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It is a white sand beach formed by the fragmentation of shells, the clarity of its waters allow the practice of snorkeling. Because of the proximity to populated center this place is for recreational use and is also a place where you can enjoy the best sunsets.
Snorkeling , swimming, kayaking , photography
The walk from the beach to the Half Moon cone is about 5 Km, it is important to note that the minimum hike takes 3 1/2 hours round trip; the site is good because you can see Galapagos tortoises in their natural environment. San Cristobal island has its own breed of tortoises, Geochelone Chatamensis, some close enough to the coast that visitors can appreciate in their natural environment. San Cristobal Island also has some endemic species of animals among which are: the mockingbird, the lava lizard, a species of geckos and turtles. All these species can be observed here. The beach is large and serves as a nesting area for sea turtles. In the months January to May is common to find traces of females who have risen to the sand dunes to lay their eggs. The vegetation here is abundant in the rainy season, there are plenty of milkweed Galapagos santo trees and matazarno stick and many species of grasses and annual grasses.
Group visits with naturalist guide , hiking , photography and filming.
In the sea northwest of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this old and weathered rock tuff . Kicker or Kicker Rock, is formed by two rocks of about 148 meters high , named for its resemblance to a lion sleeping. Among the rocks exceptional for swimming, diving , snorkeling and observe species such as blue-footed boobies , masked boobies , frigates , pelicans and sea lions channel is formed . At sea turtles and sharks hammers , sea turtles, eagle rays and many tropical fish is observed.
Diving, snorkeling , photography and filming , bird watching.
The site is located northwest of the island, it comprises a small bay formed by three beaches , which because of its location creates an attractive unique landscape by the presence of lava cones behind its beaches and joined the spectacular view of the distance offers Cerro Brujo and Kicker , an ideal place for photography. To access this site should contact local tour operators.
Hiking, photography and filming.
Rosa Blanca is a bay located northeast of the island of San Cristobal , it is characterized by having several small beaches, but whose main attraction is the largest beach located in the center of the small bay where there is the presence of large number of dunes which added its crystalline waters generate an attractive unique landscape of the area. The bay of Rosa Blanca and low is ideal for fishing wahoo, pomfret, Bigeye , liza , cod area. Additionally there is the presence of species of sharks , rays and sea turtles that are ideal for snorkeling activities complement.
Snorkeling, swimming , photography and filming.
El Junco lagoon covers an area of 60,000 m2 and its volume is 360,000 m3 , equivalent to 9 million gallons of water. Its diameter is 270 m . and its maximum depth is 6 m . It is powered only with rainwater , in time of drought decreases up to 1 m . and when heavy rains occur rebosarse increases its level to form a stream. The lagoon El Junco is 19 kilometers from the port within a large volcano, now extinct , its name comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area , known as " junk " . The lagoon is also surrounded by Miconia species of endemic flora of Galapagos , it is also a favorite for the frigates flying and rub its waters to freshwater sites.
Hiking , bird watching , photography and filming.
The Interpretation Center takes us through the history of the islands. Visitors can enjoy expositions on natural history, human history and conservation. The natural history explains the different natural facts, like: the volcanic origin of the islands, the distance between the mainland, its currents, the special climate, the arrival of different species, etc. … The exposition room of Human History gives a chronological overview of the discovery and colonization of the Galapagos. The Human History exhibit narrates chronologically the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the Galapagos. The second level describes the reality of today's Galapagos: the problems and the struggle of several institutions and individuals to conserve Galapagos. The Center has an outdoor theater and a cinema.
Playa Ochoa is located in San Cristobal Island, some 30 minutes from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Access to the beach is restricted. The length of the beach of 160 meters. There is a colony of Sea Lions (Zolophus wollebeki) in the area. One of the most outstanding plants of the zone is the matazarno (Piscidia carthagensis), which is a species that is well regarded as a dense and resistant wood. Ghost crabs and hermit crabs are commonly seen in the place. There is a temporary pond that is visited by migratory and coastal birds close to the beach.
Snorkeling, swimming, photography and filming.
Lobos Island is located approximately twenty minutes by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is a long trail of 850 m that takes about one hour to walk. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds that nest. The two species of sea lions that live in the Galapagos can be observed on Lobos Islands. During the panga ride one can see brown pelicans and several species of birds nesting on the shore, and while snorkeling one can observe juvenile sea lions that come to play with the visitors, rays, and marine turtles.
