“San Cristobal offers a perfect combination of experiences and wildlife, and is the only place to see all three species of boobies!”
The Island of San Cristobal offers a perfect combination of experiences and wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world! As the oldest of all the Galapagos Islands, having shifted east over millions of years, it has weathered the elements of wind and sea, creating unique and otherworldly landforms; therefore, creating the perfect environment as vegetation grew and became more stable for the wildlife that call it home. San Cristobal is actually the only island where it is possible to see all three species of boobies; red, blue and Nazca who all nest in Punta Pitt. And to top it all off, there are many bays and beaches, along with Kicker Rock, that offer amazing snorkeling opportunities!
You will arrive at the San Cristobal Island airport with a transfer waiting to take you to your selected hotel. You’ll have lunch and then be transferred to your first visit at the Interpretation Center. In the three rooms of the center you will be taken on a ride through history as you learn more about the origin of Galapagos, the human history of the islands and the important efforts of conservation in place today and plans for the future.
Afterwards you will visit Tijeretas Hill, about 2 km away from the Interpretation Center. The name comes from the Spanish term for the frigate birds that frequent this area. Additionally, you will visit Punta Carola, one of the best places for surfing on San Cristobal Island. The beach has sand the color of gold and has areas of calmer waters where you can possibly view sea lions frolicking in the waves. Activities: Walk and Snorkel
The first stop is Rosa Blanca Bay where you can snorkel with white-tipped and black-tipped sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, moray eels, and a variety of tropical fish. You can also enjoy a short walk to a lagoon where pelicans, herons, and blue-footed boobies rest. At Punta Pitt you can see all three species of boobies; red-footed, blue-footed and the Nazca. Punta Pitt is incredibly different from the rest of the island with amazing views of red volcanic earth.
You also visit Sardine Bay, a special place for fish species like octopus, lobster, mullet, and others. It is an ideal location for snorkeling. The final activity is Kicker Rock, having been eroded by natural elements for millions of years, a gap formed between the rocks, perfect for snorkeling. You may see black-tipped, white -tipped, hammerhead and Galapagos sharks, octopus, eagle rays, sea turtles, enormous schools of fish and sea lions. Activities: Walk, Snorkel, Swim, Sailing
You will depart at 08:00 AM returning at 12:00 PM or depart at 13:00 PM returning at 17:00 PM. El Junco Lagoon
Take in the amazing views of El Junco in the highlands. It was once a volcanic crater, now fed only by rainfall and is frequently visited by frigatebirds that like to bathe in the only freshwater resources to remove salt from their feathers. La Galapaguera
The Galapaguera is a semi-natural area where you can watch Galapagos tortoises roam freely. A breeding program also exists to support these endangered animals. You may see tortoises from various islands within the manmade habitat made for the tortoises. Puerto Chino (Beach)
Hiking a trail you will reach Puerto Chino Beach. The small, but beautiful cove is home to gorgeous blue waters that contrast beautifully against the black volcanic rocks that line the beach against the white sand. Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, swimming
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Our trip was enriched by the expertise of the naturalists on board. Their depth of knowledge was impressive. The food was delectable, and special events were organized to encourage interaction among passengers. We learned much during our journey, especially conservation efforts.