Kicker Rock close to San Cristobal

San Cristobal

Posted: July 10, 2012. Filed under: Information about the different Galapagos Islands

San Cristóbal or Chatham Island is located in the East of the Galapagos Islands. It has the largest population after Santa Cruz. The capital of the Galapagos Islands is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and here you find the other airport on the Galapagos Islands. From here you can fly back to the main land with AEROGAL.

Points of interest are:

  • To the North of town, opposite Playa Man you can find the Galapagos National Park visitors center. Nice display of natural and human history of the island.
  • Cerro Tijereras. Hill with nice view point overlooking town and the ocean. 30 minute walk, make sure you bring water
  • Lake El Junto: this is the only freshwater lake on the Galapagos. Here you can see the frigate birds taking a bath and observe the white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules. Along the way there is La Galapaguera, a mad-made tortoise area.
  • Punta Pitt in the North of Island offersnesting site with many seabirds, including all three boobies. Further up the coast you can find Cerro Brujo with sea lions, birds and crabs.
  • With a little luck you can see giant marine turtle at Los Galapagos in the North of the island.
  • At Caleta Turtuga and Kicker Rock, it is worthwhile to go snorkeling and swimming with sea lions. You can find volcanic formations, flamingos and all three boobies in this spot. Also possible to dive at Kicker Rock.

San Cristobal has beautiful beaches to relax, swim and enjoy the sun. It is more laid back then Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz but worthwhile if you have some extra days on the Islands!

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