Family sabbatical to Ecuador, Galapagos & Costa Rica

Faced with the opportunity of having a family holiday of a lifetime, some initial thoughts of where we might go but with little time/no real idea about how to go about planning it, I fortuitously came across a flyer from Lateral Life and arranged to meet Nick.

Nick asked me about my family, what we enjoyed, what we didn’t enjoy, what we wanted from a six week period together and about our initial thoughts.

Then in a perfectly friendly yet straight-talking and disarmingly enthusiastic way, he challenged our initial travel thoughts as a bit dull, run of the mill and “dare I say it, those of a lawyer”.

Within a few days he and Steve had quickly won our confidence and come up with a very different outline itinerary.

We then spent considerable time with both Nick and Steve as we planned a trip that took us (and our 14 & 12 year old sons and 10 year old daughter) from riding horses in the Andes to tracking caiman crocodiles by canoe at night deep in the Amazon rain forest; piranha fishing to zip-wiring kilometres across the Costa Rican jungle; the Galapagos Islands to active volcanoes; blue-footed boobies to two-toed sloths; and enchanted Polylepis forests on the Ecuador/Columbia border to surfing just off the Pacific coast.

The local guides/drivers they organised were everything we could have wished for (we even had a very enthusiastic England vs Ecuador five a side match with them) and at all times we felt completely safe, “looked after” and on a journey that had been designed by people who really knew (and had experienced for themselves) literally every step of the way.

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