-tours & activities
    All included excursions, day-tours, activities and arrangements
  • Ground Transportation
    Quito: Private transport; Galapagos: Private airport transfers , 1 shared boat tour , 1 speedboat ride btw Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands
  • 1 local flight Galapagos
    Mini-jet flight btw Isabela & Baltra
  • Included Meal Plan
    Quito: Breakfasts in hotels , Galapagos: Breakfasts & lunches
  • Professional Assistance
    English-speaking local guides and naturalist guides certified by Galapagos National Park
  • Provided gear
    Galapagos: Masks & fins for snorkeling (for day-tours only)

What’s not included

  • Flights
    International to Quito (starts from $700 USD round trip), Domestic to/from Galapagos (starts from $350 USD round trip)
  • Admissions
    Galapagos NP: $120USD/adult ($50USD/child up to 12)
  • Meals
    Lunches and dinners in Quito,, Dinners in Galapagos
  • Travel insurance
    Allow $80-100 per person for entire trip

Available Packages

Adult (16+)
Available until February 1, 2024
$3,390
Deposit: $600
Child ( 8 - 16 y.o)
Available until February 1, 2024
$2,990
Deposit: $600


Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat)
Hola, Ecuador! Arrival in Quito

Arrival to Quito in the afternoon.

Meet with your local english-speaking guide at the airport terminal exit and drive to town (45min - 1 hr). Hotel check-in, evening at your own.

Overnight in hotel, Quito.


Quito altitude - 2850m

Your Organizer


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Safarika Travel
54 reviews
Safarika Adventure Club (Safarika Travel Inc.) was founded in Los Angeles (CA) in the year 2013. Legal travel provider on the territory of United States (California Seller of Travel License # 2112795-40) since 2013. Founder & CEO - Karina Safari, professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2011. Specialization: in small group hiking trips in South America and beyond, as well as private eco-adventures for families.

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Morocco trip was one of the best trips I've ever had! I got everything I dreamed of and even more. The trip was organized in a way that we didn't have to worry about anything. We stayed in great hotels, tried authentic delicious food in fancy restaurants, the local guide showed us the most beautiful places. Thank you, Karina, for helping us to see and feel this beautiful country!
By IRINA L for All colors of Morocco. Escape to Sahara Desert on Nov 13, 2023
Greatly organized trip - best hotels and best wonders of Morocco. Tour guide and driver were excellent, Karina was more than helpful through the whole trip. Unforgettable night at the remote camp in Sahara desert - music, drums, food, dance, not a soul around except for our group, camels and gorgeous sunrise! I highly advise Karina's trips, you can be sure you will get the best everything.
By Irina G for All colors of Morocco. Escape to Sahara Desert on Nov 13, 2023
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It was a fun trip. I loved all the colors of Morocco and was blown away by luxurious accomodations selected by Karina for this adventure.
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The trip to Morocco was amazing: nice hotels/riads, great tour guides, colorful sightseeing, unique experience in Sahara desert. Plus, we had a very friendly group of fellow travelers, which made the trip unforgettable.
By Grigory L for All colors of Morocco. Escape to Sahara Desert on Nov 12, 2023
Wonderful surprise! Karina is not only amazing group travel organizer, but also works with private parties. Our trip was catered to our specific needs, and we couldn’t be happier with everything! So much fun, amazing experiences and fond memories! Thank you so much, will be back! 🤩
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I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
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