The Galapagos Islands: a Great Destination for Families

Posted by Peter Davis Krahenbuhl in Galapagos Travel 03 Oct 2016

There is absolutely nowhere else in the world where you can experience such incredible nature, wildlife and educational opportunities than in the Galapagos Islands. Throw in loads of amazing and super fun activities, and you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere on Earth that can provide a vacation with as intimate an encounter between children, wildlife, and adventure, than in the Galapagos Islands. Here are a few reasons why the Galapagos is the perfect place for a family escape:

Beaches, water and loads of friendly wildlife for kids to enjoy!

Beaches, water and loads of friendly wildlife for kids to enjoy! © Emily Supernavage

Sand and Water

Need we say more? This combination is any child’s ultimate playground. In fact, you’ll often find yourself on your own volcanic sandy beach or rock cove, complete with swimming, snorkeling, wildlife walks, boat rides, and sea kayaking.

Living Life Museum

If you think seeing unique and exotic plants and animals that live nowhere else on Earth may be of interest, then this is the place to go. Nature, science and fun go hand in hand here. Where else can you learn about Charles Darwin’s observations leading to the theory of evolution, while witnessing the very animals he described, like the namesake of the archipelago, the Giant Galapagos Tortoise? This is your chance to take your kids to one of the most renowned “living” natural history museums on the planet.

Galapagos Islands Wildlife

Sally lightfoot crab. © Holly Glessner

Props for Photo Opps

The Galapagos Islands are a magical land and seascape, to put it mildly. You’ll have to force yourself not to spend all of your time behind the camera on your phone taking photos of the family. Rather, take a break and put your phone away and experience the magic first hand (oh and yes, watch out for mobile phone death by salty water!).

Curious Adventures Never End

Where else can you sea kayak among the world’s most “Enchanted Isles,” swim with friendly sea lion pups, or snorkel with sea turtles and equatorial penguins? On land, watch iguanas bask in the sun, meet wild giant tortoises up close and personal at Natural Habitat’s Tortoise Camp, see the world’s largest sea birdthe giant waved albatrossup close, and witness the oddly spectacular blue-footed boobie dance in real life.

Unplug, Unplug, Unplug

Sorry, there’s no cell phone coverage in the middle of uninhabited islands. What that means is that you and your family will have a wonderful opportunity to cut the connection addiction, be fully present on your holiday, and leave the stress of being constantly ‘plugged-in’ behind you.

Forced Family Time

Speaking of unplugging, this is complimented by the fact that your family will more or less be together during your entire visit. Don’t let that scare you off, as you’ll strengthen the family bond while exploring, laughing, playing and learning together.

© Rachel Kramer

Sea lions say cheese. © Rachel Kramer

Friendly Wildlife

One of the most interesting and unique aspects of the Galapagos Islands is how unafraid and friendly the wildlife is. That said, approaching animals and getting too close is not only discouraged, but prohibited. But nobody can stop the ever-curious baby sea lions from swimming right up to you wanting to play (and they do!). The result—it’s time to get up close and personal!

Don’t miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands on a family journey to the most enchanted isles in the world with Natural Habitat Adventures. You and your entire family will remember it for a lifetime.

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