SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

San Cristobal (Chatham) Island. It bears the name of the patron saint of seafarers, “St. Christopher�. Its English name was given after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. It has an area of 558 square kilometers (215 sq mi) and its highest point rises to 730 meters (2395 ft). This islands hosts frigate birds, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls.

Interpretation Center

Is located in San Cristobal Island. The tour offered by the Interpretation Center facilities takes the visitor through the history of the islands in the context of their geological formation, first human settlements and history, today’s conservation issues and efforts.

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Galapaguera

The hike from the beach to Media Luna cone is long, about 5 Km one-way and may be excessively hot since there is no circulation of wind. It is important to note that the walk takes a minimum 3 1/2 hours roundtrip; suggest to the group to carry enough fresh water. It is a good site because you can see Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment.

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Kicker Rock

Is a geological formation off the shoreline of San Cristobal Island. Diving and snorkeling at this site is one of the most spectacular in the Galapagos.

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Lobos Islands

Is located on the north Coast of San Cristóbal Island; the trail at this visitor’s site can be done in about three hours, including the panga (dingy) ride. The site offers an excellent landscape, a long powder-like sandy beach where one can swim and snorkel with an excellent view of Kicker Rock on the horizon, there is a lagoon where the visitor can watch different species of coastal sea birds.

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Witch Hill

Is located on the north Coast of San Cristóbal Island; the trail at this visitor’s site can be done in about three hours, including the panga (dingy) ride. The site offers an excellent landscape, a long powder-like sandy beach where one can swim and snorkel with an excellent view of Kicker Rock on the horizon, there is a lagoon where the visitor can watch different species of coastal sea birds.

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Pitt Point

Is located at the east end of San Cristóbal Island. The trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoint. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. The reason that there are three species of boobies at Punta Pitt is due to the geographic location; there is enough food so there is no competition between them.

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Tijeretas Hill

Connected to the Interpretation Center by a system of foot trails that have sundecks and beautiful views along the way, the expansive site is a short 1.5km (lmi) walk southeast of town and passes through a forest of palo santo trees. You can go there without a guide for a panoramic view of the bay and town below.

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Junco lagoon

In town you can hire a car or bus to carry the group to El Junco. During the winter, January to April, there are often heavy rains. During the rainy season there may be fog. Also one can get to El Progreso and then walk from there, if the group is very active. The walk from Progreso may last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (depending on the group). From Port Baquerizo Moreno to El Progreso is about a 30-minute drive. The lagoon is located 19 kilometers from Port inside a small crater, which in turn lies within the caldera of a large volcano, now extinct and hard to distinguish without geological knowledge.

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