SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

San Cristobal Island is geologically the first of the Galapagos to be formed and is the first island that Charles Darwin set foot on, back in 1835. San Cristobal was home to the first permanent settlers, mainly due to “El Junco Lagoon,” which was the first source of fresh water discovered in the islands. Best known for its large population of sea lions that coexist with the local residents, San Cristrobal has walking access to several nearby beaches and bays, all filled with birds, marine life, tropical forests, and great sunset views.

What to do:

  • Explore the white sand beach that stretches along the coastline and passes by lagoons and wetlands for wildlife viewing.
  • Hike the Sierra Negra the second largest crater in the world.
  • See the Galapagos’ namesake at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Station.
  • Snorkel at Tintoreras, home to penguins, boobies, pelicans and white-tipped sharks.
  • Visit a former penal colony, where a “Wall of Tears” serves as a haunting reminder of the prisoners who built it in the hot equatorial sun.
  • Explore unique lava bridges and tunnels, home to amazing wildlife.
  • Kayak in the bay to witness rich bird and marine life.
  • Mountain bike across various terrains as you pass by mangrove colonies, white and beaches and lagoons.

SAN CRISTOBAL ESSENTIAL TOURS

SAN CRISTOBAL ESSENTIAL JOURNEY

2 or 3 DAYS

From: $472

SAN CRISTOBAL ESSENTIAL MULTISPORT

2 or 3 DAYS

From: $546