For the ultimate adventure, plan a family Galapagos family vacation. Few other places bring you face to face with sea lions, lizards, and rare birds. The area is divided among three island groupings; south, north, and west. Wildlife is best on the northern and western islands. Espanola is the sole place to view the waved-albatross. The north and west are filled with volcanic landscapes. The lava fields of Santiago are interesting.
Shore or Ship?
The biggest decision while planning your Galapagos family vacation is whether to cruise the area or stay at a land hotel. Even though you may book a hotel, numerous sea tours are available. A common place to stay is Santa Cruz, the most populated island. San Cristobal is another destination with many hotel options and boat tours.
Things to Remember
While planning a Galapagos vacation it is important to consider the location and climate. Even when the sun is not strong, you should pack and use sun protection. If you plan on taking a boat excursion, bring something for motion sickness. Snorkeling is a popular activity, so bring your own gear. Although it is possible to rent the necessary items, having a properly fitting mask and wet suit is important. Even during the dry season, the Galapagos water is cool. The most important thing to bring is a waterproof camera. This will help capture precious land and aquatic memories.
Summer is a popular time to visit, but winter and spring bring more solitude. The water is at its warmest January through May, and mating season has started. In April, you can expect to view newborn sea lion pups crawling around.