San Cristobal (Chatham) Island

The southwestern half of this 558 km2 island is inhabited and was formed by an extinct volcano. This part of the island is characterized by lush vegetation and abundant water (including fresh water lakes). The highest point reaches 730 meters. The other half of the island, the northeastern part offers a dramatic contrast, with flat, dry and harsh environments.

San Cristobal (Chatham) Island

Pto. Baquerizo Moreno

The capital of the Galapagos Province is located on this island. This is the oldest settlement in Galapagos. In 1985, an airstrip was built here for flights to the mainland. An Ecuadorian naval base, souvenir shops and a newly emerging artistic and surfing community make up this small bayside village.

There is an Interpretation Center funded by the government of Spain in the town which opened in August 1998. Learn about the human history of the islands through elaborate displays and audio presentations.

Leon Dormido or Kicher Rock

This is a vertical tuff cone that abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of the ocean. Erosion has split the rock and given it its characteristic shape. The vessels cruise around the sheer cliffs. Look for blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions that line the shore.

Leon Dormido (Kicher Rock)

Cerro Brujo

This is a long, beautiful, white, powdery-sand beach which offers a short trail leading to sea lions, pelicans and blue- footed boobies.

El Junco Lake

Visit the highlands of San Cristobal by bus to reach the only sizeable fresh water lake in Galapagos where we find stilts, white-cheeked pintail ducks and common gallinules. Pass through several vegetation zones and El Progreso, a farming community.

Isla Lobos

A short distance from port, Lobos Islet is a seasonal nesting location for the blue-footed booby, although it is named after the sea lions found here. There is a short walk over rugged terrain.

Playa Ochoa

This is a small beach that offers a subtle introduction to the Galapagos. There is a short trail leading to a sandy beach good for swimming. Pelicans and other Galapagos seabirds fly overhead.

Established departures 2017

Birding in the East and West slopes of the Andes
11 days:
July 24 - August 3
October 09 - 19
December 11 – 21

14 days:
July 24 - August 6
October 09 - 22

The Southern Endemics
10 days:
June 28 - July 7
September 06-15
November 29 - December 08

14 days:
June 28 - July 11
September 06-19
November 29 - December 12

Birding Galapagos
8 days:
March 19 - 26
August 13 – 20
November 05 – 12

Travel guide

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or to climb one of the country’s volcanoes. This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

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Shoko Sakaeda / Japan
2010-11-26, 09:23
We are very lucky to make your tour!! Our guide and our driver did their best for us to enjoy ourselves for birdwatching. All persons we met were so kind and we will not forget this impressive tour.

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