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Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Carola Beach Day Tour

Cerro Mesa Viewpoint Galapagos AlterNATIVE

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:

San Cristobal National Park Interpretation Center Cerro Tijeretas Galapagos AlterNATIVE Caleta Tijeretas San Cristobal Galapagos

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

Charles Darwin Statue Tijeretas Kicker Rock Through The Cacti Punta Carola Beach
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

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