9 things you should know about traveling to the Galapagos Islands with children
On my second trip to the Galapagos, I went with my cousin and her 6-year-old son. We went around some of the islands where we faced with certain challenges that traveling with a child can bring.
If you are going to travel with children to the Galapagos Islands, I recommend you go to San Cristóbal Island, it has tours that you can enjoy with children, its beaches are close and easy to reach.
Here is a list of things you should take into account when traveling with children:
- Children between the ages of 2-11 pay half price flight tickets on any airline to the Galapagos.
- Children must carry a passport or national ID card to enter the islands.
- Children pay full price for the transit control card (‘TCT’) and the bus from the Baltra airport to Santa Cruz Island.
- Children pay half price for tours to different islands and trips between islands. Precaution for seasickness should be taken.
- Before traveling with children to the Galapagos, (if possible) go to a beach and get them used to swimming in the sea and/or have them take swimming classes.
- Buy your own snorkel and lifejacket (although lifejackets for children are provided on the tours) and practise in a pool to get used to them.
- If you live in a place where the sea is warm, brace yourself for the cold water temperatures of the Galapagos. The colder the sea temperature, the better the snorkeling since the cold Humboldt current brings rich nutrients, attracting all the marine life.
- Most of the tours require you to walk/hike for up to an hour, except the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island, which takes 4 hours and is not recommended for children. The rest, however, are shorter walks so be sure to bring good, appropriate shoes for the kids and enough water to stay hydrated.
- Whether you’re arriving into Santa Cruz or San Cristóbal, make the most of the first day by going to a quiet, relaxing beach like Tortuga Bay in Santa Cruz.
Remember that most of your time will be spent at sea when visiting the Galapagos.
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