Isla San Cristóbal Travel Guide

  • Cerro Las Tijeretas/Frigatebird Hill
    Cerro Las Tijeretas/Frigatebird Hill
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  • Darwin statue, Isla San Cristobal
    Darwin statue, Isla San Cristobal
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  • Things to Do
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Isla San Cristóbal Things to Do

  • Cerro Brujo

    After breakfast, on the third day of the cruise with Cachalote, we visited Cerro Brujo, or in fact it was the beach below the hill Cerro Brujo that we visited. It was a lovely place! There were no other visitors but our small group there and it was very tranquil. The white sandy beach was beautiful and we walked back and forth for a while looking...

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  • Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

    After lunch we took the panga from Cachalote back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where a bus waited for us to take us to Cerro Colorado Galapagos Breeding Station, Galapaguera. Galapaguera is situated on the south-eastern side of the islands, about 22km away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The road there is passing through the highlands. At Galapaguera...

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  • El Junco Lagoon

    After visiting Galapaguera we went to El Junco Lagoon in the highlands of Isla San Cristóbal. El Junco is a freshwater lake, one of few in Galapagos Islands and it is a good supplier of water for the inhabitants on the island. The lake gets its water from rainwater. The diameter of the lake is 270m and the maximum depth is only 6m. El Junco is...

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  • Puerto Chino

    Puerto Chino is situated on the southeastern coast of Isla San Cristobal. I cycled here, across the island, from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It took more than two hours. From the parking there is a 656m long trail to the small beach (Playa Brava) and viewpoint at Puerto Chino. Along the trail you will see the typical vegetation of the arid zone,...

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  • Rent a bike

    One day on San Cristobal I rented a bike from Patagonia Eco Multisport on Av Charles Darwin in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to go to Puerto Chino, Galapagera and El Junco. The price in July 2013 was:1 hour - $6half a day (less than 6h) - $10full day (more than 6h) - $20I left Puerto Baquerizo Moreno around 10 o’clock. The road was mostly going quite...

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  • Cerro Las Tijeretas/Frigatebird Hill

    Behind the Interpretation Centre in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno a paved path that will take you up on Cerro Las Tijeretas start. It is well marked and there are even a few benches at some places. There are a few viewpoints with lovely views over the sea and bay below. At one of the viewpoints three is a statue of Charles Darwin. And around another...

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  • Interpretation Centre

    On the north edge of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno there is an Iterpretation Centre. Here you can read about the geology of Galapagos Islands, how the islands where created. There is also information about the flora and fauna, and the human history of the islands. Arial photos show that about 50 years ago there were only a few houses where the four towns...

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  • Playa Mann and Playa Punta Carola

    Two small beaches just north of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are Playa Mann and Playa Punta Carola.Playa Mann is a small sandy beach about 1km north of the pier in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is situated along the road to the Interpretation Centre and Cerro Las Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill). At Playa Mann you can swim and snorkel near the beach, but...

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  • La Lobería and Barranco

    La Lobería and BarrancoLa Lobería is a beach a few kilometers south of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. There is both black lava rocks and white sand at La Lobería. In the water you can snorkel and swim, and often La Lobería is a good place for surfing as well. On the beach there is a sea lion colony and around the shore you might see brown pelicans and...

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  • Snorkeling tour to Isla Lobos and...

    It was late Friday afternoon and I was on my way to the pier when I realised that I had to book a snorkeling tour to Kicker’s Rock for the next day, as I had signed up for a 10km race organised by the marine on Sunday morning. I went into the first agency I saw (Galeducation) and they told me they were fully booked for Saturday but still had space...

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  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on Isla San Cristóbal has got a population of more than 5000 inhabitants and it is the second largest town on Galapagos Islands, only Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz is bigger.2011: We came here on the third day of the cruise with M/S Cachalote. Before lunch, while our guide went to the airport to pick up two new passengers,...

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  • Sally Lightfoot Crab

    The beautiful Sally Lightfoot crabs (Grapsus grapsus) can be seen all over the shores of the Galapagos Islands. With its bright orange colour it stands out from the black lava rocks where you often see them. The young ones are dark in colour though, and this make them well camouflaged on the rocks. The adult crabs can be as big as 20cm. Sally...

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  • Mockingbirds

    When Charles Darwin visited Galapagos Islands in 1835 he noticed that the Mockingbirds looked a bit different on different islands, and that is something that influenced his thoughts of evolution. There are four different species of Mockingbirds and they are all endemic. One is the Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird an endangered species that can only...

