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San Cristobal (Galapagos)

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San Cristobal (Galapagos)

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San Cristóbal is one of the Galápagos Islands, part of Ecuador.


  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - The main town on the islands with tourist facilities.
  • El Progreso - Nothing more than a collection of farms. There are a few small shops and a restaurant, which probably only opens when you reserve ahead.
  • Cerro Verde - A tiny hamlet. A restaurant is present, but probably only opens when you reserve ahead.


Get in

Aerogal [1] flies to San Cristobal 5 days per week, TAME [2] 4 days and LAN [3] 2 days. (see Galapagos Islands Get In for more info).

There are daily boats from Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz. The two hour boatride is rough and noisy and cost $25 one-way.

EMETEBE has flights to Baltra-airport and Isabela if there is enough demand.

Get around

There is one road leading from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the west to the beach of Puerto Chino on the west coast. On the way you'll pass the villages El Progreso and Cerro Verde. There are collectivos going to the villages or you can take a taxi. Hitchhiking is also a good alternative.


The following sites can be visited from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno without a guide:

  • Interpretation Center - Here you can learn more about the history of the Galápagos and the conservation of this unique piece of nature. The center is at the western edge of town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, near the university. Admission is free.
  • Las Tijeretas - (Frigatebird hill). If you follow the trails further up you come to a set of viewpoint overlooking the a bay. Nesting frigate birds can be seen here. It is possible to snorkel in the bay.
  • La Loberia - This is an uninviting rocky beach, but a good place to see marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, yellow canaries, and a large sea lion colony. Sometimes it is also possible to surf. It is about 1 km east of the airport along a dirt path.
  • El Junco - A freshwater lake at an altitude 600m. It is on the way to Puerto Chino.
  • Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado - A part of land reserved for the repopulation of the giant turtles. The turtles were moved from the northern part of the island. There is also a small turtle breeding center and a interpretation center. It is on the road between El Junco and Puerto Chino. There are some short trails through the reserve. Free admission.
  • Puerto Chino - A small quiet beach on the east side of the island. It's connected to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by the only road crossing the island. Camping is possible with permission of the national park.

The following visitor sites are only accessible by boat and with a guide:

  • Kicker rock - Kicker rock (León Dormido) - a natural cathedral rising out the water. It's a good place for scuba diving or snorkeling.
  • Isla Lobos - Nesting bird colonies and a sea lion colony can be seen on this island.
  • Galapaguera - Giant turtles can be seen in the wild. It's located at the northern end of the island.
  • Cerro Brujo - (Wizard Hill) A collapsed volcano with a white-sand beach just north of Kicker Rock. Home to sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, brown pelicans, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, and rays.
  • Punta Pitt - Wet landing site on the northeast end of the island that features all 3 species of booby (Blue Footed, Red Footed, and Masked). The site also features lava formations, and at times, Frigate Birds.


  • Mountainbiking from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Chino is ambitious even for die-hard mountain bikers, but if you hitchhike the uphill parts it'll make a nice daytrip and you can see some of the sites on the way.

Get out

Closest islands to San Cristobal are:

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