SOLARIS I ROUTE B 2023

ITINERARY B / 5D – 4N

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.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.

navigation-hours
±21h
hikes galapagos
±2x
dinghy-ride
±1x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±4x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

Waved Albatross
Galapagos waved albatross

Galapagos
Sea Lion
galapagos sea lion

American Frigatebird
American frigatebird

Blue & Red footed boobies
Blue footed boobies

Land Iguana
land iguana galapagos islands
Legend

Arrival

Snorkeling

snorkeling galapagos islands

Hike

Kayak

kayak galapagos islands

Dinghy Ride

panga ride galapagos islands

Departure

VISITORS SITES MAP

DAY 1 / MONDAY

AM: Arrival to Baltra Airport

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islands

DAY2 / TUESDAY

AM: North Seymour hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

PM: Mosquera hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands 

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

PM: Prince Phillip Steps (Genovesa) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: South Plaza hike galapagos islands

PM: Barrington Bay (Santa Fe) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

DAY 5 / FRIDAY

AM: Kicker Rock – Witch Hill (San Cristobal) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Transfer to San Cristobal Airport

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY B

Monday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

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PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Tuesday

AM: North Seymour

North Seymour is another highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk at a very short distance from frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Mosquera

Mosquera stands out for having one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands 

Difficulty: Easy

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Wednesday

AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

As one of the outer islands and most exclusive places on the Galapagos, Genovesa is well worth last night’s longer navigation. This compact site in the heart of its flooded crater shows the extremely varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature; nearly too much for a single day.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

darwin-bay-galapagos-islands-ecuador
PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps (Genovesa)

Not only because of its historical English name (Tower) Genovesa has a royal touch. Follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip – Galapagos lover for many years – and visit this favourite birding spot with the largest breeding colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, and look for the remarkable short-eared owl that hunts on foot!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Thursday

AM: South Plaza

Popular South Plaza is not to be missed! This bizarre ‘Jurassic islet’ is the best place to see the emblematic ‘Galapagos dragons’, which crawl across it.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Barrington Bay (Santa Fe)

Practically every animal on Santa Fe is unique; endemic to the Galapagos, or even to this island alone and extremely vulnerable! This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano of the Galapagos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Friday

AM: Kicker Rock - Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

Kicker Rock has become one of the photogenic landmarks of the Galapagos. Clearly visible from afar, nature has moulded a huge offshore block of rock with a stabbing tower aside.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: – –

galapagos-islands-place-for-everyone
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you until the check-in counters in the departure hall

We hope that you will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities: 

Difficulty: – –

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DAY 1

Monday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Arrive ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 2

Tuesday

AM: North Seymour

North Seymour is another highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk at a very short distance from frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Mosquera

Mosquera stands out for having one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands 

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

As one of the outer islands and most exclusive places on the Galapagos, Genovesa is well worth last night’s longer navigation. This compact site in the heart of its flooded crater shows the extremely varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature; nearly too much for a single day.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

darwin-bay-galapagos-islands-ecuador
PM: Prince Phillip’s Steps (Genovesa)

Not only because of its historical English name (Tower) Genovesa has a royal touch. Follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip – Galapagos lover for many years – and visit this favourite birding spot with the largest breeding colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, and look for the remarkable short-eared owl that hunts on foot!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Prince Philips Solaris Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 4

Thursday

AM: South Plaza

Popular South Plaza is not to be missed! This bizarre ‘Jurassic islet’ is the best place to see the emblematic ‘Galapagos dragons’, which crawl across it.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Barrington Bay (Santa Fe)

Practically every animal on Santa Fe is unique; endemic to the Galapagos, or even to this island alone and extremely vulnerable! This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano of the Galapagos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa fe Oniric Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 5

Friday

AM: Kicker Rock - Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

Kicker Rock has become one of the photogenic landmarks of the Galapagos. Clearly visible from afar, nature has moulded a huge offshore block of rock with a stabbing tower aside.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: – –

galapagos-islands-place-for-everyone
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you until the check-in counters in the departure hall

We hope that you will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities: 

Difficulty: – –

Avianca Galapagos ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador