4 Great family holiday travel ideas and destinations

It’s still hot outside, but believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas holiday season! Many of the boats in the Galapagos are already full in December and January and airfares are starting to creep higher and higher.

Here are some great family adventure holiday season ideas and destinations with Adventures Within Reach. Adventures Within Reach offers treks and cultural tours to Tanzania, Peru, Galapagos, and the Himalayas – and sends thousands of people each year on their dream adventure. This year could be your turn!

blue-footed boobiesGALAPAGOS, ECUADOR

Cruising the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is a very special and unique experience. As you hike the island trails you’ll admire blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises in addition to other mysterious creatures like the armies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, equatorial penguins, and numerous other species that are endemic to this remote island paradise. The rich marine life is fascinating for those who enjoy snorkeling in a world as wonderful as the one above the water’s surface, rich with colorful schools of fish, manta rays, sea turtles, hammer head sharks, whale sharks and magnificent reefs.

Four, five, and eight day Galapagos cruises are still available on select dates. There are also daily excursions from hotels in Santa Cruz to go island hopping, horseback riding, or snorkeling.


December isn’t the best time to hike Peru’s Inca Trail, but it’s still a great time to visit Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. You’ll start in Lima and travel to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, by train to Aguas Calientes, and shuttle to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Once at the Sanctuary you’ll see little-visited section of the Inca Trail of spectacular flagstone through incredible landscapes and mountain scenery and will Machu Picchu the way the Incas did, through Inti Punku (the door of the sun).


Safaris are very popular in December and January, and Tanzania is the best place to see the migration this time of year. Combine it with a few days on Zanzibar Island for the best of wildlife, culture, and relaxation. The best lodges and tented camps book quickly, so plan soon!

As this is also low season in South Africa, there are great bargains to be had on safaris in Africa. Consider 4 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights in Kruger National Park, and 2 nights at Victoria Falls.

Volunteer workers at a orphanage in Tanzania on Christmas DayVOLUNTEER TRIPS

Give back this holiday season by volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania or at a school in Peru. You can volunteer for 1 day or as long as you like. Combine your volunteer time with a safari or visit to the Peru rain forest for a vacation you’ll never forget!

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