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Ecuador & Galapagos for Families

Set off in search of wildlife across Ecuador

Ecuador is rich in wildlife and ecosystems that will leave you speechless. Make your way through the Amazon, watching and listening to the animated chatter of birds and the boisterous calls of the aptly named howler monkey. Aquatic adventures abound - take a gentle canoe safari to explore the backwaters or embark on a thrilling white water rapid ride through jungle rivers. If you’d like a more mysterious forest experience, then we suggest a stay in the misty cloud forests at higher altitudes; kids will love spotting vivid mountain toucans and quetzal from the heights of a canopy bridge walk.

From Ecuador, you can become true explorers, following in Darwin’s footsteps to the exotic Galapagos Islands. Cruise along the inlets in the privacy of a yacht or snorkel with sea turtle under the waves. Families with older, adventurous children will love scuba diving to watch marine iguanas graze on the ocean floor.
 
Among the silvery hordes of fish, you may see gentle whale shark drifting by, acrobatic sea lion, manta ray, zooming dolphin – if you’re lucky you may see an orca! On land you can giggle at blue footed booby before going in search of giant tortoise.
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Family Voyages
Set sail in the wake of Darwin and The Beagle on a voyage to the Galapagos, and you might just inspire your children to become the next generation of world famous naturalists. Travelling by boat, the journey is just as exciting as the destination.
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Unique Encounters
In Ecuador and the Galapagos, we can pretty much guarantee that you are going to come face to face with a creature you’ve never seen before. It could be a giant tortoise, a marine iguana, or a Galapagos penguin, all three of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
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Snorkel & Kayak
Ecuador has white water rapids and it has mangrove swamps, long stretches of the Amazon River and stunning coastal regions. Paddling through the water is a unique way to watch wildlife, and if you also snorkel below the surface you’ll see a whole new world of aquatic species.
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Cloud Forest
Venture into Ecuador’s cloud forests – they’re as mystical as their name suggests. Trekking through the cool mountain jungles, you’ll see stunning vistas rich with flora and fauna. Mashpi Reserve is the vanguard for cloud forest conservation, a misty Eden for family adventures.
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Sacha Lodge
Sacha Lodge has the only jungle canopy walk in Ecuador; this is just one of the reasons it’s one of our favourites for families. The 5,000 acres of stunning Amazon rainforest is rich in wildlife, and the reserve is surprisingly accessible from Quito.