Daily Tours / San Cristóbal

Daily Tours / San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal is the easternmost island – two volcanoes fused together that are no longer active. The island contains the largest freshwater lake in the Galápagos, El Junco, which is believed to be the remnant of and extinct caldera.

Is located west of San Cristobal, is the remnant of an ancient volcanic cone, its waters are preferred by professionals divers and swimming. Consists of two vertical walls with a channel in the center offering a great marine life, where you can see Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, black fin sharks, white tip sharks, barracudas, puffers, stingrays, turtles and variety of fish tropicales. The rock also is used as a resting place for marine iguanas and sea lions, in outline and top of the rock are nesting areas for difrenetes species seabirds such as frigate birds, bluefooted booby , booby nascar, petrels and terns.

The Site Visit Manglecito is composed of two visiting areas: the area of mangrove and beach area. The mangrove area is an ideal place for interpretation and observation of aquatic birds, however the beach area has been used as a place of recreation. The characteristic vegetation on the beach is the edmonstonei sesubium and the button mangrove. Mangrove area there is a gap, it constitutes an ideal place to observe species such as ducks, royal lapwings, curlews, including both native and endemic species place.

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Cerro Brujo, is an eroded tuff cone in several parts is composed of lava type a – a. It is formed by low-viscosity lava that contains little gas and break while solidifying and is pushed by lava still flowing from the rear. Cerro Brujo beach is one of the white coral beaches most beautiful of San Cristobal. It was the first coast where Charles Darwin first walked in September 1835. In this fascinating landscape of lava can observe boobies, gulls and pelicans.

The sheltered bay is popular for young sea turtles and rays and there are excellent opportunities for swimming and diving. The salt water pools behind the sand dunes were once used by fishermen as a salt mine. Among the most attractive fauna is the Chatham mockingbird lava lizard and San Cristobal, both species endemic to this island, and not seen anywhere else in the Galapagos. You can also find the Canary Islands, the Galápagos Flycatcher and hopefully the bird brujo (a subspecies endemic to San Cristobal). This area belongs to the arid zone, the vegetation covers the whole path, where you can find species such as candelabra cactus, chala, carob, Muyu, palo santo, hawthorn and arrayancillo. Cerro Brujo Beach is special for those who opt for peace. The white sand and water clarity are the perfect combination to enjoy an incredible break.

Kicker Rock, is located west of San Cristobal, is the remnant of an ancient volcanic cone, its waters are preferred by professionals divers, swimming and consists of two vertical walls with a channel in the center offering a great marine life, where you can see Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, black fin sharks, white tip sharks, barracudas, puffers, stingrays, turtles and variety of fish tropicales. The rock also is used as a resting place for marine iguanas and sea lions, in outline and top of the rock are nesting areas for difrenetes species seabirds such as frigate birds, blue-footed booby, booby nascar, petrels and terns.

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Is located on the eastern edge of San Cristobal Island. The trail comprises an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a path that climbs to the top of a hill of tuff passing through several natural viewpoints. The total length of the trail is 1,400 meters and the estimated time is two hours. Punta Pitt substrate is composed of tuff. Strong winds present there have led to a natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can see the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area.

The reason are the three species of boobies at Punta Pitt it is due to the geographic location; is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue-footed boobies nest inside, the red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked nest on the cliffs. An additional attraction is the presence of sea lions. The Galapagos National Park staff conducts periodic controls introduced animals especially cats and rats, this in order to avoid the lava lizards and chicks marine and terrestrial birds are eaten.

The red-footed booby is a kind of unique bird, the smallest of its kind, which is usually distinguished by the intense red color of its webbed feet. Its English name ” booby ” comes from the word ” bobo ” because of the awkwardness of this bird on the ground. However, these boobies are excellent fliers; spend most of their lives flying over the sea. It is the only type of booby that builds its nest consisting of twigs in trees and shrubs. Just put one egg every two months; chick coming out of it cherishes both the female and the male.

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Lobos Island, is about 20 minutes by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can also observe lave lizards, marine iguanas and sea lions. During the tour goes through an area of dry vegetation, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. In panga ride you can see brown pelicans, frigate birds, blue- footed boobies and instead that during the snorkeling is common the presence of juvenile sea lions, stingrays and sea turtles.

The Galapagos sea lion is also known as wolf of a hair. Males have a crest and can weigh about 250 kg; females reach 110 kg. The coat color varies from gray to dark brown, depending on sex and age. Playa Ochoa is a beautiful white color, calm waters, safe for swimming and good place for snorkeling. This is an excellent place for landscape photography. Furthermore, it is possible to observe two species of crabs on the beach: the ghost crab and hermit crab.

The Ochoa Beach is surrounded by shrubbery as salty mountain, manzanillo, chala and carob. One of the outstanding plant species in this site is the matazarno, the species is highly prized for its hardness and durability. Ghosts and hermit crabs are common species in this site visit. Near the beach there is a temporary pond, where migratory and shorebirds constantly look. It is one of the places where you see the endemic mockingbirds of San Cristobal Island.

Playa Ochoa is visited by many tourists who enjoy the warmth and tenderness of the sea lions, with particular reference to this site coexistence between man and nature.