Hiking, snorkeling, photography and filming.
Manglecito consists of two visiting areas: the mangrove area and the beach area. The mangrove area is a perfect location for interpretation and observation of marine birds, whereas the beach area is used as a recreation area. The vegetation characteristic of this zone is the Sesubium edmonstonei and the button mangrove. There is a lagoon here where it is common to see ducks, tero real, zarapitos, among other endemic and native species. The presence of a rocky reef on one side of the island produces waves that are ideal for surfing.
Hiking, snorkeling, birdwatching, surfing, photography and filming.
The site Puerto Grande is located next to Kicker Rock on the north coast of San Cristobal. This bay is used by shallow-draft boats, by local people as a place of recreation and by fishermen for the maintenance of their boats. Many stories are told unofficially about treasure buried in Puerto Grande, searches have been done, but nothing has been found. The site's main attraction is the beach, landscape and recreation. You can see a system of dunes and plant species of the coastal zone, as well as aquatic birds, both coastal and migratory.
Snorkeling, Bird watching, Photography and filming, Camping, if authorized by the National Park Galapagos
This beach is 24 km away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few kilometers from the Tortoise Interpretation Center in Cerro Colorado. One can access the beach driving up to the gravel quarry and then walking 1475 meters to reach the shore. In total, it takes around five hours to visit this place. Due to the streams that are formed during the rainy season and flow into the sea, the amount of white sand on the beach varies. In 1992-1993 the park constructed an enclosure to protect two species of endemic and threatened plants found in the area (Calandrina Galapagos and Lecocarpus leptolus). Calandrina Galapagos is a succulent plant that accumulates water and acquires a reddish hue to decrease the amount of photosynthesis and keep the internal liquids. Lecocarpus leptolobus is an endemic plant of the Compositae family that consists of four species on the Galapagos Isalnds.
Hiking, swimming, photography and filming, camp previously authorized by the Galapagos National Park.
Punta Pitt 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. The trip is 1,400 meters with an estimated time of two hours. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. 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. The blue footed boobies nests in the interior (rare in the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest in the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lion. Staff of the Technical Office of San Cristobal, conducts periodic inspections of non-native animals especially cats and rats, this in order to avoid them eating the lava lizards and the chicks of sea and land birds.
Guided walks, Photography and filming
This place is situated in the South East zone of San Cristobal, 22.4 km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. One can access the place by driving from the Port and the bus takes around 40 minutes. It is close to mount Cerro Colorado and that is the origin of its name. This is one of a few places where the plant Calandrina Galapagos can be found, an endemic species of the Island that is on the verge of extinction. This Raising center was built to increase the population of giant tortoises, Geochelone Chatamensis, under conditions that are similar to the natural habitat of this species and thus to support the development of tourism on the Island. The infrastructure was integrated into a large enclosure of 1415 m2 and it includes a visiting center (that consists of an Interpretation Center, a conference room, a souvenir shop, a snack bar, toilets, and the administration office), a raising center (nurseries and a herpetology lab), walking trails, and two living quarters. There were two populations of giant tortoises on San Cristobal, one in the northeast of the island that at the moment is home to some 1400 individuals and from where the first tortoises raised at Cerro Colorado were taken. The other one was in the south of the Island, next to the Cerro Colorado raising center. This population became extinct because of the overhunting by the whalers in the XIX century. The population of land tortoises in the northern part of the island is seriously threatened because of the presence of introduced animals (mainly wild goats, rats, and cats), that have been impossible to eradicate despite all the efforts to do so. In the Interpretation Center an explanation of the origin and evolution of the population of giant tortoises on the Island (Geochelone chatamensis) is provided, as well as of the relationship between the tortoises of the area of San Cristobal and other tortoises of the archipelago. There is also information on the current status of the population of giant tortoise and why this area is essential to guarantee the survival of this species. Different species of native and endemic plants of the Galápagos can be found along the trial, such as cats claw (Zanthoxylun fagara), manzanillo or poison apple (Hippomane mancinella), matazarno (Piscidia carthagenensis), romerillo (Macraea laricifolia), lechoso (Scalesia penduculata), chalá (Croton scouleri), acacia (Acacia sp.) and guabillo (Psidium galapageium). Also, associated with these plants there are different types of birds such as mocking birds (Nesomimus melanotis), wabrels (dendroica petechial), small ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa), tree finch (Camarhynchus parvulus), and flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris).
