From 2009 to 2010 Red Mangrove Galapagos and Ecuador Lodges, saw a 32 percent increase in family business, and because of this they have decided offers a variety of land-based itineraries and sufficient multi-island room capacity in five separate lodges to entice active young families.
Said Rodas, “We ease parental anxiety by eliminating the worry of ‘child overboard’ and concerns about the confined space on a ship. We also don’t do wet landings where you have to wade ashore or jump on to wet rocks. Additionally, our land-based programs are simply more economical and we are able to meet a family’s budget better than cruise options.”
Children under the age of 10 are offered a 25 percent discount off the package price. Per person rates begin at $340 per day and are inclusive of deluxe lodging, meals, excursions with English speaking naturalist guides, free Internet wireless service while in Santa Cruz, free use of bikes when in Puerto Ayora and Isabela, all snorkeling gear and 10% service charge.
Rodas recommends for young ones, toddler to age 12 an 8-day/7-night three-island, Full Galapagos Adventure program with only a short navigation from island to island.
For older kids ages 12-18 he recommends an 8-day/7-night multi-island, Multi-sport Soft Adventure program encompassing three islands plus biking, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and trekking.
Babies and infants are welcome on any of Red Mangrove’s year-round land-based tour programs, with reasonably priced baby-sitting services available upon request. For underwater enthusiasts, including families with young children, there are classes and opportunities to learn how to dive with PADI certified instructors.