Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands are among the best places in the world to see marine mammals. The protected islands host the adorable – and sometimes noisy – Galápagos sea lions and fur seals, and whales and dolphins are easy to spot most of the year. Whether taking a cruise through the islands for premium whale watching or a land tour of Isabela Island to swim with the playful sea lions, spending time with and learning about these special island inhabitants is a great choice for families.
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Venture into the highlands of San Cristóbal on this tour. You’ll get to see some of the most interesting plants in the Galápagos and the only freshwater lagoon in the Galápagos. Your guide will provide snorkeling gear for your visits to the beaches.
9 hrsFrom $250
This tour takes you to explore Floreana Island, the island with arguably the most eccentric history in the Galápagos. It has seen its fair share of human activity, beginning with 18th-century whalers. On this tour you’ll see some remnants of that history, as well as plants and animals that are rare even by Galápagos standards—Floreana Island has its very own endemic species of finch called a medium tree finch, to offer just one example.
9 hrsFrom $338
The Galápagos is known for its stunning wildlife, and this tour takes you to some of the best wildlife attractions around San Cristobál. On this all-day tour, you’ll see famous sights like Punta Pitt, Cerro Brujo, and Kicker Rock. Along the way, you'll get to explore he volcanic scenery on hikes and snorkeling excursions. Don't worry about finding a vending machine in the middle of the ocean — snacks and lunch are included.
9 hrsFrom $309
9:45 am Pick up at the hotel and start of the tour in a group of maximum 16 passengers. They will make the guided visit to the Center of Interpretation and Breeding of Turtles"La Galapaguera", to the lagoon of the flamingos, and to the wall of tears. Culminate the day with a snorkel in Concha y Perla or free time on the beach.
5 hrsFrom $206
Between June and October, around 7,000 humpback whales travel from Antarctica to Ecuador’s coast. They migrate to this area to mate and give birth in Ecuador’s warm Pacific waters. Machalilla National Park is ideally located for visitors to come and watch the humpback whales that have gathered near the coast.
4 hrsFrom $138
Within Machalilla National Park, you can set sail for Plata Island. This island has many of the same characteristics and endangered species as the Galápagos Islands. Observe some of them on this fun, full-day tour.
11 hrsFrom $118
- Elliot H.
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