Tours: Eco Family Adventures, Pure Family Fun - River Rafting, Sailing, and Hiking in the Rain Forest.
Raft the Middle Salmon in Idaho; hike through a Costa Rican cloud forest; sail the Aegean Sea along the coast of Turkey or cruise among the Galapagos Islands, the choices are perfect for an earth-friendly family adventure. About Eco Family Adventures:
As one of the pioneers in eco family vacations, all of their itineraries offered by Eco Family Adventures are family friendly, carbon neutral, have a focus on local social/environmental stewardship, and are chosen for their pristine wilderness value. Tour overview:
The destinations offered by Eco Family Adventures were chosen not only for their pristine wilderness value, but because they are all are the “perfect” family destinations. To make a perfect location even better they have created unique sense of place activities which may be enjoyed by all family members. Parents will feel recharged and invigorated by the program’s synergism while children will just wake up to fun each day. Need to know:
Most of the departures cater to families with kids 6 and older. Leave no trace, really!
This company not only adheres to the “Leave No Trace” ethics of reducing one’s impact on the wild places, they also purchase Green Tags for all of their trips, making them carbon neutral. They also have formed alliances with local people and work with grassroots organizations in each destination. Bonus points:
Each trip member will have the opportunity to participate in a local project. Eco Family Adventures mission is to help save the planet thru family vacations, and their three-step program which includes Leave No Trace, Green Tags, and participating in local NGO makes this possible. Activities:
Obviously the activity menu varies by location.
The staff at Eco Family Adventures makes sure that the choices are earth friendly and awesome. The itineraries are designed to provide one-of-a-kind family adventures using Mother Nature’s best locations. Options include sleeping under the shooting stars, paddling an inflatable kayak, climbing a waterfall, swooshing down a waterslide into a river, sleeping with the sounds of the river, waking to the sounds of the sea, snorkeling with sea turtles, counting giant lizards, searching for three towed sloths, walking through treetops and spending time with nature and your children or grandchildren. Value added:
A child "Activity Director" joins each departure of eight or more participants allowing parents time to relax and enjoy themselves while the kids learn about fascinating new things. They focus on one local environmental and/or a social aspect during each trip, from planting trees in the rainforest of Costa Rica and visiting a local orphanage in Ecuador to helping save the Salmon spawning grounds in Idaho and learning about ancient civilizations in what is now Turkey. Adults are always welcome to join in the activities. Environmental education is one of the focal points for all CADs. Organized activities vary by destination. Kids learn to catch lizards with dental floss; design and put on a skit for the adults; go on a scavenger hunt; practice a new language; try to catch tadpoles and minnows in a stream; learn geology thru pancakes; go gold panning; collect rocks, shells, and other treasures; listen to history stories; build sand castles; create arts and crafts and just chill with family or new friends. A family reunion idea.
They have personal experience in organizing family togethering and believe that a reunion is the perfect excuse to join departure with Eco Family Adventures or organize your own family departure. Nothing is better for families than experiencing new things together, in nature, getting away from it all, and also having a positive impact on the place you are visiting. No need to stress they will take care of all of the details all you need to provide is the family. They know how to put awesome and wonderful into a family reunion junket.
Destinations: Idaho, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, and Turkey. USA: Idaho - Whitewater Eco Family Adventures.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon provides the ideal setting for a family adventure. Wild and scenic, it flows 100 miles through the largest wilderness area in the USA. The adventure includes whitewater raft, exploring, hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming and relaxing on white sand beaches. Explore ancient Indian caves and a hermit's homestead; fish for blue ribbon trout; soak in natural hot water springs. Guides are expert river runners, magnificent cooks, great story tellers, and knowledgeable, helpful outdoorsmen. There are three ways to do the river: in an oar boat, by paddle raft, or solo in an inflatable kayak. Turkey - Eco Family Adventures.
Experience a true sense of place in this family friendly country with beautiful beaches, dramatic scenery, classical ruins, and delightful cuisine. Locations included with this adventure: Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia and the Turquoise Coast aboard a Turkish gullet. See the Temple of Athena, the royal Lycian Tombs of Kannos, many Byzantine Ruins and underwater ruins of Cleopatra’s Bath and Zelve with its “Chimney fairies”. You’ll swim and snorkel in warm, jewel-blue waters; feast on lavish spreads served on the open deck; and sleep peacefully at night while anchored in placid, pine-scented coves. Get a comprehensive hands-on history lesson as you absorb the atmosphere of Roman times at glorious Ephesus; experience the fascinating aspects of Istanbul; explore the other-worldy ruins and landscapes of Cappadocia, browse spice markets and open-air bazaars; visit a silk workshop, even walk to an old “ghost town.” Bonus points:
Our child "Activity Director" program allows parents to relax and enjoy while the kids learn about these fascinating new things. Need to know:
Each trip is custom. Trip pricing ranges between $3000 and $5000 per person, depending on itinerary, Gulet and hotel type, but all trips include local English speaking professionally licensed guides from the Ministry of Tourism. There will be local guides in Istanbul, Ephesus and in Cappadocia.
Ecuador/Galapagos Islands - Eco Family Adventures.
Enjoy a family adventure in the Galapagos Islands one of nature’s greatest animal viewing sites. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and experience this spectacular wildlife haven for yourself, frolicking amongst the same rare and friendly creatures that captivated him. Swim with playful sea lions, walk amongst rookeries of dancing blue-footed boobies, and relax within an arm’s length of the famed Galapagos tortoise as these ancient creatures feed on the lush vegetation. Activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, sightseeing, a four-day Galapagos cruise, snorkeling, swimming, relaxing on white sand beaches, horseback riding and orphanage visit as well as The Galapagos Islands Cuenca, El Cajas National Park and Tortillas Farm. Costa Rica - Eco Family Adventures.
Journey deep into an eco-paradise where steamy volcanic ranges and tropical rain forests filled with wildlife meet a coastline washed by white ocean surf. This family adventure includes Tirimbina Rainforest, Arenal Lake, Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest. The multi-sport family adventure (ideal for teens) includes Tortuguero National Park, Pacuare & Sarapiqui Rivers, Arenal Lake, and Arenal Volcano. All trips are family-friendly and carbon neutral with a focus on local social/environmental stewardship. This Costa Rican itinerary was selected for its pristine wilderness value. During the adventure participants have the chance to meet local residents and plant trees in the rainforest. Make it happen.
Contact Eco Family Adventures. Toll-free 1-800-801-5146 or www.ecofamilyadventures.com