San Cristobal Highlands Tour
Private Guided Tour of El Junco Lake, Galapaguera, and Puerto Chino Beach
The highlands of San Cristobal exhibit distinctly different biozones than the other inhabited islands. The first stop on this trans-island journey is at El Junco, a freshwater lagoon nested in the center of the islands. Here you can view Frigatebirds and other water fowl bathing in the lagoon. Unfortunately, you will not be able to join them in the inviting water. Moving on from the lagoon you will stop at La Galapaguera, San Cristobal's Tortoise research and conservation center, where a short walk through the jungle allows you to see and learn about this island's growing Tortoise population in a natural setting. The road ends at Puerto Chino beach, which is a remote bay on the southeast side of the island.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Enjoy a scenic ride through the San Cristobal Highlands.
- Hike around El Junco lagoon to see Frigate Birds Bathing.
- Visit the Galapaguera, San Cristobal's Tortoise Center.
- Relax or swim at secluded Puerto Chino Beach.
- Relax in the sand with Sea Lion on Playa Carola.
San Cristobal Highlands Tour - El Junco Lake, La Galapaguera & Puerto Chino Beach
Location & Geography: The highlands of San Cristobal are more arid than Santa Cruz or Isabela but have some of the most fertile land in the islands. With a maximum elavation of 2,400ft (730 meters), the highlands are significantly cooler than the main town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. El Junco is a freshwater lagoon located in the heart of the highlands and Puerto Chino beach is an isolated bay on the southeast side of the island.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Frigatebirds, Land Iguanas, Finches.
Marinelife: Sea Lions, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks and various reef fish.
Difficulty: Moderate: Exposed hiking on paved, unpaved and rocky trails with boardwalks and many stairs.
You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear and wear your bathing suit.
|Start time: 9am at hotel||Duration: half day||Origin: San Cristobal||Embarcation Point: Puerto Baquerizo|
|Group Size: private||Vessel Type: Taxi||Activity level: leisurely||Total Travel Time: ~5 hours|