Galapagos Islands San Cristóbal - The charming island in the east
Be enchanted by San Cristóbal Island
Galapagos island San Cristóbal is the perfect starting point to visit the archipelago. It has the best information centre among the Galapagos Islands which includes a well-documented exhibition on human and natural history. It also provides comprehensive information regarding conservation in the Galapagos Islands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands and home to more than 500 sea lions. You can find them lazing around beaches or on the waterfront. The Charles Darwin’s monument overlooks the town, and the local university (Universidad San Francisco) is a place where researchers, scientists, and volunteers from all around the world come together to collaborate. While the airport is located at the edge of the town, there are around three flights each day bringing travellers to different islands and cities.
Some of the cruises begin in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and you can find them here: Cruises starting in San Cristóbal
Facts about Island San Cristóbal
San Cristóbal is possibly the easternmost and oldest of the Galapagos Islands. It is situated at the southwestern tip of the island with the largest source of freshwater in the archipelago. The El Junco lagoon forms a beautiful lake that can be reached by taxi or bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On its shores, you can explore the Miconia zone and see the moorhens and Galapagos pintails. The western side of San Cristóbal Island is very fertile and is dominated by the 730-meter Mount Cerro San Joaquín.
Punta Pitt is the easternmost point in the Galapagos Islands, and it can be reached by boat. The scenic volcanic tuffs are well loved by travelers and geologists. Punta Pitt is also the only location in the Galapagos Islands where you can see three species of boobies in a single place.
A day trip to Galapagos Island San Cristóbal will first take you to the freshwater lagoon, followed by a visit to the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado tortoise breeding station and finally to the enchanting Puerto Chino Beach. The breeding station is currently preparing for the release of its first batch of Galapagos tortoises into the northern part of the Galapagos archipelago. While is it not as easy to find free-roaming Galapagos tortoises on Island San Cristóbal like in Island Santa Cruz, a visit to the Galapaguera breeding station is certainly worth it.
Tourist infrastructures in San Cristóbal are still in the process of being developed, and it cannot be compared to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz. However, as the island is less touristy, the local charm of the island makes it a great first stop for visitors. The airport in San Cristóbal is the second largest in the archipelago.
There are two recommended day trips to Island San Cristóbal: a snorkel day tour at the Kicker Rock (León Domido) and a day tour to Española Island. Diving tours are also available. Simply contact us or browse through the options available on our website.
Information centre, Darwin monument, Galapaguera tortoise breeding station, La Lobería and the frigate cliffs, volcanic tuff formations, Darwin’s finches, sea lion beaches and coral reefs.
Darwin’s finches, sea lions, tortoises, frigatebirds, moorhens, Galapagos pintails and many more.
San Cristóbal at a glance
Area: 558 km2
Highest elevation: 896 m
Population: 6,000 inhabitants
Ways to get there: From domestic airport via Aero Taxi by Emetebe Airline or via cruise