San Cristobal Is, Galapagos Is
San Cristóbal (Chatham) is the easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, and one of the oldest geologically. The capital of the archipelago, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, lies at the south-western tip of the island.
An easy walk from town Frigatebird Hill offers a fantastic vista. San Cristobal's highlands are sprinkled with farms, the island's first settlement El Progresso and El Junco, the only freshwater lake in Galapagos.
Red-footed, blue-footed and masked boobies make their home on the eastern side of the island at Punta Pitt. A two-hour hike down shore from Punta Pitt wild tortoises can be seen at La Galapaguera.
Cruise to spectacular Kicker Rock, or Leon Dormido, the jagged remains of an old tuff cone whose flanks are covered with seabirds.
Things to See and Do
* Interpretation Center at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
* Las Tijeretas - (Frigatebird hill).
* Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado – giant turtle viewing
* La Loberia beach – view marine iguanas, sea lions etc.
* Leon Dormido – scuba diving and snorkeling site
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – U.S. dollar2 (USD)
Language – Spanish
Population – 40,000 approx (Galapagos islands)
Land Area – 558 km² (San Cristobal island)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 593
Port Location – The main port town on San Cristobal island is Puerto Bazuerizo Moreno.
Transport Links – TAME has flights twice weekly (Wednesday and Friday) from the mainland. Icaro has just started flights to the islands.
There are daily boats from Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz. The two hour boat ride is rough and noisy and cost $25 one-way.
EMETEBE has flights to Baltra-airport and Isabela if there is enough demand.