Galapagos Cruise Solaris: North Route (4)

Tour from Baltra Island to San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of San Cristóbal, Genovesa, Plazas, and Sante Fé onboard Solaris

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Day 1

Arrival on Baltra island

After your arrival on the island Baltra, the guide will wait for you and leads you to the habour after just a short bus trip. The tender will bring you to the yacht.

The small Mosquera island

Afternoon: Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. It's a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef formed out of rocks and corals. On a great white sand beach a population of sea lions can be found. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs.

Day 2

Darwin Bay close to Genovesa island

Morning: This bay was created by the collapse of the crater below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. The island is adored by birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, as well as yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the cliffs edge to see Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliffs edge, offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Prince Philip's Steps on Genovesa island

Afternoon: El Barranco is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.

Day 3

The Plaza islands

Morning: South Plazas is located at the east of the Santa Cruz island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos islands are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

The Santa Fé island

Afternoon: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos islands, it was formed with an uplift, which is the reason for it being mostly flat. There are some theories which suggest this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fé is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters, you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail, many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities to snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Please Note: The Galapagos National Park has placed a temporary ban on swimming, snorkeling or diving in the waters around Santa Fé.

Day 4

Leon Dormindo close to San Cristóbal island

Morning: This huge ‘cathedral’ of rock is an old lava cone, now split in two. On the rocks many blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds are to be found. The snorkeling is great here, with good opportunities to see sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, tropical fish and the Galapagos shark.

The end of the cruise on San Cristóbal

Afternoon: Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport of San Cristóbal for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito. Otherwise you have the option to continue your individual program from the San Cristóbal marina.

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