Galapagos Islands

My philosophy when going on big trips with the tween set (ages 9 to 12) is to throw two things at the situation: animals and adventure.  Animals offer an immediate connection that raises the cortisol levels in our brains which equals warm happy feelings.  Adventure provides adrenaline and meaningful activities that keep their traveling brains and bodies busy.  Our 3 part tour of Ecuador a few years back offered animals and adventure in copious amounts…