The Woodbury clan poses behind one of the famed Galápagos tortoises.

The Woodbury clan poses behind one of the famed Galápagos tortoises.

Traveling to the Galápagos Islands has been a dream of mine ever since I learned about Charles Darwin and the unique wildlife he studied nearly 200 years ago. Now that our three children are aged 9 to 13, my wife and I decided it was the perfect time to visit this exotic ecosystem.

The Galápagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands located 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. They became part of the Republic of Ecuador in 1832, just three years before Darwin’s famous visit, and since the islands are a national park and World Heritage Site, all tours to protected areas must be led by a park-certified guide.

I wanted to find a tour with activities that could engage the kids as we