In this tour you will discover endless treasures of San Cristobal such as Punta Pitt, Kicker Rock and Española Island in an impressive way. Observe many species of blue footed boobies and frigates, practice snorkeling or diving in the tour and experience the unique underwater world of The Galapagos Islands. You will be amazed by what you see: sharks, sea turtles, octopuses and a huge variety of tropical fish.
In accordance to your arrival time to San Cristobal Island, a driver will be waiting to transport you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will be free to explore the island on your own. Places you can visit are the Interpretation Center, shopping in Puerto Baquerizo de Moreno, and there are nearby beaches you can also visit by taking a taxi.
The Punta Pitt visitor site is located on the north eastern end of San Cristobal. The trail begins on an olivine beach and follows a winding, rocky path climbing about 295 ft (90 meters) in height. When the trail reaches the top of the cliffs a panoramic view of the ocean is seen on all sides, including the cliffs beside the beaches where the trail begins. Punta Pitt is the only place in the entire Galapagos Islands where you can see all three species of boobies, due to this specific location there is plenty of food sources for all three booby species, resulting in no competition between them. At the top you’ll see red-footed boobies nesting in the bushes, while the Nazca and blue-footed boobies are swooping in and out of their shelter on the nearby cliffs.
Kicker Rock is an eroded rock formation in the ocean located off the shores of San Cristobal. Locals call it “Leon Dormido” or sleeping lion due to its massive shape and similarity to a lion when looking at it in a special angle. The two rocks that form this visitor site are remnants of a vertical tuff cone formation, most likely from an eruption millions of years ago. Over time the sea eroded the rock, creating an open space in the middle that made a safe haven for aquatic life as well. Above the sea, the rocks are now home to many sea birds such as Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and other tropical birds. Below the surface Galapagos sharks, manta rays, huge schools of fish, octopus, and various tropical fish can be seen.
Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island’s flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world’s only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross).
From April to December this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species call this island home. Another unique species found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana (also known as Christmas Iguanas). Quite often, you will be greated by these colorful reptiles. A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling completes this island visit. Whale sightings are common (but not guaranteed) during the open water cruise to/from San Cristóbal Island.
No Meals included
Based on the time of your departing flight, a driver will pick you up to bring you to the San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.
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