Hiking, photography and filming.
The beach is a coral sand beach with sea lions just 10 minutes away from the San Cristobal airport. La Lobería is a piece of coast which owns its name to the large amount of sea lions (“lobos marinos” in Spanish) resting on its rocks and sand. In spite of the fact that La Lobería is beyond the boundaries of the National Park, due to its importance the Park staff took over its maintenance and care. Along the trail one will find button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, palo santo, cotton, Tiquilia, mañana gloriosa and other species of the coastal area, such as cacho de chivo whose seeds are the principal food for various types of chaffinchs. Visitors must be reminded to stay within the limits of the path in order not to step on any plants on the ground along the coastal trail. Apart from sea lions, canaries Maria, frigate-birds and various types of chaffinch can be observed. On the rocks you will find the marine iguanas in big sizes, the only one of their kind in the world. One can tell male sea lions from female individuals by their size. Male sea lions are generally bigger and stronger and can weigh up to 250 kg when adult; also, they have a protuberance on their head. Socially they form colonies or harems. Every colony consists of a dominant male and around 30 female with their pups. Sea lions are animals with a clear sense of territory. Adult males defend the borders of their territory against other males. They spend a large part of the day watching the borders and making a series of sounds and moving in order to claim their territorial power. Sometimes sea lions may prove aggressive towards humans so a safe distance should be maintained.
Snorkelling, swimming, surfing, photography and filming.
The name Tijeretas is a common name for frigate-birds so it was adopted for the mount as well. It is located not far from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. La Predial, a fishing community which was active on the Island between 1952 and 1960, is also situated nearby. The place can be accessed by a road which leads to "Playa Mann", its length is 3.5 km and it will take you about 2 hours. There are many corners where visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery, and snorkeling can be practiced in a small inlet. Also, Cerro Tijeretas is one of the few places where two species of frigate-birds nesting in one colony can be observed together. One of the lookout points boasts a canon made in the United Sates which dates back to the WWII and was pulled out by the Ecuadorian Marines in the early 1970s for military practice purposes. Another lookout point provides a panoramic view of the northern coast of the Island including the León Dormido rock, Cerro Brujo, and Cerro Tijeretas. The third observation site is home to the statue of Charles Darwin in honor of his visit to San Cristobal. The highest view point is located at Mount Tijeretas.
Hiking, snorkeling, photography and filming.
Punta Carola is a beach situated to the northeast part of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The beach is around 300 m long with a dry forest along it. A huge colony of sea lions (Zalophus californianas wolebaeki) can be found on this beach and marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) can be seen in the bushes and on the rocks. The population of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno uses this area for recreation. People who visit Cerro Tijeretas may also access Punta Carola via a trail.
Surfing, snorkelling, swimming, photography and filming.
Cerro Brujo is located on the northern coast of the San Cristobal Island, the trail to visit this place will take you about 3 hours, including the panga trip. The main attraction is the coral sand beach as well as a variety of flora and fauna species. It is an eroded tuff cone which in some of its parts is composed of lava. The citizens of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to extract salt to preserve cod fish, meat from their farms, and tortoise meat. This is a place to watch lake and coastal birds. Cerro Brujo offers an excellent landscape from which you may see León Dormido (a geological formation), the south of the highest part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast. Two halophyte species (Salicornia fructirosa y Scaevola plumieri) grow here in soils rich in salt.
Hiking, snorkelling, swimming, photography and filming.
Source: GAD MUNICIPAL SAN CRISTOBAL
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A San Cristobal island is reached only by air. Air transport companies that serve are TAME , AVIANCA and LAN with daily itineraries that depart from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. All domestic and foreign passengers must obtain authorization for entry to the islands such as : Card Traffic Control (TCT ) issued by the Governing Council , Declaration Form products issued by the Agency Biosafety and Quarantine for Galapagos Province , permission for entry into the Protected Areas issued by the Galapagos National Park. Once in the Airport of Puerto Villamil, you can take a taxi (pick up truck) to Hotel Miconia.