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For more information on each of Galapagos Islands click on name
Baltra Island Bartolome Island Pinta Island Española Island Fernandina Island
Floreana Island Genovesa Island Isabela Island Marchena Island Darwin Island
Rabida Island Santa Cruz Island Santiago Island San Cristobal Seymour Norte
  Santa Fe Island Santa Maria Island Pinzon Island  

San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

San Cristobal Island - GalapagosSan Cristobal or Chatham the easternmost island of Galapagos is also one of the oldest. Eroded volcanic peaks in the northern part of the island and rich vegetation in the southern portion characterize the island. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the principal town is the provincial capital and the second largest settlement area in the islands.

Home to one of the Galapagos Islands' two airports many visitors will begin and end their San Cristobal Island - Galapagostour here. With a relatively good infrastructure including hotels, restaurants, buses, taxis and visitor information it is one of the easiest islands for people interested in exploring the islands on their own.

San Cristobal Island - GalapagosAn easy walk from town Frigatebird Hill offers a fantastic vista. San Cristobal's highlands are sprinkled with farms, the island's first settlement El Progresso and El Junco, the only freshwater lake in Galapagos.

Red-Footed, Blue-Footed and Masked Boobies make their home on the eastern side of the island at Punta Pitt. A two-hour hike down shore from Punta Pitt wild tortoises can be seen at La Galapaguera.

Cruise to spectacular Kicker Rock, or Leon Dormido, the jagged remains of an old tuff cone whose flanks are covered with seabirds. 

Puerto Bacquerizo Moreno

San Cristobal Island - GalapagosPuerto Baquerizo Moreno is the provincial capital of the Galapagos and the second largest settlement area in the islands and home to one of the island's two main airports. It originated as a penal colony more than a hundred years ago.  Now a sleepy town overlooking the harbor known for its relaxed attitude. The beaches near town are one of the few places where visitors are allowed to camp in the islands, the National Park Information Site located just outside of town is happy to provide information. There are a number of hotels and restaurants available for those interested in staying a few extra days in the area to explore some of the local visitor sites. 

In 1998 the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center was opened in Puerto Bacquerizo.  The new buildings, lush gardens and sweeping ocean views are a strong contrast to the 1960's style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center, exhibits include the island's natural history, human interaction, ecosystems and flora and fauna.  

It is also the place where cultural activities take place, including theatre, exhibitions and workshops. From the Visitor Center it is a short walk to Frigatebird Hill.

Inter-Island Travel

INGALA offers ferry service between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal on Tuesdays and Saturdays and between San Cristobal and Santa Cruz on Mondays and Wednesdays.

EMETEBE flies between Baltra and San Cristobal and Isabela daily.

Quick View
Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Settlement Area---Additional Services Available
Conditions: 2nd largest town in the islands and Provincial Capital
Notes: Day tours and private excursions are available

Frigatebird Hill

A short hike from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno it is a nice way to spend the afternoon. To reach Frigatebird Hill the trail begins starts just on the road beyond Cabañas Don Jorge. At the end of the road there are two paths one leading through the woods and the along Playa Mann Beach and the other up a rocky path. A pleasant journey goes up one way and returns along the other path.

The trip to the Hill takes approximately 20-40 minutes. Once there visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches on one side and the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo on the other. The hill is often visited by Frigatebirds, giving it its name. Both Magnificent Frigatebirds and Great Frigatebirds can be seen. The birds are not always present, making it is best to ask park officials as to the best times to see the birds when planning your trip.

Quick View
Landing: Dry Landing a short hike from town
Highlights: Panoramic views of Puerto Baquerizo and beaches, Frigatebirds
Conditions: Rocky hike it is best to wear hiking boots.
Notes: Plan a short visit to Playa Mann during the return for a complete afternoon outing.

Highlands

San Cristobal Island - GalapagosSan Cristobal's Highlands are normally only visited by locals and those visitors who extend their stay in Puerto Baquerizo.

Though local guides are available in town, the Highlands are one of the few areas within the islands where visitors are not required to travel with a guide. It is possible to do your own exploration either by foot or by hiring a truck in town.

The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos. The prisoners were treated a slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation.

The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon . Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years creating this haven for Frigatebirds. The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island's highest point.

Traveling to San Joaquin Hill is best done by bus or by truck. It is important to remember to bring rain gear withSan Cristobal Island - Galapagos you just in case. The journey offers visitors a glimpse of the island's many zones and their eco-systems. The summit at nearly 2400 feet (720 m) brings visitors above the tree line.

Islas Lobos

Heading up the coast from Wreck Bay and Puerto Baquerizo, you will see Isla Lobos across a small channel off the coast of San Cristobal.  The basalt island outcropping lives up to its name of "Sea Lion Island" with a noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts.  It is also a nesting place for blue-footed boobies and an excellent spot for snorkeling. San Cristobal Island - Galapagos

Kicker Rock

San Cristobal Island - GalapagosKicker Rock (León Dormido), is located of the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats.  This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many Tropicbirds, Frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air. 

Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates. 

Due to the sheer vertical pitch of the rock face, landings are not possible however many cruises do spend 45 minutes to an hour allowing you to enjoy the full experience.

La Loberia

A short 10 minute bus ride from Puerto Baquerizo is La Lobería.  Traveler's frequently not the unusual color of the plants as they near the beach.

La Lobería home to a large sea lion colony and nursery. There are frequently dozens of sea lions visible at any time. Low tide is one of the best times to visit however, since it is when the mother's bring the pups into the tide pools for swimming lessons.

For more information on each of Galapagos Islands click on map or name
Baltra Island Bartolome Island Pinta Island Española Island Fernandina Island
Floreana Island Genovesa Island Isabela Island Marchena Island Darwin Island
Rabida Island Santa Cruz Island Santiago Island San Cristobal Seymour Norte
  Santa Fe Island Santa Maria Island Pinzon Island  
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