Ecuador

Traveling with your family builds memories that last a lifetime and fosters a love of discovery and exploration. Often, “family vacation” means compromise: adults are bored so kids have fun or kids yawn through the activities their parents drag them on. When you try a cruise in beautiful Ecuador, though, no one sacrifices – and no one even thinks of yawning! The ideal family adventure awaits.

The Magic of Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. If your children love zoos, they are going to be spellbound at the sheer variety of butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds that they will encounter. Best of all, they are in their natural habitat. Among the best ways to explore the rich flora and fauna is to hike, bike, or horseback ride through areas such as the Andean Condor Reserve. Here, gorgeous scenery is home to jaguar, cougar, ocelot, mountain tapirs, and over 760 species of bird.

One of the highlights of your Ecuadorian cruise is a trip to the famed Galapagos Islands. Take advantage of the wonderful weather and get in some swimming, diving, and snorkeling. While a great way to experience underwater life and see some of the Islands’ many endemic species, it also puts some of that abundant child energy to good use. Each day in Ecuador brings a new adventure, and each night will bring sound sleep and dreams of tomorrow’s excitement!

While natural beauty is the focal point of any Ecuadorian visit, there are also manmade treasures to enjoy. Venture into Quito, Ecuador’s capital. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Quito is a sightseer’s dream. Walk through the historic city and take in the magnificent Carondelet Palace, Basilica del Voto Nacional (even the kids will be impressed!), and the Cathedral of Quito.

The children, and adults, are bound to enjoy Quito’s Guayllabamba Zoo and the interactive Science Museum. Or you can head to Carolina Park for a day of paddle boating, hiking, walking, biking, and picnicking. Simply wandering through the Old City can be a fantastic way to learn more about Quito and practice your Spanish.

When you choose Ecuador, you will expose your family to nature, to endless species of exotic animals, to new experiences. Together, you can explore and discover the wonders of this unique region. It’s what family traveling should be!

Enid Glasgow