The Galapagos Islands had long been on our bucket list. We spent a week there in May 2015, spending two nights on San Cristobal Island and then taking a water ferry for USD30 per person across to Santa Cruz Island. Here are 5 of many things that you can do on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands.
- 1 1. Meet the locals of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands:
- 2 2. Enjoy the harbour front restaurants in San Cristobal:
- 3 3. Visit Cerro Colorado Galapagos Breeding Centre on the island of San Cristobal
- 4 4. Wander the Harbour Front of San Cristobal:
- 5 5. Snorkeling and Diving around San Cristobal Island:
- 6 General Information on the Galapagos Islands
1. Meet the locals of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands:
What we did not expect to see were the local sea lions draped over the seats in the bus shelter. They spend all day sunning themselves on the rocks around the waterfront.
All along the waterfront you come across the Blue Footed Boobies mingled with the sea lions.
Sharing the limelight with the blue-footed boobies are the brilliantly coloured red crabs that scattered over the rocks as we drew near.
2. Enjoy the harbour front restaurants in San Cristobal:
There are places to eat and drink all along the waterfront close to where the ferries and cruise boats come in.
3. Visit Cerro Colorado Galapagos Breeding Centre on the island of San Cristobal
Visit Cerro Colorado – a Centre that was built for the breeding of the giant tortoises. The informative Visitors Centre explains about their programs for preservation and reproduction of the endemic giant tortoises. You will be able to view the varying stages of tortoises in their growth development.
4. Wander the Harbour Front of San Cristobal:
Sit and watch the fishing vessels come and go throughout the day.
5. Snorkeling and Diving around San Cristobal Island:
If you enjoy snorkeling and diving this is the destination of all destinations. There are many tour operators to choose from that are located around the harbourfront.
General Information on the Galapagos Islands
There is an alternative to the Galapagos Islands, Isla de la Plata, which can be reached from Puerto Lopez 40km away and is known as the ‘poor man’s Galapagos’. There you can see a variety of wildlife including the blue and red footed boobies, albatrosses and maybe a sealion or two.
You can fly into San Cristobal from Quito or Guayaquil only via Tame, Avianca and LAN.
A $10 traffic control card must be purchased which allows travellers to stay up to 90 days.
A payment of $100 USD for the entry to the Galapagos National Park is required to be paid by all tourists, there is a reduction for children and residents of Ecuador.
In Quito or Guayaquil your luggage and hand luggage will be inspected. Species of animals and plants are not allowed in and you will be asked to complete a Legally Binding Declaration Form for Goods of Animal and Vegetation Origin.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the province of Galapagos and is located on San Cristobal Island.
Accommodation: Posada Turistica Terito USD45 per night not including breakfast. The Posada was located about a 5 minute walk from the centre of town.
If you enjoy snorkeling and diving you could spend more than two nights here, but we felt two nights was long enough.
We have written a blog on the Galapagos Islands comparing the costs of how to travel and experience the islands on a budget.
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