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  • Brown Pelican

    The brown Pelican can be found in many areas along the American Pacific and Atlantic coasts, but on Galapagos Islands you will find the endemic subspecies Pelecanus occidentalis urinator. They can be found by the coast on most islands.The Brown Pelicans are large birds with a length of 105-152cm and a wingspan of 203-228cm. They have very long...

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  • Lava Lizards

    Lava Lizards are endemic to the Galapagos Islands and there are seven different species. The Galapagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus Albemarlensis) can be seen on several islands, and then there are the Española Lava Lizard, Floreana Lava Lizard, Marchena Lava Lizard, Pinta Lava Lizard, Pinzón Lava Lizard and the San Cristóbal Lava Lizard. There is...

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  • Darwin Finches

    There are 13 species of Darwin Finches in Galapagos Islands, and they are all endemic. The Finches are famous because the role they played in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution . When Charles Darwin visited Galapagos Islands in 1835 during his voyage with the Beagle he didn’t pay much attention to the finches, but more to the Mockingbirds which...

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  • Ghost Crab

    On the beach at Cerro Brujo there were lots of patterns of small sand balls. Those sand balls are made by the Ghost Crabs (Ocypode gaudichaudii) that make them when feeding on micro organisms in the sand. When a ball becomes to heavy they make a new one.The Ghost Crabs are smaller than the Sally Lightfoot Crabs and they have a paler red-orange...

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  • Galapagos Sea Lion

    The Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) is an endemic subspecies. It is common, and there is a population of about 50 000 Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands. They can be seen in many places near the shores, on beaches, on the rocks or even in the towns (for example on a porch in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and at the Fish Market in...

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Isla San Cristóbal Restaurants

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    by MalenaN Updated Apr 1, 2014

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    When I rented the bike in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno they told me there was a restaurant where I could eat lunch in the village Cerro Verde.

    The first place I stopped at, because of a sign, told me they were no longer serving food, but the restaurant was a bit further downhill from the village.

    I found Restaurante Wanabita and went inside to ask for lunch. It was just past 12 but they didn’t have any food at the moment. People on tours to Puerto Chino and Galapaguera had ordered food and were going to stop on their way back. I could also have food on my way back, so I ordered and also asked if they had anything to eat right then as I was very hungry. I got a glass of juice and as many bananas that I wanted, from a banana stock hanging on the porch (I took two). The woman didn’t want me to pay for the juice and banana and it turned out it was included with the meal I was going to eat later.

    When I came back after visiting Puerto Chino and Galapaguera the restaurant was very busy and I was told to wait for a while. When I had waited for quite some time I asked again if I could get my food soon. It turned out they had forgotten about me, so they had a look in the kitchen and luckily there was some food left for me.

    I got a plate with some rice, plantains, French fries (very few), fried chicken and some vegetables. And I got a jar of juice. It was enough, so I didn’t want to have any more bananas after the meal. The meal was $7 (July 2013).

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Isla San Cristóbal Transportation

  • The airport

    The airport on Isla San Cristóbal is situated less than a km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. There are three airlines flying to San Cristobal from the mainland and they are TAME, Aerogal and LAN. There are also small planes flying from Isla Baltra and Isla Santa Cruz. I did not arrive to San Cristóbal by plane but went to the airport to change the...

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  • Speedboat between Puerto Ayora and San...

    On my previous visit to Galapagos Islands I had heard it was good to purchase the tickets for the speedboats one day ahead of departure. Therefore I had planned to stay in Puerto Ayora one night after the cruise before going to San Cristóbal. I changed my plans and hoped there would be a ticket available on the same day I had arrived back to Isla...

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  • Ruddy Turnstone

    The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a migrant bird and it is quite common to see it throughout the year in Galapagos Islands. You will most likely see it by rocky shores and tidal pools or running around on a beach. The Ruddy Turnstone is a small wader with a length of 21 – 26 cm. It has short orange legs and a dark pointed bill. Adults in...

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  • Snowy Egret

    The Snowy Egret (Egrette thula) is considered to be a vagrant bird to Galapagos Islands. It is seen most years, but in small numbers, so I was very lucky to see it here. The Snowy Egret is a medium-sized egret with a length of 60cm and a wingspan of 100cm. As the name indicates the plumage is all white. The neck is long and thin. The bill is black...

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  • Common Noddy

    The Common Noddy belongs to the tern family and it can be found in a large part of the tropics. In Galapagos Islands there is a subspecies (Anous stolidus galapagensis).The Common Noddy is a medium sized seabird with a length of 38-45cm and a wingspan of 75-86cm. The plumage is dark brow except the forehead and crown that is greyish-white...

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