SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

This geologically older island, was named in honor of the patron saint of sailors, and was also the site where Darwin first landed in 1835. The only permanent water stream in the archipelago is located here.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
The village is the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands, sitting on Wreck Bay, where sea lions lounge nonchalantly on the decks of fishing boats.

El Junco
It is a permanent fresh water lake about 700 m above sea level. At this elevation the endemic Miconia robinsoniana and tree ferns are found, it is also a house for the giant petrel, gallinules, and pintail ducks.

Puerto Chino
Located in the south-east side of the island, this spectacular bay with a white sand beach, is reached by traversing the highlands of San Cristobal. Good place for relaxing, swimming, and enjoying the nature.

El Cafetal
This is the biggest organic coffee plantation in Ecuador, and due to the agreeable climate we experience in Galapagos, the quality of the coffee produced here is considered the best of our country.

Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido)
it is an eroded tuff cone that juts out the water towering almost 152m above the sea surface. Besides the impressive view of this cone, it is also a nesting site for Nazca Boobies, Frigatebirds, Shearwaters and it can provide fabulous snorkeling and diving opportunities. In the deep waters surrounding this unique rock formation you might find schools of sharks, turtles, eagles and golden rays, schools of yellowtail Grunts, Barberfish, King angelfish, Skipjacks, Creolefish and Flag cabrilla are common, as well as, Hieroglyphic Hawkfish, Long-spined black urchins, white urchins, chocolate-chip sea star and octopuses.

Puerto Grande
This is a beautiful and well protected little cove on the northwestern coast with a white sandy beach suitable for swimming. Indigenous sea birds are common, and depending on the season may be displaying mating behaviour.

Isla Lobos
A small rocky islet and a protected snorkel site, there is a large sea lion colony, playful young sea lions will make snorkelers continue with the fun and never get out of the water! On the sandy bottom the wonderful marine life includes sand dollars, rays, puffers, sea stars, reef fish and turtles.