The ultimate school trip to the Galapagos Islands
If you’re looking to nurture your little ones’ love of exploration then why not consider a holiday destination with a difference? Family holidays in Galapagos let kids get closer to real nature than possibly anywhere else in the world. This isn’t petting animals in a zoo or seeing trained animals performing tricks, what you get in the Galapagos is the real natural world at your fingertips.
Children, as many parents and grandparents can tell you, have a special bond with nature. Their innate curiosity makes their young minds perfect for learning about the world around them. Here in the remote Pacific location of the Galapagos, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, you can really experience the magic of the natural world.
Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, called the Galapagos ‘Las Islas Encantadas’ or ‘The Enchanted Isles’. Charles Darwin said the islands were like a ‘little world within itself’. So just imagine what you and your family might make of them?
The highlights of the Galapagos for families are almost never-ending. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with turtles, and marvel at the iguanas basking in the sun. Sleep out under the stars or enjoy cruising around the islands on the Galapagos cruise. Watch your kids’ faces light up as the child-friendly naturalists make the world around them come alive. Or watch them gain confidence as they learn new skills like kayaking and snorkeling.
The smaller tour groups available means that you can really get an intimate experience with the islands. There’s no standing in endless queues or costly admission charges, the real sights are all around you – it’s the world’s largest living museum!
The beauty of Galapagos for families is that they give you the chance to really explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site without the need for grueling trekking that’s unsuitable for children. Cruise the islands by boat and with so many natural highlights available up-close, you can spark the kids’ imaginations without them ever getting too tired.
On a Galapagos family tour, it might be tempting to spend all your time on the beaches or exploring one of the best underwater worlds on the planet. But don’t miss out on checking out the verdant mossy highlands. You’ll come face-to-face with giant tortoises that are so tame they’ll actually come to you. In fact, so many of the natural encounters in the Galapagos are up close and personal – a real treat for the kids!