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Land and Sea Wildlife Highlights in the Galapagos Islands

The wildlife on the Galapagos Islands is so plentiful that it almost requires a checklist in hand. Day after day, the islands’ animal residents go about their daily business, displaying a complete lack of interest in the two-legged guests who stop for a visit. On my family’s weeklong cruise aboard the Eclipse with Ocean Adventures, we had an…

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Small Ship, Big Wow Factor: Sailing the Galapagos Islands with Ocean Adventures

The islands that Darwin made famous more than 150 years ago are now more accessible than ever for adventurous families. There are many options for a family Galapagos Islands cruise, but finding one that is kid-friendly, plus a ship and itinerary that meet your priorities, is key to the experience. Our Ocean Adventures 7-night Galapagos Islands cruise…

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Nature, History and Haciendas: Three Unforgettable Weeks in Ecuador with Kids

Ecuador is a country that’s ideal for families looking for a cultural vacation filled with nature, adventure, new foods and new customs. Roughly the size of Colorado, Ecuador offers a combination of the jungle, the Galápagos islands and colonial history — all in one trip. My family’s recent three-week itinerary contained all of these elements plus a…