By Jon Jared
Taking a trip to the Galapagos with your family is a journey that inspires everyone. Imagine days filled with adventure while exploring the nooks and crannies of uninhabited islands that have captivated explorers for centuries.
The Galapagos with kids is a playground that ignites curiosity and the imagination. Keep reading for our top ten things to do with your children while at the camp.
1. Visit a tortoise reserve
In the highlands of Santa Cruz is El Chato tortoise reserve, one of the first stops in the islands after our guests arrive in the Galapagos. The reserve is home to Giant tortoises who wander freely throughout the grounds. Parents and children alike are amazed at the gentle giants, standing side-by-side with creatures who show no fear of people.
During day trips by boat to nearby islands, you have the opportunity to explore the amazing underwater world of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Snorkeling gives kids a chance to swim alongside playful sea lions, penguins, and sea turtles who dash back and forth amid schools of brightly-colored fish. This is a favorite activity of kids who visit the camp, and leads to new discoveries that become the center piece of conversations around the dinner table.
3. Bike to the beach
One of our day trips combines exploring the highlands of Santa Cruz with time at a secluded beach on the coast. For families who want to see the landscape of the island on two wheels, we offer the option of making the trek between the two destinations on bicycles. The journey is an easy ride, and ends with a refreshing swim once you reach the sandy shores of El Garrapatero beach.
We can arrange surf lessons for active kids at Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz. The beach is considered one of the best in the archipelago, and we work with local instructors who know how to teach kids of all ages the basics of hanging ten.
5. Explore Underground
Santa Cruz is home to a network of lava tunnels formed centuries ago when lava cooled at the edges but kept flowing in the middle. In the highlands, our trips include visiting sites where you and your children can decsend beneath the earth and learn about the origins of the islands.
Our Galapagos with kids programs can include kayaking with parents along the shores of Santa Cruz. These excursions give the whole family the chance to see sea turtles, find colonies of nesting birds, and enjoy the tropical waters of the island.
7. Animal Scavenger Hunt
A fun way to keep track of the animals that you see on day trips to uninhibited neighboring islands is to make a list before you go of the animals that you want to see. When visiting islands with blue-footed boobies, sharks, penguins, and other creatures, take pictures and see how many names you can cross off of the list at the end of the day.
8. Fishing Trip
One of the highlights of our family safari in the Galapagos for kids is a day spent with local fishermen. This trip gives those who want to the chance to try their hand at catching dinner. Anything caught will be prepared by our kitchen back at the camp, or made into sashimi on the boat with the help of the crew.
During an extensión to Isabela Island there is an opportunity to hike Sierra Negra, one of the island’s active volcanoes. The hike takes you above the treeline to the edge of the six-mile cráter, one of the largest in the world. The guides on the trek are flexible and understanding, and only take you as far as you and your children feel comfortable going.
10. Kid’s Club at the Camp
During peak seasons and over the holidays, our friendly staff give children a chance to spend time independently at our kid’s club. Held in the afternoon, activities are tailored to the individual. Some options that unleash creativity include cooking and Spanish classes, and art projects taught by local artists. Sharing a family adventure in the islands is an experience that fosters a love of travel and will be cherished for years. The Galapagos with kids is an immersion into the natural world that creates a curiosity for the living world, leading to a lifetime of learning and discovery.
For more information about our family safaris, contact a member of our team today through this site or our toll-free number.