Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Carola Beach Day Tour
Small group/private guided tour
Just north of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal are the National Park Interpretation center, Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Carola. The interpretation center has information about the nautrual and human history of the islands as well as great maps and images from remote areas of the park. A paved path heads up to Cerro Tijeretas from behind the center. Named for the colonies of Frigate birds nesting in the trees, Cerro Tijeretas has a small network of hiking trails that lead to a panoramic lookout above a protected cove that is excellent for snorkeling. You can also see town from this vantage. Continuing on from Cerro Tijeretas brings you past a statue of Charles Darwin and eventually to Playa Carola. Famous for its light house on the point Playa Carola is a good spot to swim with Sea Lions and soak in the sun. If the surf is up, it is possible that you may see the Sea Lions sharing waves with the local surfers.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Visit the national park interpretation center to learn about the island.
- Hike to the Cerro Tijeretas overlook to see nesting Frigatebirds.
- Enjoy the panoramic view of the bay and town below.
- Cool off and snorkel in a quiet hidden cove.
- Relax in the sand with Sea Lion on Playa Carola.
English Name: Frigatebird Hill & Carola Beach Spanish Name: Cerro Tijeretas and Playa Carola
Location & Geography: Cerro Tijeretas is a preserve area located north of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and is walkable from town. Cerro Tijeretas is named for the colonies of Frigatebirds found nesting in the trees on the peaks surrounding the shore.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Frigatebirds, Land Iguanas, Finches.
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous: Exposed hiking on paved, unpaved and rocky trails with boardwalks and many stairs.
You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, and wear your bathing suit
|Start time: 9am or 3pm hotel||Duration: half day||Origin: San Cristobal||Embarcation Point: Puerto Baquerizo|
|Group Size: private||Vessel Type: Taxi||Activity level: leisurely||Total Travel Time: ~3 hours|