I live in England and am currently researching options for a family trip with my parents, boyfriend and two sisters (all adults). I'm particularly interested in visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos islands and would welcome any advice people could give.
- How easy is it to travel independently? Would we be better to book onto one of the tours?
- If we are better to tour, can anyone recommend a good company? We're not particularly looking for 'adventure' - trekking, rafting etc. We're more interested in seeing the natural sights, some culture, maybe doing a cooking day, visiting a spa, that sort of thing. Oh and my parents are keen that we do it in some degree of style... they're not used to roughing it!
- We have only two weeks (give or take) - what should we try to fit in? Shorter trip to the Galapagos and more time in Ecuador? Equal split? What MUST we see in Ecuador, I like the idea of the cloud forest, staying in one of the lodges there. What else is essential?
I know this is a long post, so answers to any or all of these questions would really be appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to reply.