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Formerly known as Hood, is home to several species of animals of interest, such as the Galapagos turtle dove, gull Galapagos marine iguana, albatrosses. Because of its location the Spanish island maintains a high percentage of endemic fauna. The island has an area of 60 km2 and a height of 206 meters above sea level. Spanish is an island for the conservation of biodiversity where research studies are conducted. Notable is the albatross colony, of which about 15,000 couples, many of them making a nest in the same tourist trails on the island, without fear of being molested are calculated. Albatross colony is found at the end of March to early December, and is one of the most incredible sea birds found in Galapagos.

You can also see masked boobies, whose nesting area is different from the blue-footed boobies. There are also tropical birds in their caves, crabs beautiful colors covering extensions black lava; swallow-tailed gulls. On the trails of the Spanish Island you can be found marine iguanas and lava lizards. Another object of curiosity in the Spanish Island is a sort of geyser, because it is not volcanic, but a tunnel in which penetrates a wave of certain features and out through a spout at the end, rising water to the height of 20 meters to get rid with the breeze, in a fine drizzle. Along the cliffs there is a spectacular view while it drafts shake. The Spanish island is known for its natural beauty, and is considered a haven for birdwatchers.

Islote Gardner is a magical island for snorkeling and observer great diversity of tropical fish and its main attraction is swimming with playful sea lions place

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Just north of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in San Cristobal are the National Park Interpretation Center, Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Carola. The interpretation center has information about the natural and human history of the islands as well as great maps and images from remote areas of the park. A paved path heads up to Cerro Tijeretas from behind the center. Named for the colonies of Frigate birds nesting in the trees, Cerro Tijeretas has a small network of hiking

trails that lead to a panoramic lookout above a protected cove that is excellent for snorkeling. You can also see town from this vantage. Continuing on from Cerro Tijeretas brings you past a statue of Charles Darwin and eventually to Playa Carola. Famous for its light house on the point Playa Carola is a good spot to swim with Sea Lions and soak in the sun. If the surf is up, it is possible that you may see the Sea Lions sharing waves with the local surfers.

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Is 10 minutes from the airport of San Cristobal; It is a coral sand beach with sea lions. Lobería is a piece of coast that has been named for the large number of sea lions resting on the rocks and sand. In the course button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, lignum, cotton, Tiquilia, morning glory and other species of the coastal zone, as the chub goat, whose seeds are the main food of several species of finches found. In addition to sea lions, birds can be seen as the canary Mary, frigates and several species of finches. On the rocks, you will find, unique in the world Galapagos marine iguanas large. One can distinguish sea lions males from females by size. The male is usually bigger and stronger, weighing up to 250 kg as adults. They are further distinguished by having a bump on the head. Socially they organized in colonies or harems. Each colony consists of dominant male and about 30 females with their cubs. Sea lions are territorial animals with a marked sense. Adult males defend their limits other males. They spend much of the day watching your space and emitting a series of sounds and movements reaffirming its territorial power. Sometimes they can be aggressive with humans and have to keep a safe distance.

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Lagoon the Junco, is 12 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, inside a small crater which in turn is located within the caldera of alarge, now extinct volcano its altitid is 700 m.s.n.m. Junco Lagoon has an area of 60,000 m2 and its volume is 360,000m3, equivalent to 9 million gallons of water. Its diameter is 270m. and its maximum depth is 6 m . It is powered only with rainwater, in time of drought decreases up to 1 m. and when heavy rains occurred increases its level to form a stream. The name of the lake comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area, called “junk” (Eleocharis mutataes). The lagoon is surrounded by lush flora as Micnonia, ferns Galapagos (endemic) .- The frigates are very common to see them flying over their water to remove salt from its wings.

Galapaguera David Rodríguez, it is located in the South East of San Cristobal, 22.4 Km. From Puerto Baquerizo MORENO. This galapaguera has been built to improve the state of the population of the island tortoises, Geochelone Chatamensis within an environment similar to their natural.- state conditions. The natural population of tortoises from San Cristobal (north of the island) is seriously threatened by introduced animals (mainly wild goats, rats and cats), which has so far been impossible to eradicate despite the continued efforts in this regard .- San Cristobal turtles are one of the 11 populations of Galapagos tortoises. They mate once a year and females lay 12 to 16 eggs and are incuvados to difrentes. Subsequently, the baby turtles are transferred to growth pens where they remain for a period of 5 years to finally be transported to their habitat natural. In the visitor center, natural history explained the population of giant tortoises of this island and the relationship and differences between San Cristobal turtles and other turtles of the archipelago, in terms of origin and evolution. In addition, the current situation of threat of the giant tortoise San Cristobal and why this area is necessary to ensure long-term survival is explained. Along the trail you can see different species of native plants, and terrestrial’s endemic birds.

Puerto Chino is a beach with white sand and very calm turquoise waters where you can practice different water sports, especially snorkeling, swimming and hiking well as a long beach is ideal for relaxation and there are marine birds such as blue-footed booby, frigates and pelicans

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Important notes:

  • Itineraries and programme are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.
  • Night diving allowed in selected locations only
  • All rentals and Nitrox are subject to a 12% IVA (VAT) tax
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