Solaris – Northern & Central Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Our shortest route gets the most out of just four days on the Galapagos Islands. It combines the exclusive bird-island of Genovesa with the popular highlights of South Plaza and Santa Fe, giving an excellent first impression of the archipelago. Some of the visitor's sites include Darwin Bay, Prince Phillip's Steps, Barrington Bay, Kicker Rock and more.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experienced professional guides
  • Witness Nazca and red-footed boobies courtshipping, mating, breeding, nurturing or learning to fly
  • Navigate around the bizarrely shaped Kicker Rock, one of the most photogenic landmarks of the Galapagos
  • Watch land iguanas crawl gracefully under giant prickly pear cacti
  • Visit Mosquera, home to the largest concentration of sea lions
  • Plenty of snorkelling opportunities

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Embark aboard the Solaris yacht - Mosquera
Day 2: Genovesa (Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip's Steps)
Day 3: Plazas and Santa Fe
Day 4: Kicker Rock, disembarkation & transfer to San Cristobal Airport

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • Baltra Island - Mosquera Island

    AM - Arrival at Baltra Airport
    Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, yourTCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht San Jose. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

    PM - Mosquera
    Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches, which contrast with the blue water and thus attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings. Between the rocks the red clip crabs wait to play hide and seek while you try to get the perfect photo. If you are lucky, you may even encounter yellow-crowned night-herons or even a red-footed booby. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Genovesa Island

    AM - Darwin Bay (Genovesa)
    Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa lies Darwin Bay. The small-scaled area will surprise you as find yourself walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools, shrubs and further ahead following the top of some cliffs. Every single species has occupied its own ecological niche. Whimbrels and wandering tattlers forage actively along the surf, next to resting Galapagos sea lions. Impressive frigatebirds and red-footed boobies nest in the mangroves, where you can also see vocalists such as the yellow warbler, Darwin’s finches and the Galapagos mocking- bird. Uniquely, two subpopulations of the same species of large cactus finch differ in their singing.

    PM - Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)
    We will sail to nearby Prince Philip’s Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. Sometimes a Galapagos fur seal might be resting on one of the shaded ledges. Here you can snorkel once again, and then follow the guided trail through clifftop seabird colonies. At the seaside of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy wide views and the strong sea breeze. Following the exposed rim you will first pass a colony of Nazca boobies and finally reach the exten- sive storm petrel nesting places, where if you are lucky you can see how the well-camouflaged short-eared owl hunts for them on foot! (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Island

    AM - South Plazas
    South Plazas Island
    You will enjoy an unforgettable guided walk on South Plaza, the best place to encounter endemic Galapagos land iguanas, patient and photogenic models.You can also look out for some of the unique hybrids between the male marine iguana and female land iguana. Arriving at the upper rim, about 20m/75ft downwards impressively droning waves splash against the foot of soaring cliffs. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown noddies make spec- tacular flights and sometimes look like they’re walking on the waves.Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights.These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull.

    PM - Barrington Bay (Santa Fe)
    You will land right in the middle of a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, where you will have time for a refres- hing swim or excellent snorkelling among tropical reef fish in the crystal-clear azure waters of Barrington Bay.You will also encounter bizarre giant prickly pear cactus (opuntia) forests.These are the largest cacti on the islands, with extre- mely thick trunks, and can grow over 10m/33ft tall! We have a wet landing at the beach of Santa Fe where we have a guided nature walk.This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano on the Galapagos.Your guide will decide whether the easy shorter circuit is followed, or a strenuous longer hike land inward (moderate level; about 3km/2mi). (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • San Cristobal Island - Depart San Cristobal Airport

    AM - Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)
    Kicker Rock is a huge offshore block of rock with a sharp tower next to it. Reaching about 150m/500ft above sea level, from the side it has the form of a giant shoe (hence its name Kicker Rock), whilst from a longitudinal direction it resembles a sleeping lion (hence its Spanish name Leon Dormido). Before breakfast you will enjoy a dinghy-ride and optional snorkelling where you might encounter octopuses, different species of sharks and Pacific green turtles.Assisted by some crew mem- bers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the airport of San Cristobal., where we will take the shuttle back to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito. (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Construction: completed in 2019
  • Type: Power Motor Yacht
  • Length: 115 feet (35 meters)
  • Width: 30 feet (9 meters)
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cruising Speed: 10 knots
  • Accommodations: 6 Main Deck Cabins and 5 Upper Deck Cabins
  • Crew: 8 member crew + 1 naturalist guide

 

CABINS DETAILS:

Single Ocean View Cabins 

11m², single bed, ocean view, window, private bathroom, desk, chair

Double Ocean View Cabins

21-26m², queen bed, ocean view, window, private bathroom, desk, chair

Triple Ocean View Cabins

21-26m², queen bed and single bed, ocean view, window, private bathroom, desk, chair

 

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals, water, tea & coffee
  • All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)
  • All transfers to Galapagos (AirportYacht-Airport only included when booked together)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Bath and beach towels

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • If necessary, single room supplement
  • Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

 

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

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